Class Information at St Edmundsbury Life Saving Club

The club is currently running two main programmes - Rookie Lifeguard (age 8 to 12) and Survive & Save (age 12 to adult). Each is divided into smaller classes as appropriate. In addition, Life Support is taught as part of the Survive & Save programme, while Life Support 3 and the National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches are still available and taught as required. Classes for parents? - see below.

All classes normally take place on Sundays, in term time only, from 6 pm until 8 pm. Check the dates on our Club Calendar. In general, one hour is spent learning theory and practical skills out of the water, and one hour is spent on pool-based fitness and skills training. During the Covid-19 pandemic classes will take place when allowed and times may vary (see Home and Calendar pages).

For Spring Term 2022, Rookies classes will be from 5 pm until 6 pm and Survive & Save classes will be from 6 pm until 7 pm.

From Summer Term 2022, we hope to reinstate classes from 5 pm until 7 pm for both Rookies and Survive & Save classes, but this is subject to confirmation nearer the time.

Open water training in the sea at Felixstowe is offered in the summer months, to fulfil part of the programmes for all ages, though this is not compulsory and separate charges may apply.


Class Fees and Membership

Rookies and Survive & Save term fees payable in advance at the start of each term. This fee covers all classes for the whole term.

Spring term 2022- £48

There are small additional costs for anyone who wants to purchase the certificates/badges as they pass the Rookie awards.

Anyone wishing to take the Survive & Save exams needs to buy a manual, current cost £20.80 (this also covers the first exam fee).


Club Membership £12 for the year, payable before first attendance. This fee covers the following costs:

Affiliation (to the RLSS) fees

Production of Year Book, newsletters, handouts and other documentation


Equipment maintenance


Parent membership fees available for £1


Don't forget, everyone needs to complete a new membership form at the start of the new year, or as soon as they join the club. Parents are required to sign for under 18s. Forms will be available on the desk, by email (please make sure we have an up to date and regularly checked email address) or by downloading from here. Parent membership forms are also required for those parents who wish to be members of the club (optional).

Please note that Club membership is not the same as RLSS membership. RLSS membership is not compulsory, unless you wish to take part in RLSS competitions. RLSS membership can be obtained from Lifesavers Direct and currently costs £12 youth (under 18) or £26 adult (18+).



The classes are taught by RLSS UK qualified trainers. Click on the pictures below for further information:

George Jules Nigel   Richard    
Darren Maguire Julian Loader Nigel Pawsey   Richard Pearce    


Assistant Trainers

Six of our older club members are now being trained to be trainers themselves and help in all the classes:

Esmee Jackson
Neve Maguire
Rhys Palombo
Millie Pearce
Jonathan Sharpe
Sam Truman



Life Support Classes for Adults

Something for the parents! Would you like to learn the life support skills that your children are learning, and earn the nationally recognised RLSS Life Support awards? Come and join in for the theory hour, no need to get in the water at all (unless you'd also like to join the Survive & Save class). If there is enough interest, we will start these classes.


GCSE PE and the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards

Survive & Save awards can contribute towards GCSE PE, and both Rookie and Survive & Save awards can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Skills, Physical and Volunteering sections of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's awards. For further information please look at the RLSS documents below or speak to Richard or George.

RLSS UK Awards & The National Curriculum - A Guide for School Teachers and Lifesaving Instructors

RLSS UK Awards & The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - A Guide for D of E Leaders and Lifesaving Instructors

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