This year, ASLSC hosted the West Wales Championships in Borth! After a lot of organisation from the committee and support from our members and their parents, we welcomed Poppit Sands Surf Life Saving Club to our territory. For some of our members, it was their first ever competition, and everyone competed with determination. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the committee wish to say a big thank you to all our members and their supporters for making it a fantastic day!
The Sea2Shore Festival is an annual food festival held on Aberystwyth Promenade with all kinds of stalls and activities. ASLSC provided a demonstration for the crowds as part of the event where we showcased what we do. All of our members did a fantastic job showing off all the lifesaving skills they have learnt.
A small but mighty team headed down to Newport, Pembrokeshire to compete in this year’s Nipper Champs. This was the first major competition for some of our Nippers and a great opportunity for them to show off all that they have learnt. All of them did a fantastic job representing the club and some were even rewarded with medals! A big thank you to all the parents, guardians and coaches who went along to support them!
10 of our members, accompanied by two trainers, headed down to Pembrokeshire for this year’s Youth Camp; a fun and educational training programme where clubs get together and take part in both beach and sea based activities. It’s not a competitive event but a chance for our members to meet other teenagers who take part in surf lifesaving. The camp was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
This year saw record numbers of rafts race each other in front of a very large and supportive crowd. Our members helped to provide lifeguard cover along with the Aberystwyth RNLI crew. Although there were a few capsizes along the way, all competitors made it safely back to shore.
It was an unfortunate start to the year for us since our kit shed was broken into. Luckily, it was reported to the police who swiftly responded. Nothing was stolen but the doors were damaged beyond repair. Ceredigion Council worked quickly to replace the doors for us and, within a month, we had access to our kit again!
We recently held our Annual Awards night at Brynamlwg Club and celebrated yet another successful year. The club has accomplished many great things in 2016, including welcoming new faces, attending numerous competitions and events held across Wales and training the next generation of life savers.
Certificates were presented to all those who had qualified as lifeguards this year and special Club Pin Badges were awarded to everyone who represented the club at a competition. Finally, the Club Shields were awarded. Congratulations and a big well done to all our members!
After a fantastic summer full of sunshine, shoredump and, of course, surf lifesaving, ASLSC celebrated with a BBQ on the beach. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves thanks to both the efforts of our BBQ chefs and all our members who contributed a tasty dish. Hoping the summer of 2017 will be just as fun!
On a grey and drizzly Sunday morning, over 30 members of ASLSC headed down to Poppit Sands to compete in the West Wales Surf Life Saving Championships 2015. After a great turnout last year, many of our members were back for more. However, there were some new, nervous faces in our team this year, as this was their first ever surf life saving competition. Despite the overcast day and choppy sea, all of our members competed with determination and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well done to all those who competed (including some mums and dads) and a big thank you to all our supporters!
A team of five Aberystwythians competed in the Youth, Open and Masters Welsh Championships this year. This was a great opportunity for them to demonstrate their skills and represent the club. All of our members did a fantastic job with some big individual and team performances. Aberystwyth came in 8th place overall, epic considering we were a team of only 5! A massive well done to those who took part and a big thank you to all those who went along to support them!
A number of our members have been training to obtain the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ). On Friday 17th June they passed their examination which consisted of demonstrating their knowledge of lifeguard skills, first aid, the beach environment and completing a 30 question multiple choice exam and sea rescues. Candidates also had to complete a 400 m swim (16 lengths of a 25 m pool) in less than eight minutes. A lot of time and effort has been put in by those who completed the course and congratulations to those who passed their exam!