Pool seeks help from lifeguards

PUBLISHED: 17:02 10 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

Joe Cardwell, left, climbing out of the pool and Patrick Cardwell splashing around

Joe Cardwell, left, climbing out of the pool and Patrick Cardwell splashing around

QUALIFIED lifeguards are urgently required to help out at the swimming pool at Saffron Walden County High School over the summer. Lifeguards are required to be aged 16 or above, and must hold a NPLQ qualification - they will be paid a competitive rate and

QUALIFIED lifeguards are urgently required to help out at the swimming pool at Saffron Walden County High School over the summer.

Lifeguards are required to be aged 16 or above, and must hold a NPLQ qualification - they will be paid a competitive rate and receive a bonus after 80 hours' work.

The pool is available to the families of County High students, as well as the families of children at all of the County High's feeder schools.

Anne Cardwell, who is on the swimming pool committee, said the swimming pool proved very popular last year and it was expected to attract large numbers again this summer.

"This year is expected to be very busy again. We currently have three lifeguards on the books, which is enough to get us going, but it makes things very difficult as there's no contingency plan.

"Ideally we would like to have 10 on the rota. We desperately need lifeguards to help us.

"Last year we had six, which was okay, but when someone's ill or goes on holiday, it can make things tricky."

Parents interested in making use of the pool are also invited to attend singing-up meetings held at the school on Tuesday June 5 at 7.30pm and Wednesday June 6 at 8.30pm.

Membership of the pool is £45 for a family of two adults and two children, which allows unlimited use from when the pool opens on June 16 to when it closes at the end of the summer.

Families with more children can expect to pay an additional £5 per child, up to a ceiling of £55.

Application forms will be sent out with children at participating schools in the week commencing May 21, she said.

Mrs Cardwell said: "Some non-skilled duties are required as part of membership, and these duties, as well as membership, will be allocated in the order in which people arrive on the signing-up evenings."

To find out more about pool membership, attend one of the signing-up meetings.

If you hold a lifeguard qualification and would like to work at the pool call Andrea on 01799 501194.

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