With the winter months, hopefully leaving us, just an update on our current situation, with some good and not so good news.

Good News ~ Winter training at Dinas Powys has gone well and we currently have six candidates training for a variety of lifesaving awards at different levels.  The swimming pool work for these will take place just after Easter, with the beach work completed, hopefully by June.

Sports Council grant aid.  We managed to acquire grant aid from Sport Wales which enabled us to purchase two storage containers and ten Nipper boards.  The containers will be replacing the two loaned to us for last year and are already in place, with Paul and a few others ready to start building internal racking to store our lifesaving equipment.  Although a big step forward, particularly with a larger container, we can’t accommodate all our equipment in there so we are selling off and in some cases, giving away some surplus lifesaving gear.

Not so good news. From tests taken in 2023, the bathing water in Watch House (Tower) Bay has been classified as poor.  Signs have been erected by the entrance to the promenade advising against bathing. We recently attended a meeting with other local beach organisations , as well as with the Council, Dwr Cymru and Natural Resources Wales, where the situation was explained to us.  A further meeting is planned before the start of the season, but it is worth noting, that the poor result for Watch Tower was on 18 August 2023 and since that date, a further three tests have taken place, without further issues being recoded and the water quality being in the excellent range.  We’ll up date everyone on this at our AGM.