Sheaf District Scouts Swimming and Lifesaving

If you are reading this, the chances are that you have a child in the Scout movement (or a leader) and they have expressed an interest in attending one of our courses.  The information below is designed to give you some details about us and how we operate. 

What are our aims?

We aim to promote water safety, swimming and rescue skills along with first aid and resuscitation whilst delivering personal development and fun to young people. 

Who and what are we?

Sheaf District Scouts Swimming and Lifesaving is an open group of members of the Scout movement in Sheaf District wishing to facilitate access to these activities on a not for profit basis.  We are registered with the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and are run and staffed entirely by volunteers from the local Scout community.

Based at Graves Swimming Pool off Bochum Parkway on a Sunday evening, we have been in existence for over 40 years and have taught literally hundreds of young people to swim, survive, safeguard and rescue others in difficulty.

Who are the activities for?

Our activities are open to all members of the Scout Association within Sheaf District and often beyond.  Our courses are open to Beavers (aged 7), Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, members of the Scout Network and of course Scout Leaders, Instructors and Helpers. 

Is there a membership fee?

No, you just pay for the courses your child wishes to take.  Fees are due on the first night of the course, by cash or cheque payable to ‘Sheaf District Scouts’, along with a parental consent and contact form.

Who are our Trainers?

Most of our trainers hold recognised RLSS teaching and first aid qualifications whilst others have many years experience.   Our own new instructors are trained and developed under the watchful eye of our qualified and experienced trainers. 

What courses do we run?

We run everything from ‘learn to swim’ to professional lifeguard qualifications.  All of our courses lead to recognised awards of the RLSS or Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) with certificates and badges.  All will assist with qualification towards scout swimming badges.   Below is a sample list

Learn to Swim Improvers Distance Awards
Challenge Awards Personal Survival Lifesaver – Rookie
RLSS Survive & Save Pool Lifeguard

We can  also operate other courses for example canoeing courses where a demand exists. 

When are the activities run?

We operate every Sunday from mid September to mid July (except some Sundays before Bank Holidays and Christmas). Arrival time is 6.45pm and in the pool shortly after 7pm.  The session finishes at 8pm and we aim to clear the changing rooms by 8.15pm.

How do I know which course is run when?

Section Leaders at your child’s group receive regular course notifications by email.  They will talk to members of their section, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts and distribute letters detailing forthcoming courses.  Alternatively speak to Barrie at the Pool or by telephone or email him at

Letters are also posted on this website for downloading and returning electronically.

Do you have a mailing list?

Yes we send out details of courses by email, if you wish to be added to our mailing list send a request to be added to

Can I watch?

There is a small area for poolside viewing as well as several large windows around the pool and a seating area with vending machines selling drinks and snacks.

How can I find out more?

Call Barrie Hocking on 0114 274 5557 or email him at