Lifeguards win national contest

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Lifeguards fron Eastbourne’s Sovereign Centre have won a national lifeguarding competition.

The team included James Unsworth, Nathan Roe, Matyas Varga, Sophie Wood and Becca Harrison and demonstrated what the judges described as exemplary skills in the Serco Lifeguarding Competition held earlier this month in Leicestershire.

Participating teams had to complete a knowledge test, a resuscitation exercise and demonstrate first aid skills. Pool tests included performing rope rescues and tows, as well as analysing potential risks and incidents.

Paul Matthews, partnership manager at the Sovereign Centre, said the team’s success was down to regularly attending weekly training workshops led by lifeguard trainer and assessor Graham Hollands, which covers a mixture of first aid training, lifeguard theory, practical rescues and CPR.

“We are really proud of the lifeguarding team at the Sovereign Centre and are dedicated to developing our pool-side staff so that they achieve the high standards set by the national body for lifesaving,” said Paul.

“Any staff who don’t meet these high standards are removed from poolside duties until proven competen.”

Steve Lawrence from Serco and who organised the contest, said, “The competition has highlighted the excellent lifeguarding standards across our portfolio of more than 60 Serco operated leisure centres within the UK.

“All lifeguards showed strong teamwork, professionalism during incident management dealing with multiple casualties, excelled in all the water events in a realistic but controlled environment.”