GromStock! 50th Annivesary Family Event

Saturday 25th July, 2pm – 10pm

Open to all families with an interest in surfing locally – past, present and future members! Free Entry!


There will be a free evening disco for all ages and we’ll be cooking up a BBQ for dinner, with cakes and snacks available throughout the day.

We’re applying for an events license so there will be a fully stocked bar with beer, wine and cider as well as soft drinks for the groms / drivers..

Overnight camping available – £7 a pitch. Why not stay overnight and join us for surf club the next morning, it’ll be a fun filled session with a fancy dress surf! Please let us know if you would like to camp as this needs to be pre-booked with the hall (we would ask that tents are put up later in the day so we can use the full field for the activities during the day).


Sennen Surf Stock! 50th Anniversary Event @ The Ritz!

As many of you are probably already aware, this year is the 50th anniversary of the surf club, making us one of the longest running surf clubs in the UK!!  We’ve got various celebrations planned over the year to mark the occasion, the first of which is a big party at the Ritz in Penzance, on Friday 29th May from 7pm – 2am. The evening will be a night of punk, pop, rock, new wave and funky disco with live music from local bands and a DJ to finish off the night.

Surf Stock

This event is truly a celebration of surfing in Sennen, local surfers are what has kept the club running for 50 years! It’s aimed at club members past and present, family and friends, plus anyone with an interest in surfing in the local area. The surf club wouldn’t be where it is today without local surfers having been involved, and we’d like as many of you to come as possible!

Join the event on Facebook here and see updates!

Please put this date in your diary as its going to be a really good night out. We’ve got live music from the Jubilee Boys and are just waiting for confirmation from another couple of bands we have lined up, with a DJ set by local DJ, Ben Jordan, to finish off the night!

​Tickets are £7.50 and are available from Sennen Surf Club, Smart Surf School, Sennen Surfing Centre and South Shore Surf & Skate, Penzance.  There will also be tickets available from the box office on the night if people can’t get to any of the other venues in advance, reserve online on the Sennen Surf club Facebook page!
​The Ritz is a licensed venue so it is an over 18s only night, with all drinks £3. We’ll be holding some great events for the groms during the year too!! 

2015 AGM

This years AGM will be on Wednesday 21st January 7-8pm at the clubhouse dryroom (so we have heating!)

As well as our existing members it would be great to have new members attending who may be interested in joining us in 2015. Whether you are parents of children interested in joining the groms club, or local surfers who would like to be involved in the club for 2015 and beyond.

This year is the clubs 50th Anniversary year!!! so we have lots of activities planned and the more help the better! So please do spread the word with anyone who you feel may be interested in the club and its activities – all are welcome.

2015 – SSC 50th Anniversary Year!

​Sennen Surf Club is a true community surf club – ​run entirely by volunteers – with a rich history spanning the years, from 1965 (when Sennen surfers Johns Adams, Tony Hole & Mike Carr, amongst others, formed the club after a conversation in the car park at Sennen Cove!), through to today’s thriving groms & seniors clubs with clubhouse in prime position on the front at Sennen!
The club was initially solely a seniors surf club, run by Keith Prowse, Chris Tyler, Colin Wilson, Harvey Hoare, Barry White and Pete Urquhart. It wasn’t until 1994 that the first groms club appeared in Sennen – with surfers such as Sam & Lew Smart and John Buchorski as members until it dwindled out briefly in the early 2000s.
The club was then resurrected in its current form by Steve Jamieson in 2007, with Bilbo as club mascot and some great local young surfers taking part – such as Seb Smart, Mike Lay, Christian Jackson, Bert Wright and Lowenna Murley.

Current club activities

Today we have thriving groms club which meets every Sunday morning from May – September and a seniors club held on Wednesday evenings.  Our groms club sessions instil not only surf skills and ocean awareness into our groms but also essential lifesaving techniques, which are further built on when they participate in the rookie lifeguard programme which is run through the winter, with an aim to build their skills to prepare them to take the RLSS beach lifeguard qualification.

This winter 4 adult volunteer members achieved the full beach lifeguard award and 4 junior members the assistant beach lifeguard award!  Groms club head coach for 2015 is Matt Szlichta who surfed with the groms club himself.  He also takes up a post as RNLI lifeguard on Sennen beach this summer following achieving his beach lifeguard award in winter 2014 with the club!

With social activities like fun days, BBQs, an elite surf training programme run by Smart Surf School and friendly interclub surf comps with Gwithian Academy of Surf alongside the surf and lifesaving sessions, we are a true community club for adults and children alike.

We have a number of events running through the year this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the surf club – the first of which is an over 18s night at the Ritz in Penzance (Sennen Surf Stock) and then we have a family day (Gromstock) to be held in Sennen, further details to follow!

Winter Lifesaving Training 2014/15

RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Programme

Our popular rookies programme (7-15 year olds) 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 10 weeks on Saturdays from 7-8pm in the Penzance Leisure Centre pool and costs £25 for the whole course. Due to swimming galas in the Penzance pool we have split the course into 2 parts, the first 3 weeks running from 3rd – 17th January, then the final 7 weeks from 14th March – 25th April.

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, posting on our facebook page or phoning (Sadie – 872685).

RLSS Beach Survive & Save

This award is for groms (12+) 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 pool sessions run over 10 weeks (dates as above for rookies), first aid sessions will be held on the Saturday evenings between 24th January – 7th March when we cannot have the pool due to swimming galas and the beach sessions will be confirmed later. 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 NBLQ (Lifeguard) & Assistant Lifeguard Programme

The Beach Lifeguard & Assistant Beach Lifeguard training programmes are running again this year and we welcome groms of over 14 and adults.  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).

The programme consists of 10 pool sessions (dates as above for the rookie lifeguard award), 10 first aid / theory sessions and 6 beach sessions (incl 6 clubhouse briefings). The cost of both of these awards is £75 which includes the RLSS exam fees, all your training & pool costs and your award certificate.  7 of the first aid sessions will be held on the Saturday evenings between 24th January – 7th March when we cannot have the pool due to swimming galas and will be held at the Penzance Leisure Centre.

NBLQ manuals are £25 – lifeguards will need to have access to one in order to be able to read through some of the important topics covered there (it is recommended that all full lifeguards have their own copy).

For those doing the full NBLQ 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!

In order to complete the award you will need to have the training hours logged so it is important that you note the dates above, 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 minutes for the assistant award) and commit some time to at-home learning from the manual.

If you are interested in these awards please contact me (email, facebook or call me on 872685) as soon as possible as we are commencing the beach sessions immediately in order to complete most of the work whilst the temperatures are still warm! 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. 

Interclub surfcomp with GAS

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the interclub surf comp with GAS. Lovely sunshine, shame the waves weren’t cleaner but at least we had waves!

Had a great BBQ & social over lunch too – hopefully have many more as the summer goes on.

Here’s a few photos from the various comp heats – sorry none from the main groms club session this week! Well done to all the competitors: Leo, Pat, Finley, Minnie, Dolly, Owen, Callista and Morgan on behalf of Sennen Surf Club and Rosie, Jay, Austin, Finlay and Callum from GAS!

Our finalists were:

  • 1st: Callista
  • 2nd: Minnie
  • 3rd: Jay
  • 4th: Rosie

Well done to all!

July Interclub surf comp with GAS


Interclub surf comp

Interclub surf comp

Interclub surf comp

Interclub surf comp

Beach BBQ

Drowning Prevention Week

Drowning Prevention WeekAs this weeks groms coincided with Drowning Prevention Week and flat conditions at Sennen we ran a lifesaving based session.

The session started off with a briefing by Stef (head lifeguard on Sennen) where he talked to them about lifeguarding and showed them the various items of kit that the lifeguards use on a daily basis. The groms then involved themselves in completing board rescues, board races, torpedo tube rescues, swimming races and learnt other basic beach lifesaving techniques.

The session was a big success and all groms seemed to enjoy what they were learning, we will likely repeat a session like this when conditions are not favourable for surfing!













Seniors Surf

A sunset surf session for the seniors club at Sennen last night – beautiful little waves and a fun session had by all.

We meet every Wednesday at 6pm, so if you’d like to join us for a surf come along!

Sennen Sunset Surf

Groms club 2014

We’re looking forward to the start of groms club again this year.

New season of groms club starts 1st June

We’ll be returning to the beach again on Sunday 1st June 2014 for our first groms club session. Sessions will be held at the same time as last year (9.30-11.30).

In the 2 weeks before we are running coaching training sessions for our volunteers – 18th & 25th May

If you’d be interested in volunteering with us please do come along to these sessions and join in!  It will be a mixture of beach and clubhouse training so we are well prepared to guide the groms in their learning.


our coaches & assistant coaches 2013

Rookie Lifeguard Awards

Congratulations to all our Rookie Lifeguards – everyone did really well this winter and all the rookies achieved their awards, with many of them even going on to achieve a second award!

Big thanks to Julia & James who volunteered their time to help the rookies achieve their awards.


During their awards they have practiced the following lifesaving skills:

  • Clothed swim (with a timed element for some awards!)
  • Casualty rescues (both unaided and using various methods: rope throw, torpedo tube rescues, board rescues)
  • Treading water
  • Help Signals
  • Life support
  • Underwater object recovery
  • Various swim techniques

Congratulations to you all on all your awards!

Bronze 1 – Jensen, Patrick

Bronze 2 – Sennen, Dolly, Minnie, Mia

Bronze 3 & Silver 1 – Leo

Silver 1 & 2 – Finley

Silver 3 & Gold 1 – Benjy, Joey, Jos, Jay, Sam, Aiden