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. 

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. 

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!

We’ve got loads of activities lined up (many of which are free!) including: BUNGEE RUN / GLITTER TATTOOS / RACES / WATER SLIDE / CRAFTS / OBSTACLE COURSE / GAMES / SUMO BATTLES / FACE PAINTING / AND SEE HOW LONG YOU LAST ON … THE SURF SIMULATOR

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).

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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!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1647621918795193/

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. 

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.

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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.

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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

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