A schoolboy has his sights set on a deep sea career thanks to a summer safely campaign made a splash.
Lennon Hall signed up to take one of the Swim Safe classes at Sandhaven Beach in South Shields.
The seven-year-old enjoyed it so much, he went on to do the sessions more than 14 times, learning from ASA-qualified swimming tutors and water safety messages from RNLI Lifeguards.
Lennon, who moved to Roker two years ago and still goes to Bede Burn Primary in Jarrow, is now preparing to become one of the charity’s rookie lifeguards when he starts one of its junior courses this month at the Raich Carter Centre in Hendon.
The youngster hopes to become a beach lifeguard when he is older and hopes to also be a marine biologist.
Mum Jayne Hall, 40, said: “He just absolutely adores the sea.
I know it sounds really cheesy, but this has really been a calling to him.Jayne Hall
“When he went to Swim Safe, they explained about how swimming in it is totally different from swimming in the pool and the first time he went they couldn’t go in deep because the weather was really bad, so they paddled, but he went back another time in better conditions and he loved it. He started talking to the lifeguards and they told him about how to become one, and so he’s going to become a rookie.
“He’s almost been living in his wetsuit.
“He’s having a surf party for his birthday and the RNLI have given him some of their vintage pin badges.
“He’s always loved water since he was a little baby. He first went to the swimming pool when he was six weeks old and by eight weeks he would go under the water no problem and splash around and he would come up smiling and he loved lessons at Temple Park leisure centre.
“I know it sounds really cheesy, but this has really been a calling to him.
“Some kids when they go down to the beach stop when they get to the water, but when he goes to the beach, he just runs in.”
Jayne, who runs her own gourmet dog treat business Bear & Bibbi’s Barkery, said Lennon has started to pass on the safety and life saving messages he learned during the beach sessions to his friends and relatives.
She added: “The Swim Safe people were just amazing and I can’t believe they did it for free.
“The Swim Safe teachers gave him a mug. That’s all he’ll drink out of now.”
The classes, which were one of six held around the country during July and August, taught children about the dangers of swimming in the sea and how they can survive should they find themselves in a difficult situation and what to do if someone else is in danger.