LORD Storey, patron of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, visited one of its life saving clubs in the Liverpool and District Branch areas, which uses the pool at the Meadows Leisure Centre in Maghull.
Lord Storey presented medals to young and adult members for successfully demonstrating their life saving skills.
These were special awards to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
The RLSS’s Platinum Jubilee Medallion award was given to 20 members aged 12 and older for demonstrating survival skills in water, rescues skills, CPR and use of an external defibrillator. The oldest recipient was 70.
For the Rookie Lifeguards, aged 8 to 12, the club awarded 12 of its own Platinum Jubilee Rookie Lifeguard medals to those who had successfully demonstrated how to be safe around water and how to rescue themselves and others. The youngest recipient was eight.
Lord Storey commented that he passionately believes that all primary children should be able to swim, and to then be involved with lifesaving clubs. This will give them the chance to learn about water safety and to develop the skills to keep them safe and others around water. Last year many drownings were reported leading to the loss of life. These were preventable if those involved understood the dangers of water, especially cold water. This knowledge could have made the difference between life and death.
On the poolside, Lord Storey saw a number of demonstrations of water-based lifesaving skills from Rookie Lifeguards and Survive and Save members and he talked with many members and instructors.
Members and their parents thanked Lord Storey for the time he gave for the visit and for presenting the awards.
The Lifesaving Club can support schools and train teachers to deliver water safety messages and self-rescue skills.
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