THIS week’s club of the week gives members the opportunity to take up a hobby and potentially save lives.
Grantham Life Saving Club has been going since the ‘70s and is still a great success with more than 150 members.
Anyone over the age of seven, who can confidently swim 25 metres, can join the club, which meets from 7.30pm every Wednesday evening.
They teach all sorts of life saving skills from awards for children and adults to teaching qualifications and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.
Last year there was proof that the training works when one of the members rescued a child when on holiday.
Secretary Diane Found said: “A toddler from another family fell in the pool and one of our members jumped in and saved him.
“The club teaches more safety awareness and what to do if somebody is in trouble.”
From January, members will also be taught how to use a defibrillator in accordance to the latest training.
The sessions are split into age and ability groups with younger children from 7.30pm until 8.15pm, teenagers and higher ability from 8.15pm until 9pm and those doing the top training until 10pm.
Membership is around £75 per year, which is split into two payments. Courses and badges may need payment on top but the sessions, which are run totally by qualified, CRB-checked volunteers, make no profit. All of the money is used for equipment and to hire the pool. Once a year, the club goes on a trip to the seaside to do open water awards.
For more information on the club and its activities, call 07961067784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org