Young lifesavers from across Europe head to South Wales for Camp Survive & Save

27 July 2015

Camp Survive & Save 2015

Fifty young people are returning to South Wales next week as the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, kicks off its third Camp Survive & Save.

The young lifesavers, aged between 14 and 18-years-old, will spend a week at Porthcawl Lifeguarding Club, Sandy Bay, from 1 to 8 August 2015 for the RLSS UK’s biggest ever camp.

Camp Survive & Save engages young people in an international youth exchange that has clear goes to provide water safety skills in a fun and inspiring way, that will give them the knowledge of how to stay safe, self rescue and save others in a beach environment.

And this year, many of the teenagers are taking part as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award to achieve their residential element of the award.

Camp goers from the UK will be joined by young lifesavers from the Crezch Republic and Germany, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and languages as well as to socialise with people from all backgrounds. The camp will help to improve citizenship by improving the cultural understanding of the young people across Europe, as well as developing leadership, communication and teambuilding skills.

In addition, there will be 20 UK volunteers taking up various roles to ensure the safe, smooth and professional running of the camp. Sixteen of these volunteers will be helping as part of their RLSS UK Young Leaders leadership award.

In addition, camp volunteers will be providing water safety advice to local communities and tourists. This is hugely important as the charity continues to provide education to people enjoying the water this summer.

RLSS UK Volunteer and Community Manager, Lee Heard, said: “This is a great chance to have some fun, meet new friends and develop as lifesavers, with the programme full of exciting activities and events.

“It includes the opportunity to come away with a RLSS UK Bronze Survive & Save Beach Award, RLSS UK Assistant Instructor or Community Instructor Award. In addition, 28 lifesavers will be able to achieve parts of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. All the awards are great fun to achieve but also gives young people life skills that could potentially save their life as well as the lives of others.”