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Rookie lifeguard lessons

Have you completed the swimming lesson programme stages 1-7? Do you enjoy swimming and want a new challenge?

Leisure centres now offer a variety of aquatics lessons for young people who want to carry on swimming or try out a different aquatic sport. 

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 (ASA) National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) as one of the options in Stage 8, 9 and 10.

As well as offering parents the comfort of knowing their children are aware the dangers of swimming in open water, the Bronze, Silver and Gold stage awards ensure children have a solid safety education, and have learned rescue and resuscitation techniques.

Each stage is sub-divided into three levels and each stage runs roughly for 8-10 weeks. Children can enter a course at any point during the stage and progress at his or her own speed. Level 3 of the Gold award links to the RLSS UK senior awards.

The Rookie Lifeguard programme also comes with the Water Safety Award, the Life Support Award and the Achievement Awards.

Pre requisite: Leeds dolphin award 8 or ASA stage 7

Rookie lifeguard lessons are available at the following leisure centres:

  • Aireborough
  • Armley
  • Bramley Baths
  • Chippindale
  • Fearnville
  • John Charles Centre for Sport
  • John Smeaton
  • Kippax
  • Kirkstall
  • Morley
  • Rothwell
  • Scott Hall
  • Wetherby
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