Waterworld national lifeguard trainer scoops top award

A member of Active Northumberland has received a prestigious award for dedication and long service to training lifeguards.

Kate Anderson who works at Prudhoe Waterworld has been awarded a  Service Honour from the Royal Life Saving Society UK, to  celebrate 20 years of lifesaving service.

Kate is a familiar face to many having worked at the centre for over 23 years.

She has been training and assessing lifeguards at the centre since 1999 covering essential first aid skills such as CPR and spinal skills in water, fitness swims and water rescues.

Qualified lifeguards must still undergo regular training and Kate takes the team at Prudhoe through regular refresher training for two hours each month, often in the early morning before the pool opens to the public.

Kate said:

“ I was thrilled to receive this award.  We have a great team of lifeguards at Prudhoe Waterworld and the fact they are really at the top of their game makes my job so much more rewarding. We train regularly to ensure they have the fitness, skills and competence to react quickly and professionally should any emergency arise in or around the pool. We also train to anticipate and prevent potential problems before they arise.”

Northumberland County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for leisure Cath Homer  said:

“To receive this award is a great achievement and is testament to not only the immense dedication and skill of Kate, but also the training programme she delivers. Well done.”

08 Nov 2018