Lifeguard service now operating at Aberavon Beach
25 June 2020
Aberavon Beach now has a seven-day-a-week volunteer lifeguard service running between 11am and 7pm.
Neath Port Talbot Council has given its thanks to the Aberavon Surf Lifesaving Club for stepping in to provide the service after the RNLI was unable to do so due to the Coronavirus emergency.
The beach is now flagged and there is a clearly designated lifeguard patrolled swimming area. The lifeguard service provided by the club, which began this week, will run until September 6th, 2020.
Beach visitors wanting to go into the sea are asked to use the lifeguard patrolled swimming area.
Councillor Peter Rees, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said: “I would like, on behalf of the council, to thank the Aberavon Surf Lifesaving Club for providing this extremely important service.
“We are lucky to have such a wealth of experience and skill right on our doorstep and to have trained people willing to volunteer their valuable expertise.
“With the weather getting hotter, I would ask that we all continue to play our part in the national fight against coronavirus by continuing to observe local exercising rules and social distancing when exercising so that visiting places like parks and beaches is a good and safe experience for everyone.”
Harry Worth, the Chairman of the Aberavon Surf Lifesaving Club said: “The council approached us with a view to providing a lifeguard service and thankfully we had the skills and experience at the club to do just that.
“I want to pay tribute to our committee and to all at the club for working very hard to establish this service. Our lifeguards are highly trained in life saving and are all acting on a voluntary basis and I would also like to thank every one of them for what they are doing.
“We are glad to be able to offer this service for users of Aberavon Beach.”
At present the Welsh Government's message to stay local remains, meaning people can only visit places like Aberavon Beach if it is within five miles of their home and social distancing and other public health measures should continue to be observed.