We are excited to announce that Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards will be returning to Southsea Beach on the 4th of July, however the level of service we will offer will be reduced.
While the outbreak of Covid-19 has been ongoing, we have unfortunately had to halt the startup of our summer lifeguarding season in order to protect the health of our members. Following changes in government guidelines and the reduction of risk over the recent weeks, we are able to begin to roll-out our service although this will start off very differently to what it has been in the past.
PSVL will be following a "phased" roll-out approach for our return to Southsea. With the reduction of risk to our members comes the possibility of progressing to new phases allowing us to operate in different ways that we previously could.
Our first phase will mean the opening of our headquarters on the weekends, however no lifeguard or boat patrols will be undertaken. We intend to operate in this phase as solely for reporting and supervision. While this may seem a drastic reduction from our previous services, our primary aim is to keep our members safe during these times. The public are also reminded that whilst we are unable to provide a lifeguard service at this time, there are other larger organisations available to offer these, such as the RNLI and HM Coastguard.
We will endeavor to keep the public updated as much as possible with our current phase level and the services that we can offer. We look forward to seeing you all back on the beach on the 4th (socially distanced of course!).