Rookie Lifeguard course is buoyant | South Norfolk Council

Rookie Lifeguard course is buoyant

South Norfolk Council’s latest swim class at Diss Leisure Centre is proving popular with both children and parents.

Children who have reached an advanced level of swimming have been learning vital life-saving skills on the Council’s new Rookie Lifeguard Programme. While the lessons are fun and are keeping kids active, they are also challenging and educational, teaching rescue and survival skills.

South Norfolk Council’s Cabinet Member Yvonne Bendle said:

“This latest bout of hot weather really re-enforces just how important it is to know how to keep yourself safe in the water. It’s not just reacting to a situation, but also ensuring the children can spot the warning signs to prevent them getting into difficulty in the first place. The life-saving skills being taught to these children might one day save their life, or those of others.”

Parent Jo Pannone said:

“Jack joined the Rookie Lifeguard Course as he had become a good swimmer, and was starting to get bored with lessons. The course has really re-ignited his interest and he’s learning some fundamental life-saving skills. Jack is having a lot of fun and really enjoys the course. It’s also good for building his confidence and helping him to keep active and fit.”

Edward Cripps’s two sons Bernard and Henry also attend the course, he said:

“My Sons have found the course challenging, rewarding and fun. The instruction has been superb; progressive; challenging and planned in context using scenario based training. This has helped the boys become more responsible and confident. A fantastic course that helps to make our community more resilient.

The Council’s 50-week course follows the Royal Lifesaving Association (RLSS) framework where each Rookie will work towards bronze, silver, gold and master awards.

For more information visit: www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/swim-school