Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) Ambassador and star of Australia’s Channel Ten programme ‘Bondi Rescue’, Lifeguard Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell, swapped New South Wales for Yorkshire recently, as he gave lifeguarding a try…UK style.
His visit marked the end of RLSS UK’s #BeARookieLifeguard campaign, as Head of Volunteering, Lee Heard explains:
“Our Rookie Lifeguard programme remains one of our most popular courses for young swimmers. As we’ve already seen a number of young people lose their lives to drowning this summer, Maxi’s passion for educating youngsters on staying safe around water, combined with his appeal to young people, is a crucial part of his role for us.”
“We were really excited to welcome Lifeguard Maxi to Leeds” said Louise Wells, of Leeds Lifesaving Club. “It was our chance to showcase the passion and dedication of our young lifesavers and learn from the experiences of a professional, from one of the most famous beaches in the world!”
Maxi’s second pit-stop in Yorkshire saw him join partners Swim England, the RNLI and local charity the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund in Scarborough, for their Swim Safe programme.
“Having Maxi join in brought a unique perspective to our work on beach safety and open water swimming,” said Ashley Jones, Swim Safe Delivery Manager.
“His attendance added an exciting perspective for the young people, instructors and lifeguards, who benefitted from sharing their experiences of helping people stay safe in the water.”
Maxi has been a keen supporter of RLSS UK messages, using his social media profile to promote key water safety advice across Drowning Prevention Week and the school holidays:
“It’s important to me that young people understand just how dangerous water can be but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at the same time!”