RLSS UK’s Rookie Lifeguard programme gives your child the skills they need to be confident in the pool or the sea – which means peace of mind for you. With colourful materials and fun, varied activities, the Rookie Lifeguard scheme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deeper water.

Read on for further information, or if this is something you would like your child to take up, please email our swim team your expressions of interest at swimlessons@teignbridge.gov.uk with the following details: 

  • Your name
  • Contact number
  • Email
  • Child's name
  • Which centre you wish to attend: Newton Abbot Leisure Centre or Dawlish Leisure Centre. 
  • Previous awards.

The Rookie course will run alongside our swimming lessons, Monday - Saturday 4 pm - 6 pm, for a full term with each lessons lasting for 30 minutes. We'd be looking to put on a Rookie course at Newton Abbot and Dawlish Leisure Centre if the demand is there. 

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 19 April. We will contact you if a course takes place to confirm course information and your booking.

About the programme 

Built into the programme are lessons in valuable survival, rescue and sports skills…all delivered in an exciting way that will get children involved and motivated. The course can run parallel to your child’s current swimming lessons and will enhance the skills they learn in the pool.

For many of our Rookie Lifeguards, our programme offers the first opportunity to explore water safety, gradually gaining independence and confidence while learning vital life skills. Our programme will inspire and embolden your child, helping them keep themselves, their friends and their family safe in the water through a range of fun activities that lead towards a series of awards.

Rookie Lifeguard is aimed at children – though the skills learned through the course of the programme are just as valuable to people of all ages. The scheme begins with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progresses to Stage 3 of the Gold Award, starting off at an ability level suitable for brand-new swimmers and progressing to the level where our Rookie Lifeguards perform impressive lifesaving tows.

Rookie Lifeguard is part of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme, although it can also be run as a stand-alone course by junior lifesaving clubs, leisure centres, swimming schools and as part of school swimming lessons. The Rookie Lifeguard programme fulfils all of the Key Stage 2 water safety elements of the National Curriculum and is taught by RLSS UK approved instructors.

Even the shyest kids find they make new friends through the Rookie Lifeguard scheme, as teamwork and peer support are crucial elements of the programme.

You can view all course information on the Royal Life Saving society website.

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