Hastings and St Leonards Voluntary Lifeguard Club

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17 Austen Way,Hastings
East Sussex,
TN35 4JH


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Dean's 72 hour swim


My name is Dean Baker and in 2011 I completed a 36 hour non stop swim. It was a tough challenge that pushed me to my limits, both physically and mentally. I swore that I would never do anything like it again!

Last year whilst I was teaching a beach lifeguard course and a ‘friend’ sent me a video by a guy doing a 50 hour swim! To cut a long story short I decided that I would attempt to swim non stop for 72 hours to beat him. The swim is now set for Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August at East Hastings Sea Angling Club in a ‘never ending pool’. I mustn’t stop.

I’m raising money and profile for Hastings Voluntary Lifeguards as we need to replace our main rescue boat engine and ideally the second rescue boat too. The third engine is a smaller one to enable our younger members to learn boat handling skills. The progression of new members is critical to our survival.

So now I’m training hard.

About Hastings Lifeguards:

The club was formed in 1972. Over our history we have evolved from patrolling to providing rescue cover for specialist events. These include rowing regattas, sea swims, exclusion zones for aerial events such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flypasts, Red Arrows, triathlons, corporate events, safety covering for filming and many more. Our members are trained and must have the same safety and protective equipment as our paid colleagues. However, we have to finance ourselves.

Importantly, we train members of all ages and all levels of lifesaving and lifeguarding, first aid and resuscitation. This ranges from 2 hour ‘Save a Life’ workshops, vocational qualifications of beach lifeguards and first aid to Rookies from the age of 8 upwards.

Like all voluntary groups we continue to find fund raising very difficult so please support my swim. Thank you for your support, we are very grateful for your help in that replacing this vital rescue equipment.

Again very many thanks for your help, it is really appreciated.

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