Expanding Our Reach - Brighton Surf Lifesaving

Total raised £18,087

£20,000 target 13 days left
90% 190 supporters

We urgently need new equipment to be able to continue training our members in essential lifesaving skills and increase our membership.

Help us to raise £20,000 to keep our club growing.

Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (BSLSC) is a volunteer run charity formed to save lives and improve the safety of beaches for our local community in Brighton & Hove. 

We provide a vital service to Brighton and Hove’s extremely popular beachfront improving the safety of this environment for all within the community who use this space throughout the year. 

Our goal is to facilitate and nurture the training of young people and adults in the pursuit of lifesaving, aquatic fitness and respect for the ocean environment. 

Surf Lifesaving is nationally recognised and regulated by Surf Lifesaving GB, it represents a lifelong commitment to learn, develop and maintain the skills needed to save lives.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

We keep our membership fees as low as possible to make it accessible for everyone. However, the costs to the club of providing safety cover for our training sessions and to support local community events is substantial.

Up-skilling our existing coaches, training new coaches, purchasing safety and first aid equipment doesn't come cheap.

The rescue boards used for our training sessions are expensive bits of kit too, and we urgently need to buy more to replace worn out ones and have enough for our increasing members.

Much of our existing kit is old and damaged and we do not have enough coaching capacity for our expanding membership. 

This severely limits our ability to provide safe and suitable lifesaving training for our members to learn the skills they need to progress.

What we want to do

We want to expand our membership to include more people including from previously underrepresented parts of the city, enabling more adults and young people to get active and help to protect their community.

We also need new equipment, coaching and safety cover to relaunch our schools training programme which was halted during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Through this program we can teach up to 850 local children a year about sea safety, the beach environment and being a lifeguard. 

As we develop this programme, we would like to reach schools in different parts of the city.

How we’ll spend the money raised

We will use the money to:

  • train additional level 1 and level 2 volunteer coaches and help others gain the qualifications they need to be able to take on water safety roles. This will allow us to provide appropriate training to our existing members and expand our membership.  
  • buy new rescue and training boards to replace our old and damaged equipment. 
  • buy the equipment needed to get our recently acquired lifeguard station into full working order including a fixed radio. This will increase our visibility as well as our ability to provide training and local voluntary lifeguard cover.

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Our community impact

BSLSC’s skilled and qualified volunteer coaches provide professionally recognised lifesaving training for our children and adult members, enabling them to become competent lifesavers.

Members go on to serve their local community as first responders and voluntary or professional lifeguards working on Brighton & Hove's beaches, nationally for the RNLI or worldwide. 

BSLSC works closely with other community organisations. We are the primary source of water safety management for major charity swims and water sports events held in the city. 

We are also closely involved with projects which provide safe; supported and controlled access to the sea for special educational needs and disability groups. 

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How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

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Thanks to our Supporters

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Stand up Paddle Board Taster Session

90 minute Stand up Paddle Board Taster Session at Hove Lagoon (for age 14+). Usually £60

£7 or more

3 of 12 claimed

Bottle of Nikwax Wetsuit Refresh

Retails at £11.49. Nikwax Wetsuit Refresh is for cleaning, conditioning and deodorising wetsuits and other neoprene items. Extends the life of your wetsuit. Nikwax is not harmful to the marine environment.

£15 or more

22 of 50 claimed

Club bobble hats

A hand knitted woolly hat in club colours to keep out the winter chill. Handknitted by member and supporters. Bobble optional!

£35 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Bird and Blend tea blending mixology experience

Voucher for tea blending mixology experience. Learn about the different tea types and blending herbs with Bird and Blend. Create your own tea blends, drink unlimited tea and grab a goodie bag! Choose from 18 locations around the UK (including Brighton2)

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Aerial photography of your home or business

For £50 you will receive ten 12 megapixel photos of your Brighton and Hove home or business taken by a licensed and insured drone pilot. This would usually cost £150-£200. Photos will have minimal editing and you will need to be involved in the composition

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

45 minute physiotherapy consultation

Physiotherapy consultation with Dr Kevin Hall (PhD). Usually costs £65

£70 or more

0 of 1 claimed

60 minute running gait analyis

60 minute running gait analysis with Dr Kevin Hall (PhD), physiotherapist. Would usually cost £90

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Two hour interior design consultation

Make your interior dreams a reality! Two hour interior design consultation for unique design ideas and all the know how needed for any renovation project. Donated by Den Life Interiors usually worth £350

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Headmaster - Colour and Cut

Full makeover - colour and cut - at Headmasters hair salon. Usually worth £200

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Fly to the Isle of Wight!

Usually costing £385, a return flight for 2 (or 3 if one person is small!) in a light aircraft from Shoreham airport. Can stay in the Isle of Wight for lunch or a drink. Food and drink not included

£2,500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Sponsor a Race Board

Sponsor the purchase of one our new race boards. You'll get to name it, we'll put your company logo on it and we'll keep you updated on the outcome of competitions. Come join us on the beach for a celebration to see the launching of your board

£5 or more

41 of 41 claimed

Ticket for quiz night 21st June - All welcome !

Quizmaster David Samuel will host BSLSC's quiz night on 21st June, 18:00 to 20:30 at the Freemasons Arms, Hove. Children welcome! Suggested ticket prices are £5 per adult, £2 per child or £10 per family.

£5 or more

58 of 58 claimed

Entry ticket for club champs (members only)

Entry ticket for club champs - swim race, board race and board rescue events. Medals will be awarded to the top three in each category :)

£7 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Raw Chocolate Company Bar Selection

Vegan, organic, raw chocolate bar selection - retails at £11.99

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Taster 30 minute piano lesson

Taster piano lesson donated by Caroline McKay

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Volks Railway Family return tickets

Normally £16.70. Family return ticket on the world's oldest working electric railway - right on Brighton Beach!

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-2-1 one hour Skateboarding lesson

Individual one hour skate board lesson donated by Level Skate School. Normally £30

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Massage course taster sessions

Massage course taster sessions from Jing, School of Advanced Massage Training. Worth £30

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sauna Voucher

Off-peak 2-hour sauna session at Beach Box Spa, including 90 minutes sauna time and 15 minutes either side for changing. Includes access to freshwater showers, cold plunge pool, chill out seating areas and fire pit.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Falling Sands Surf Apparel T-Shirt

Unisex T shirt with falling sands design, available in any size, 100% cotton. Retails at £25. Available to view here: https://www.fallingsands.co.uk/product-page/unisex-tee-circle-white

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Raw Chocolate Company Button Selection

Vegan, organic raw chocolate button selection. Retails at £23.99

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Gift voucher for 12 mixed cupcakes

Gift voucher for 12 mixed cupcakes from Hove based company Hannah Makes Cakes

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bird and Blend tea starter kit

Loose leaf tea starter kit including Brewdini Gravity Steeper, loose leaf tea, tea spoon and tea pouc

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

One hour court hire at Yellowave beach volleyball

One hour court hire at Yellowave

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Broken Riders brand towelling changing robe

Towelling robe by Broken Riders. Retails at £40. You can view the Robe here: https://brokenriders.com/collections/all/changing-robe

£30 or more

5 of 5 claimed

12 Large loaves from Real Patisserie

A dozen (12) large loaves of delicious bread from the Real Patisserie. Collection from any Real Patisserie ship in Brighton & Hove, one loaf per visit. Worth £50.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Private Sauna Session at Nomadic Sauna

Voucher for a 30 minute private sauna session at Nomadic Sauna

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Comedy tickets - donated by Forge Comedy Club

Voucher for 4 people for show of your choice at Forge comedy club in Brighton

£40 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Sealanes 1 month membership

One month membership at the national outdoor swim centre. Monthly membership is normally £67

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Voucher for 4 people to ride the Brighton Zip Line

Voucher for 4 people to ride on the longest zipwire on the South Coast on a day/time of your choice. This would normally cost £64

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

6 bottles of wine

A mixed case of 6 bottles of red and white Naked wines. Over 18s only. Delivery or collection within Brighton & Hove only.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Three month swim membership at Freedom Leisure

Improve your swim fitness with three months swim membership with access to King Alfred, Prince Regent and St. Lukes pools.

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Swimtrek 45 minute endless pool coaching session

45 minute coaching session in Swimtrek's endless pool for anyone looking for pointers on technique. Stroke analysis and highlight areas for improvement using video playback. Usually costs £70

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Short sleeve changing robe - Donated by Red Robes

Grey short sleeve Red changing robe medium size- Brand new. You can view the robe here: https://red-equipment.co.uk/products/womens-short-sleeve-pro-change-robe-evo-grey

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 voucher for the Outdoors Project

£100 to spend on Outdoors Project clubs and activities - Inspiring outdoors adventure clubs for kids!

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 of yummy catering from Real Patisserie

If you have a party or work event coming up, this reward is for you. Get £200 of food from Real Patisserie - sandwich platters, afternoon tea, savoury and sweet treats, it's all on the menu. Collection from any of their 4 Brighton & Hove shops.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personal Styling Service

Choose from a range of personal styling services from Wilmer Gostner, professional style coach. Choose a colour analysis, style consultation, wardrobe edit or personal shopping trip. Usually priced from £250 to £450

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Marketing consultation for your business

Two hours consultation donated by Liz Forte Marketing and follow up marketing plan designed to help you meet your business objectives. You will have a two hour meeting with a marketing consultant exploring your business, commercial objectives and defining your requirements. The offer includes a follow up marketing strategy and easy to follow business action plan. Usually worth £1,500

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