Young people dive in to lifeguarding programme in South Oxhey

16 February 2017

Young people in South Oxhey learned vital lifesaving skills thanks to a life-guarding programme organised by Youth Connexions Hertfordshire as part of one of the regular youth projects.

12 young people, aged 16-19, took part in a short course and gained their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification at the Sir James Altham Pool in South Oxhey.

Youth Connexions Hertfordshire (YCH), part of Hertfordshire County Council, was successful in securing funding from Sportivate, a Lottery funded project aimed at giving young people opportunities to discover sports that they love.

The course involved learning skills including first aid, timed swims, pool hygiene and customer service. The young people are now able to look for jobs as lifeguards, with one already securing a job as a lifeguard at Bushey Grove.

16-year-old Annie, who completed the course, said: “I knew basic first aid but have really enjoyed learning the differences with a casualty in the water. Hopefully this will never actually happen but at least I’m fully prepared if it does.”

16-year-old Tom said: “I am so happy that I am now a qualified life guard. The work was really intense but so worth it.”

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