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Rookie Lifeguards

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Created on Monday, 16 July 2012 Written by Paula Richardson

Rookie Lifeguards is aimed at 8-12 year-olds to provide a fun and safe way to learn lifesaving skills and water safety. It is a natural progression from formal swimming lessons and is now integrated into the Amateur Swimming Association's National Plan for Teaching Swimming.

Children can join at any age from 8 upwards and progress through the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.  Sessions usually include a mix of swimming, lifesaving skills, personal safety, competitions and resuscitation.

How to Join

Children must be water confident in shallow and deep water and must meet be able to do the following:

·         Swim front crawl

·         Swim on back

·         Swim breast stroke

·         Jump in deep water

·         Tread water for 1 minute

Children who have passed Stage 7 of the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming will be able to fulfil these criteria.  The distances and quality of swimming strokes required will depend upon the age of the child.

All new Rookies will be invited for a swim test in advance of being accepted. If children are unable to meet the criteria on their first test, we will be happy to invite them back at a later date once they have had a chance to progress.

Please note - Although swimming is an integral part of Rookies, NSVL is a lifesaving club and we are not here to provide swimming lessons. It is essential that children already have a good basic swimming ability in all strokes before joining Rookies. North Tyneside Council and other companies provide Learn to Swim programmes in the North Tyneside area.

A waiting list is in operation for new Rookies. Click here to go to the waiting list page.

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