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Lifeguard Adrian Roberts
Adrian Roberts has been a lifeguard for 28 years

Adrian Roberts works as a lifeguard at Corwen Leisure Centre in north Wales.

Here he tells BBC Sport Academy why he finds his job just as rewarding now as when he started out.

I had always been a strong swimmer and I passed the Bronze Medallion award and Award of Merit after joining the police.

I found that lifesaving was something I really enjoyed and I ended up quitting the police to become a full-time lifeguard.

That was 28 years ago - and I still find the work as challenging and rewarding now as I did back then.

Sense of achievement

During that time I have taught hundreds of youngsters to swim, and guided them through life saving courses.

Adrian Roberts
"Rewarding job"

Learning skills which could help you save a life can give you a real sense of achievement.

Being a lifeguard can sometimes be boring though when you are continually supervising bathers.

But it is vital to remain alert at all times.

You never know when your assistance will be needed, so you must be fit.

As a lifeguard you will probably be allowed to use the centre's facilities to train free of charge.

You could try and get some work experience at your local swimming pool.

At 16 you can become a qualified lifeguard by taking your Pool Lifeguard Award.

This is a widely-recognised qualification and you will be ready to apply for a post at a swimming pool or leisure centre.

For more information on becoming a lifeguard contact:
RLSS Lifesavers
River House, High Street, Broom, WARWICKSHIRE, B50 4HN
Tel: 01789 773994

The Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) - now known as Lifesavers - was started in 1891 and has over 50 local branches throughout the British Isles.
The organisation runs a number of awards and qualifications, including the Bronze Medallion, Award of Merit and Distinction as well as Rookie awards for young swimmers.
However, to become a qualified lifeguard you must pass the Pool Lifeguard award.

:: Lifesavers

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