Rookies work towards lifesaving badges and practise for team competitions. They develop their swimming strength and learn how to stay safe around water, in addition to gaining valuable life saving skills.

Older juniors develop their skill and confidence and compete with the seniors, become assistant coaches to the younger groups, or volunteer as crew members on aquatic rescue patrols.

See for further details of Rookie and Junior skill levels.

Rookie Galas

Rookies are encourage to enter competitions against other clubs to give an extra focus to their training. Competitions are usually team events and test a range of lifesaving skills. Galas include:

  • Branch Rookie galas with Under 11 and Under 14 team events.
  • West Midlands Regional Rookie Gala

Junior Sunday Session Times

5.00pm to 5.40pm : Rookie Lifeguard

The programmes cover water safety, self-rescue, rescue and emergency response. The awards allow students to pace themselves, gain badges and certificates and progress through the various programmes.

5.40pm to 6.20pm: Rookie Lifeguard

6.20pm to 7.00pm: Survive & Save

We now offer Higher Awards from the survive and save syllabus aimed at 12+ age group. The programme covers water safety, self-rescue, emergency response, life support, hazard identification in still water, on beaches, it also has an element looking at sport within the lifesaving environment as well as the basic core and medallion awards.

Preparing for "Survive and Save" awards

Please click on this link to find some guidance notes to help you prepare for your awards click here