The Lifeguard Academy welcomes children from the ages of 8 + who have reached a Level 5 stage of swimming.

Children aged 8 – 12 years (approx) are given the opportunity to gain the Rookie Life saving Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards.

Students from 12 years, can achieve the new Survive & Save Awards as well as compete in competitive lifesaving events.

Once students reach the age of 16, they are well prepared to then take their professional NPLQ Lifesaving Award.

Classes are split into ability levels, with our Elite Lifeguard Academy training for 1 hour on a Monday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Details of the awards are listed below:



  • Summary of Rookie Gold Skills

    Upon completion of Gold Stages 1, 2 and 3 Rookies should be able to:

    • Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 12m away and pull to the side, in less than 30 seconds
    • Swim 400m continuously in clothing (long sleeved top and trousers) using three different strokes. Each stroke must be performed continuously for 100m (Lifesaving Backstroke, Sidestroke, Breaststroke or Front Crawl) in less than 15 minutes
    • Tread water for 2 minutes before removing clothing then swim 50m to a point of support in deep water. Climb out of deep water unaided
    • Demonstrate any 2 from the following in clear deep water; fall-in, compact jump or shallow dive
    • Swim 10m then demonstrate a Reverse
    • Swim 10m then demonstrate a Standoff
    • Swim 20m to an unconscious casualty. Surface dive and recover an object from 1m depth of water. At the surface swop the object for and unconscious casualty. Turn the casualty over then perform a swim and tow for 20m using sidestroke. This is a timed swim and must be completed in less than 2 minutes 30 seconds. Shout for help
    • Demonstrate supported rescue breathing whilst waiting for help
    • Demonstrate the support position
    • Using initiative, assist 2 casualties in difficulty up to 15m away in shallow water. Demonstrate non-contact rescues of both casualties, instruct casualties what to do and assist to land. Treat for shock
    • Using appropriate hand signals from land direct another swimmer to a point where an unconscious casualty has disappeared from sight in deep water
    • Using any recognised competitive stroke, swim 400m continuously, in less than 12 minutes
    • Complete the Rookie Life Support Award
  • Summary of Rookie Silver Skills

    Upon completion of Silver Stages 1, 2 and 3 Rookies should be able to:

    • Swim continuously in clothing (long sleeved top, Trousers, or a skirt) for 200m on your front and back (100m on your front and 100m on your back), in less than 10 minutes.
    • Demonstrate a reaching rescue to a casualty 2m away, instruct them what to do
    • Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 8m away. Instruct them what to do
    • Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 10m away. Using a throwing aid, instruct the casualty what to do.
    • Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 10m away. Using a rigid aid instruct the casualty what to do.
    • Place casualty in the support position
    • Tread water for 3 minutes, shouting and signalling for help every 30 seconds or so
    • Swim 100m during which perform 2 feet first and head first surface dives, recover an object in 1m of water before surfacing
    • In shallow water turn a face down ‘unconscious casualty’ face up and walk to the poolside whilst shouting for help.
    • Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 10m away and pull to the side in less than 45 seconds
    • Enter deep water using a straddle jump
    • Demonstrate a fall-in entry into clear deep water
    • Swim 20m continuously with your head out of the water on your front
  • Summary of Rookie Bronze Skills

    Upon completion of Bronze Stages 1, 2 and 3 Rookies should be able to:

    • Enter shallow water safely and confidently
    • Tread water for 1 minute, using arms to occasionally signal for help
    • Swim continuously in clothing for 50m (long sleeved top, trousers or skirt)
    • Swim Lifesaving Backstroke over a distance of 50m
    • Scull head and feet first on their back over a distance of 15m
    • Hold the ‘HELP’ position for 2 minutes 30 seconds
    • Demonstrate a non swimmer, weak swimmer and an unconscious casualty
    • Demonstrate a ‘Shout and Signal’ rescue to a casualty 5m away
    • Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 5m away
    • Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 5m away and instruct them back to the side
    • Demonstrate a reach rescue to a casualty 2m away
    • Throw a non buoyant aid (rope) to a casualty 8m away
    • Enter deep water safely and confidently
    • Perform a feet first surface dive and swim underwater 5m before surfacing
    • Climb out in deep water without using the steps
  • Survive & Save

    “Survive & Save” is the new lifesaving standard. There are Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels for you to take part in. You can also choose any one of Medallion, Beach, Stillwater or Sport programmes as areas to specialize in for each medal category.

    You can complete just one or all four of the specialist areas before you move on to the next medal. Once you have completed the “Survive & Save” programme there is still the ultimate challenge for you – the Distinction Award. This is presented when you have successfully completed 3 Gold Level categories.

    The new “Survive & Save” programme has been reviewed and developed over several years with many trainers, committees and candidates contributing to a new and exciting format for our clubs, trainers and YOU the candidate.

    “Survive & Save” is the most significant update to the Senior Awards programme for a generation and we are confident that you will find the programme interesting, stimulating, challenging and rewarding.