As you will have seen from this previous article, we had our first group of swimmers progress all the way through the Rookie Lifeguard Programme. Below is a report by on of these swimmers, Danielle Whalley. Once again from all of the teachers, coaches and other swimmers, well done to our Rookie Gold recipients!
Rookie Lifeguarding is an exciting and skillfull experience. There are nine stages for you to pass, which are Bronze 1, 2 and 3, Silver 1, 2 and 3 and Gold 1, 2 and 3. I passed all of these stages. It gives children an opportunity to experience something different and have a good time whilst learning new skills. When I first started, I learnt the basic skills and then i improved them so i moved into the more challenging things. Rookie Lifeguard enables you to progress in your water skills, leadership skills and listening skills. I found this experience extremely fun and active. Some of the things you do in Rookie Lifeguard are learning how to throw a rope a certain length to a casualty, different ways of entering the pool depending on the situation and working with a partner to learn how to tow a casualty to safety. Also, checking for breathing, checking if the casualty is conscious or unconscious. Also, learning different ways to rescue the casualty, for example, throwing something to them that they can balance on, swim to them yourself and tow them, throw a rope or use a pole for them to grab onto and many other things. My favourite things about Rookies were learning new things, working with other people and having a good understanding of it all. You are surrounded by a lot of kind, helpful and fun people who teach you, they make it a lot of fun. It gives you the chance to build on your confidence as you work with other people and communicate. Rookie Lifeguard will help you in the future if you want to do the full lifeguarding course when you are sixteen, it gives you a good idea of what you will have to do. People should definitely give this a try, you will benefit from it a huge amount and you will have a great time.
By Danielle Whalley.