What is JLC?

Junior Lifeguard Club is a fun and challenging way for boys and girls to learn new skills and refine skills already learnt. Swimming skills and lifesaving skills are the focus of JLC, however many other skills are achieved along the way. Teamwork is encouraged and all members get the opportunity to demonstrate leadership qualities.

JLC is open to anyone who has completed level 9 in the Learn to Swim program. All JLC instructors are qualified Austswim Instructors and have experience in teaching the higher levels. Within the JLC program all members are given the opportunity to progress through to the Bronze Medallion. This is a nationally recognised award and is the last step before progressing to Lifeguard qualifications.

Higher Level Awards

JLC gives all members the opportunity to progress through and attain the higher level awards available through Royal Lifesaving Society. These are split into three sections.

Stages 10, 11 & 12

These stages begin the transition from swimming technique to rescue and survival skills. While stroke technique is important and is still taught, more time is spent on other aquatic skills. This section includes Dry Rescue, Wade Rescue and Accompanied Rescue.

These stages are a natural progression from the previous section allowing members to become more proficient with the skills involved.

Rescue Strand

This section includes Dry Rescue, Wade Rescue and Accompanied Rescue. These stages are a natural progression from the previous section allowing members to become more proficient with the skills involved.

Bronze Strand

This includes Bronze Star and Bronze Medallion. These stages allow members to demonstrate proficiency in a number of skills and are the first to be examined by a qualified Aquatic Trainer.
Both the Star and Medallion are nationally recognised qualifications and must be updated every 12 months. Both theory and practical are included. Some age restrictions apply.

Competition

JLC members have the opportunity to compete against other members. They participate in events such as Obstacle Races, Rope Throw Relays and Rescue Tube Races.

RLSSA ‘Have a Go’ days

These are conducted at the pool and give all members the chance to ‘have a go’ at the various events.

Swan Active Annual Events

These events are annually held across the Swan Active sites and members from each site are encouraged to participate against themselves and each other.

RLSSWA State Titles

This End of Season Carnival allows members to compete against members from other pools in the State (WA).

Log Book Challenge

JLC members have the opportunity to earn certificates through the Waterlog challenge. The challenge covers 6 divisions with each division being slightly harder than the previous one. Any time a member returns to JLC after an absence they simply pick up the challenge where they left off.

The challenges cover a wide variety of activities and skills with some being completed outside of class time. The challenges promote fitness, teamwork, and community education as well as swimming and lifesaving skills. Waterlog Challenges are a fun and exciting way to increase knowledge and skills in the variety of different aspects that make up Junior Lifeguards.