Horsham Lifesavers finish off their summer program on a high and prepare for a busy autumn

Robin Akers secured his 3rd Gold to join the other 2 club members who qualified in the last couple of months. Left to right, Robin Akers, David Slade and Emma Hatton.
Robin Akers secured his 3rd Gold to join the other 2 club members who qualified in the last couple of months. Left to right, Robin Akers, David Slade and Emma Hatton.

Members of Horsham Life Saving Club clocked up an astonishing 57 lake and beach exam passes during their summer open water training and exam program.

Twenty six of these were taken at Southwater Lake and the rest at either Lancing Beach or Littlehampton Beach.

The youngsters involved in a Beach Lifesaving exam at Lancing Beach - Freddie Hayes-Coles, Rachael Kearly, Abbie Sandle and Sam Watts.

The youngsters involved in a Beach Lifesaving exam at Lancing Beach - Freddie Hayes-Coles, Rachael Kearly, Abbie Sandle and Sam Watts.

Added to this are the exams taken at The Pavilions and these continue through June and July as well as in the open water.

During the last few months 3 club members have successfully achieved the Distinction award which requires each person to pass a Life Support exam and then Bronze, Silver and Gold standard exams in 3 of the 4 disciplines of Pool, Stillwater, Beach and Sport. One member Emma Hatton went the whole way and got a clean sweep in all 4 stands.

These are the first Distinction awards gained by the Club since the introduction of the Survive and Save syllabus in late 2012 and are believed to be the first in Sussex.

Many of the exam successes this year have been with youngsters taking the courses as part of Duke of Edinburgh Scheme or as GCSE PE and well as those doing it simply to learn valuable survival and rescue skills.

The next new intake starts on the first week of October and anyone who wishes to participate should send in an Application Form copy of which is in the Club Notice Board at The Pavilions or can be down loaded from the club website www.horshamlivesavingclub.co. uk

The club will also be running another one night Baby Save Course for those who have babies or who care for babies.

Its objective is to teach people how to carry out basic resuscitation.

The details are again on the web and flyers are on the Club Notice board.

A First Aid At Work Course will also run on 4 Thursdays through October.

Places are limited so apply early if you wish to participate.