Join a Rookie Lifeguard course

A 'Rookie Lifeguard' makes use of a chin tow during a demonstration in the pool.
A 'Rookie Lifeguard' makes use of a chin tow during a demonstration in the pool.

Children wanting to take up a fun activity can sign up to the Rookie Lifeguard course and learn to save lives while having fun in the pool.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK clubs run courses across the UK, which are aimed at eight to 12-year-olds and offer young lifesavers the chance to add to, or progress from their swimming lessons.

The course is the junior award scheme of the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, and teaches children skills that could save themselves or others in an emergency situation.

Lifesaving programme manager, Mike Dunn, said: “For most children, Rookie Lifeguard will be the first opportunity to explore water safety and alternative safe aquatic play while learning key skills that could save their lives or the lives of others and is a great activity to occupy them though the holidays and beyond.

Rookie skills make children aware of how to take better care of themselves, their family and friends, and give them the information they need to promote water safety in their day to day activities.

The awards contain survival, rescue and sports skills as well as life support (CPR) and water safety elements but include lots of fun and games to get the skills across.

Mike added that, with more than 400 people dying as a result of drowning every year in the UK and drowning being the third highest cause of death in children in the UK, the Rookie Lifeguard course is something all parents should consider for their children.

He went on: “We would love as many children as possible to know basic lifesaving skills which are not only fun to learn but could mean the difference between life and death if an emergency should occur.”

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “We offer the rookie lifeguard class at most of our swimming pools during term time.  We also offer the class at some of our pools as part of the holiday programme throughout the year.”

For more information on Rookie courses near you, visit www.rlss.org.uk and click on ‘courses’ or www.angus.gov.uk/leisure/juniortimetable.pdfwww.angus.gov.uk/leisure/juniortimetable.pdf