Our Club History
In 1968 David and Cherie Cheetham married and set up home in Yateley.
They both taught and practiced Life Saving at Hounslow with the Hounslow School of Life Saving, of which David was a co-founder.
David was also involved at National level with the Royal Life Saving Society, a co-author of the Life Saving Handbook, a Director of The Thames Rescue Service and holder of the Royal Life Saving Society Diploma.
In April 1972 came a moment of synchronicity that resulted in the creation of Yateley Life Saving Club. Water space in Yateley School pool was on offer and David and Cherie were anxious to cease travelling to Hounslow for their Life Saving. Fortunately they were able to gather round them reliable and dedicated teaching support right at the onset.
The Club was equally fortunate to enlist the help of Guy Minter the then Yateley School Head of Art who designed the ‘ylsc’ logo that has survived the passage of time – if you want the best get the best.
The Club, through its association with The Thames Rescue Service, was able to enlarge the life saving agenda to include ‘hands on’ rescue boat patrols, in the Club’s own boat, on the River Thames at weekends, a burden that is only sustainable with heavy funding and a great deal of commitment from ‘helpers’. Nothing lasts forever and, after many years, the decision was taken to dispose of the rescue boat and concentrate on teaching lifesaving skills at the pool in Yateley.
Encouragement of young swimmers proved a dual source of future lifesavers/teachers/lifeguards from the swimming members and coerced parents as helpers.
It is a measure of the dedication of both members and helpers over the years that the Club is still operating strongly today. David was quick to recognise that his background in the Royal Life Saving Society presented both an advantage and a future threat to the longevity of the club. It became a mantra that no one person should ever dominate the running of the Club, or put another way, no one should be indispensable.
Google - The Indispensable Man by Saxon White Kessinger.
Written by David Cheetham May 2015