A special day of rescue demonstrations and opportunities for young and old to learn new skills.
It is in honour of Ron Coltman MBE we first held our “Rescue Day” in 2015 and are pleased to carry on our new tradition this year on Saturday 17th June. In 2014 one of the lido’s greatest champions visited the facility for the last time, affectionately known by all as “Mr Lido”, no more will we hear the sound of Ron Coltman MBE at the lido gate, jangling a bunch of keys, enthusiastically ushering in the ‘kids’ with his usual ‘welcome to paradise!’ Ron was passionate about the survival of his beloved lido and he was also passionate about water safety. As well as being a lifeguard and manager for many years, Ron went on to become one of the founding trustees of the charitable trust which has now operated the lido since 1996.
We are extremely grateful for the support of the following organisations who will be present on the day to demonstrate and educate on water safety. Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service, South West Ambulance Service, RNLI, Royal Lifesaving Society and not forgetting Pete Lewin and his Newfoundland rescue dogs.
There will be other fun activities throughout the day including “Ron’s Races”, a series of 1 length sprint races for adults and children and “Beat the Goalie” (the member of staff in goal will not be up to Ron’s professional standards!). Entrance for children under 16 on this day will be free. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
We welcome young and old to come and enjoy a special bit of ‘paradise’ in the heart of Cheltenham.!