"The association aims to develop and improve National and International standards of life saving
on the beaches of Wales, whilst co-operating with all organisations with similar aims."
Peter Lake, MBE -
SLSA Wales President
Charity No. 1157762
WELCOME TO SLSA WALES - SURF LIFE SAVING ASSOCIATION OF WALES
The Surf Life Saving Association of Wales is the largest volunteer organisation for ocean safety and rescue work in Wales.
Our goal is "to prevent the loss of life through drowning”
Surf Life Saving originated in Australia in the early 1900s with the growth of seaside towns and the interest in swimming. Surf Life Saving was then introduced into Great Britain in 1955 in Bude, St Agnes in Cornwall and Brighton in Sussex.
Clubs were formed in Wales during the mid 1960s at Aberavon, Atlantic College , Barry, St Johns , Llantwit Major, Pen-y-bont, Porthmawr & Rhoose.
Throughout 1967, leading into the winter of 1968, discussions took place between Charles Thomson, Leader of the Extramural Department at Atlantic College, John David and a number of other people, notably Reg Whittle, Frank Clark and Alf Thomas, in creating the Surf Life Saving Association of Wales. In the spring of 1968, John David was elected as the first Chairman, Reg Whittle as Secretary and Margaret Whittle as Treasurer.
About Surf Lifesaving
Surf Life Saving Association WALES is a not-for-profit Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Number ~ 1157762. Thirty-one voluntary lifeguard clubs currently affiliate to SLSA Wales from Jacksons Bay, Barry in the east to Aberystwyth in the west and Rhosneigr on Anglesey in the north. Covering every Local Authority from the Vale of Glamorgan to Gwynedd, the majority of our lifesavers complete patrols on the weekend and in their own free time.
The primary aims & objectives are to save lives, to develop and improve National and International standards of life saving whilst co-operating with all organisations with similar aims. We also aim to provide the facilities for young people to participate in organised life saving.
IN THE NEWS..
lifesaving sport update june 2020
Cancellation of remaining SLSA Wales Sports Events for 2020
With the health and safety of our lifesaving community being an utmost priority...
COVID update statement – 10th June 2020
I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe in these unprecedented times.
As we hopefully get closer to a time wh...
World Masters Games 2021
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SLSA Wales Sports Events 2020
Welsh Team & Nipper Ocean Championships Cancelled
It is with very heavy hearts that we are announcing the above events are not able to ...
BEACHES COULD BE LEFT UNPATROLLED AS RNLI LIFEGUARDS LEFT WITHOUT FINANCIAL HELP
The RNLI is warning that beaches could be left unguarded once restrictions are lifted if the government furlough scheme is not extended to include its...