January has been a busy but exciting month so far for the Graduate Lifeguard Team. Twenty three graduates from three of our four pilot clubs have received their kit, work packs and the year one winter units and are now set up ready to get stuck into the programme. Lusty Glaze, Saunton Sands and Porthtowan recruits are fully kitted out and ready to go in becoming future beach lifeguards, junior leaders and DofE award holders.
The Graduates will, over the next few months, be focusing on their health, fitness and well-being, the beach environment and promoting their own water safety message to peers and children under the age of 16. This unit is a vital part of the programme as we are aiming to have a massive and far reaching impact in helping to increase water safety and the prevention of drowning within our coastal waters. With a high percentage of annual drownings involving the under 16 age group, the Lifeguard Graduate’s presentations could provide the information and education that could ultimately save the life of one of their school friends, sports club team mates, social group or family.
Responses from all involved so far have been fantastic with teachers, RNLI staff and the graduates themselves telling us that the programme is going to be great fun to take part in as the activities included in the work pack will help to focus club training nights on specific lifeguard skills. Trainer packs are also given to the clubs to aid delivery with suggestions and activity ideas, hoping to prevent additional responsibilities landing on the shoulders of club volunteers.
Over the next month, clubs are invited to get in touch to express their interest so that we can start planning for the 2016 cohort of Graduates Lifeguards.
If you would like to sign up to the programme, either as a club or a Graduate, contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org