About Southbourne Surf Life Saving

The club house

Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1986 and in the early years was commonly referred to as Southbourne Surf. It had a small membership which has grown over the years and can now boast more than 130 members from age 7 to 65+.

The team

Southbourne Surf is affiliated with Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) 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. Surf Life Saving originated in Australia in the 1900’s when local residents of coastal areas formed patrols to alert people to the dangers of the surf and an Australian is credited as being the founding father of the Surf Lifesaving movement in Great Britain. There are now more than 80 Surf Life Saving Clubs and 9,600 members. Over 1,000 new Lifeguards are trained each year and the tradition of volunteer lifeguards patrolling beaches continues with a new SLSGB Patrol Framework and operating agreement with the Coast Guard.

Southbourne Surf volunteers work closely with RNLI Lifeguards and the Coastguard (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) providing support in the Southbourne area of Poole Bay, for example:

  • Coastal surveillance and first aid
  • Beach and water safety advice
  • Re-uniting lost children/people with their families/groups
  • Local information for tourists
Club Opening

We also provide safety cover for a number of local events and community groups, including marathons, triathlons, the Bournemouth Air Festival and the Macmillan Caring Locally annual Christmas Dip.

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.

We are a registered charity entirely funded solely by donations and grants, which we use to upgrade and increase our replace our rescue and training equipment and first aid kits.