The Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 2nd November at the NSVL Beach Base. Both adult and junior members attended to find out what the club has achieved over the last year. This was followed by the North Tyneside fireworks display and a BBQ on the promenade.
On Saturday 2nd November NSVL ran a Rookie Instructor course for our volunteers. 13 of our instructors attended the course, which was led by Malcolm Dunn and organised by Paula Richardson.
Malcolm started the day by asking the group to think about how many qualifications or awards they held. We worked out that between the 13 candidates there were 95 awards, including Pool and Beach Lifeguard, First Aid at Work, Assistant Instructor and Survive and Save. It was brilliant to realise how much our volunteers have achieved as a result of their hard work and commitment to the club. We then thought about why our Rookies come to NSVL and why we as volunteers continue to lifeguard and teach at sessions week in, week out. Responses included 'you get a sense of achievement when a child learns something new or does something they couldn't do before'. Others said 'it's a sense of responsibility that we don't get in other areas of our life' and 'we're treated like adults by the older and more experienced teachers'.
We continued to discuss what makes 'good' teaching and how this maps onto the Rookie Lifeguard programme. We also looked at the resources provided for Rookie Instructors by RLSS UK and how we could use the schemes of work and sessions plans to help us organise our lessons. The highlight for many candidates was being given their blue and yellow Instructor pack!
Due to a gala this session will be held later than usual. Juniors (Rookies/Survive and Save Bronze) will be 6-7pm and seniors (Survive and Save Silver/Gold and adults) 7-8pm.
NSVL will be running a Rookie Instructor course on 2nd November, time TBC (approx 4 hours). The course is free to NSVL members who teach regularly at pool sessions.
Candidates must be 16 or over and hold a lifeguarding or lifesaving award. The course cover class management and the structure of the Rookie Lifeguard programme.