Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club (or ‘Gylly’ for short) was created by a small group of people in October 2008, with an interest in teaching their life saving skills to the local community. They also had a passion for the fitness that goes along side surf life saving, and sports that relate closely to it. The club has a strong Triathlon background, with an extensive training schedule and a growing squad of competing members.
Through training with the club, you will learn how to save lives in the sea. We will teach you the skills needed to qualify as a NaRS Beach Lifeguard. From CPR and resuscitation, to board paddling, signals and rescue techniques. Once qualified, there is an opportunity to volunteer on local beaches in the summer seasons with the RNLI Lifeguard service.
You will also be able to train in many other sporting disciplines, to improve fitness and development. There are various run, swim and triathlon sessions that the club provides, as well as the Sunday club morning on the beach throughout the summer. The club is lucky to have a number of great runs nearby, including the Pendenis Castle point run, and the coastal path to the neighbouring beach of Maenporth. Also, the calm waters of the Falmouth Bay offer perfect open water swimming conditions.
We are open to anyone, no matter what ability or goal. From those who want to try something new to those hoping to qualify as a beach lifeguard. From those wanting to train with friends to those competing in Ironman triathlons.
The Benefits To The Area
The club will bring together all sorts of people in the community. In particular, it is a chance for children to learn life saving techniques in a safe environment. They can build their confidence in the calmer seas of Falmouth, before negotiating larger waves on the north coast of Cornwall. Our nippers (7-12) train at Gyllyngvase beach during the summer months and in the pool during the winter. Juniors (13-19) and adults have the opportunity to train on surf beaches as well as Gylly. Twice a month we take our equipment to a local North Coast beach to develop the surf skills and knowledge of our older members.
The club will try to leave a very small ecological footprint throughout all of its operations. Here are some examples:
• Sustainable/recycled paper will be used where possible.
• We will recycle all paper and equipment that is used.
• The club will leave no trace of litter behind, once we have left the beach.
• When driving to training/contests we will car share as much as possible.
• The club will help to keep the local area clean and the water sewage free.