Bored kids? Sign them up to the Rookie Lifeguard course for them to have fun while learning to save lives

Birr Leisure Centre is running the course, aimed at children, and wants to recruit young lifesavers who want to add to, or progress from their swimming lessons.

The course is the junior award scheme of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, and teaches children skills that could save themselves or others in an emergency situation.

For most children, Rookie Lifeguard will be the first opportunity to explore water safety and alternative safe aquatic play while learning key skills that could save their lives or the lives of others and is a great activity to occupy them throughout the year.

Rookie Lifeguards achieve and learn so much while having a lot of fun along the way.

Rookie skills make children aware of how to take better care of themselves, their family and friends, and give them the information they need to promote water safety in their day to day activities. The awards contain survival, rescue and sports skills as well as life support (CPR) and water safety elements but include lots of fun and games to get the skills across.

With around 103 people dying as a result of drowning in 2018 in Ireland, and drowning being a leading cause of death in children in Ireland. The Rookie Lifeguard course is something all parents should consider for their children.

We would love as many children as possible in our area to know basic lifesaving skills which are not only fun to learn but could mean the difference between life and death if an emergency should occur.

For more information on Rookie Lifeguard courses in Birr contact Stephen on 057 912 0343 or email him on