Seven Nayland College students have recently trained to become surf lifeguards at the Nelson surf lifesaving club. The six-week training includes both theory and practical components.
The theory component includes understanding surf and tides, risk management and first aid. The practical component includes skills demonstrated in the pool and open water such as surf negotiation skills, tube rescues, run-swim- run and practical scenarios.
Brodie Seelen is the most experienced lifeguard of the group having already patrolled one season at both Tahunanui and Kaiteriteri and has also assisted with water safety at the Year 13 camp in the Abel Tasman. Sam Edens completed the training but will have to wait until he turns fourteen to sit the exam.
Mary Seelen (head instructor at Nelson surf lifesaving club), ran most of the lifeguard training sessions with Jane Townsend (Nayland College deputy principal and lifeguard instructor) running two of the sessions based at Tahunanui beach and the Riverside pool.
We are excited to have so many of our junior students with the skills and qualifications to keep both our community beach goers and our students at school aquatic events safe.