Four pupils at Rydal Penrhos gained a qualification during the recent half-term break thanks to an RLSS Pool Lifeguard course organised by school staff.
Rydal Penrhos is keen to offer as many opportunities as possible for our pupils. This not only comes through a diverse academic and extra-curricular provision but also thinking outside the box to put them in the best possible position to develop, succeed and reach their respective targets.
Another fine example of this came recently, with staff offering Sixth Form pupils a chance to gain a vital qualification they could put towards attaining employment during the holidays or upon concluding their education.
Under the expert guidance of instructor Phil Hilton, four pupils were put through their paces during the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, which is the most awarded qualification of its kind in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised.
More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK every year, and there are currently more than 80,000 pool lifeguards qualified in the NPLQ – 95% of all UK pool lifeguards.
Saul Sugarman, Tristan Martin, Jacob Cousins and Ellise Wallace all successfully came through the respective elements of the course with flying colours. They also excelled during the final assessments to achieve their objectives.
The four pupils took on some significant knowledge surrounding elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. Although the course was physically demanding with things such as swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool involved, each pupil deserves an exceptional amount of credit for displaying the necessary focus and determination in equal measure.
This was followed by an assessment that consisted of a practical in Rydal Penrhos’ swimming pool, a theory assessment as well as practical first aid and CPR.
We would like to offer many congratulations to Saul, Tristan Jacob and Ellise, who have already begun securing part-time employment in the leisure industry as a result of their outstanding commitment.