New clubs joining the Programme
May has been a very busy month for the GLP team with more and more clubs looking to sign up youth members to the Graduate Lifeguard Programme. Sidmouth SLSC has set a new record with around twenty new graduates beginning their first summer units. Teignmouth have eight Graduates signed up and already in receipt of their work packs. Broadstairs SLSC based in the East region, also began enrolling ready for a June start. Other clubs currently starting the enrolment process include Bantham, Falmouth, Newquay, Crantock and Polzeath. If you would like to get involved and offer the Graduate Lifeguard Programme to your 13-16 year old club members, get in touch with Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Instance of the RNLI has done a fantastic job in organising support for our GLP clubs by arranging for an RNLI supervisor or manager to liaise with their partner club, offering training, career advice or any other support that may be useful. To have the GLP acknowledged and supported by the RNLI team, shows the value and suitability of the programme, not just to the graduates themselves but also to the provision of well-trained Beach Lifeguards with expert, local knowledge for future patrols.
The idea to trial the GLP with pilot clubs was always going to be useful to us to gauge content and club requirements. All of our pilot clubs have helped to shape the programme and the experience that they have gained so far will be of benefit to any club interested in getting started, so please use them! Saunton Sands and Porthtowan SLS clubs have also been in a position to offer the DofE to their Graduates, Porthtowan have six members looking to complete the bronze award whilst Saunton have six members completing the silver award this year. The combination of the GLP and the DofE awards will give the individuals something fantastic to put on their CV.
Lusty SLSC have are also doing a fantastic job. Although fairly new to the surf life saving scene, they have adopted the GLP and are working well through the units for the first year.
Graduate of the Month- May
We were all so impressed when Saunton SLC graduate Laura Fraser-Smith led water safety presentations to over 130 Primary School children. Laura’s GLP teammate, Florence Gillard has, however, surpassed this achievement by leading an assembly to 350 school children. Not only is this something that Flo should be proud of, her contribution to SLSGB’s aim of increasing water safety and the prevention of drowning will be far reaching. We are all very proud of the work she and her teammates have done so far. Flo planned and led her water safety presentation to school years 7-9 at her school. This takes some confidence and careful preparation. Well done, you are most definitely a worthy winner of May’s Graduate of the month.
But with success comes additional pressures, seeing how well Flo, Laura and all of the other Saunton Graduates have done so far, we have set them a special target. We want them to complete their outreach project to over one thousand under 16’s. Good luck to all of our Graduates with everything that you will be training and developing during June.