Lifeguards make a splash at national competition

Lifeguards at the Wales National Pool have made a big splash in a national competition to test their lifeguard knowledge, fitness and first aid skills.

Thirty of the team at the pool off Sketty Lane took part in the annual RLSS Lifeguard Triathlon competing against hundreds of their counterparts.

Long-serving lifeguard Robert Silvey came second out of a field of 211 men, while the Wales National Pool was the fifth best performing centre in the whole of the UK.

The training and testing is carried out by Swansea Council’s Water Safety Team.

General Manager Jeremy Cole said: “I’m really proud of all those from Wales National Pool who took part. We have a really enthusiastic and dedicated team here and the results just prove their professionalism.

“I also think it’s reassuring for all our users, from the elite to the fun swimmers,  to know that they are in very safe hands.”

The competition was made up of three elements, a theory test, a timed swim and practical CPR skills.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the lifeguard team at the Wales National Pool.

“We have an excellent relationship with the pool and I’m pleased that our Water Safety Team has helped them achieve these successes.”

Mr Silvey, from Gower, has been a lifeguard at Wales National Pool since it first opened in 2003.

He added: “I was really pleased to finish second. Training has always been very important here and we get a lot of support from the council’s Water Safety Team.”

Caption: Lifeguard Robert Silvey is pictured Wales National Pool general manager Jeremy Cole and pool lifeguards and members of Swansea Council’s Water Safety Team.