Rules for the beach base

Rules for all members and visitors to the NSVL Headquarters.

Entry to the beach base

  • The beach base is open for all members at the times listed in the 'Upcoming' panel on each page of this web site.
  • If you wish to access the beach base at other times, please contact the Lifeguard Captain in the first instance or any other committee member (all comittee members are keyholders).
  • During operational hours, access into the main base areas is via the code lock doors. Members will be told the codes for the doors, otherwise press the bell for entry.
  • All members and visitors to the beach base must sign the diary.


  • The doors to the equipment store and boathouse should be locked when not in use.
  • The internal code lock door on the main base should be kept shut unless people are in the kitchen area.
  • The code lock doors on the other units should be kept shut at all times.
  • Please keep the noise down when courses are running and use the other rooms rather than gathering in the corridor.
  • Tea and coffee is provided, but all other drinks, chocolate and sweets mustbe paid for in the honesty pot (prices are listed on the front of the cupboard).
  • Mugs and cutlery must be washed up after use.
  • All rooms should be kept tidy and rubbish put in the bin. When full, bin bags should be left next to the litter bin at the top of the steps for collection.
  • The VHF base set and handheld radios should be used by trained personnel only.
  • All heaters and electrical equipment (except dehumidifiers and radiators on timers) should be switched off at the plug before leaving the base.

Training Rooms and Office

  • The training room should be kept tidy at all times.
  • Large bags should not be brought into the training rooms.
  • Trailing cables should have cord covers, but please be aware of their presence.
  • Use only dry-wipe markers on the white boards, and wipe off after use.
  • A vacuum cleaner is available for cleaning the carpet.

Changing Rooms

  • Show consideration for others when entering and leaving the changing rooms.
  • Storage boxes are provided for storage of personal belongings. Please note the club cannot be held responsible for loss or theft of personal property.
  • Wet suits should be removed outside the base whenever weather conditions allow it.
  • Wet clothing and wet suits must not be worn beyond the changing rooms.
  • Please ensure the shower curtain is inside the tray while showering.
  • Please mop the floor when wet.

General equipment usage

  • Equipment is provided for your benefit and should be looked after.
  • Any damage should be noted on a Damage Report Form (available outside the office) and reported to the Equipment Officer or other committee member.
  • An Equipment Booking form (available outside the office) must be completed for any equipment removed from the beach base, and the Equipment Officer informed. Please see NSVL Rule Book for more detailed information on hiring equipment.
  • Non-members should not be permitted to use equipment, except as part of an authorised and supervised course. A list of current members is on the notice board.

Manikin Usage

  • Manikins are available for resuscitation practice for all members.
  • Please ensure you clean manikins before use using the wipes provided.
  • All manikins should be put back in the correct numbered bag and storage slot.

Personal Safety and Rescue equipment

  • Red and yellow quartered hats or another high-visibility cap must be worn when training in the water.
  • Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times in the base, on the prom, on the beach and in the water.
  • Helmets and buoyancy aids must be worn when using rescue and surf skis.
  • All safety and rescue equipment should be inspected before and after use to check for damage.
  • Leashes are provided for rescue boards and should be used as conditions dictate.
  • Please ensure bungs on rescue skis are tightened before use and unscrewed after use.
  • All equipment must be washed down with fresh water after use.
  • Equipment should be stored on the racks provided.

Open water training

  • The Coastguard should be informed by landline or Channel 0 VHF when we are on station and when open water training is taking place.
  • All persons going in the water should list their name on the whiteboard inside the doorway and wipe it off on their return.
  • While training in the water people should stay close together in groups and/or operate a buddy system.
  • During courses, lifeguard cover will be organised by the Lifeguard Captain or course trainer.
  • Those in the water should wear a red/yellow beanie hat and the appropriate coloured rash vest (blue for trainees/Roookies, yellow for lifeguards and red for instructors).
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