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News & Updates: News & Updates


August 2021

Our summer sessions are now well underway. Our beach sessions continue for all members on a Tuesday evening 6.00pm-7.00pm. 

Rookie sessions have now restarted on a Wednesday during the summer holidays and will move to a Saturday 5.00pm-6.00pm from September. 

For all sessions please continue to arrive pool or beach ready and leave sessions in swimwear. 



July 2020

***Important Update***

We are really looking forward to restarting our sessions in a COVID Secure way. Please understand that whilst some of our temporary guidelines may make things a little more difficult, the safety of our leaders, members and their parents is paramount and so we are taking the potential risk very seriously. 

Many thanks to those of you who joined us on Zoom on Tuesday as Pamela outlined our plans for returning to sessions as of Tuesday 28th July 2020. 

Here is the key information in case you missed it:
- Sessions will take place each Tuesday from the beach base from 6pm to 7pm
- Any member displaying, or living in a house with someone who is displaying, any COVID symptoms should not attend sessions
- Members will be checked that they are not displaying symptoms on arrival before taking part in sessions
- Members should aim to let Gillian or Pamela know that they will be at a session before 12 noon on a Tuesday
- If necessary, members will be split into bubbles and bubbles will be kept apart to limit contact
- Parents/Carers are asked to wait during the session in case their child needs to leave
- Members MUST arrive ‘session ready’ as they will not be able to use the changing facilities at the station
- Members will not be able to change after sessions and should make arrangements to travel home wet 
- Session subs should ideally be paid online. Please contact Gillian via the club page or email for the bank details.
- If this is not possible please bring subs in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the front so that it can be easily stored for a quarantine period. 
- Members may borrow a wetsuit for a returnable deposit of £50. Members will be required to keep the wetsuit for the duration of our revised arrangements. Ideally please contact Pamela or Gillian before Tuesday to arrange to collect a wetsuit so that members can arrive ready on Tuesday. Again, deposits can be paid directly into the bank account or provided in a sealed envelope including the child’s name. 
- Leaders will maintain 2m social distance from members at all times. Leaders will aim to maintain 1m+ from other leaders at all times. 
- We will be minimising the equipment we use for sessions however we will ensure that members are issued with necessary safety equipment each week. This equipment will be sterilised each week before being used again. 
- Should a member need the toilet they will be able to use the facilities at the station one at a time. Ideally members should not be entering the station. 

Should you have any questions before Tuesday please get in touch and we look forward to seeing you back next week. 

Finally, we are pleased to announce that we have three new Assistant Leaders who will be joining our team officially as of Tuesday. Ben, Will and James have become part of our Leadership Development Academy and we’re really glad that they’ll be joining the team. 

Take care and see you soon,
The SSVLG Team

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Aug 2020


Like so many, lifesaving clubs across the UK and Ireland have adapted to the unprecedented times that COVID-19 has presented. One example of a club that didn’t let the circumstances hold them back was the South Shields Volunteer Lifeguard Club. They utilised technology and embraced new ways of working to ensure that their community remained active during this period. We talked to them, to find out about some of the activities they have been participating in over the past few months: 

At the beginning of lockdown, we participated in the toilet roll challenge that was across social media at the time. Our ambassadors Leigh and Maxi also got involved across the world in Australia. We were eager to get other lifesaving clubs involved too, so we invited Billingham Lifesaving Club & North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards to join in what we called ‘The Revenge of the Toilet Roll.’  We thought this was a great way to maintain the bond between the three clubs, as they were due to be joining us this Summer for our Survive & Save Summer Camp. Sadly, this had to be cancelled for this year. 

Early into lockdown, we realised that we needed to take advantage of what technology could do for us. So we held our first committee meeting via Zoom to discover how it worked and joined in a couple of meetings with the virtual lifesaving club on Facebook to get ideas.

In April, we decided to continue with the Young Leader's Course we had planned to keep our younger members entertained. Having worked out how it worked, Zoom seemed the obvious solution to run it on, so we individually ordered packs to be delivered to members taking part. There were always at least two leaders on each session for safeguarding reasons. We also developed an online policy for clarity which everyone had to adhere to. The participants seemed to enjoy the session which were still interactive, and they had to plan an activity to deliver to the group themselves. We had some great examples on how to fold paper aeroplanes, make hats and even how to make the perfect sandwich.  As a group, they then had sessions online to plan a virtual Rookie festival. Leaders on the call turned off their cameras, but they could still see and hear what was going on. The youth members came up with events, rules and score sheets. They also created some instruction videos of how to undertake certain activities. We hosted our festival with our Rookies members on 5 July - all events were completed at home and results sent in on a score sheet. The youth members also designed and ran a quiz using a quiz app. It would have been nice if a few more people had logged on to take part as we only had 10 participants but those that attended enjoyed it.

Pamela also ran a FAW course for six leaders, all the theory was completed via Zoom and we even had an IV session. For the practical elements, on a nice sunny day and, when we were permitted to visit gardens, we met, following distance guidelines and went through the practical skills. Each person had an individual manikin which had the lungs changed after use and the face sterilised. Everyone wore a face mask and gloves, and they each had a family member for sections where a partner was required.  For the assessment, I used a friend's empty office, and one person was permitted in at a time, with their equipment and they brought a family member with them and wore all the appropriate PPE and provided their own pens. We were also appropriately distanced.

It has been important for us to continue our communications with our Rookies. So, we got them involved online with Rookie water safety, Drowning Prevention Week and Save A Life workshops (with club sessions using pillows and teddy bears as makeshift manikins. We ran two club sessions a week for seniors and Rookies).

One of our members, Richard wrote our Big Quiz in May, we invited NSVL and Billingham to take part and it was a fun night.

Recently, we restarted our lifesaving activities with beach sessions, as our pool will not be in use for some time due to a fire in April.  All the measures we put in place worked well. Everyone on the leader team has specific jobs and bubbles were developed for the children which we will maintain each week.

Over the next few weeks, we have more activities planned including; an OWL course and a lifesaving instructor course both via Zoom and we have recorded a video for Save a Life that is to be sent to the Girl Guides for their Toon Festival. We’ve posted the video on our brand-new club YouTube channel, another way to make use of great technology to keep members and the public involved with the club

All in all, we are making the best out of a bad situation but are trying our best to keep things together as we celebrate 60 years of the club in 2021. Planning for our Anniversary Dinner is already underway. We are hoping for a warm winter as we are based on the beach until possibly next May!



Club Sessions

Due to the new tier announcement and the closure of all leisure facilities we have no option but to say pool sessions are suspended until we go back down into tier 3. 

Sessions will continue on zoom from Monday 11th January. Please keep an eye on here and on our facebook page for more info going forwards

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