Graduate Lifeguard Programme Update

Following the official launch of the SLSGB and South West Water’s Graduate Lifeguard Programme, We have received a great deal of interest from Surf Lifesaving Clubs and schools throughout the country.  If you or your club are interested in the programme, please contact me so that we can create a plan of action.

Our pilot clubs are progressing nicely with the first winter units close to completion and we were delighted to hear about the presentations that the Graduates have been leading within their local communities.  Saunton Sands SLSC has taken a particularly interactive role with this element of the programme.  I would like to extend a big thank you and well done to all clubs who have been involved in promoting water safety and the prevention of drowning in their local areas through the GLP. Billie-Jo, Emma and Laura worked together to create a presentation which Billie-Jo and Emma delivered to a local Beaver scout group and Primary school whilst Gus and Kane are finalising their presentation which will be delivered to another scouting group at the end of April as well as organising activities  for the clubs sharks and Nipper groups.  Well done to everyone involved with the Graduate Lifeguard Programme at Saunton Sands.

To acknowledge the work being carried out by the Graduates on the programme, SLSGB will be highlighting an individual who has performed to a high standard and who has been nominated by their club for the award of “Graduate of the Month”

Our first Recipient is from Saunton Sands SLSC.  Congratulations to Laura Fraser-Smith who led four presentations to over 130 children from Burrington Primary School in North Devon and.  The impact of her work was made evident by the end of the day, as her first group had produced their own posters on the message that Laura had presented.  A fantastic way to reinforce what had been learned.  GLP Lead Jo Dunbavin, “ Laura Fraser-Smith has amazed us all by writing her presentation with her team-mates, completing several sections of her GLP workbook and then organising presentations to both her former Primary School. Her teachers and the children were extremely impressed and inspired. Laura is our trail-blazer”

Laura is a very ambitious club member who has a genuine passion for surf lifesaving.  To design and lead a presentation to a peer group is extremely challenging, to repeat it so many times is remarkable.  I am sure that her passion for water safety skills will have transferred to others who were present.

Well done Laura, and please carry on the good work.

Graduate of the Month

Laura Fraser SmithName: Laura Fraser-Smith

SLS Club: Saunton Sands

How long have you been a member of your SLSC? 6 years

Favourite SLS activity: Any activity involving a board.

Least favourite: Pool swimming – I would rather be in the sea.

Why did you join the GLP?
In order to learn more about the beach and beach safety and to prepare myself for my lifeguard exam when I am 16.

What would you like to do once you have completed the GLP?  
To do my lifeguard exam and get a summer job as a lifeguard in Devon and to lifeguard whilst travelling in Australia.

What have you enjoyed about the GLP so far?
Learning more about the beach environment; doing my fitness programme; and doing the presentations which meant I was able to convey my enthusiasm for surf lifesaving and my love of the beach and the sea.

What message would you give to anyone thinking of joining the GLP?
That the GLP is a valuable opportunity to learn more about lifeguarding and to pass on vital information to younger people.