Partnership Post – SLSGB and the RLSS
Over the next few months we’re showcasing some of our partner agencies in search and rescue. When we get a call-out, many other colleagues from different organistions can also be involved. Some are paid, and some, like us, are volunteers.
SLSGB and RLSS
SLSGB is a national charity of over 9,500 volunteers helping to make our beaches safer and more enjoyable places for everyone. They train members aged from five years upwards in search and rescue, beach education, lifesaving, and fitness skills, helping create fitter and safer communities by the sea. Many lifeguards in Cornwall are trained through SLSGB affiliated clubs and then go on to work for the RNLI.
On a search and rescue capacity, Surf Life Saving Cornwall have an extensive volunteer group of Flood Responders, who would be tasked by the Police working as part of Local Resilience Forum. Cornwall Flood Rescue also have specialist Flood Rescue Boat Operators. They would work alongside our own Water Rescue Responders and Technicians when required.
The RLSS, since 1891 have been focused on sharing their expertise and knowledge with as many people as possible, giving everyone the potential to save lives and enjoy water, safely. They founded the Drowning Prevention Week and Don’t Drink and Drown campaigns. Like SLSGB, they also have a strong network of lifesaving clubs but are predominantly out of the southwest.
Find out more about the Drowning Prevention Week and how you can get involved here – https://www.rlss.org.uk/pages/category/drowning-prevention-week-campaign
Members of the Cornwall Flood Rescue team, SLSGB club members homing their lifesaving skills in competition and RLSS Pool Lifeguard candidates in training. Images courtesy of SLS Cornwall, SLSGB and the RLSS.