About Southbourne Surf Life Saving

The club house

Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1986. In the early years it had a small membership, but over the years the club has expanded massively, especially in the Young Life Savers section.

Southbourne Surf as it is commonly referred to, is the home of a group of volunteer beach life savers who are encouraging a healthier & safer community. Our members come together and give their time freely, where they learn Lifesaving skills and compete in Life Saving Sport events.

The team

Southbourne Surf is affiliated with Surf Life Saving GB which is the governing body for the highest standard of beach Lifeguard qualification in the country, and is the national governing body for Surf Life Saving sport. There are more than 80 Surf Life Saving Clubs and 5,000 individuals who are affiliated to SLSGB, with more joining every year.

Our volunteers work closely with the RNLI beach Lifeguards and Coastguard providing support in the Southbourne area of Poole Bay. Our club hut can be found at the bottom of St Catherine’s path near “Bistro On The Beach”. From here we patrol by foot, Inshore Rescue Boat, rescue board, and surf skis.

Club Opening

We provide safety cover for a number of local events and community groups. We have been involved in events including marathons, triathlons, and the Bournemouth Air Festival.