Axminster swim instructors make a splash

PUBLISHED: 13:14 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:14 04 November 2013

Flamingo Pool swimming instructors Gareth Parker and Jack Ward receive their  award from ex Olympian Sharon Davies.

Flamingo Pool swimming instructors Gareth Parker and Jack Ward receive their award from ex Olympian Sharon Davies.

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Ex-Olympian Sharon Davies presents Flamingo Pool pair with a certificate of merit for their rookie lifeguard work

Two swimming instructors at the Flamingo Pool in Axminster have received a top award from ex Olympian Sharon Davies.

Gareth Parker and Jack Ward travelled to the London Guildhall to collect the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) certificate of merit from the former swimming star for their work on the rookie lifeguard programme.

The award is for notable contribution at club or branch level and further endorsed by the branch - in this case Devon.

Steve Buxton, from The Flamingo Pool, said: “We are so proud of Gareth and Jack’s achievement and delighted that they are delivering such a high standard of Rookie lifeguard instruction to the children in our local community.”

Using activities and resources provided by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK - the UK’s national water safety and drowning prevention charity - The Flamingo Pool run the Rookie Lifeguard programme involving fun and interactive water safety activities for children over right, teaching them essential survival and lifesaving skills. The children can also attain awards, starting with bronze and progressing to master Rookie Lifeguard.

Anyone over eight can become a Rookie Lifeguard, provided that they can swim 200 metres, broken down into various swimming strokes, in clothes without goggles.

Session at Flamingo pool run on a Tuesday at 6pm and Thursday at 6.30pm. For further information contact 01297 35800 or e-mail

info@flamingopool.co.uk


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