Lifeguard cover for Bude’s beaches…

By Ella Henwood:

It’s been busy in the Bude area as ten more of Bude’s Lifeguards have been on induction over the past two weeks, getting them ready for the upcoming season. They have completed their First Aid training, fitness testing and also their 4×4 and All Terrain Vehicle assessments. From Saturday 20th May, Summerleaze and Widemouth lifeguards will be joined by lifeguards covering Crooklets, Black Rock and Sandymouth from 10 am – 6 pm seven days a week.

On Tuesday 9th May, lifeguards Ben and Richie teamed up with the RNLI Community Safety Officer and volunteer from Bude lifeboat station to promote the RNLI’s Respect the Water Campaign in Bude: ‘We want people to enjoy the water, but we also want you to recognise its dangers and never underestimate its power’. The team went to a number of shops throughout the town giving out information on the campaign and inviting owners to attend an evening of training focusing on how we can all work together to reduce the number of accidental coastal deaths. If you want any more information on the campaign then come and speak to one of the lifeguards or have a look online.

In the meantime, Summerleaze and Widemouth lifeguards have been blessed with some incredible spring weather that has caused small waves so the water has been busy with sea swimmers and the beaches busy with school groups and dog walkers.

Dogs are allowed on Black Rock Beach all year round but are banned on Widemouth from Easter Sunday until 30th September. Dogs are banned on Crooklets from Easter Sunday until the end of September but are allowed on Summerleaze on a lead from 21st May to 30th September (from 10am-6pm).

If you are heading for a costal walk make sure you check the tide times; if you are at all unsure, then come and speak to the lifeguards and we will be happy to help.

 

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