THE team from the Embassy Swimming Pool, Skegness, has been announced as a winner after a month of intense triathlon competition between 650 lifeguards from across the UK.
CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity) and IQL, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), ran the month-long event which is the largest pool lifeguarding competition nationwide.
Overall the East Lindsey District Council-run Embassy Pool came out top with 96.5 points for its top four competitors, closely followed by Frinton and Walton Swimming Pool with 95.4 and Bedworth Leisure Centre 93.3. It is the second year in a row the pool has emerged as the winner of a category. And, the pool’s Leah Jeeves, 21, secured third place in the female leader board with an impressive individual score of 90.5 – just 0.5 points behind the winner.
The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “These lifeguards deserve a huge well done. Not only have they been undertaking normal duties for the part month, they have also been pitted against the best in their field in some intense competition – and come out on top. It just goes to show, here in East Lindsey we have some of the best lifeguards in the country.”
The Lifeguard Triathlon is based on the key principles of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), and tests lifeguards’ CPR, rescue swim and ‘theory’ skills. Assessed internally, the event allows managers to benchmark their staff with other professional pool lifeguards from across the UK.
Alex Blackwell, IQL UK Pool Programme Manager said: “Once again the CIMPSA and IQL Lifeguard Triathlon has exceeded expectations, with more lifeguards than ever taking part and being tested on their skills and knowledge. This event highlights, motivates and supports sites to maintain the high standard and levels of training required to keep their lifeguards at the top of their game.”
Melissa Barlow, CIMSPA Head of Education and Training, added: “We’re very pleased with the feedback from trainers on this year’s CIMSPA & IQL Lifeguard Triathlon, especially regarding the competitive excellence it has encouraged between centres within organisations.”