New Rookie Lifeguard digital resource launches with a splash, at Wales National Pool Swansea!
Children’s author and TV’s former ‘Bondi Rescue’ lifeguard, Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell, will take the plunge at the Wales National Pool Swansea (WNPS), along with local Rookie Lifeguards, as the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) launch their new digital ‘Rookie’ resources.
Sunday 19 May 2019
Wales National Pool Swansea
Sketty Lane. SA2 8QG
1:00pm – 3:00pm
“The Rookie Lifeguard programme engages young people from seven through to 12-years-old beyond simply being able to swim a set distance, giving them the skills they need to be confident around shallow or deep water, be that in the pool or at the coast,” explains Elouise Greenwood, RLSS UK’s Participation and Activity Development Manager.
“Launching our new digital resources for the programme at Wales National Pool Swansea is a real coup for us and is a testament to the programme’s popularity in Wales.”
Assessed across Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, the Rookie Lifeguard programme plays a crucial role for the leisure sector by enhancing their offering and retaining customers. For the youngsters taking part, Rookie Lifeguard fulfils all of the Key Stage 2 water safety elements of the National Curriculum, promoting healthy, active children, nationwide.
Joining the youngsters on the day will be Trent Maxwell, author of the Maxi the Lifeguard series of books:
“Maxi’s character in the books aims to capture exactly what the Rookie Lifeguard programme does for young swimmers – encouraging them into the water, boosting their confidence and crucially, learning to keep themselves safe,” said Trent.
“Making the instructor resources available digitally will make things so much simpler for the instructors’ poolside.
“I have such a good time writing these books along with David Lawrence and the illustrations by Peter Baldwin, really bring the stories to life. Anything that makes swimming and water safety more fun for the kids gets my vote!”
Welcoming Trent Maxwell and the Rookie Lifeguards to WNPS, the General Manager Jeremy Cole said:
“RLSS UK’s Rookie Lifeguard programme is a perfect illustration of our mission to be at the forefront of developing grassroots aquatic sports and using our facilities to promote health and well-being, for everyone.
“We’re delighted RLSS UK chose the Wales National Pool Swansea for their launch activity and look forward to seeing Trent and the children, put through their paces!”
If you would like to attend the launch event on Sunday 19 May between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, please contact: Elouise.Greenwood@rlss.org.uk.
For more information:
Rookie Lifeguard programme: rlss.org.uk/rookie-lifeguard
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Call – 0300 323 0096
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the drowning prevention charity. Around 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and the RLSS UK aims to prevent drowning through water safety education.