CHILDREN learnt how to become lifesavers at the third annual Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Rookies Week event, held at the Waterside Pool in Ryde.

In total, 26 young people took part in a mixture of classroom, pool and ocean activities, aimed at gaining bronze to gold RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Awards, and educating the next generation of Island lifeguards.

In addition to learning new skills, they were taught about beach lifeguarding and cold water shock, following on from the Swim England/RNLI Swim Safe Programme in Sandown, which is taught by RLSS teachers.

Beach lifeguard manager Todd Miller said: “It was great to have so many children participating in our Rookies Week this year.

“Not only did everyone have great fun, but they learned and demonstrated skills throughout the week that may one day save lives.

“These rookie lifeguards will undoubtedly become our future pool and beach lifeguards on the Isle of Wight.”

The programme, run by Ryde beach lifeguards and the Waterside Community Trust, has seen several past rookies a career in lifeguarding, with many continuing their development at the Waterside Community Trust centre itself.

Instructors on the day were Todd Miller, Becca Woodford and Amber Gardiner.

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