Make a splash on lifeguard training

PEOPLE have a chance to find out what it takes to be a lifeguard in a new course starting later this month.

The six-week programme called “Begin 2 Lifeguard” starts at Mill House Leisure Centre, in Raby Road, and is run by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Team.

The session will be held on Tuesday, June 19, from 4.30pm-5.30pm, and people are being urged to take part.

Liam Lewis, the council’s assistant sport and physical activity officer, said: “Being a lifeguard is a very demanding role which requires a high level of fitness, a good swimming technique and the ability to keep a cool head in an emergency.

“This course is aimed at giving people an insight into what is expected of a lifeguard, what the training involves and which qualifications are required.

“The water-based sessions will include rescuing casualties, towing, an opportunity to improve your swimming technique, using rescue aids, timed swims and much more.

“Although the course is designed primarily as an introduction and won’t involve gaining a formal qualification, if there is sufficient interest among the participants we may look to run a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course for them at a later date.”

The “Begin 2 Lifeguard” course costs a total of £10 per person and places must be booked in advance.

For more information or to book, contact the council’s Sport and Physical Activity Team on (01429) 284050 or email sport.recreation@hartlepool.gov.uk