Here you can find details of what goes on at training, and where and when we meet.
What goes on?
So, what do we actually do at training. We have two types of training: wetside and dyside.
Dryside is when we all meet together and learn or practice skills that have nothing to do with water, such as CPR, life support and first aid. This time can count towards your required hours to get certain certificates, or as practice for the "Dry Initiative Test" in competitions (see "Competitions" page). If you're working towards your Survive and Save awards then this will also be where you cover the theory part of your awards.
Wetside, is, as you might have guessed, the bits in the pool. This is where we train for competition events such as swim and tow relays, line throw relays and obstacles courses, etc. If you are working towards your Survive and Save awards then this will be the swimming bits. This will be where you learn how to recognise different types of casualty, how to tow a casualty and which tows to do when.
What awards are on offer?
At current, we have a fully qualified Survive and Save instructor who can provide training and/or assessment for all of the awards on the new senior awards scheme from the RLSS UK. The format of the new awards scheme has 4 strands: medallion, beach, stillwater and sport; once a candidate has achieved 3 gold awards they are eligible to receive the prestigious Distinction award.
We are also able to provide training and assessment for NPLQ qualifications. We can provide the ongoing training and competency assessment part of your qualification, and we will also be running new courses during the year.
When and where do we meet?
On Mondays we have wetside training 18:30-19:30. Our Saturday sessions run 14:00-16:00, with an hour dryside preceeding an hour in the pool. Meet us at reception about ten minutes before the session.
What will I need?
All you need is a swimming costume, a towel and a "round pound" for the lockers (if you wish). At current, you will also require a membership with the Iffley Road Sports Centre which allows you to use the swimming pool.