Meet Jack, Pool Lifeguard at Riverton Leisureplex

Jack

Title: Pool Lifeguard

Time employed at the Leisureplex: 1 year

Favourite thing about work: My favourite part about being a Lifeguard for the City of Canning is meeting everyone that comes in every day, whether it be patrons or other employees. I love to speak to people and hear about their lives, be sure to say g’day next time you see me!

Something interesting about yourself? I have been a Patrol Captain for the Fremantle Surf Club for the last 6 years

I’ve been a Pool Lifeguard for almost four years and have been with the City of Canning for one year now. My background in water safety started when I was around eight years old, where I started nippers at my local Surf Life Saving Club. Through surf I grew up learning about safety around water as well as First Aid training - starting with my Surf Rescue Certificate at the age of thirteen. I’m grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had with Surf Life Saving Australia, it has provided me life long skills and relationships as well as the necessary skills and confidence to effectively fulfil my duties as a Lifeguard.

The City of Canning has adopted the national Watch Around Water program’s view in regard to water safety for children. Watch Around Water aims to assist Lifeguards in ensuring that the swimming pool is a safe place for children. Drowning remains one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children under five years of age. For more information on Watch Around Water please follow this link (http://www.watcharoundwater.org.au/)

As a Lifeguard, safety around the pool is my main priority. Watch Around Water gives me the opportunity to approach parents or supervisors of young children and speak to them about ways to ensure their children are safe. Taking your children to the swimming pool is a great opportunity to grow, develop and have fun with family and friends, please put down your phones and ensure safety is your number one priority too.

Since completing his Surf Rescue Certificate in 2006, Jack has continued to develop and grow his skills. Having completed two Silver Medallion awards in Beach Management and IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Driving, he’s also a qualified training officer with SLSWA, held his Level 1 Surf Coach accreditation, completed his RWC Operator (Rescue Water Craft/Jet Ski) course, and is currently working towards his Gold Medallion. Jack has been a Patrol Captain at Fremantle Surf Club for the past six years, and received his 10 year long service in the 2016/17 season. He attended the SLSA National Leadership College at the beginning of 2017 where he was further able to develop skills and capabilities with other like minded people.

Jack