Take the Plunge
26-06-2012 12:00 AM
Lifeguard Qualifications at the Peninsula Leisure Centre
The Peninsula Leisure Centre (PLC) in partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia is offering school students between 16-18 years old the opportunity to gain a nationally accredited pool lifeguard qualification in a two day course from Thursday 5 to Friday 6 July 2012.
The joint initiative has been developed to give young people the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to begin a career in the leisure and aquatic industry.
Participants in the program will learn a range of skills including; CPR techniques, emergency procedures, rescue simulations, spinal rescues, oxygen equipment usage and observation techniques.
Gosford City Council’s Coordinator of Leisure and Lifestyle, Mr Anthony Burling said this is a fantastic initiative for young people in the region.
“We are excited to offer this qualification at a significantly reduced cost to participants with Council and the Royal Life Saving Society Australia subsidising a percentage of the course fees.
“With this qualification, recipients will have the ability to become a lifeguard at one of their local pools such as the Peninsula Leisure Centre or Gosford Olympic Pool.
“It is a great stepping stone for young people interested in a career in the aquatic or leisure industry or even for those looking to gain more skills,” Mr Burling said.
Regional Manager of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Mr Matt Sharman said learning these skills are essential for everyone living in a coastal community.
“Swimming and being safe in the water is an important part of Australian culture and that is especially true when you live in close proximity to beaches like we do on the Central Coast.
“The Royal Life Saving Society of NSW runs a variety of professional training courses in partnership with Gosford City Council and we are delighted to now offer secondary school students the chance to train to become lifeguards,” Mr Sharman said.
To register your interest or to find out more, contact Council’s Beach and Education Programs Officer, Nick Leslie at the Peninsula Leisure Centre on 4325 8123.
The two day course will take place at the Peninsula Leisure Centre, 243 Blackwall Road Woy Woy on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July 2012.