To support public safety, our Clubs have been undertaking voluntary patrolling on their beaches with trained Lifeguards since 1952. Starting in1990, some also operate Inshore Rescue Boats.
In 2017, working with the Coast Guard, we replaced informal patrol activity with a revised, fully supported and managed programme to meet higher uniform standards.
Our Patrol Framework is now the operational structure for our declared patrol activity.
The decision to work directly with the Coast Guard using the new declared Patrol Framework was to:
- Change an informal rescue activity into a nationally recognised, supported programme
- Regulate and unify standards to meet a higher duty of care
- Operate our Patrols within the National SAR Framework
- Fully Comply with the Joint Emergency Services Inter-operabilty requirements
This scheme was successfully piloted in 2017 at 8 coastal and 2 inshore locations. During 2017, 66 responses were undertaken by our declared coastal patrols and 84 by our 2 Inland Lifeboats.