Young Lifesavers take part in Junior Lifeguard Club Challenge

10 January 2020

More than 50 young lifesavers took part in the Junior Lifeguard Club Challenge on Thursday 9th January, honing their skills in pool lifesaving. The Challenge was held at HBF Stadium ahead of the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships which takes place this weekend, 10-12 January. 

Junior Lifeguard Challenge inflatable race

The aim of the Junior Lifeguard Club Challenge is to provide a friendly and fun event for junior lifesavers and swimmers, aged 8 – 16, to participate in pool lifesaving. Those taking part enjoyed competing in team events including the rescue tube relay, line throw relay, manikin relay and the popular inflatable relay.

Trent Hotchkin, Senior Manager Swimming and Water Safety Education at Royal Life Saving WA says the activities undertaken at the event are building blocks for the young competitor’s water safety skills. “We ensure the activities are great fun and offer new experiences for the children, but they also have a serious outcome of educating the children in essential lifesaving skills that may one day save a life. The Junior Lifeguard Club program provides a pathway from grass roots participation through to elite competition for those who would like to continue down the competitive path of pool lifesaving”

Some of the participants are also part of the WA state team for the first time and will compete in the Under 14s at the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships. The JLC Challenge was a great opportunity for them to practise their skills before taking on the nation’s best.


Two Junior Lifeguard Club Challenge participants

The Junior Lifeguard Club Challenge was open to clubs as well as individuals who were interested in competing. The following clubs were represented at the Challenge. 

  • Central Aquatic Swimming & Lifesaving Club
  • Lozswim
  • Kwinana Recquatic
  • Cannington Leisureplex
  • Wanneroo Aquamotion
  • Mandurah Aquatic Centre
  • The Swim School WA


The participants received ribbons for their achievements in each event, and everyone received a certificate and medal for showcasing their lifesaving skills. 

The Royal Life Saving Junior Lifeguard Club program is proudly supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Junior Lifeguard Club participants

Click below for more information on how to get involved in the Junior Lifeguard Club.

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