Abingdon  Dolphins  Swim  Club

Teaching fundamental life skills in an interactive, fun and safe environment


Abingdon Dolphins Swim Club currently teaches the  RLSS National Lifesaving Awards Survive & Save Programme and the RLSS Rookie Lifeguard programme


Survive and Save  – Age 12 and over

Survive and Save is the new lifesaving standard.  There are Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.  Each level has a Core Element that must be completed before you can go on to take an award.  The awards teach personal survival, rescue, sport and fitness.  You can choose any one of Medallion, Beach, Still Water or Sports programmes as areas to specialise in for each medal.  Each award lasts for two years.  You can complete just one or all four of the specialist areas.  Abingdon Dolphins Swim Club will deliver classes which are designed to be carried out in a pool environment.


The Core Element contains all the key information and skills for each level.  For example once you have achieved your Bronze Core Element you can then train for your Bronze Medallion, Bronze Beach, Bronze Still Water, Bronze Sports, or Silver Core Element and Silver Medallion and Gold Core Element and Gold Medallion.

















Life Saving

Rookie Lifeguard - Age 8 to 11

The Rookie Lifeguard programme gives children the skills they need to be confident in the pool or the sea – which means peace of mind for you. With a variety of activities, the Rookie Lifeguard scheme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deeper water.

Built into the programme are lessons in valuable survival, rescue and sports skills…all delivered in a way that will get children involved and motivated. The course can run parallel to your child’s current swimming lessons and will enhance the skills they learn in the pool.

For many of our Rookie Lifeguards, our programme offers the first opportunity to explore water safety, gaining independence and confidence while learning vital life skills. The programme helps the children keep themselves, their friends and their family safe in the water through a range of fun activities that lead towards a series of awards.