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Ryde lifeguards receive Ambulance Service Commendation Award

Victoria White, Director of Operations, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service, Louise Walker, Ambulance Education, Training and Engagement Lead for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service and members of the Ryde Beach Lifeguards
Ryde lifeguards receive Ambulance Service Commendation Award
16 August 2022

Our Ambulance Service has awarded the Ryde Beach Lifeguard team with an Ambulance Service Commendation Award for their outstanding contribution and support.

The Ryde Beach Lifeguards are a team of 12 lifeguards and 2 beach safety volunteers who were presented with the award for their recent outstanding actions that have helped to keep the public safe throughout the busy summer months.

Ryde Beach Lifeguarding was initially set up 2011, funded by Ryde Town Council. The service started with a basic provision but over the years this has grown. It now includes a centre of excellence for lifeguard training, drowning prevention talks, sea safe programme, beach rookies and more.

Ryde Beach Lifeguards provide beach safety for both Ryde and Sandown beaches, operating from 11am to 6pm, everyday, throughout out July and August.

Louise Walker, Ambulance Education, Training and Engagement Lead said: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the care and attention the Lifeguards give to the public at both Ryde and Sandown Beaches. Their ongoing training, safety awareness and prevention programmes are highly commendable, the team truly is an asset to our Island community.”

Todd Miller, Beach Manager, added: “I am personally very passionate about the services we deliver at both Ryde and Sandown, and this is passed down to the team who I know work extremely hard every day to ensure the safety of everyone on our beaches. To receive an award and recognition from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service for the work we do, means the world to myself and the team. Thank you. Equally we are tremendously grateful for all the support we receive from all the emergency services throughout the summer months.

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