Tribute to our coach Julia

Julia Rescorla-Ryan – A celebration of her life with us

A big ‘Aloha’ to all of you connected to the surf club (whether in the past, present or future times!), a new year (2018) is now upon us and the club managers have tasked me with writing about Julia our lead coach for the club’s ‘Rookie Lifesaving-swimming’ winter activity programme.

Very sadly Julia died just a few days before the Christmas weekend-days (Wednesday 20th December). She died from incurable cancer. On Wednesday 20th Julia had her lovely and loving family beside her.

Since January 2017 when I first learned she had cancer, Julia made every effort to beat it in her inimitable ‘can-do’ and ‘lets-go-for-it’ way. This is summed up by her words to me when visiting her in September “…I’m OK at the mo Pete – I’m certainly not ready to go yet!”

So how on earth do I describe the amazing whirlwind called ‘Julia Rescorla-Ryan’ and do her full justice in a way that makes sense to all of us in the surf club? Well here we go with a list of her amazing aquatic sport (both sea and pool based) achievements, experiences, skill and infectious enthusiasm that she brought to the surf club.

Julia was:

  • …an amazing competitions swimmer in her childhood and youth days. Beating the best of the opposition and showing the quickest way forward – to the other end of the swimming pool and ‘Newlyn to Battery Rocks’ in the annual sea swim – for both men and women competing with her.
  • …in the early 1970s the first Penwith Council ‘female’ beach lifeguard whose rescue skill competency with both rescue tube and board was in ‘the best of’ category.
  • … an incredibly talented and skilful swimming coach and a key member of the nationally recognised ‘Penzance Swimming Club’. Many of the swimming club members were introduced to surfing through Julia’s experience, inspiration, personal enthusiasm and sports coaching skill. She was also a key member of the team to get the Penzance Leisure purpose built indoor swimming pool built at the St Clare site.
  • …one of the first on-board ‘full crew’ female members of the RNLI-Lifeboats  organisation. Her lifeboat station and boat being Newlyn’s ‘Penlee Lifeboat’. Julia excelled in her role of being a Penlee RNLI-Lifeboat crew member for over 10 Yrs

Julia’s work for the Sennen Surf Club (2008-2016)

Julia used all of her public duty experiences listed above for the benefit of our surf club when with wonderful energy and enthusiasm she re-joined the surf club as a full volunteer coach member in 2008 (she was a full surf club member in the 1970s). Her designated role was to organise and lead coach the club’s RLSS/UK Rookie-Lifesaving winter programme for the ‘Groms & Juniors’ sections of our club.

Julia did her work for us with maximum dedication, infectious enthusiasm and a total willingness to help all in the Groms club. Teaching both the children their lifesaving swimming skills and for the club’s parent volunteers, how to improve their swimming ability for their RLSS/UK Beach Lifeguard training and assessment programme.

The photographs that we have of Julia with the club ‘Rookies’ in 2008-2009 describe exactly what Julia meant to us as a club and individually. She had these effects and influences on our club members whether children or parent volunteer:

  • …there are those who were taught by Julia ‘how’ to swim, be ‘safe’ and to ‘rescue’ others in danger in the swimming pool and the sea
  • …there are those she taught how to run a successful community leisure club with maximum enthusiasm, empathy and experience skill for all the members of a club
  • …there are those she partied with at the Skewjack Surf Holiday Village camp in the 1970s and 1980s showing all of us who worked there as surfing instructors, how we could party to the max at night, surf to the full on a ‘dawnie’ and lifeguard during the day between 10.00-18.00 with a maximum ‘vigilance, service & duty’ professionalism.

In 2008-9 seasons Julia mentored Sara (Bevan) to become a ‘Rookies Lifesaving’ teaching assistant at the poolside.  Inspired and influenced by Julia, in 2009 Sara attended and achieved her RLSS/UK Pool Lifeguard.

For Julia her club volunteering guideline was always ‘safe successful swimming’ for all, with the magical ingredient of ‘maximum fun’ for all the children. In this, Sara was a perfect teaching assistant companion to help Julia at the poolside on ‘Groms’ night.

To say ‘goodbye’ to Julia in this story I’d like to use the words I heard at the funeral of another very special friend of mine: “No more words can come today, to add to what our hearts do say”

Thank you Julia for all that you have given our surf club. We will do our utmost to keep and share your wonderful ‘stoke’ good buddy: Aloha from all of us at the Sennen Surf Club.

 

Winter Lifesaving Training 2016/17

RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Programme

Our popular rookies programme will be running as usual this winter. The rookies programme offers the opportunity to follow a structured RLSS lifesaving skills programme, including Water Safety, Rescue, Self Rescue and Emergency Responses. The aims of Rookies is to:rlss-logo

  • Teach Lifesaving Skills
  • Increase Swimming Competence
  • Develop Survival Skills in Water
  • Develop Confidence, Initiative and Judgement
  • Develop Teamwork and Leadership

There are 3 levels of awards: Bronze, Silver & Gold for the groms to work their way through. A great, fun way for the groms to learn essential skills to keep themselves (and others) safe in the water and at the end they receive an RLSS rookie lifeguard award (certificate, badge and sticker).

The programme runs for 10 weeks in the Penzance Leisure Centre pool and costs £25 for the whole course. Due to swimming galas in the Penzance pool we are starting the sessions later than usual with the first week being held on Saturday 18th March from 6.30-7.30pm

We have had a lot of interest so are recommending that you book your child a place if they would like to join in so we can guarantee them a place. You can do this by emailing us, commenting on this post, messaging our facebook page or phoning (Sadie – 872685).  To make it fair to all, priority will go to 2016 club members.

RLSS NVBLQ (Beach Lifeguard) & Assistant Lifeguard Programme

The Beach Lifeguard & Assistant Beach Lifeguard training programmes are running again this year with our RLSS trainer Justin. We welcome groms over 14 onto the assistant lifeguard programme and 16+ or adults onto the full award.  Bear in mind that these awards are quite demanding and do require a commitment in terms of time (both for the club and to achieve the award). These awards are also suitable for anyone doing Duke of Edinburgh!

The cost of both of these awards is £75* which includes the RLSS exam fees, all your training & pool costs and your award certificate. This year due to changes at the RLSS we have got to buy every new FULL lifeguard candidate a manual – so we’re asking for a donation of £10 towards the cost of these, assistant lifeguards if you would like one then we can order them for you- they are £27.

*For those doing the full NVBLQ award (not assistants) who are not currently actively volunteering with the club there will be an additional £100 training cost applied, payable before the exam (half refunded each year that 10 weeks are volunteered with the club). The typical cost of this award is £250+ so this is still a good saving on the programme, but protects the club as there are quite a number of costs involved in running a programme like this and we need our lifeguards to attend sessions in order to enable the club to run!

The programme consists of 40 hours of modules covering pool, beach, first aid and theory, and each training session will need to be signed off by both yourself and your trainer. The training sessions will be running on a Wednesday evening from 7-9pm at the Surf Club from 11th January, with additional Sunday sessions held on the beach during May if needed once conditions have improved (assessment to be carried out the weekend of 20th May). You will also need to attend at least 4 pool sessions (held alongside the rookies sessions as above) as part of your logged hours, but the pool will be available for swim training during all the weeks that rookies is running. We will be running a few ‘catch up’ sessions should anyone miss a module due to illness. You will likely need to swim outside of the Saturday evening sessions in order to achieve the minimum pool swim time (400 metres in 8 minutes for the full award and 200 metres in 4 1/2 minutes for the assistant award).

If you are interested in these awards please contact me (reply to this email or call me on 872685) as soon as possible as any spaces not taken up by club members will be offered to other members of the public! Booking a place on this course is advised as we have limited spaces available.

Qualified lifeguards are vital to the continuation of the club so please do consider giving it a go. 

2016 BBQ & Awards

Big thankyou to everyone that came along to our final groms club session of 2016. Some great fancy dress costumes being sported by our groms (and coaches!).

What a glorious day it was for our end of season BBQ!! Thankyou to everyone who brought along food & drink (and some yummy cakes!) and of course everyone who helped carrry things & cook!

Congratulations to all our rookies who picked up their certificates from the winter lifesaving programme, and an extra big well done to Tehya – our most improved surfer this year. Our groms made it really hard to choose one winner this year as they all worked incredibly hard at their surfing with some great attitude shown even with the tricky conditions we had some weeks.

And finally a big thankyou to all our volunteers! You’ve all been a fantastic help with organising the sessions, coaching and keeping the groms safe every week!

 

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Rookies CPR Training

The club building now has a public access defibrillator by the entrance – increasing the safety for the community here in Sennen 🙂

We ran a CPR training session for our rookies with the mini-me manikins supplied by British Heart Foundation. Thank you BHF!

We’ll be running more first aid training sessions later in the year for our volunteers, groms and parents if anyone is interested!

Winter Lifesaving Training 2015/16

RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Programme

Our popular rookies programme will be running as usual this winter. The rookies programme offers the opportunity to follow a structured RLSS lifesaving skills programme, including Water Safety, Rescue, Self Rescue and Emergency Responses. The aims of Rookies is to:

  • Teach Lifesaving Skills
  • Increase Swimming Competence
  • Develop Survival Skills in Water
  • Develop Confidence, Initiative and Judgement
  • Develop Teamwork and Leadership

There are 3 levels of awards: Bronze, Silver & Gold for the groms to work their way through. A great, fun way for the groms to learn essential skills to keep themselves (and others) safe in the water and at the end they receive an RLSS rookie lifeguard award (certificate, badge and sticker).

The programme runs for 11 weeks in the Penzance Leisure Centre pool and costs £25 for the whole course. Due to swimming galas in the Penzance pool we are starting the sessions later than usual with the first week being held on Saturday 5th March at the usual time of 7-8pm.

The second week (due to a gala taking over the pool) will be an optional week of Rookie Life Support training, held at the leisure centre. In order to gain this award rookies must demonstrate effective CPR on a mannequin, turn a live casualty, demonstrate the recovery position and also be able to treat bleeding, choking and shock – all rookies who pass this have the option to purchase a RLSS certificate for their achievement folders (£2).

We have had a lot of interest so are recommending that you book your child a place if they would like to join in so we can guarantee them a place. You can do this by replying to this email, posting on our facebook page or phoning (Sadie – 872685).  To make it fair to all, priority will go to 2015 club members.

RLSS Beach Survive & Save

This award is for groms progressing from the Rookies programme, or their parents who would like to learn basic lifesaving techniques.  Survive and Save awards teach lifesaving rescue, self-rescue, survival, and lifesaving skills, and also develop swimming ability and fitness, the programme we run is a beach survive and save so additional beach specific lifesaving & first aid skills will be covered.

The programme is taught both in the pool and on the beach.  The whole programme is £50 which includes the RLSS award applcation costs, all your training & pool costs and the award certificate.

Booking a place on this course is advised as we have limited spaces available.

RLSS NVBLQ (Lifeguard) & Assistant Lifeguard Programme

The Beach Lifeguard & Assistant Beach Lifeguard training programmes are running again this year with our new RLSS trainer Justin. We welcome groms over 14 onto the assistant lifeguard programme and 16+ or adults onto the full award.  Bear in mind that these awards are quite demanding and do require a commitment in terms of time (both for the club and to achieve the award). These awards are also suitable for anyone doing Duke of Edinburgh!

The cost of both of these awards is £75 which includes the RLSS exam fees, all your training & pool costs and your award certificate.  We have a few copies of the NBLQ lifeguard manual available to borrow from week to week during the course or you can purchase your own copy (£25 from the RLSS).

For those doing the full NVBLQ award (not assistants) who are not currently actively volunteering with the club there will be an additional £100 training cost applied, payable before the exam (half refunded each year that 10 weeks are volunteered with the club). The typical cost of this award is £250+ so this is still a good saving on the programme, but protects the club as there are quite a number of costs involved in running a programme like this and we need our lifeguards to attend sessions in order to enable the club to run!

The programme consists of 40 hours of modules covering pool, beach, first aid and theory, and each training session will need to be signed off by both yourself and your trainer. The training sessions will be running on a Wednesday evening from 7-9pm at the Surf Club from 20th January, with additional Sunday sessions held on the beach during May once conditions have improved (assessment on the last Sunday in May)! You will also need to attend at least 4 pool sessions (held alongside the rookies sessions as above) as part of your logged hours, but the pool will be available for swim training during all the weeks that rookies is running. We will be running a few ‘catch up’ sessions should anyone miss a module due to illness. You will likely need to swim outside of the Saturday evening sessions in order to achieve the minimum pool swim time (400 metres in 8 minutes for the full award and 200 metres in 4 1/2 minutes for the assistant award).

If you are interested in these awards please contact me (reply to this email or call me on 872685) as soon as possible as any spaces not taken up by club members will be offered to other members of the public! Booking a place on this course is advised as we have limited spaces available.

Qualified lifeguards are vital to the continuation of the club so please do consider giving it a go. 

Fancy Dress Surf!

A selection of our groms (and seniors) from the fancy dress surf on Sunday. Unfortunately I missed snapping a photo of them before they headed into the surf.

We had pirates, super heroes, zombies, penguins, bears and more!  I was amazed at some of our groms surfing for so long with their outfits on. Sorry we didn’t get any better photos!

We’ll announce our winner at next weeks groms club!

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Rookie Awards, congratulations!

Some of our rookies with their certificates awarded for completing their rookie lifeguard bronze / silver / gold awards! Congratulations all!

For those rookies who couldn’t make it to GromStock we have your certificates ready for you to collect when you can.

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Gromstock – a big thankyou!

Thankyou to everyone who came along to Gromstock to celebrate with us , here’s a small selection of photo from the day – a great time was had by all of us.

 

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NB: Selection of photos by Lee Searle, view more here

Flat Day at Groms Club

Flat day but there’s always stuff to do. Life guarding practice at Sennen Beach

Aiva and Georgia going through the ‘Chums’

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Torpedo tube rescues – lifesaving skills

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Raft running games to finish off after a great lifesaving session

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First Groms Club 2015 – 31st May

The first Groms club of 2015 is this Sunday: 31st May.

We have a waiting list for the club so please do make sure you have reserved your childs place – to make things fair to all the groms priority first goes to those who surfed regularly with us last year, and then to those on the waiting list.

Looking forward to seeing you in the surf!