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Rookie Lifeguard

Our Rookie Lifeguard programme is our popular, fun and educational junior award scheme for all 8 to 13-year-olds. For most children Rookie Lifeguard will be the first opportunity to explore water safety and learn valuable life skills.The Rookie Lifeguard course is based on a programme from the Royal Lifesaving Society. The aim of the Rookie programme is to prepare the Rookies to take better care of themselves, their family and friends and to give them the information they need to promote water safety in their day to day activities..

RLSS Rookie Lifeguard programme gives your child the skills they need to be confident in the pool or the sea – which means peace of mind for you. With colourful materials and fun, varied activities, the Rookie Lifeguard scheme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deeper water.

The awards contain survival, rescue and sports skills as well as life support and water safety elements – all delivered in a fun and exciting way making it a great addition to swimming lessons or progression from them.swim teachers who have been trained as Rookie Lifeguard Instructors, children must have swum at least one term in lanes (or equivalent in another centre) and be able to tread water comfortably.

Check out What Rookie Lifeguard is all About!

About the programme 

Built into the programme are lessons in valuable survival, rescue and sports skills…all delivered in an exciting way that will get children involved and motivated. The course can run parallel to your child’s current swimming lessons and will enhance the skills they learn in the pool.

For many of our Rookie Lifeguards, our programme offers the first opportunity to explore water safety, gradually gaining independence and confidence while learning vital life skills. Our programme will inspire and embolden your child, helping them keep themselves, their friends and their family safe in the water through a range of fun activities that lead towards a series of awards.

Who is Rookie Lifeguard For?

Rookie Lifeguard is aimed at children – though the skills learned through the course of the programme are just as valuable to people of all ages. There are three stages. Bronze, Silver and Gold, which are each split into three levels (Bronze level 1, Bronze level 2, Bronze level 3 etc) The scheme begins with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progresses to Stage 3 of the Gold Award, starting off at an ability level suitable for brand-new swimmers and progressing to the level where our Rookie Lifeguards perform impressive lifesaving tows. Even the shyest kids find they make new friends through the Rookie Lifeguard scheme, as teamwork and peer support are crucial elements of the programme.

The three Stages of Rookie

Each stage of the Rookie Lifeguard programme has been divided into three levels and each stage runs roughly for eight to ten weeks. The Bronze, Silver and Gold stage awards ensure children have a solid safety education, and have learned rescue and resuscitation techniques

Following the completion of each stage, Rookie Lifeguards can receive a certificate, badge and sticker to mark their progress in their own Progress Book.P rogress Books provide a full breakdown of all the skills learnt through the core Rookie Lifeguard programme. You can Follow your child’s progress with the Rookie Lifeguard Progress Book!

What equipment is needed?

  • Swim Costume
  • Shorts
  • T- shirt (provided when you join)
  • Clean crocs/flipflops

Dry clothes (For when needed in the water):

  • Jogging bottoms
  • T-shirt(provided when you join)
  • Sweatshirt 
  • Runners

Want to become a Rookie Lifeguard?

Our Rookie Courses are currently full. We will advertise via our website and social media platforms when our next intake will be.