Surfer survival clinics planned

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Surfers and other water sports enthusiasts in North Yorkshire are being offered the opportunity to learn survival skills from Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeguards at Scarborough’s Cayton Bay on Sunday.

The Surfer Survival Clinic is the first in a series of clinics being held in Scarborough this year, building on the success of three similar sessions held last summer.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Matt Jones runs the clinics with colleague Pat Messruther.

Matt said: ‘We are not training people to be lifeguards; we are teaching them how to look after themselves and each other.

“Many of the surfers who come to the coast are weekend visitors and even though they may be good at their sport, they might not necessarily be familiar with emergency procedures.

“The sessions are designed to increase their knowledge and confidence in the water, particularly if they’re surfing when lifeguards aren’t around.”

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

Matt said: “Last year we had around 25 surfers through the clinics and had great feed- back.

“We’re 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.’

Sunday’s Surfers’ Survival Clinic starts at 10am and anyone over the age of 18 can attend. To sign up, contact Matt Jones on 07769 884956.