Lily Firm, 16, completed her Lifesaving Instructor course with RLSS UK and has since taken lots of opportunities to progress within lifesaving.

After completing the course Lily began teaching the Rookie Lifeguard award and Survive and Save award at Leeds Lifesaving as part of the clubs programme. Lily commented “This has been amazing to see the children progress in the skills that I already had prior to completing the course from my journey with lifesaving, it has been really good to give back to the community.” Lily has also been working as a Lifeguard in Leeds.

Not only has Lily been helping to give children the skills and knowledge to stay safe in and around the water, but she has been ensuring that the athletes at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games stay safe too as she was chosen as a Lifeguard for the games, officially becoming the youngest pool attendant for Birmingham 2022.

Lily said: “I hope it is inspiring my younger lifesavers, showing them that anything is possible. If you asked me when I was a Rookie that I would be a lifeguard at the commonwealth games I wouldn’t have believed you.”

Looking ahead to the future, Lily would like to set up her own lifesaving club to encourage more people to engage with the programme, commenting: “I believe it has given me so many life skills that are transferable to all areas of my life. Through this I would love to help encourage more girls, particularly teenage girls, to take part but also diversify lifesaving and swimming to many different ethnic communities.”

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