Junior Lifeguard Club participants strut their skills in carnival

6 November 2020

Recently, Swan Active Beechboro held their third annual Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC) Carnival with a total of 35 participants who represented Swan Active Beechboro, Swan Active Ballajura and Swan Active Midland plus Wanneroo Aquamotion.

Group of young children posing in a group with carnival medalsParticipants had a range of experience with the JLC program, with some never having attended before. The carnival consisted of five events, promoting participation as both individuals and in a team. The events included a 50m obstacle race, manikin carry, rescue tube partner tow, line throw relay and a specially designed challenge activity which involved participants answering questions and discovering information throughout the day.

Three children stand next to junior lifeguard club sport banner

Swan Active Beechboro took out the title for overall winners over the 3 Swan Active sites with participants receiving the most points overall in their events.  

Their Swim School Coordinator Sarah Manson says, “It was great to see everyone participating and having fun, we had a lot of close races and great times.” 

The JLC program is aimed at students from 8 -14 years and allows them to continue to increase their swimming and water safety skills outside of traditional swimming lessons.  

RLSSWA Endorsed Swim Schools Coordinator Amy Vearing says, “JLC allows students to progress through their higher stages of Swim & Survive and Bronze Rescue while also providing an introduction to pool lifesaving. Students are able to compete in carnivals such as this using the modified pool lifesaving events, all while improving their swimming and water safety skills.” 

Group of young swimmers standing in front of Swan Active bannerThere are currently 46 active Junior Lifeguard Clubs in WA and participation in this program can lead to a pathway to competition. Competitions in pool lifesaving are conducted at a club, state, interstate and international levels.  

Royal Life Saving WA is able to run this program from the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.  

You can find your local Junior Lifeguard Club through the link below. 

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