ROOKIE LIFEGUARD FESTIVAL
The Rookie Lifeguard programme is aimed at children from 8 to 12 years old. The purpose of the course, which has been designed by water safety specialists at RLSS UK, is to ensure that every child in the country has essential water skills to keep themselves safe, and gain knowledge of what to do in an emergency. The programme features swimming and lifesaving skills supported by water safety education, allowing participants to enjoy swimming as an activity and, vitally, to protect their lives should an accident occur in or out of the water.
Youngsters who take part in the awards will fulfill all of the requirements set out in the National Curriculum. It is hoped that the Rookie Lifeguard programme will help to produce a new generation of children, who can not only swim competently but also have a strong awareness of water safety and rescue principles. The awards have been mapped against the Lifesaving model for Long Term Lifesaving Development to ensure that the appropriate activity is matched to the age of the participant.
Crucially, fledgling swimmers are given the opportunity to progress at their own speed, not that of their peers. The fluid nature of the course allows children to spend as much time as they need to become confident within the water. This will mean that individuals can develop at different speeds – and cut down on children who are left with feelings of inadequacy or even worse, a fear of water as a result of failing to progress at the same rate as their classmates.
Rookie Lifeguards will work for bronze, silver and gold awards, with each award having three badges.
Rookie Lifeguard and Water Polo Clubs are held at St Michael's Middle School on
Sundays 16.00-18.00 and on Mondays 18.15-19.15.
For more information on Rookie Lifeguard or NPLQ courses visit active sports