The club offers Lifesaving/personnel survival and drowning prevention education. Members are encouraged to train towards awards that the Royal Lifesaving society has to offer (RLSSUK) Members can further their education by training to become Lifesaving Instructors. Should members wish to take your training further the club can also offer additional vocational awards: Beach Lifeguard, First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aider, Paediatric First Aider and National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers & Coaches.
During July/August the club provide additional training from their clubhouse (Loggia) on Westbrook Beach. Training includes, introduction to water safety & Lifeguarding, beach and open water competitions.
Club members complete in many competitions throughout the year, at local, regional, national and international level.
The club is committed to further drowning prevention education, by conducting outreach work and attending events:
The history of Lifesaving on the Isle of Thanet goes back as far as the early 1900s.
In the early 1960s a small group of individuals undertook voluntary lifeguard duties on Ramsgate Main Sands during the summer months. At that time Ramsgate District Council supported the fledgling club by providing a small beach hut for storage of equipment and shelter.
In the early 1970s, Margate and Ramsgate swimming pools were built. Thanet Lifeguard Club was formed and given training time at Ramsgate on a Sunday evening. The club flourished and assisted the local council in training and assessing their pool and beach lifeguard workforce. The club conducted voluntary beach Lifeguarding and educated its members in water safety, lifesaving and first aid.
In the 1980s the club ventured into the sport of lifesaving, sending teams and individuals around the country and Europe. At its height the club had achieved several national championships in open water and pool competitions.
In 2003 Martin Fossey and Neil Morgan took over the running of the club from John Bower. Thanet Lifeguard Club has gone from strength to strength due to the commitment of a team of passionate and dedicated Committee members, trainers and members. The club prouds itself in pursuing and encouraging water safety awareness and Lifesaving skills to the people of Thanet and the community within.
Members are encouraged to:
· achieve various levels of awards (RLSS UK)
· further their knowledge both personally and professionally
· participate in Lifesaving and Lifeguarding competitions
· being open to everyone