The Rookie Lifeguard Programme has been developed to incorporate junior members into the patrolling environment. Juniors are eligible to join the programme once they are 13 years old, or if they will turn 13 during the coming season. Rookies participate in the Lifeguard Award Training sessions alongside the trainee lifeguards. Attendance is not compulsory but highly recommended as it is a great learning opportunity that gives juniors a head-start in the knowledge needed for the following year when they are able to sit the Surf Lifeguard Award exam (once they turn 14). The Club lifeguard training programme runs twice during the season – the first one in September / October and the second one in the New Year.
The Rookie Training Programme runs through the entire patrol season and as well as attending the initial Lifeguard Award training sessions, involves participation in patrols, working through the Rookie’s workbook, rescue tube practice, use of radios and other practical surf lifesaving skills development.
Rookies wear the allocated blue and white uniforms when on patrol but do not actively participate in any rescues for safety reasons.
Parents also have the opportunity to do their Surf Lifeguard Award Training at the same time as their child should they wish. It’s a great activity that builds your own confidence and knowledge of the surf and can be lots of fun to learn lifeguarding skills together. To find out what is required for the Surf Lifeguard Award see here
To find out more information about the Rookie Training Programme please contact us