Lifeguards are awarded service medals
Two staff at the Swan Centre for Leisure in Berwick have received prestigious awards for dedication and long service to training lifeguards.
Active Northumberland staff Tina Hunter and Paul Thompson have been awarded service medals from the Royal Life Saving Society UK.
Tina has been training and assessing lifeguards at the centre for 12 years, and Paul for 16 years, covering essential first aid skills such as CPR and spinal skills in water, fitness swims and water rescues.
Qualified lifeguards must still undergo regular training and Tina and Paul take the team at Berwick through regular refresher training for two hours each month, often in the early morning before the pool opens to the public.
Tina said: “We were thrilled to receive our service awards.
“We have a great team of lifeguards at Berwick who we train regularly to ensure they have the fitness, skills and competence to react quickly and professionally should any emergency arise in or around the pool.
“We also train to anticipate and prevent potential problems before they arise.”
Coun Cath Homer, Northumberland County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, said: “To receive this award is a great achievement and is testament to not only the immense dedication and skill of Tina and Paul, but also the training programme they deliver.”