Lifeguard lessons prepared Nathan Condon to save the life of drowning toddler

Water hazardAlerted by the crying of the distressed youngster,  ten-year-old Nathan Condon kept his cool by steering him to safety with a stick before dragging him out of the water.

The primary school pupil has been praised for his actions by Winterbourne Swim Academy, where he is taking an introductory lifeguard course.

His mum Tracie said she was delighted by the bravery her son displayed.

The 42-year-old administration assistant said: “We are really proud of him for doing it. He’s always been keen to help people and he didn’t think anything of it at all.

“He’s doing rookie life-guarding. He’s been swimming since he was three. He’s got all the badges, including his mile badge, but wanted to do the lifeguard course so he could keep going to the pool.

“The technique he used to save the boy was one he learned at the swimming academy. I didn’t think he was taking it all in – but he obviously was.”

The drama unfolded at a duck pond in St Saviour’s Rise, Frampton Cotterell.

As Nathan cycled past the pond, he heard a four-year-old child crying and discovered the youngster had fallen in and was submerged in water three metres out. The boy’s parents were around the other side of the pond fishing, unaware of what had happened, so Nathan leapt into action.

This news proves that taking courses helps young children prepare for water danger and how best to react when faced with an incident. Water Safety Map condone Nathan’s quick thinking and bravery and wish him a successful career as a lifeguard in the future.

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