The Jeep Beach Sports Arena is back on Hove seafront, acting as a base for the Schools Surf Life Saving program – a prelude to the Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival on July 4th & 5th.
In 2010 a small number of schools were invited to send pupils along to experience a day of beach Lifeguard training. The kids were taught safety in the ocean, basic lifeguarding skills (including the use of a rescue board, rescue tube and sea swimming techniques). This was then combined with CPR / basic first aid and an introduction to Surf Lifesaving as a sport.
Paddle Round The Pier, in conjunction with Brighton Surf Life Saving club are now running a four week long program reaching over 850 kids from across Sussex. The program really does help to save lives and enables all participants to safely enjoy messing around in and around the water.
This program now has also reached out to groups that wouldn’t normally have access to this life changing experience including Young Carers and educational centres catering for special needs.
As the one day session is run by Surf Life Saving professionals all risk assessments and insurances are in place giving schools a rare opportunity to get their students in the sea! “The inner confidence gained by some of the more troubled kids has been amazing to witness,” said Paddle Director and chair of Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, Dave Samuel. “We have incredible reports from carers, teachers and parents relating to the transformation in the wellbeing and attitude of many of these young people following their day with us”.
Allowing kids to have an educated access to the free playground that is the sea is an important part of Dave’s personal life mantra and one which is intrinsically linked to the message of both Paddle and Surf Life Saving.
The Jeep Beach Sports Arena is a giant sandpit, which will be free for the public to enjoy, when not in use by the young surf life savers.
The JEEP Beach Sports Arena is open by Hove Lawns, over the four weeks before Paddle Round The Pier on Sat 4 – Sun 5 July 2015.