Our Club

Club History & Ethos

Broadstairs Surf Life Saving Club (BSLSC) was founded in 2013 and is affiliated with the national organisation Surf Life Saving GB a charity of over 5,000 volunteers helping to make our beaches a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone. The club holds regular training sessions on Viking Bay and other beaches around Thanet. Pool sessions are also held particularly during the winter months. Check out our clubs training calendar for our next training night

The club is all about promoting water safety and teaching& maintaining lifesaving skills whilst enjoying regular land and water based training on Thanet’s beautiful beaches and in the sea around our coastline. We always welcome new members from experienced lifeguards to complete beginners and offer fitness and lifeguard skills training. We aim to provide quality lifeguard training in partnership with Surf Life Saving GB and also working closely with the RNLI Lifeguards. We also aim to provide both aquatic and first aid support to the local area.

The club’s mission statement has a number of goals which include:

• To offer club members the opportunity to keep fit through Life Saving Sport, increasing skill levels and equipping members to deal with emergency situations

• To offer enjoyable training and education to club members in surf lifesaving skills with links to nationally recognised awards and qualifications which can help lead to a occupation in life guarding.


Surf Life Saving GB is a charity of 6,000 volunteers helping to make our beaches a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone. SLSGB volunteers have been providing beach lifeguard training and patrolling the coast for more than 55 years. SLSGB clubs are nationwide, training members aged from five years upwards in beach education, lifesaving, rescue and fitness skills, helping create fitter and safer communities by the sea.

Surf Life Saving GB is the awarding body for the highest standard of Beach Lifeguard qualification in the country, and is the National Governing Body for Life Saving Sport

About SLSGB and RNLI

SLSGB has a strategic partnership with the RNLI. SLSGB volunteers

work closely with RNLI Beach Lifeguards providing a joint lifeguard service and beach patrol. Surf Life Saving GB's life saving qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally, and are a qualification of preference for the RNLI Lifeguard Service.

Life Saving Sport

Life Saving Sport is a truly multi-disciplined sport which takes place in the pool, on the beach and in the sea. With close ties to swimming, athletics, kayaking, rowing, surfing and power boating, and all based on the equipment and skills of lifeguards. Surf Life Saving Sport competition is a fantastic display of athleticism and the ultimate test of speed and fitness

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