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Team Organisation

Training Venues

Phone the local swimming pool, tell them you're looking for a training facility for survival swimming and lifesaving, and ask about their dress code. You need a pool where you can swim in clothes. Most pools only allow clothes of man-made fibres like nylon or polyester, to protect their filters from fluff. These clothes also dry faster.

Your training location and pool space may affect your lesson plans and require some adjustments, but it is important to be aware that the order of the topics is part of the whole course design.

For outdoor training, check out the local beaches or lakes. Seek sheltered and safe spots where you can swim. Bring some ponchos for warm-up during breaks, and as portable changing rooms.

Plan Your Lessons

Lessons can be the main fun activity of your team, if you organise them right. People learn more when they enjoy themselves. Use that to their advantage.

Lesson plans provide a basic framework for planning your class. They include a template for creating a detailed plan for each lesson.

Your lesson plan should follow a logical progression of skills over 10 lessons including the introduction of new skills and multiple practice sessions. Repeat essential points in following lessons.

Your plan should include teaching and practice activities, diagrams of formations, equipment needed and the time planned for each activity. Your plan should also include room for notes to consider for your next lesson.

Organise Events

Most teams are event driven. Use the Internet for communications between team members. Setup a Twitter account to keep in touch and announce upcoming events. Contact all your friends and other people you know. Tell them when and where the first swimming session is planned. That's it. Easy.

Promote survival swimming and lifesaving through your local team. This is easier than you think, because you don't need a complex swimming club structure. You can run it all from your computer with email and social media, like twitter and facebook. Use our website as your support system.

Keep it Simple

Free Lifesaving Teams are fun, simple and agile. Keep to an easy organisational structure, free from committees, governing bodies, and other such overheads. Just get a few friends together and start training. Lifesaving and survival swimming is more fun in a simple team than a club with complex rules and committees.


lifesaving class You need no formal membership, just a mailing list in your email program. Many lifeguard teams run on a tight budget, so cut out as much paperwork as possible. Besides, paper is a fire hazard.

Many survival and lifeguard teams are very small, often local friends who like to swim together and want to do something more useful than swimming up and down.

Some teams are part of hotel staff or a leisure centre. Some are bigger with a wider catchment area.


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Forget committees, big ego, paper pushers and complex club rules. Organise as a holocratic team of equals who decide on consensus. Decide matters with the whole team when you get together. Do video calls when your team requires it.

It might be helpful if someone in your team is a member of a regional or national lifesaving organisation, so you can have their assessors come in for any lifeguarding certificates you may want. Make sure you keep your independence.

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