St Ives Surf Life Saving Club

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photo2The club was originally formed in 1958 and, as well as competing in National Surf Life Saving Competitions, provided Lifeguard cover on Porthmeor Beach. The club has evolved over the years, but it has never lost its strong links with the local community.

The club is a member of Surf Life Saving Cornwall and the Surf Life Saving Association of Great Britain(SLSGB), Britain’s National Governing Body for Beach Lifeguarding and the sport of Surf Life Saving. Our Club operates as a charitable organisation from a club house on the west side of Porthmeor Beach and is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. We are a friendly club and actively encourage people from all walks of life to “have a go” and get involved – whether you are 7 years old or 70 years old a warm welcome awaits you!

photo3Our Nipper section continues to grow and we have been crowned Cornish Stillwater Champs and Cornish Beach Champs on several occasions, and also National Beach Champs. As the children grow and move through to the Junior section we pride ourselves on making sure that they achieve their full potential. We’ve recently had one Youth member and one Senior member selected to represent Cornwall in the British Champs, and our Youth member has gone on to represent GB in the European Champs. 

County & National honours have been achieved by a number of current and previous club members and we draw on their experience to assist in coaching our younger age groups.

Every year the club hosts the St Ives Biathlon.  This is the club’s biggest fundraiser and all funds go towards building the club a new base from which to operate. We’ve recently set up a Crowdfunder campaign to assist with this.


During the winter the club trains at St Ives Leisure Centre every Saturday at the following times:

Young Nippers 5 – 7 (Limit on numbers for 5s) 1630 – 1730

Nippers 8 – 10 1630 – 1730

Nippers 11 – 13 1730 – 1830

Juniors 13 – 17 1830 – 1930

Seniors/Masters 1830 – 1930

During the summer the club trains from its Clubhouse located on the west side of Porthmeor Beach at the following times:

Young Nippers & all Nipper age groups – Saturdays 1600 – 1800

Juniors – Tuesdays & Thursdays 1800 – 2000

Seniors/Masters – Mondays & Thursdays 1800 – 2000 & Saturdays 0900 – 1100 alongside lifeguard training.

To get involved or for any queries please contact – stivesslsc@yahoo.com