Aberdeen Lifesaving Club has rolled out the popular Rookie Lifeguard, the children’s lifesaving programme, to the International School of Aberdeen with plans to introduce other lifesaving and lifeguarding programmes throughout the year.
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) launched the Rookie Lifeguard Programme to compliment the National Plan for Teaching Swimming developed by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).
Around 75 UK citizens drown abroad each year and many of these deaths could be prevented if more people were equipped with basic water safety knowledge and lifesaving skills. In the UK drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death among youngsters under the age of 16, with at least 60 children losing their lives every year. The Rookie Lifeguard Programme is ideal for young people to learn essential water skills.
Murray Robb, the club’s Rookie Instructor, says: “There are big benefits for Aberdeen Lifesaving Club running the RLSS UK’s Rookie Lifeguard Programme. Young people aged 8-12 years old have the opportunity to learn valuable water skills that could save their own life or the lives of others, whilst enjoying fun sessions and receiving recognition for their achievements. They are great fun to do and children often make lifelong friendships from their involvement with the lifesaving class”.
If you are interested in the Rookie Lifeguard Programme contact Catriona Matheson
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifesaving classes run on Sunday 5:30pm at the International School of Aberdeen.