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Monday - Wednesday 8th - 10th April

Challenge 1 & 2:  9.00am - 9.30am
Bronze -9.30am:  10.00am
Silver, Gold and Honours:  10.00am - 10.45am
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Become a Rookie lifeguard

The Rookie Lifeguard programme is the junior award scheme of the RLSS UK. For most children Rookie Lifeguard will be the first opportunity to explore water safety and alternative safe aquatic play. The Rookie skills make Rookies aware of how to take better care of themselves, their family and friends, and give them the information they need to promote water safety in their day to day activities. The awards contain survival, rescue and sports skills as well as life support and water safety elements. 

Rookie Lifeguard is primarily aimed at children aged 8 – 12 years (Year 4 to Year 6). Starting with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progressing through to Stage 3 of the Gold Award, Rookie Lifeguard begins at an ability level suitable for swimmers who are able to swim 50 meters comfortably with a recognizable stroke and tread water for at least 1 minute. 

Aqua Zone Rookie Lifeguard Club will not only follow the Rookie Lifeguard programme but Dom Whyte, the instructor will also introduce the Rookies to further life saving skills, games, competitions and fund raising activities. Dom is a qualified trainer assessor for Lifeguard qualifications and will be supported by a qualified swim teaching assistant. 

The club aims to allow children to learn about water safety and life saving skills in a structured but fun environment. The Rookies will work collaboratively with each other and they will have the opportunity to promote their own independent skills too. 

Spaces are limited so will be offered on a first come first served basis. 

When does the club take place? 
Rookie Lifeguard Club takes place every Sunday morning during term time. There are two classes:
9.00am – 9.45am - Rookie 1 
9.45am – 10.30am - Rookie 2 


Spring Dates:

Club starts 13th January 2019

NO Rookie 17th & 24th February due to half term

Club continues 3rd March until 31st March 2019



How much does Rookie Lifeguard cost?
To become a Rookie Lifeguard member there is a £18.00 registration fee. This includes a Rookie goody bag to include the relevant progress book, key ring, t-shirt and award certificate. The registration fee is paid when you complete the application form. Existing Rookies then pay an annual £5.00 fee to register to cover the costs of the awards.

There is then a weekly fee of £6.00 per session paid termly in advance. 

Spring term fees: £60.00 and registration fee of £5.00

The fees cover all course material and resources. From time to time there may be support required if the Rookies are required to visit another pool such as the Lido or a trip to South Cerney Lakes. Parents will be notified in advance. 

What equipment is needed?
T- shirt (provided when you join)
Clean crocs/flipflops
Dry clothes:
Jogging bottoms

How do I join?
Collect an application form with terms and conditions from poolside, or you can download an application form here or email 

Upon completion of Bronze Stages 1, 2 and 3 Rookies should be able to:
Enter shallow water safely and confidently
Tread water for 1 minute, using arms to occasionally signal for help
Swim continuously in clothing for 50m (long sleeved top, trousers or skirt)
Swim Lifesaving Backstroke over a distance of 50m
Scull head and feet first on their back over a distance of 15m
Hold the ‘HELP’ position for 2 minutes 30 seconds
Demonstrate a non swimmer, weak swimmer and an unconscious casualty
Demonstrate a ‘Shout and Signal’ rescue to a casualty 5m away
Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 5m away
Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 5m away and instruct them back to the side
Demonstrate a reach rescue to a casualty 2m away
Throw a non buoyant aid (rope) to a casualty 8m away
Enter deep water safely and confidently
Perform a feet first surface dive and swim underwater 5m before surfacing
Climb out in deep water without using the steps 

Upon completion of Silver Stages 1, 2 and 3 Rookies should be able to:
Swim continuously in clothing (long sleeved top, Trousers, or a skirt) for 200m on your front and back (100m on your front and 100m on your back), in less than 10 minutes
Demonstrate a reaching rescue to a casualty 2m away, instruct them what to do
Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 8m away. Instruct them what to do
Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 10m away
Using a throwing aid, instruct the casualty what to do
Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 10m away
Using a rigid aid instruct the casualty what to do
Place casualty in the support position
Tread water for 3 minutes, shouting and signalling for help every 30 seconds or so
Swim 100m during which perform 2 feet first and head first surface dives, recover an object in 1m of water before surfacing
In shallow water turn a face down ‘unconscious casualty’ face up and walk to the poolside whilst shouting for help
Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 10m away and pull to the side in less than 45 seconds
Enter deep water using a straddle jump
Demonstrate a fall-in entry into clear deep water
Swim 20m continuously with your head out of the water on your front 

Upon completion of Gold Stages 1, 2 and 3 Rookies should be able to:
Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 12m away and pull to the side, in less than 30 seconds
Swim 400m continuously in clothing (long sleeved top and trousers) using three different strokes. Each stroke must be performed continuously for 100m (Lifesaving Backstroke, Sidestroke, Breaststroke or Front Crawl) in less than 15 minutes
Tread water for 2 minutes before removing clothing then swim 50m to a point of support in deep water. Climb out of deep water unaided
Demonstrate any 2 from the following in clear deep water; fall-in, compact jump or shallow dive
Swim 10m then demonstrate a Reverse
Swim 10m then demonstrate a Standoff
Swim 20m to an unconscious casualty. Surface dive and recover an object from 1m depth of water. At the surface swop the object for and unconscious casualty. Turn the casualty over then perform a swim and tow for 20m using sidestroke. This is a timed swim and must be completed in less than 2 minutes 30 seconds. Shout for help
Demonstrate supported rescue breathing whilst waiting for help
Demonstrate the support position
Using initiative, assist 2 casualties in difficulty up to 15m away in shallow water. Demonstrate non-contact rescues of both casualties, instruct casualties what to do and assist to land. Treat for shock
Using appropriate hand signals from land direct another swimmer to a point where an unconscious casualty has disappeared from sight in deep water
Using any recognised competitive stroke, swim 400m continuously, in less than 12 minutes
Complete the Rookie Life Support Award

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