Having been a beach lifeguard qualified outdoor instructor, one of a very small group of elite coasteering providers, I have some interest in beach lifeguarding, and to be absolutely clear, I am dismayed by the provision of what should be blanket coverage of the popular beach locations in the UK.

There are plenty of volunteers and qualified beach life guards. If you live by the ocean, for a good few, it’s what you do as a teen and young adult.

Why then was there no provision at Easter in the fine weather that we had then and why is there STILL no lifeguarding cover at popular locations now?

The image was taken Saturday 26th June 2pm at Southerndown, one of the most popular beaches in Wales.

There will be drownings, it what the sea does, but I assert that a good few of those that will drown will do so because of the lack of life guarding services.

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Walk leader @ Wales Outdoors, life model @ Cardiff Life Models and poet @ Self Published I opened the first mountain bike hire business in the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1995. Since then my business, Wales Outdoors, has grown and morphed and is now the most active and most popular guided walks and adventure travel provider in Wales. Andy has been a volunteer co-ordinator, guided walks programme organiser and part time central area warden for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism, a Duke of Edinburghs area co-ordinator, a Princes Trust social inclusion manager, the catalyst for the Brecon Beacons National Park Environment Charter and a key motivator for the inception of the outdoor activity peer group, SWOAPG. Join Me! for a walk or two :)