We would like to welcome the first new Reps for this recruitment phase:
- Claire Moodie – Croyde
- Tom Fox – Newquay
- Curly Steve Patterson – Newquay
- Vicky Gould – Perranporth
- Dave Muir – Sennen
- Natalie Fox – Jersey
- Oliver Frere-Smith – Cromer
- Hannah Finch-Saunders – North Wales
See their profiles and those of all our 49 Reps here
At SAS we have a fantastic group of ambassadors in most of the key surf and watersports locations around the country. This network of volunteers carry out our work at a community level, whether that is visiting schools, lobbying MPs or organising beach cleans. This programme extends from the Channel Islands to the Isle of Skye and has been one of SAS’s biggest success stories of the last few years. From just a handful of Regional Reps in 2008, we now have 49 trained, passionate and dedicated SAS Reps representing us in coastal communities nationwide.
To increase the efficiency of our Reps and their understanding of the campaigns and work we do, we offer two training weekends a year. These weekends include specific training on running campaigns, approaching local coastal stakeholders, schools and MPs, dealing with media, and fundraising.
We are excited to say that we are expanding the Programme again to exceed 50 Reps helping us provide educational events, develop exciting new environmental initiatives and deliver community volunteering activities in even more locations.
Over the next 2 weeks we are looking to recruit new Regional Reps to help protect the UK’s unique natural wave, coastal and aquatic heritage. Specific areas we are looking to increase coverage for include:
- The Lizard
- The Roseland
- Thurso/North of coast Scotland
- North West England (Blackpool)
- The Gower/Swansea
However we will consider all areas and applications from around the UK or locations important to watersports/the watersports community.
SAS Reps come from a variety of professional, educational and community backgrounds, all contributing to the programme in different ways. Whether rallying local support and raising awareness for various campaigns, organising beach cleans, delivering educational talks in schools, volunteering at local events or being part of national campaigns, it all makes a big, positive impact.
Becoming an SAS Regional Rep is entirely voluntary and can fit around each individual’s professional and personal commitments. The role is flexible and designed to bring out the skills, experience and expertise each individual can offer, as well as fitting around their available time. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a surfer to join the team, just someone who cares passionately about protecting our oceans and coastline.
If your are interested in becoming a Regional Rep please send a CV and cover letter to Jack at [email protected]
When I am not working on something ocean related you can usually find me on or under the water. Hence I was very keen to become an active member of SAS spreading the word throughout the local communities and encouraging a more pro-active approach regarding water related issues. For too long I had complained about rubbish strangling the shorelines and wondered about the sewage pipes and the stench of sewage at local breaks and realized it was time to learn more, raise awareness and increase understanding. Being an SAS Rep has allowed me to do this and more by getting involved with several beach clean events, awareness and fundraising events and being a part of the POW campaign and even accompanying the petition to the Houses of Parliament
Lauren Smith - Regional Rep for Aberdeenshire