Llandudno Lifesaving Development
Llandudno Surf Lifesaving Club has invested a significant amount of its resources in creating a development programme (Development Through Sport) in order to provide valuable life skills to children from neighbouring underprivileged communities. With the assistance of local social workers, the programme provides swimming lessons to a number of children from Imizamo Yethu and teaches them basic water safety skills.
Those that can demonstrate a sufficient level of competence in the swimming pool are introduced into the club nipper programme, where their skills are further developed with a view to training them to become qualified lifeguards and retain them as active club members. Since its inception four years ago, the development programme has already produced qualified nippers who are now competing at a national level.
The development programme is entirely self-funded and the club currently receives no corporate sponsorship or government grants in order to sustain the programme. The club hosts a quarterly swimming event series called the Llandudno Swim Series, the proceeds of which are used to cover the operating costs of the programme.