Rookie Lifeguard information

Rookie Lifeguard

RLSS UK’s Rookie Lifeguard programme gives your child the skills they need to be confident in the pool and by the sea.

About the programme

Built into the programme are lessons in valuable survival, rescue and sports skills…all delivered in an exciting way that will get children involved and motivated. The course can run parallel to your child’s current swimming lessons and will enhance the skills they learn in the pool.

Rookie Lifeguard aimed

Rookie Lifeguard is aimed at children – though the skills learned through the course of the programme are just as valuable to people of all ages.

 The scheme begins with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progresses to Stage 3 of the Gold Award, starting off at an ability level suitable for brand-new swimmers and progressing to the level where our Rookie Lifeguards perform impressive lifesaving tows.

Rookie Lifeguard is part of the Swim England

Rookie Lifeguard is part of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme, although it can also be run as a stand-alone course by junior lifesaving.


The Rookie Lifeguard Water Safety Award fulfils all of the Key Stage 2 water safety elements of the National Curriculum and is taught by RLSS UK approved instructors.

Royal Life Saving

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the Drowning Prevention and the UK’s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education.

Our challenge

We have a huge challenge facing us to help save lives and reduce the number of UK drowning.