Surf’s up for survival sessions

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SURFERS in Scarborough got to learn vital survival skills from RNLI lifeguards at Cayton Bay.

The Surfer Survival Clinic was the first in a series of clinics to be held in the town this year, building on the success of three similar sessions held last summer.

The sessions are designed to increase their knowledge and confidence in the water.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Matt Jones, who runs the clinics with colleague Pat Messruther, said they were holding one clinic a month at Cayton Bay and various other beaches in the area until September and are hoping to reach as many surfers and body boarders as possible.

The two-and-a-half hour clinic began with a theory session on the beach and a warm-up before participants entered the water to practice carrying out basic rescue techniques using their own surf boards and equipment.

The charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 139,000 lives since it was founded in 1824. The service is independent of Coastguard and Government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.