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Dear all,

I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe in these unprecedented times.

As we hopefully get closer to a time whereby certain restrictions will be lifted, we thought it was a good time to update you all on the current position from Surf Lifesaving Wales, and to give you a brief insight into the work that our Commissions are doing to allow certain activities to re-commence as quickly but as safely as possible.

The guidance regarding club training and/or assessments issued by SLSA Wales in March still stands. In summary, and until further notice, there should be no organised club training sessions or assessments, regardless of whether members are from the same household or are able to maintain appropriate social distancing measures whilst undertaking any activity. All current members though, will have access to the e - learning platform and perhaps this could be used in conjunction with group video chat to conduct online learning.


It is likely that you will have seen or heard about the tragic incidents on beaches in England as the lockdown restrictions have been eased. As beaches become more accessible, combined with good weather, the reality is that people will choose to visit the beach and use the sea. The Lifesaving Commission have been working over the past few weeks to develop a set of guidelines for Clubs who may be in a position to offer some form of lifesaving activity on their beaches or in the community, whether that be simple social media messaging or some form of patrol.

What we have put together does not mean that we expect every club to go out and put on patrols this summer. As an organisation we are conscious of the fact that we are all volunteers, and that each club will have different views and capacity/capability on what they can or cannot do.

The guidance documents we have developed are meant to be an initial starting point for clubs to use as they wish. The COVID activity guidelines are not meant to be an exhaustive list – it is up to clubs to identify and manage their own risks, capacity, capability, and ultimately to work with relevant local stakeholders (such as local authorities/land owners, RNLI local teams, coastguard etc.) to develop an agreement specific to the individual club.

It is essential that anyone engaged in club level activities must re-join SLSA Wales, in order to satisfy insurance requirements.

Please take the time to read through the COVID activity guidelines and discuss with your Club Committee. SLSA Wales Lifesaving Commission representatives are available to provide advice, support and answer any questions you may have through the following email address;

covidfaq@slsawales.org.uk

The above email is monitored by Darren Williams (Lifesaving Development Tutor), Hugh Murray (Chair of Lifesaving Commission) and Andy Morgan (Regional Lifesaving Tutor for Bridgend).

In addition, we have also set up a file sharing platform with other useful documents, which can be accessed through the following link (you will need to copy and paste the link into your web-browser);


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qd89micjfg6llof/AAAOaqlPndGn-IJiq3Ui4BLDadl0



In addition – our Covid guidance team have arranged an online meeting using Teams video conferencing for Wed 17th June at 7pm. We would appreciate just 1 member from each club to try to attend. The invite to this meeting will be sent separately. It will be chaired by Hugh Murray, Tech Comm.

We appreciate that not all clubs will want to participate, and some clubs may feel that they don`t want to do anything but be assured, whatever you decide, we will provide as much support as we can moving forward.


Best wishes

Pat Thomas

SLSA Wales Chairman

 

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