By Ella Henwood:
Bude’s RNLI Lifeguards have been kept busy over the beautiful bank holiday weekend.
These past few weeks it has finally felt like summer, the sun is out and the sea temperatures are slowly (but surely) rising. Five of Budes beaches are now Lifeguarded, Blackrock, Crooklets & Sandymouth now join Widemouth and Summerleaze with a lifeguard service running 7 days a week 10am-6pm.
The sunshine this weekend brought people down to the beaches in their thousands. The water has been busy keeping Lifeguards on their toes but with mellow conditions, everyone was kept safe. Throughout the weekend Lifeguards across all of the beaches had to deal with a lot of lost children. They are asking parents/carers/friends/guardians to keep a close eye on their children while at the beach, especially in the sea. If your child does get lost the best thing is to do is to speak to the Lifeguards; they can help reunite you.
Last week two Lifeguards travelled to the RNLI College in Poole where they were enrolled on a Trainer Assessor course. In the coming weeks, they will be assessed on how they deliver an RWC (Rescue Water Craft) Qualification before being signed off as competent. This will then allow them to train more of the guards to drive the RWC.
While the sunshine is out (fingers crossed it stays) we are reminding everyone to SLIP, SLAP, SLOP, GLUG. Slip on a t-shirt, Slap on a hat, Slop on some suncream and glug on some water.
Sun safety is highly important to everyone when visiting the beach, so make sure you come prepared.