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From 16 November to the 2 December, the lifesaving community descended on Adelaide, Australia, for the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC). With over 7,000 participants from 45 nations, LWC Adelaide 2018 is the largest Lifesaving World Championships ever conducted and provided a number of ‘firsts’ for the  International Lifesaving Federation. FIRST! It was the first time the event has returned to the same city for a second time. FIRST! It was the first time a state association has successfully bid for and run a World Championships (until now it has always been a national body). FIRST! LWC Adelaide saw the largest number of technical officials attend, which is a testament to the popularity and strength of the competition and nothing, whatsoever to do with the time of year, the wine, food and tourism. With sixteen days of competition split across the pool and the beach, the Lifesaving World Championships is the largest international lifesaving sport competition ...
From 16 November to the 2 December, the lifesaving community descended on Adelaide, Australia, for the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC). With over 7,000 participants from 45 nations, LWC Adelaide 2018 is the largest Lifesaving World Championships ever conducted and provided a number of ‘firsts’ for the  International Lifesaving Federation. FIRST! It was the first time the event has returned to the same city for a second time. FIRST! It was the first time a state association has successfully bid for and run a World Championships (until now it has always been a national body). FIRST! LWC Adelaide saw the largest number of technical officials attend, which is a testament to the popularity and strength of the competition and nothing, whatsoever to do with the time of year, the wine, food and tourism. With sixteen days of competition split across the pool and the beach, the Lifesaving World Championships is the largest international lifesaving sport competition ...
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:30 am
Get started now: https://leaders.promo/waterfront50 Working at a summer camp in America is possibly the greatest job on Earth. You’ll spend 9 weeks working with children in unbelievable locations, spending your days on the lake and having the time of your life, all while earning spending money for your travels. As part of your experience, you’ll have up to 30 days to fill with travel once you’ve finished your summer camp contract. You’ll be able to explore some of the most iconic landscapes and cities in the world. You know that American road-trip you’ve always dreamed about? This is your chance to do it. Being a lifeguard is arguably the best job you could ever have at camp! You’re going to have the ultimate tan, full access to the stunning waterfront plus the perks of being able to jump in and cool off during those long, hot summer days. Many camps will also have daily swimming lessons, where you become the teachers - from beginners strokes ...
Get started now: https://leaders.promo/waterfront50 Working at a summer camp in America is possibly the greatest job on Earth. You’ll spend 9 weeks working with children in unbelievable locations, spending your days on the lake and having the time of your life, all while earning spending money for your travels. As part of your experience, you’ll have up to 30 days to fill with travel once you’ve finished your summer camp contract. You’ll be able to explore some of the most iconic landscapes and cities in the world. You know that American road-trip you’ve always dreamed about? This is your chance to do it. Being a lifeguard is arguably the best job you could ever have at camp! You’re going to have the ultimate tan, full access to the stunning waterfront plus the perks of being able to jump in and cool off during those long, hot summer days. Many camps will also have daily swimming lessons, where you become the teachers - from beginners strokes ...
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:25 am
RLSS UK’s Graham Wilson talking to ITV Meridian yesterday (Monday) as part of Don’t Drink and Drown activity in Oxford.  Oxford Water Safety Group have been supporting the campaign, handing out campaign resources in local bars and the Universities of Oxford and Oxford Brookes, warning people about the dangers of walking near water whilst under the influence. A massive thanks for the support of Oxford Water Safety Group which consists of representatives from Oxford City Council, Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, RLSS UK, The Environment Agency and Canal and River Trust.  
RLSS UK’s Graham Wilson talking to ITV Meridian yesterday (Monday) as part of Don’t Drink and Drown activity in Oxford.  Oxford Water Safety Group have been supporting the campaign, handing out campaign resources in local bars and the Universities of Oxford and Oxford Brookes, warning people about the dangers of walking near water whilst under the influence. A massive thanks for the support of Oxford Water Safety Group which consists of representatives from Oxford City Council, Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, RLSS UK, The Environment Agency and Canal and River Trust.  
Posted: December 4, 2018, 3:23 pm
Families who have lost loved ones to alcohol related drownings have pledged their support to a national campaign which warns people to act responsibly near water during their night out, after stats showed a staggering 41.5% rise in alcohol related drownings over the last year. As part of the national Don’t Drink and Drown campaign, run by the UK’s drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), organisations up and down the country will be putting on events and activities, urging revellers not to walk home near bodies of water after they have been drinking.                                                                  &nbs...
Families who have lost loved ones to alcohol related drownings have pledged their support to a national campaign which warns people to act responsibly near water during their night out, after stats showed a staggering 41.5% rise in alcohol related drownings over the last year. As part of the national Don’t Drink and Drown campaign, run by the UK’s drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), organisations up and down the country will be putting on events and activities, urging revellers not to walk home near bodies of water after they have been drinking.                                                                  &nbs...
Posted: December 3, 2018, 9:58 am
With only a few days to go until 23 November, we are gearing up for our first ever Black Friday online event. Make sure you bookmark the page! Running from 23 – 26 November, this four-day extravaganza will see great deals for all our customers, swimming pools, open water venues, trainers, instructors, members, branches and clubs – there’s even a ‘heritage line’ for all your RLSS UK branded merchandise. “The launch of NPLQ Generation 9 and our brand-new Water Smart Award have been huge projects for us this year,” explains Jo Talbot, RLSS UK’s Interim Director of IQL UK. “We recognise that we are not a traditional retail outlet that can offer big discounts on single items, but we’re confident that the deals that have been created will appeal to our customers. “Without the hard work and dedication of our NTAs, Mentors, TAs, Instructors, members, branches and volunteers – we wouldn’t be the success that we a...
With only a few days to go until 23 November, we are gearing up for our first ever Black Friday online event. Make sure you bookmark the page! Running from 23 – 26 November, this four-day extravaganza will see great deals for all our customers, swimming pools, open water venues, trainers, instructors, members, branches and clubs – there’s even a ‘heritage line’ for all your RLSS UK branded merchandise. “The launch of NPLQ Generation 9 and our brand-new Water Smart Award have been huge projects for us this year,” explains Jo Talbot, RLSS UK’s Interim Director of IQL UK. “We recognise that we are not a traditional retail outlet that can offer big discounts on single items, but we’re confident that the deals that have been created will appeal to our customers. “Without the hard work and dedication of our NTAs, Mentors, TAs, Instructors, members, branches and volunteers – we wouldn’t be the success that we a...
Posted: November 27, 2018, 2:46 pm
"It was a real pleasure for me to witness one of our great athletes Zara Williams win gold in the rescue medley event at the world lifesaving championships in Adelaide Australia. This is the first time I have witnessed an RLSS UK athlete achieve gold in a swimming event at the worlds. I wish Zara and the GBR team every success over the next 3 days of intense competition” Ian Hutchings RLSS UK president 
"It was a real pleasure for me to witness one of our great athletes Zara Williams win gold in the rescue medley event at the world lifesaving championships in Adelaide Australia. This is the first time I have witnessed an RLSS UK athlete achieve gold in a swimming event at the worlds. I wish Zara and the GBR team every success over the next 3 days of intense competition” Ian Hutchings RLSS UK president 
Posted: November 23, 2018, 8:42 am
Click here to find out more about Aquaphobia. Millions of frustrated Aquaphobics are being given the chance to take back control of their lives and overcome their fear of the water with the launch of a pioneering new course. The UK Academy of Swimming and drowning prevention charity The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) have joined forces to launch the specialised Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme (AALP), which aims to give people confidence and control in the water. Over 13.8 million adults in the UK, that’s double the population of London, are afraid to take part in any form of swimming, and over 33% of the adult population saying they know at least one person who has a real fear of the water. Written and created by UK Academy of Swimming and supported by the RLSS UK, AALP is a 12-step progressive programme delivered by swimming professionals to help people who are aquaphobic, weak or non-swimmers to overcome their fear of water from both a psychological and phy...
Click here to find out more about Aquaphobia. Millions of frustrated Aquaphobics are being given the chance to take back control of their lives and overcome their fear of the water with the launch of a pioneering new course. The UK Academy of Swimming and drowning prevention charity The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) have joined forces to launch the specialised Adult Aquaphobia Learning Programme (AALP), which aims to give people confidence and control in the water. Over 13.8 million adults in the UK, that’s double the population of London, are afraid to take part in any form of swimming, and over 33% of the adult population saying they know at least one person who has a real fear of the water. Written and created by UK Academy of Swimming and supported by the RLSS UK, AALP is a 12-step progressive programme delivered by swimming professionals to help people who are aquaphobic, weak or non-swimmers to overcome their fear of water from both a psychological and phy...
Posted: November 20, 2018, 1:29 pm
Talbot, who joined the organisation in 2015, has worked in the leisure industry for 20 years. As former Head of Products at IQL UK, she was responsible for the management and development of all awards and qualifications. “I’m so excited to be leading the team at IQL UK. We have some fantastic, talented people doing some great work behind the scenes to help operators meet their recruitment and staff development needs, while supporting individuals to build successful and rewarding careers,” says Talbot.   Succeeding Martin Symcox, Talbot will oversee the provision of high quality qualifications and awards to candidates, trainers and operators that  meet the requirements of regulators, while providing expertise and advice to operators of swimming pools.  “One of my main aims is to ensure our guidance, qualifications and processes are clear and easy to understand for our customers. But ultimately, I want to make a difference to our customers. I wan...
Talbot, who joined the organisation in 2015, has worked in the leisure industry for 20 years. As former Head of Products at IQL UK, she was responsible for the management and development of all awards and qualifications. “I’m so excited to be leading the team at IQL UK. We have some fantastic, talented people doing some great work behind the scenes to help operators meet their recruitment and staff development needs, while supporting individuals to build successful and rewarding careers,” says Talbot.   Succeeding Martin Symcox, Talbot will oversee the provision of high quality qualifications and awards to candidates, trainers and operators that  meet the requirements of regulators, while providing expertise and advice to operators of swimming pools.  “One of my main aims is to ensure our guidance, qualifications and processes are clear and easy to understand for our customers. But ultimately, I want to make a difference to our customers. I wan...
Posted: October 25, 2018, 9:42 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is excited to announce that the UK’s leading supplier of open water dry-bag and tow-floats, Swim Secure, has become a new water safety partner. Swim Secure products are designed for the precise needs of open water swimmers, allowing swimmers to swim safer by being highly visible, as well as waterproof storage for kit. Swim Secure tow-floats and dry-bags are the largest selling range in the UK, with swim hats, hydration floats and waterproof ‘phone bags, all featuring in their product range. With their latest innovation, the wild swim bag, they really have thought of everything: the comfy chest and waist straps make for an easily worn, waterproof, highly-visible rucksack but remove the straps, secure your gear, inflate it and jump right in! Seasoned outdoor swimmers are free to hike, bike, run and swim their way across the UK, safe in the knowledge that they can be seen by other water users and their kit is secure and dry. ...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is excited to announce that the UK’s leading supplier of open water dry-bag and tow-floats, Swim Secure, has become a new water safety partner. Swim Secure products are designed for the precise needs of open water swimmers, allowing swimmers to swim safer by being highly visible, as well as waterproof storage for kit. Swim Secure tow-floats and dry-bags are the largest selling range in the UK, with swim hats, hydration floats and waterproof ‘phone bags, all featuring in their product range. With their latest innovation, the wild swim bag, they really have thought of everything: the comfy chest and waist straps make for an easily worn, waterproof, highly-visible rucksack but remove the straps, secure your gear, inflate it and jump right in! Seasoned outdoor swimmers are free to hike, bike, run and swim their way across the UK, safe in the knowledge that they can be seen by other water users and their kit is secure and dry. ...
Posted: October 24, 2018, 12:55 pm
After our campaign to attract people from differing walks of life to lifeguarding garnered national media attention, we thought it was high-time we drew on our existing ranks of lifeguards out there, with their own unique stories to tell. Lifesavers would like to hear from you if there is a very unique aspect to your role as a lifeguard. For example, do you work through a tenet of your faith, such as a period of fasting? Maybe you’re the one lifeguard who always volunteers for the 5am start? Do you have a specific addition to your uniform? Or maybe you lifeguard the training sessions for our existing and future Olympians? Please send your stories to: marketing@rlss.org.uk and title the email ‘same shift, different day’.
After our campaign to attract people from differing walks of life to lifeguarding garnered national media attention, we thought it was high-time we drew on our existing ranks of lifeguards out there, with their own unique stories to tell. Lifesavers would like to hear from you if there is a very unique aspect to your role as a lifeguard. For example, do you work through a tenet of your faith, such as a period of fasting? Maybe you’re the one lifeguard who always volunteers for the 5am start? Do you have a specific addition to your uniform? Or maybe you lifeguard the training sessions for our existing and future Olympians? Please send your stories to: marketing@rlss.org.uk and title the email ‘same shift, different day’.
Posted: October 22, 2018, 3:10 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and Leisure Media have announced a partnership, as they aim to bridge employment gaps in the lifesaving sector. RLSS UK, the Drowning Prevention Charity founded in 1891, is a leading provider of training and education in lifesaving and is also the governing body for the sport of lifesaving. Leisure Media – publisher of Leisure Opportunities magazine – will become an RLSS UK strategic media partner and will work with the charity to raise its profile across the wider leisure sector.  As well as highlighting RLSS UK's work and campaigns, Leisure Opportunities will showcase career opportunities in lifeguarding, as part of a drive to tackle the well-documented shortage of lifeguards in parts of the UK. Liz Terry, CEO of Leisure Media said: "RLSS UK is rallying lifesavers everywhere to ensure that – whatever occurs – responders are trained to handle challenging situations and save lives.  "As media partne...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and Leisure Media have announced a partnership, as they aim to bridge employment gaps in the lifesaving sector. RLSS UK, the Drowning Prevention Charity founded in 1891, is a leading provider of training and education in lifesaving and is also the governing body for the sport of lifesaving. Leisure Media – publisher of Leisure Opportunities magazine – will become an RLSS UK strategic media partner and will work with the charity to raise its profile across the wider leisure sector.  As well as highlighting RLSS UK's work and campaigns, Leisure Opportunities will showcase career opportunities in lifeguarding, as part of a drive to tackle the well-documented shortage of lifeguards in parts of the UK. Liz Terry, CEO of Leisure Media said: "RLSS UK is rallying lifesavers everywhere to ensure that – whatever occurs – responders are trained to handle challenging situations and save lives.  "As media partne...
Posted: October 22, 2018, 3:09 pm
Since the start of August, the Marketing and Communications Team have been hard at work building a brand new website for the society. The website will bring significant improvements to its predecessor both in terms of content and functionality, enhancing the experience for the end-user and designed to help the charity achieve its core ambitions.  The Fab Five There are five notable feature improvements to look out for: Mobile first With around 70% of our website traffic coming from people using their mobile or tablet, ‘mobile first’ was a key goal in the site building process, crucially, without compromising the look and feel for a desktop. You will now find the new website is easy to navigate, no matter what device you are viewing it on and there are no hard to find sub-menus, which makes for a much better and more natural user experience. Improved search functionality With the new search facility, you will now be able to find the page you are looking for...
Since the start of August, the Marketing and Communications Team have been hard at work building a brand new website for the society. The website will bring significant improvements to its predecessor both in terms of content and functionality, enhancing the experience for the end-user and designed to help the charity achieve its core ambitions.  The Fab Five There are five notable feature improvements to look out for: Mobile first With around 70% of our website traffic coming from people using their mobile or tablet, ‘mobile first’ was a key goal in the site building process, crucially, without compromising the look and feel for a desktop. You will now find the new website is easy to navigate, no matter what device you are viewing it on and there are no hard to find sub-menus, which makes for a much better and more natural user experience. Improved search functionality With the new search facility, you will now be able to find the page you are looking for...
Posted: October 22, 2018, 8:39 am
Three incredible Hull Culture and Leisure (HCAL) lifeguards and staff at Albert Avenue Pools, whose quick-thinking and actions saved the life of an 81-year-old swimmer, are being presented with special awards at the Guildhall today (Tuesday 16 October). George Huggins, who has been using the pools for more than 70 years, suffered a heart attack whilst swimming and was pulled out of the pool by lifeguards Kelly Whitehurst and Macauley Hyde, who then, with the help of centre duty manager Kevin Caselton, used a defibrillator and CPR to restart his heart. It was the first time the defibrillator, which was installed 15 years ago, had been used. Staff at HCAL facilities are trained to use defibrillators and CPR. Today (Tuesday 16 October) is the annual World Restart a Heart Day. To mark the day, the lifesaving staff are being presented with awards - including Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK awards - by the Lord Mayor at the Guildhall. Hull City Council staff will also be taking part i...
Three incredible Hull Culture and Leisure (HCAL) lifeguards and staff at Albert Avenue Pools, whose quick-thinking and actions saved the life of an 81-year-old swimmer, are being presented with special awards at the Guildhall today (Tuesday 16 October). George Huggins, who has been using the pools for more than 70 years, suffered a heart attack whilst swimming and was pulled out of the pool by lifeguards Kelly Whitehurst and Macauley Hyde, who then, with the help of centre duty manager Kevin Caselton, used a defibrillator and CPR to restart his heart. It was the first time the defibrillator, which was installed 15 years ago, had been used. Staff at HCAL facilities are trained to use defibrillators and CPR. Today (Tuesday 16 October) is the annual World Restart a Heart Day. To mark the day, the lifesaving staff are being presented with awards - including Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK awards - by the Lord Mayor at the Guildhall. Hull City Council staff will also be taking part i...
Posted: October 16, 2018, 9:46 am
At the magnificent Worcester Cathedral, on Saturday 13th October, RLSS UK hosted the UK’s Honours ceremony, where many of RLSS UK’s thousands of volunteers were recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to help to keep people safe in, on and near water. Together with our new Patron, Lord Storey, an amazing 470 people attended the ceremony. The recipients walked onto the stage to the sound of great applause, recognising the outstanding work they had done in a variety of ways, and over many years, with lengths of service ranging from one to 50. Being the final one of my three Honours ceremonies I have had the pleasure of attending, I once again took great pride in shaking almost every hand, thanking them personally for their heartful contribution to saving lives. I feel it’s worth repeating: “If it’s your first award, be proud! If it’s award number two, three or more, thank you so much for continuing to do yourself proud as well as RLSS...
At the magnificent Worcester Cathedral, on Saturday 13th October, RLSS UK hosted the UK’s Honours ceremony, where many of RLSS UK’s thousands of volunteers were recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to help to keep people safe in, on and near water. Together with our new Patron, Lord Storey, an amazing 470 people attended the ceremony. The recipients walked onto the stage to the sound of great applause, recognising the outstanding work they had done in a variety of ways, and over many years, with lengths of service ranging from one to 50. Being the final one of my three Honours ceremonies I have had the pleasure of attending, I once again took great pride in shaking almost every hand, thanking them personally for their heartful contribution to saving lives. I feel it’s worth repeating: “If it’s your first award, be proud! If it’s award number two, three or more, thank you so much for continuing to do yourself proud as well as RLSS...
Posted: October 15, 2018, 12:48 pm
Join us on our inaugural autumn walk this half-term, for a seasonal charity stroll with a twist! The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is holding its very first autumn walk in Worcester this half term and to raise water safety awareness and funds for the charity. The drowning prevention charity relocated to Worcester in January and is keen that as many people come along to find out more about its work, as well as learning important water safety information that could save lives. Walkers will enjoy the 2 ½ mile* route starting at Waitrose, London Road, on Monday 23 October and they will be joined by the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Steve Mackay. The walk kicks off at 11am and will finish at Diglis Basin Marina where The Anchor Inn, has kindly supplied a warm, dry room for us to put our feet up and enjoy a complementary hot drink. RLSS UK Events Manager, Stuart Haynes, said: “Our autumn walk is the perfect excuse for you and the family to get out and about in the...
Join us on our inaugural autumn walk this half-term, for a seasonal charity stroll with a twist! The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is holding its very first autumn walk in Worcester this half term and to raise water safety awareness and funds for the charity. The drowning prevention charity relocated to Worcester in January and is keen that as many people come along to find out more about its work, as well as learning important water safety information that could save lives. Walkers will enjoy the 2 ½ mile* route starting at Waitrose, London Road, on Monday 23 October and they will be joined by the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Steve Mackay. The walk kicks off at 11am and will finish at Diglis Basin Marina where The Anchor Inn, has kindly supplied a warm, dry room for us to put our feet up and enjoy a complementary hot drink. RLSS UK Events Manager, Stuart Haynes, said: “Our autumn walk is the perfect excuse for you and the family to get out and about in the...
Posted: October 11, 2018, 8:53 am
Great Britain Lifesaving is pleased to announce the final Great Britain Open Team to compete at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, 20-25 November 2018, following a number of team changes. The team of six male and six female athletes selected from the Great Britain Lifesaving Squad representing seven national clubs from Surf Life Saving GB and Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Open Team includes experienced athletes who have represented Great Britain at Sanyo International Lifesaving Cup 2018, International Surf Rescue Challenge 2017 and European Lifesaving Championships 2017. The team was selected by Lead Coach Rob Phillips (SLSGB), Pool Coach Gary Lee (SLSGB & RLSS), and verified by Simon Perry (SLSA Wales) The Lifesaving World Championships is held every two years and attracts competitors from over 40 nations. The team of 12 athletes will race in 24 events across 5 days of intense competition racing the best in the world. We wish them the very...
Great Britain Lifesaving is pleased to announce the final Great Britain Open Team to compete at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, 20-25 November 2018, following a number of team changes. The team of six male and six female athletes selected from the Great Britain Lifesaving Squad representing seven national clubs from Surf Life Saving GB and Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Open Team includes experienced athletes who have represented Great Britain at Sanyo International Lifesaving Cup 2018, International Surf Rescue Challenge 2017 and European Lifesaving Championships 2017. The team was selected by Lead Coach Rob Phillips (SLSGB), Pool Coach Gary Lee (SLSGB & RLSS), and verified by Simon Perry (SLSA Wales) The Lifesaving World Championships is held every two years and attracts competitors from over 40 nations. The team of 12 athletes will race in 24 events across 5 days of intense competition racing the best in the world. We wish them the very...
Posted: October 10, 2018, 8:08 am
Emergency services and charity agencies from across West Mercia have met to discuss water safety, as part of a campaign being backed by the Police and Crime Commissioner. Representatives from RLSS UK, West Mercia Police, West Mercia Search and Rescue, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI met with the Commissioner, and water safety ambassador Kirsty Walsh, who was widowed when her husband drowned, to identify and build on best practice, and look at ways to educate and inform communities, in order to keep them safe. The agencies are working together to call for no more deaths in rivers and other open water, after 429 people drowned in England last year*. Commissioner John Campion said “There’s been some excellent work across a range of agencies and sectors, and I am pleased to lead this drive, bringing together a range of partners with the same focus to reduce open water deaths. Education and engagement is vitally important, not only to protect com...
Emergency services and charity agencies from across West Mercia have met to discuss water safety, as part of a campaign being backed by the Police and Crime Commissioner. Representatives from RLSS UK, West Mercia Police, West Mercia Search and Rescue, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI met with the Commissioner, and water safety ambassador Kirsty Walsh, who was widowed when her husband drowned, to identify and build on best practice, and look at ways to educate and inform communities, in order to keep them safe. The agencies are working together to call for no more deaths in rivers and other open water, after 429 people drowned in England last year*. Commissioner John Campion said “There’s been some excellent work across a range of agencies and sectors, and I am pleased to lead this drive, bringing together a range of partners with the same focus to reduce open water deaths. Education and engagement is vitally important, not only to protect com...
Posted: October 3, 2018, 10:08 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, launched its first Open Water Festival at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire on Saturday (26 September). The Ragley Crawl saw participants of mixed abilities from across the country take the plunge into open water at the estate’s lake for the charity’s first open water swimming event with all funds raised to go towards its drowning prevention work. RLSS UK director, Adrian Lole, led the inaugural event. He said: “Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education we wanted to launch our very own open water swim. “Around 400 people each year lose their lives to drowning and we want to ensure everyone of all ages can enjoy water safely. This is why we organised a fun open water swimming event that everyone could enjoy in a safe, controlled environment.” The Ragley Crawl saw swimmers tackle a one-mile, half a mile or te...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, launched its first Open Water Festival at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire on Saturday (26 September). The Ragley Crawl saw participants of mixed abilities from across the country take the plunge into open water at the estate’s lake for the charity’s first open water swimming event with all funds raised to go towards its drowning prevention work. RLSS UK director, Adrian Lole, led the inaugural event. He said: “Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education we wanted to launch our very own open water swim. “Around 400 people each year lose their lives to drowning and we want to ensure everyone of all ages can enjoy water safely. This is why we organised a fun open water swimming event that everyone could enjoy in a safe, controlled environment.” The Ragley Crawl saw swimmers tackle a one-mile, half a mile or te...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:18 pm
An RLSS UK lifeguard and training assessor is one of Britain’s best older workers according to People Management magazine’s top 50 workers aged over 50. Janet Appleyard, who works at Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, part of Oldham Community Leisure (OCL), was unaware that OCL’s head of human resources had nominated her for the awards, which are voted for by the public. Janet came 7th in the prestigious awards, which included names like Prof. Stephen Hawkins, as well as a Lord, a Dame, doctors, a surgeon, a barrister and campaigners. “Being voted one of Britain’s best workers means so much to me.  I just could not believe it – I’m over the moon,” she said. The 61-year-old joined the company 24 years ago as a cleaner and café assistant to earn some money while her daughter was young. “I couldn’t swim and my manager at the time encouraged me to attend adult learner sessions. From there, I progressed to attending a sta...
An RLSS UK lifeguard and training assessor is one of Britain’s best older workers according to People Management magazine’s top 50 workers aged over 50. Janet Appleyard, who works at Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, part of Oldham Community Leisure (OCL), was unaware that OCL’s head of human resources had nominated her for the awards, which are voted for by the public. Janet came 7th in the prestigious awards, which included names like Prof. Stephen Hawkins, as well as a Lord, a Dame, doctors, a surgeon, a barrister and campaigners. “Being voted one of Britain’s best workers means so much to me.  I just could not believe it – I’m over the moon,” she said. The 61-year-old joined the company 24 years ago as a cleaner and café assistant to earn some money while her daughter was young. “I couldn’t swim and my manager at the time encouraged me to attend adult learner sessions. From there, I progressed to attending a sta...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:18 pm
It has been an exciting time at RLSS UK HQ with everyone understanding and learning the new CPR and First Aid changes which were launched in October 2015. We are working around the clock to make sure that all of our publications and qualifications have these changes included for early 2016. It is worth noting that the current guidelines are still in effect and everything that is currently being taught is still safe and effective. That said, it didn’t stop the team at RLSS UK getting very excited when we went to complete the filming of the new CPR sequences at Longleat, Centre Parcs. The team worked non-stop for two days, taking photos and footage in-line with the new guidelines, under the watchful eye of our retained medical professionals.   The full changes will be available to all Trainer Assessors, National Trainer Assessors, Lifesaving Instructors, Community Instructors and candidates from early 2016. The changes in the resuscitation guidelines were minimal and i...
It has been an exciting time at RLSS UK HQ with everyone understanding and learning the new CPR and First Aid changes which were launched in October 2015. We are working around the clock to make sure that all of our publications and qualifications have these changes included for early 2016. It is worth noting that the current guidelines are still in effect and everything that is currently being taught is still safe and effective. That said, it didn’t stop the team at RLSS UK getting very excited when we went to complete the filming of the new CPR sequences at Longleat, Centre Parcs. The team worked non-stop for two days, taking photos and footage in-line with the new guidelines, under the watchful eye of our retained medical professionals.   The full changes will be available to all Trainer Assessors, National Trainer Assessors, Lifesaving Instructors, Community Instructors and candidates from early 2016. The changes in the resuscitation guidelines were minimal and i...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:17 pm
Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet – to swim non-stop across seven of the world’s deadliest oceans wearing only swim trunks, cap and goggles. It is not a test for the faint-hearted: swimmers face FREEZING temperatures huge SWELLS, treacherous CURRENTS potentially DEADLY marine life (from SHARKS to Portuguese men o’ war) vomiting and BURNING off a week’s calories in a single swim!  In 2007, Adam, then a toaster salesman, saw a film about a man attempting to swim the English Channel and change his life in doing so. Inspired by this, he decided to try to emulate the feat. After a year of rigorous training without a coach – his first open-water swim was in 9 degrees and he nearly died from hypothermia – Adam achieved his goal in 11 hours 35 minutes, despite a ruptured bicep tendon leading to medical advice to give up long-distance swimming. In 2011, after two...
Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet – to swim non-stop across seven of the world’s deadliest oceans wearing only swim trunks, cap and goggles. It is not a test for the faint-hearted: swimmers face FREEZING temperatures huge SWELLS, treacherous CURRENTS potentially DEADLY marine life (from SHARKS to Portuguese men o’ war) vomiting and BURNING off a week’s calories in a single swim!  In 2007, Adam, then a toaster salesman, saw a film about a man attempting to swim the English Channel and change his life in doing so. Inspired by this, he decided to try to emulate the feat. After a year of rigorous training without a coach – his first open-water swim was in 9 degrees and he nearly died from hypothermia – Adam achieved his goal in 11 hours 35 minutes, despite a ruptured bicep tendon leading to medical advice to give up long-distance swimming. In 2011, after two...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:16 pm
As part of RLSS UK’s commitment to provide more opportunities to experience open water and to offer safe sites for training, it has been in discussion with its experienced clubs across the UK. Several clubs were keen to offer support to safely supervise sessions and have agreed to offer the opportunity to those willing to get involved. All clubs work on a voluntary basis and so each will be different in its approach. Opportunities on offer may include open water swimming sessions, self-led Survive & Save assessment days and training opprotunities. Anyone wanting to get involved, whether an RLSS UK club, branch or community group, can contact clubs directly below to discuss opportunities. Poole Lifeguards: Malcolm Acreman email: acreman533@btinternet.com Colwick Park Lifeguards (Nottingham): Nadine Peckover email: noddyswimmer@gmail.com Leicester Lifeguards: Ken Short OR Andrew Ebben emails: andyebben@me.com; Ken Short kj6248@gmail.com Bournemouth ...
As part of RLSS UK’s commitment to provide more opportunities to experience open water and to offer safe sites for training, it has been in discussion with its experienced clubs across the UK. Several clubs were keen to offer support to safely supervise sessions and have agreed to offer the opportunity to those willing to get involved. All clubs work on a voluntary basis and so each will be different in its approach. Opportunities on offer may include open water swimming sessions, self-led Survive & Save assessment days and training opprotunities. Anyone wanting to get involved, whether an RLSS UK club, branch or community group, can contact clubs directly below to discuss opportunities. Poole Lifeguards: Malcolm Acreman email: acreman533@btinternet.com Colwick Park Lifeguards (Nottingham): Nadine Peckover email: noddyswimmer@gmail.com Leicester Lifeguards: Ken Short OR Andrew Ebben emails: andyebben@me.com; Ken Short kj6248@gmail.com Bournemouth ...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:16 pm
Seventy five-year old Wendy Jacklin from Sherburn-in-Elmet has been working as a lifeguard and swimming teacher at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool for nearly two decades. Wendy learned to swim at the centre at the age of 55. After completing the adult swimming lessons, she qualified as a lifeguard and then as a swimming teacher and has been volunteering at Tadcaster pool ever since. During that time, Wendy has attended monthly training courses and has re-taken the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK) National Pool Lifeguard Qualification every two years to learn the latest lifesaving skills and techniques. In fact, Wendy has just successfully completed the qualification for the tenth time. “I would like to give a big thank you to all of the staff and volunteers at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool. The help of these people make it possible for me to get through my test and to continue to do what I love by giving something back to the community while lifeguarding,&rdqu...
Seventy five-year old Wendy Jacklin from Sherburn-in-Elmet has been working as a lifeguard and swimming teacher at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool for nearly two decades. Wendy learned to swim at the centre at the age of 55. After completing the adult swimming lessons, she qualified as a lifeguard and then as a swimming teacher and has been volunteering at Tadcaster pool ever since. During that time, Wendy has attended monthly training courses and has re-taken the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK) National Pool Lifeguard Qualification every two years to learn the latest lifesaving skills and techniques. In fact, Wendy has just successfully completed the qualification for the tenth time. “I would like to give a big thank you to all of the staff and volunteers at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool. The help of these people make it possible for me to get through my test and to continue to do what I love by giving something back to the community while lifeguarding,&rdqu...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:15 pm
More than 220 lifesavers from across the UK and Ireland are set to test their skills at the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) 2016 National Lifesaving Championships Finals to be held in Sheffield. Competitors have fought their way through a number of qualifying heats to take part in the RLSS UK annual event, set to be held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield on November 5 2016. The competition attracts the best in UK and Ireland lifesaving who battle it out over a series of tests including a life-like emergency situation, a speed swim, tow race and a line throw rescue race. Lifesavers are all members of the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, and range in age from 12 to 76-years-old. On the day they are awarded with points based on their performances in each event and the top scorer in each age group is crowned National Lifesaving Champion. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “This event is a fantastic demonstration of the pas...
More than 220 lifesavers from across the UK and Ireland are set to test their skills at the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) 2016 National Lifesaving Championships Finals to be held in Sheffield. Competitors have fought their way through a number of qualifying heats to take part in the RLSS UK annual event, set to be held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield on November 5 2016. The competition attracts the best in UK and Ireland lifesaving who battle it out over a series of tests including a life-like emergency situation, a speed swim, tow race and a line throw rescue race. Lifesavers are all members of the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, and range in age from 12 to 76-years-old. On the day they are awarded with points based on their performances in each event and the top scorer in each age group is crowned National Lifesaving Champion. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “This event is a fantastic demonstration of the pas...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:14 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and British Triathlon have appointed Jenny Vincent as National Open Water Development Manager as part of plans for the promotion and safe development of the sport. The organisations formed a partnership in March to promote open water swimming while developing the sport’s infrastructure to ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants. Open water swimming is a rapidly growing sport with participation increasing year on year. Approximately 40 per cent of British Triathlon permitted events include an open water swim and 90 per cent of Triathlon England affiliated clubs offer open water swimming training. A number of open water swimming events also permit with British Triathlon. Consistent operating standards are vital to ensuring the safety of swim sites as demand for the sport continues to grow. Initially a three-year project, the new position of National Open Water Development Manager is essential towards creating a joint...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and British Triathlon have appointed Jenny Vincent as National Open Water Development Manager as part of plans for the promotion and safe development of the sport. The organisations formed a partnership in March to promote open water swimming while developing the sport’s infrastructure to ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants. Open water swimming is a rapidly growing sport with participation increasing year on year. Approximately 40 per cent of British Triathlon permitted events include an open water swim and 90 per cent of Triathlon England affiliated clubs offer open water swimming training. A number of open water swimming events also permit with British Triathlon. Consistent operating standards are vital to ensuring the safety of swim sites as demand for the sport continues to grow. Initially a three-year project, the new position of National Open Water Development Manager is essential towards creating a joint...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 9:08 pm
Two time Olympic medalist, and Commonwealth and European swimming champion, Jazz Carlin is making waves raising water safety awareness. As an ambassador for the Royal Lifesaving Society UK (RLSS), Jazz is using her role in and out of the pool to talk about the importance of water safety and ensure people of all ages can enjoy water safely. When talking about her role with RLSS, and how she can use her position on the world swimming stage to promote such an important lifesaving message, Jazz explains “My aim is to get as many people swimming as possible but most of all, to do it in a safe way. I am passionate about raising awareness of water safety and I feel very lucky to be an ambassador for RLSS – it is such an important charity to be working alongside and they do such amazing work”. Jazz continues, “Charities like RLSS and initiatives such as Speedo’s Swim Generation are hugely important. I am very lucky that I haven’t had any personal experien...
Two time Olympic medalist, and Commonwealth and European swimming champion, Jazz Carlin is making waves raising water safety awareness. As an ambassador for the Royal Lifesaving Society UK (RLSS), Jazz is using her role in and out of the pool to talk about the importance of water safety and ensure people of all ages can enjoy water safely. When talking about her role with RLSS, and how she can use her position on the world swimming stage to promote such an important lifesaving message, Jazz explains “My aim is to get as many people swimming as possible but most of all, to do it in a safe way. I am passionate about raising awareness of water safety and I feel very lucky to be an ambassador for RLSS – it is such an important charity to be working alongside and they do such amazing work”. Jazz continues, “Charities like RLSS and initiatives such as Speedo’s Swim Generation are hugely important. I am very lucky that I haven’t had any personal experien...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 8:54 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK has announced that industry intelligence revealed no pool drowning deaths occurred in UK swimming pools during 2012. Previous years have seen some fatalities due to pool drownings; between 5-10 deaths in 2011 and 2010, so with no pool drownings in 2012 this is a momentous year for all those involved with managing the delivery of water safety. It is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of pool lifeguards, pool trainers and approved training centre’s who all worked together to achieve this incredible result. Di Standley, CEO of The Royal Life Saving Society UK said: “This is a very significant and proud achievement for all involved in pool lifeguarding and water safety.  We hope that 2013 will be another landmark year with zero UK pool drownings.” IQL the trading subsidiary of The Royal Life Saving Society UK launched the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification 8th Edition (NPLQ 8th Edition) in January 20...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK has announced that industry intelligence revealed no pool drowning deaths occurred in UK swimming pools during 2012. Previous years have seen some fatalities due to pool drownings; between 5-10 deaths in 2011 and 2010, so with no pool drownings in 2012 this is a momentous year for all those involved with managing the delivery of water safety. It is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of pool lifeguards, pool trainers and approved training centre’s who all worked together to achieve this incredible result. Di Standley, CEO of The Royal Life Saving Society UK said: “This is a very significant and proud achievement for all involved in pool lifeguarding and water safety.  We hope that 2013 will be another landmark year with zero UK pool drownings.” IQL the trading subsidiary of The Royal Life Saving Society UK launched the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification 8th Edition (NPLQ 8th Edition) in January 20...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 3:06 pm
Name: Debbie Hunt Position on the Management Board: Branch Representative RLSS UK member: 42 years Life outside of RLSS UK: I live in a small village in Kent with my husband and have two grown up children, Ella and Andrew. I work for UK Anti-doping, an organisation that protects the right to participate in clean sport. This is my ideal job as I get to watch fantastic sport and spend time with amazing athletes – and get paid to do it! I am currently on a ‘get fit campaign’ as myself and six past presidents of the Kent Branch are doing a English Channel relay swim next year (and I am the oldest!). Lifesaving background: I loved swimming and when I found out I could get another hour in the water by doing a lifesaving course, I was hooked. I loved taking part in all the competitions and consequently became a judge. I have been on the Kent Branch Management Board for quite a while and I am now a Branch Chairman, which I consider to be a great honour. Guilty pleas...
Name: Debbie Hunt Position on the Management Board: Branch Representative RLSS UK member: 42 years Life outside of RLSS UK: I live in a small village in Kent with my husband and have two grown up children, Ella and Andrew. I work for UK Anti-doping, an organisation that protects the right to participate in clean sport. This is my ideal job as I get to watch fantastic sport and spend time with amazing athletes – and get paid to do it! I am currently on a ‘get fit campaign’ as myself and six past presidents of the Kent Branch are doing a English Channel relay swim next year (and I am the oldest!). Lifesaving background: I loved swimming and when I found out I could get another hour in the water by doing a lifesaving course, I was hooked. I loved taking part in all the competitions and consequently became a judge. I have been on the Kent Branch Management Board for quite a while and I am now a Branch Chairman, which I consider to be a great honour. Guilty pleas...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 3:00 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has launched its first Open Water Festival, set to take place at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on Saturday 26 September. The Ragley Crawl will see participants swapping the swimming pool to take the plunge into open water at Ragley Hall’s lake for a day of light-hearted competition.  The day will be bursting with fun family activities, stalls and refreshments all in the aid of drowning prevention.  Open water endurance swimmer, Adam Walker, who has swum the seven oceans of the world, Olympian and physical activity expert to the stars, Professor Greg Whyte OBE and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, are also set to make an appearance and take part.  RLSS UK Director, Adrian Lole said: “Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education we wanted to launch our very own open water swim. “Around 400 people needlessly ...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has launched its first Open Water Festival, set to take place at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on Saturday 26 September. The Ragley Crawl will see participants swapping the swimming pool to take the plunge into open water at Ragley Hall’s lake for a day of light-hearted competition.  The day will be bursting with fun family activities, stalls and refreshments all in the aid of drowning prevention.  Open water endurance swimmer, Adam Walker, who has swum the seven oceans of the world, Olympian and physical activity expert to the stars, Professor Greg Whyte OBE and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, are also set to make an appearance and take part.  RLSS UK Director, Adrian Lole said: “Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education we wanted to launch our very own open water swim. “Around 400 people needlessly ...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 2:31 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is warning UK students to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol. The drowning prevention charity is launching its national Don’t Drink and Drown campaign on 28 September to 4 October to warn drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking – and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. RLSS UK has also launched a short, powerful and thought provoking film to mark the start of the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign. The film sees the effects of alcohol on a young person when in the water. It aims to raise awareness of the dangers of being near water when under the influence of alcohol. Research shows that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Alongside the film there will be a host of social media awareness posts and graphics with the hashtag #DontDrinkandDrown as...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is warning UK students to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol. The drowning prevention charity is launching its national Don’t Drink and Drown campaign on 28 September to 4 October to warn drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking – and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. RLSS UK has also launched a short, powerful and thought provoking film to mark the start of the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign. The film sees the effects of alcohol on a young person when in the water. It aims to raise awareness of the dangers of being near water when under the influence of alcohol. Research shows that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Alongside the film there will be a host of social media awareness posts and graphics with the hashtag #DontDrinkandDrown as...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 2:11 pm
Do you want to help your club to increase and retain membership? Do you want to reward club members aged 14 -24 with awards that can enhance their employability and skill development? If so sign your club up to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme today The Royal Life Saving Society UK is a National Operating Authority with the Duke of Edinburgh which means that participants can achieve their Physical, Skills, Volunteering and Residential section of their Duke of Edinburgh award with the RLSS UK. Whilst participants have always been able to complete elements of their awards with the charity, participants can now be awarded elements directly by RLSS UK. Many clubs are now Duke of Edinburgh centres and their members are benefiting from this life-changing award. The Duke of Edinburgh awards are fantastic and develop participants’ persistence, confidence and commitment. They are significantly managed by the participants – they maintain, record and manage their own progress wi...
Do you want to help your club to increase and retain membership? Do you want to reward club members aged 14 -24 with awards that can enhance their employability and skill development? If so sign your club up to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme today The Royal Life Saving Society UK is a National Operating Authority with the Duke of Edinburgh which means that participants can achieve their Physical, Skills, Volunteering and Residential section of their Duke of Edinburgh award with the RLSS UK. Whilst participants have always been able to complete elements of their awards with the charity, participants can now be awarded elements directly by RLSS UK. Many clubs are now Duke of Edinburgh centres and their members are benefiting from this life-changing award. The Duke of Edinburgh awards are fantastic and develop participants’ persistence, confidence and commitment. They are significantly managed by the participants – they maintain, record and manage their own progress wi...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 2:06 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, is launching a national campaign to warn students not to drink and drown with a special event in Bristol as well as with a powerful awareness film. Bristol students and those on a night out will be warned to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol at an awareness event on 1 October at Thekla night club in Bristol. The charity will be raising awareness and educating students as they enter and leave the famous floating night club. The charity will be handing out drinking water and wristbands to club goers. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign runs from 28 September to 4 October to warn drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking, and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. This year, RLSS UK has also launched a short powerful film to mark the start of the Don’t Dr...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, is launching a national campaign to warn students not to drink and drown with a special event in Bristol as well as with a powerful awareness film. Bristol students and those on a night out will be warned to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol at an awareness event on 1 October at Thekla night club in Bristol. The charity will be raising awareness and educating students as they enter and leave the famous floating night club. The charity will be handing out drinking water and wristbands to club goers. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign runs from 28 September to 4 October to warn drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking, and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. This year, RLSS UK has also launched a short powerful film to mark the start of the Don’t Dr...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 2:00 pm
RLSS UK’s Participation and Activity Development Manager, Elouise Greenwood talks to us about the Junior Lifesaving team in Europe. This year was the first time that the European Masters and Juniors were held together, bringing more than 400 athletes from 17 countries to Spain. With seven gold, six silver and six bronze medals – this is by far the most impressive performance to date.  Captain of the Junior Squad, 17-year-old Emma Henderson from Belfast led by example with two medals (gold in the Line Throw with partner Rachel Carrol and silver in the Super Lifesaver) and two National Records (Rescue Medley and Super Lifesaver). 18-year-old Charlie Haynes showed that he is a world class lifesaver, with a World record, a National Record (50m Manikin Carry) and SIX European titles and two silvers (Surf Race and Obstacles). His natural enthusiasm coupled with the hard work and effort means this teenager is the European Champion in 50m Manikin Carry, Board Rescue, B...
RLSS UK’s Participation and Activity Development Manager, Elouise Greenwood talks to us about the Junior Lifesaving team in Europe. This year was the first time that the European Masters and Juniors were held together, bringing more than 400 athletes from 17 countries to Spain. With seven gold, six silver and six bronze medals – this is by far the most impressive performance to date.  Captain of the Junior Squad, 17-year-old Emma Henderson from Belfast led by example with two medals (gold in the Line Throw with partner Rachel Carrol and silver in the Super Lifesaver) and two National Records (Rescue Medley and Super Lifesaver). 18-year-old Charlie Haynes showed that he is a world class lifesaver, with a World record, a National Record (50m Manikin Carry) and SIX European titles and two silvers (Surf Race and Obstacles). His natural enthusiasm coupled with the hard work and effort means this teenager is the European Champion in 50m Manikin Carry, Board Rescue, B...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 1:52 pm
The daughter of a man who tragically died from ‘secondary drowning’ has teamed up with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and spoken out for the first time to raise awareness of the issue. Alan Gough, from Walsall, died at the wheel of his car in January this year, hours after apparently escaping unscathed when his canoe capsized in the Lake District. A post-mortem examination later revealed he died from ‘secondary drowning’ – a rare condition that can happen hours after breathing in water. And now his daughter Sophie, 20, is highlighting what happened to her 57-year-old dad by running in Exeter’s Great West Run on October 18 when she hopes to raise as much money as possible for RLSS UK, the UK’s drowning prevention charity. She said: “I am keen to raise as much awareness about secondary drowning as possible. I had never hear of it when dad died, I had no idea it existed. He didn’t even mean to be in the water. “Wh...
The daughter of a man who tragically died from ‘secondary drowning’ has teamed up with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and spoken out for the first time to raise awareness of the issue. Alan Gough, from Walsall, died at the wheel of his car in January this year, hours after apparently escaping unscathed when his canoe capsized in the Lake District. A post-mortem examination later revealed he died from ‘secondary drowning’ – a rare condition that can happen hours after breathing in water. And now his daughter Sophie, 20, is highlighting what happened to her 57-year-old dad by running in Exeter’s Great West Run on October 18 when she hopes to raise as much money as possible for RLSS UK, the UK’s drowning prevention charity. She said: “I am keen to raise as much awareness about secondary drowning as possible. I had never hear of it when dad died, I had no idea it existed. He didn’t even mean to be in the water. “Wh...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 1:41 pm
The mother of Megan Roberts, who drowned after falling into the River Ouse in York on a night out, will take part in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon to raise money for water safety charities, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and York Rescue Boat. RLSS UK ambassador, Jackie Roberts, will be among a team taking part in a relay of the 26.2 mile course on 11 October in memory of her daughter and under the title ‘Miles for Megan’. Megan was 20 when she disappeared on a night out with friends in York in January 2014. Her body was found in the river almost six weeks later. Since then, Jackie has worked with RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, to raise awareness of the dangers of open water and importance of water safety education.   She said: “We have got two teams running made up of family, friends and Wetherby High School students. “One of Megan’s friends, Racheal Storey, is going to run the whole marathon after the first relay leg...
The mother of Megan Roberts, who drowned after falling into the River Ouse in York on a night out, will take part in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon to raise money for water safety charities, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and York Rescue Boat. RLSS UK ambassador, Jackie Roberts, will be among a team taking part in a relay of the 26.2 mile course on 11 October in memory of her daughter and under the title ‘Miles for Megan’. Megan was 20 when she disappeared on a night out with friends in York in January 2014. Her body was found in the river almost six weeks later. Since then, Jackie has worked with RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, to raise awareness of the dangers of open water and importance of water safety education.   She said: “We have got two teams running made up of family, friends and Wetherby High School students. “One of Megan’s friends, Racheal Storey, is going to run the whole marathon after the first relay leg...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 1:37 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning following the tragic deaths of four British holidaymakers in Spain and Morocco. The charity is urging people to listen to water safety advice to help prevent any more people losing their lives. The warning comes after two women, Lisa Coggins, 35, and Tracey Aston, 32, from Birmingham drowned on 1 October whilst on holiday with friends in Llonet de Mar, Spain; Carl Dunlop, 48, from South Tyneside who drowned on 6 October at Salou, south of Barcelona and Glenn White, 49, from Grimsby, who drowned during family holiday to Morocco. All drowned in the sea.   Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. RLSS UK records also show around an additional 40 UK citizens drown overseas each year.   RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer said: “Any drowning is a tragedy but the number...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning following the tragic deaths of four British holidaymakers in Spain and Morocco. The charity is urging people to listen to water safety advice to help prevent any more people losing their lives. The warning comes after two women, Lisa Coggins, 35, and Tracey Aston, 32, from Birmingham drowned on 1 October whilst on holiday with friends in Llonet de Mar, Spain; Carl Dunlop, 48, from South Tyneside who drowned on 6 October at Salou, south of Barcelona and Glenn White, 49, from Grimsby, who drowned during family holiday to Morocco. All drowned in the sea.   Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. RLSS UK records also show around an additional 40 UK citizens drown overseas each year.   RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer said: “Any drowning is a tragedy but the number...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 1:35 pm
The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the European Resuscitation Council have today (15th October 2015) published the new resuscitation guidelines following the review of resuscitation science by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Changes in the guidelines have been based on the available science and aimed at simplifying clinical practice, enhancing education, and improving outcomes. The publication of new guidelines does not mean that current care is either unsafe or ineffective. You should continue to deliver training for RLSS UK and IQL UK awards and qualifications in line with our current manuals / resources. RLSS UK and IQL UK are now reviewing the new guidelines. We aim to create amendments to resources and create any new artwork and images or film throughout the latter part of 2015. Following a review of changes in the new guidelines, we aim to provide you with the mechanism to update and receive new training resources in early 2016. We will provide ...
The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the European Resuscitation Council have today (15th October 2015) published the new resuscitation guidelines following the review of resuscitation science by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Changes in the guidelines have been based on the available science and aimed at simplifying clinical practice, enhancing education, and improving outcomes. The publication of new guidelines does not mean that current care is either unsafe or ineffective. You should continue to deliver training for RLSS UK and IQL UK awards and qualifications in line with our current manuals / resources. RLSS UK and IQL UK are now reviewing the new guidelines. We aim to create amendments to resources and create any new artwork and images or film throughout the latter part of 2015. Following a review of changes in the new guidelines, we aim to provide you with the mechanism to update and receive new training resources in early 2016. We will provide ...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 1:27 pm
Two families who have worked tirelessly to spread the message about drowning prevention after losing a loved one have been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). Sue Mitchell, from Harrogate, sadly lost her son, Alexander ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, after he tragically drowned on 6 April 2014 after swimming in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London. Since Mitch’s death Sue has worked with the RLSS UK to raise awareness of the dangers of open water and raised money for the charity. The second family to be awarded was Lucy Herd from Berkshire. Lucy lost her 23-month-old son, Jack, after he drowned in their garden pond in August 2010. Since losing Jack, Lucy set up Jack’s Rainbow, a charity to help bereaved families who have lost a child through a sudden death and supported RLSS UK by delivering water safety and drowning prevention messages and fronting media campaigns. The RLSS UK has presented the families with Friends of the Society certificates in recogn...
Two families who have worked tirelessly to spread the message about drowning prevention after losing a loved one have been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). Sue Mitchell, from Harrogate, sadly lost her son, Alexander ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, after he tragically drowned on 6 April 2014 after swimming in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London. Since Mitch’s death Sue has worked with the RLSS UK to raise awareness of the dangers of open water and raised money for the charity. The second family to be awarded was Lucy Herd from Berkshire. Lucy lost her 23-month-old son, Jack, after he drowned in their garden pond in August 2010. Since losing Jack, Lucy set up Jack’s Rainbow, a charity to help bereaved families who have lost a child through a sudden death and supported RLSS UK by delivering water safety and drowning prevention messages and fronting media campaigns. The RLSS UK has presented the families with Friends of the Society certificates in recogn...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 1:21 pm
For this weeks Fundraising Friday our Charity Income Manager Nicky talks to us about eBay! Everyone loves a bargain, and auction site eBay is a popular as ever with people searching for the best deal on items they’d like. Whether you’re a seasoned eBay buyer, or have never given it a go, it’s easy to get started, and make use of the site to raise funds for RLSS UK at the same time. Selling – If you’re having a clear our, or just have the odd item that you no longer need, listing your unwanted goods for sale on eBay is easily started. There is a great help section on the eBay website (ebay.co.uk), and a useful guide to getting started: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/account/gettingstarted.html. Once you’re up and running, you can choose to support RLSS UK by choosing to donate a percentage of your item’s sale value to the charity. You can select the amount you’d like to donate during the listing process, and funds will automatic...
For this weeks Fundraising Friday our Charity Income Manager Nicky talks to us about eBay! Everyone loves a bargain, and auction site eBay is a popular as ever with people searching for the best deal on items they’d like. Whether you’re a seasoned eBay buyer, or have never given it a go, it’s easy to get started, and make use of the site to raise funds for RLSS UK at the same time. Selling – If you’re having a clear our, or just have the odd item that you no longer need, listing your unwanted goods for sale on eBay is easily started. There is a great help section on the eBay website (ebay.co.uk), and a useful guide to getting started: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/account/gettingstarted.html. Once you’re up and running, you can choose to support RLSS UK by choosing to donate a percentage of your item’s sale value to the charity. You can select the amount you’d like to donate during the listing process, and funds will automatic...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 12:11 pm
The pool events are now over for the National Teams, with a beach training day today we look forward the beach events. Great Britain and Northern Ireland have a particularly good few days, with two World Records and five National Records. Zara Williams and Charlie Haynes deserve huge congratulations on their respective World Records. Summary of Team GBR Results  Pool Events Male Female 200m Obstacles 10th C. Haynes (2:04.41), 14th A. Lewis (2:08.57) 3rd Z. Williams (2:14.24) NR, 10th L. Nichols (2:19.83) 100m Manikin Carry with Fins 12th A. Kane (0:51.67), 18th A. Lewis (0:53.76) 11th A. Devon (0:58.68) 50m Manikin Carry 7th C. Haynes (0:30.61) NR Y WR, 22nd A. Kane (0:34.47) 1St Z. Williams (0:34.30) WR, 16th L. Nichols (0:39.15) 100m Manikin Tow with Fins 15th A. Kane (0:58.30), 16th C. Haynes (0:58.43) DNF Rescue Medley 17th A. Kane (1:09.79), 18th A. Lewis (1...
The pool events are now over for the National Teams, with a beach training day today we look forward the beach events. Great Britain and Northern Ireland have a particularly good few days, with two World Records and five National Records. Zara Williams and Charlie Haynes deserve huge congratulations on their respective World Records. Summary of Team GBR Results  Pool Events Male Female 200m Obstacles 10th C. Haynes (2:04.41), 14th A. Lewis (2:08.57) 3rd Z. Williams (2:14.24) NR, 10th L. Nichols (2:19.83) 100m Manikin Carry with Fins 12th A. Kane (0:51.67), 18th A. Lewis (0:53.76) 11th A. Devon (0:58.68) 50m Manikin Carry 7th C. Haynes (0:30.61) NR Y WR, 22nd A. Kane (0:34.47) 1St Z. Williams (0:34.30) WR, 16th L. Nichols (0:39.15) 100m Manikin Tow with Fins 15th A. Kane (0:58.30), 16th C. Haynes (0:58.43) DNF Rescue Medley 17th A. Kane (1:09.79), 18th A. Lewis (1...
Posted: September 26, 2018, 12:09 pm
What is Team GBR? Definition: Team GBR Lifesaving are the group of athletes selected to compete at European and World Championship competitions. Under ILS rules, a nation can only enter one team at the World Lifesaving Championships and European Lifesaving Championships. GBR Lifesaving is managed by a partnership between SLSGB and RLSS UK. Team GBR athletes are selected through a transparent declaration process (by submitting this form) and attendance at a Selection Trial. The results from the trial, along with declared results from eligible events, are submitted by Team GBR Managers to the SLSGB and RLSS UK Performance Directors for scrutiny and a team of athletes is agreed.  The SLSGB and RLSS UK Performance Directors are Keith Gammon and Michele Weedy. All correspondence for athletes who are declaring their availability and eligibility for Team GBR should be submitted in writing through this form, and any questions submitted to gbrseniorlifesaving@gmail.com. All questions...
What is Team GBR? Definition: Team GBR Lifesaving are the group of athletes selected to compete at European and World Championship competitions. Under ILS rules, a nation can only enter one team at the World Lifesaving Championships and European Lifesaving Championships. GBR Lifesaving is managed by a partnership between SLSGB and RLSS UK. Team GBR athletes are selected through a transparent declaration process (by submitting this form) and attendance at a Selection Trial. The results from the trial, along with declared results from eligible events, are submitted by Team GBR Managers to the SLSGB and RLSS UK Performance Directors for scrutiny and a team of athletes is agreed.  The SLSGB and RLSS UK Performance Directors are Keith Gammon and Michele Weedy. All correspondence for athletes who are declaring their availability and eligibility for Team GBR should be submitted in writing through this form, and any questions submitted to gbrseniorlifesaving@gmail.com. All questions...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 3:02 pm
Modern times don’t always allow us the time we would like to spend on the things that matter to us, and this applies equally to raising funds for the causes we care about. Not everyone has the time to commit to organising a fundraising activity, or to train for a sponsored event, for example – but the solution could lie in utilising local grants and trusts, which can achieve good returns for a small amount of time and effort. Before making any application, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a good grasp of what you need funding for – it sounds obvious, but being able to explain the need for your funding is half the battle! Each application will ask for slightly different information, so do make sure you read through the application form carefully. Many supermarkets, banks and local businesses offer grant funding to local charity projects. Some examples to get you started are as follows:- Asda Foundation – Asda stores run a token scheme whereby sh...
Modern times don’t always allow us the time we would like to spend on the things that matter to us, and this applies equally to raising funds for the causes we care about. Not everyone has the time to commit to organising a fundraising activity, or to train for a sponsored event, for example – but the solution could lie in utilising local grants and trusts, which can achieve good returns for a small amount of time and effort. Before making any application, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a good grasp of what you need funding for – it sounds obvious, but being able to explain the need for your funding is half the battle! Each application will ask for slightly different information, so do make sure you read through the application form carefully. Many supermarkets, banks and local businesses offer grant funding to local charity projects. Some examples to get you started are as follows:- Asda Foundation – Asda stores run a token scheme whereby sh...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 2:43 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is re-launching its national campaign, Don’t Drink and Drown, warning York students to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influences of alcohol as they return back to university. RLSS UK Ambassador, Jackie Roberts, tragically lost her 20-year-old student daughter Megan when she fell into the River Ouse in York, when walking home after a night out with friends from York St Johns University in January 2014. Megan was the first of five people to die in York’s rivers that year. Since Megan’s death, her mother Jackie, from Wetherby, has supported the RLSS UK to raise awareness of the water safety and is leading the RLSS UK Don’t Drink and Drown campaign in York. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign runs from 25 January to 31 January, warning drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking, and...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is re-launching its national campaign, Don’t Drink and Drown, warning York students to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influences of alcohol as they return back to university. RLSS UK Ambassador, Jackie Roberts, tragically lost her 20-year-old student daughter Megan when she fell into the River Ouse in York, when walking home after a night out with friends from York St Johns University in January 2014. Megan was the first of five people to die in York’s rivers that year. Since Megan’s death, her mother Jackie, from Wetherby, has supported the RLSS UK to raise awareness of the water safety and is leading the RLSS UK Don’t Drink and Drown campaign in York. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign runs from 25 January to 31 January, warning drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking, and...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 1:32 pm
Pershore High School pupil and South Worcester Lifeguards member, Lily Weston, aged 15, delivered a first aid session to her peers at Pershore High School. Read her blog and find out how the session went.  Following the success of a basic first aid session I presented to my class in 2013, I was asked by my form tutor to present the same session to a different tutor group this year. It wasn’t such a daunting task, as I’d already done it before but I was still a bit nervous. I borrowed resuscitation manikins from my lifesaving club (South Worcester Lifeguards) where I have been a member of the club for 8 years. I did a run through with my own tutor group first, which was a good refresher for most of them and the new year 8’s and 12’s who had joined the school. I then presented in front of the different tutor group in which we showed a video of the basic steps on CPR. We then did a scenario of what not to do, finding the casualty, panicking and not doing an...
Pershore High School pupil and South Worcester Lifeguards member, Lily Weston, aged 15, delivered a first aid session to her peers at Pershore High School. Read her blog and find out how the session went.  Following the success of a basic first aid session I presented to my class in 2013, I was asked by my form tutor to present the same session to a different tutor group this year. It wasn’t such a daunting task, as I’d already done it before but I was still a bit nervous. I borrowed resuscitation manikins from my lifesaving club (South Worcester Lifeguards) where I have been a member of the club for 8 years. I did a run through with my own tutor group first, which was a good refresher for most of them and the new year 8’s and 12’s who had joined the school. I then presented in front of the different tutor group in which we showed a video of the basic steps on CPR. We then did a scenario of what not to do, finding the casualty, panicking and not doing an...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 11:00 am
Earlier this month guest blogger Tina Smith, Save a Baby’s Life Co-ordinator for Kent Branch, shared with us the work that goes into getting ready for a baby show. With the show taking place on Friday, Tina gives us an update. Preparations are done and the baby show starts this Friday, 25th April, at Glow Bluewater in Kent. The corner of my dining room now resembles a small warehouse with the show vinyls, boxes of water safety leaflets, baby choking leaflets, expert workshop presentation, baby manikins and much more besides. Setting up on Thursday night will take a couple of hours to complete and the exhibition hall is always bustling with activity and filled with every conceivable item that parents could want. I am also pleased to announce that we have a post-show Save a Baby’s Life presentation on the 9th June courtesy of Cascades Leisure Centre. Advertising will start at the show this weekend and everyone at the expert workshops will be invited to sign up ...
Earlier this month guest blogger Tina Smith, Save a Baby’s Life Co-ordinator for Kent Branch, shared with us the work that goes into getting ready for a baby show. With the show taking place on Friday, Tina gives us an update. Preparations are done and the baby show starts this Friday, 25th April, at Glow Bluewater in Kent. The corner of my dining room now resembles a small warehouse with the show vinyls, boxes of water safety leaflets, baby choking leaflets, expert workshop presentation, baby manikins and much more besides. Setting up on Thursday night will take a couple of hours to complete and the exhibition hall is always bustling with activity and filled with every conceivable item that parents could want. I am also pleased to announce that we have a post-show Save a Baby’s Life presentation on the 9th June courtesy of Cascades Leisure Centre. Advertising will start at the show this weekend and everyone at the expert workshops will be invited to sign up ...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:53 am
Guest blogger Tony Dean of Warwickshire Branch has shared with us news of the retirement of Warwickshire’s past President, Frank Grant and a history of his tireless work for RLSS UK. Last year saw the retirement from Warwickshire Branch Management Committee of, the then president, Frank Grant. In February this year, the current committee took Frank out for Sunday lunch to celebrate his 63 years in lifesaving. When I started to write this article about Frank’s time in lifesaving, I decided to run through his career chronologically. Having asked for information from Frank’s friends and fellow lifesavers, I had to re-think the plan. To list all Frank’s achievements and posts with the Society would require the whole issue of Lifesavers! I have picked out a few key milestones in Frank’s career, I hope this will give you an appreciation of his personal commitment to lifesaving and inspire you all to continue to support the Society in the future. Frank started...
Guest blogger Tony Dean of Warwickshire Branch has shared with us news of the retirement of Warwickshire’s past President, Frank Grant and a history of his tireless work for RLSS UK. Last year saw the retirement from Warwickshire Branch Management Committee of, the then president, Frank Grant. In February this year, the current committee took Frank out for Sunday lunch to celebrate his 63 years in lifesaving. When I started to write this article about Frank’s time in lifesaving, I decided to run through his career chronologically. Having asked for information from Frank’s friends and fellow lifesavers, I had to re-think the plan. To list all Frank’s achievements and posts with the Society would require the whole issue of Lifesavers! I have picked out a few key milestones in Frank’s career, I hope this will give you an appreciation of his personal commitment to lifesaving and inspire you all to continue to support the Society in the future. Frank started...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:38 am
Almost 1,000 lifeguards from 53 facilities across the UK put their skills to the test in the UK’s biggest and most successful lifeguarding competition to date. Run by the IQL UK, the awarding organisation of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), and CIMSPA, the annual Lifeguard Triathlon not only allows lifeguards to showcase their knowledge and skills, but also gives managers the opportunity to set goals to inspire staff to be the best they can be, creating a culture of continuous improvement. Guildford Spectrum was named the top facility in the UK after scoring 96 marks out of a possible 100, second place went to Horncastle Swimming Pool (93.3) with Kimberley Leisure Centre coming in third (90.4). Craig Scott from Guildford Spectrum won the best male lifeguard category. The 22-year-old scored 98 out of 100. Second place went to Adam Frost, 20, of Knutsford Leisure Centre. Three other Spectrum lifeguards made it to the top three male and female categories: Phil Maynard, 22...
Almost 1,000 lifeguards from 53 facilities across the UK put their skills to the test in the UK’s biggest and most successful lifeguarding competition to date. Run by the IQL UK, the awarding organisation of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), and CIMSPA, the annual Lifeguard Triathlon not only allows lifeguards to showcase their knowledge and skills, but also gives managers the opportunity to set goals to inspire staff to be the best they can be, creating a culture of continuous improvement. Guildford Spectrum was named the top facility in the UK after scoring 96 marks out of a possible 100, second place went to Horncastle Swimming Pool (93.3) with Kimberley Leisure Centre coming in third (90.4). Craig Scott from Guildford Spectrum won the best male lifeguard category. The 22-year-old scored 98 out of 100. Second place went to Adam Frost, 20, of Knutsford Leisure Centre. Three other Spectrum lifeguards made it to the top three male and female categories: Phil Maynard, 22...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:37 am
Although South Somerset is landlocked, that didn’t stop council staff getting up to their waists in water recently. South Somerset District Council looks after many areas of water including Chard Reservoir, Yeovil Country Park, ditches and other water courses. Also as in 2013, staff worked in flood waters delivering sandbags and providing on the ground help and advice to flood affected communities. To ensure the council is properly equipped to work in water safely, there has been two days of Working in Water training for the Countryside and Streetscene staff delivered by the Royal Life Saving Society UK. The training involved some theory but was mainly practical with staff putting on their waders and life jackets and getting into the waters of Ninesprings and Sutton Bingham Reservoir, by kind permission of Wessex Water. Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Portfolio Holder for Streetscene Services, whose staff have been taking part in the training said, “Ensuring ...
Although South Somerset is landlocked, that didn’t stop council staff getting up to their waists in water recently. South Somerset District Council looks after many areas of water including Chard Reservoir, Yeovil Country Park, ditches and other water courses. Also as in 2013, staff worked in flood waters delivering sandbags and providing on the ground help and advice to flood affected communities. To ensure the council is properly equipped to work in water safely, there has been two days of Working in Water training for the Countryside and Streetscene staff delivered by the Royal Life Saving Society UK. The training involved some theory but was mainly practical with staff putting on their waders and life jackets and getting into the waters of Ninesprings and Sutton Bingham Reservoir, by kind permission of Wessex Water. Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Portfolio Holder for Streetscene Services, whose staff have been taking part in the training said, “Ensuring ...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:15 am
Zara Williams of RLSS UK Crawley Town Lifesaving Club has won the Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year Award. She was one of the winners crowned at the 13th annual Sussex Sports Awards. The black tie event, held at The Grand Hotel on Friday November 27th, celebrated the achievements made by Sussex sports stars and welcomed special guest, London 2012-heptathlete, Louise Hazel, and regular host, BBC Sussex presenter Danny Pike. The full list of winners is: Amber Anning of Brighton & Hove Athletics Club has won the University of Chichester Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. Winner of the Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year Award is Gary Vidgeon of Brighton Table Tennis Club. Killabeez (Streetfunk) have won the Juice 107.2 Young Team of the Year Award. Sportivate Brighton & Hove Hockey Hot Stars have won the Sportivate Project of the Year Award. Chichester District Coun...
Zara Williams of RLSS UK Crawley Town Lifesaving Club has won the Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year Award. She was one of the winners crowned at the 13th annual Sussex Sports Awards. The black tie event, held at The Grand Hotel on Friday November 27th, celebrated the achievements made by Sussex sports stars and welcomed special guest, London 2012-heptathlete, Louise Hazel, and regular host, BBC Sussex presenter Danny Pike. The full list of winners is: Amber Anning of Brighton & Hove Athletics Club has won the University of Chichester Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. Winner of the Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year Award is Gary Vidgeon of Brighton Table Tennis Club. Killabeez (Streetfunk) have won the Juice 107.2 Young Team of the Year Award. Sportivate Brighton & Hove Hockey Hot Stars have won the Sportivate Project of the Year Award. Chichester District Coun...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:15 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, is urging people not to put their lives at risk and stay as safe as possible after Storm Desmond hit the UK and images in the media have shown some people underestimating the power of floodwater and stormy weather. The storm brought 13.5 inches of rain in 24 hours and left more than 60,000 homes across North West without power due to the devastation caused by rapid flooding. The Met Office has issued 46 severe flood warnings, 34 flood warnings and 32 flood alerts across the North East, North West and Midlands area of the country and RLSS UK is urging people to take advice. The charity says it is vital that people don’t underestimate the dangers of floodwater. Safety around floodwater could mean the difference between life and death. Just six inches of fast flowing water is enough to knock an adult over and two feet of water will float a car. The warning also comes after footage showing two teenage...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, is urging people not to put their lives at risk and stay as safe as possible after Storm Desmond hit the UK and images in the media have shown some people underestimating the power of floodwater and stormy weather. The storm brought 13.5 inches of rain in 24 hours and left more than 60,000 homes across North West without power due to the devastation caused by rapid flooding. The Met Office has issued 46 severe flood warnings, 34 flood warnings and 32 flood alerts across the North East, North West and Midlands area of the country and RLSS UK is urging people to take advice. The charity says it is vital that people don’t underestimate the dangers of floodwater. Safety around floodwater could mean the difference between life and death. Just six inches of fast flowing water is enough to knock an adult over and two feet of water will float a car. The warning also comes after footage showing two teenage...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:14 am
Performance Squad Athlete, Zara Williams, took some time out of her busy training schedule before National Speed Championships to give us an insight into her passion for Lifesaving Sport.  How did you get started in Lifesaving Sport? I have been a competitive National swimmer since I was 10 years-old but I was starting to get bored spending hours just swimming up and down the pool. I am still a National swimmer and appreciate that to achieve this level I have to train regularly and swim lots! Crawley Swimming Club have a water polo team and some of my friends suggested trying water polo, which I did for a while. I was good at water polo, being quick in the water and strong, and competed in a couple of leagues. The water polo coach is Gary Lee, who also happens to be the coach for Crawley Town Lifesaving Club, and he suggested I tried lifesaving (which I didn’t really know anything about as a sport). He thought I would enjoy the challenge and that I had the right skills to ...
Performance Squad Athlete, Zara Williams, took some time out of her busy training schedule before National Speed Championships to give us an insight into her passion for Lifesaving Sport.  How did you get started in Lifesaving Sport? I have been a competitive National swimmer since I was 10 years-old but I was starting to get bored spending hours just swimming up and down the pool. I am still a National swimmer and appreciate that to achieve this level I have to train regularly and swim lots! Crawley Swimming Club have a water polo team and some of my friends suggested trying water polo, which I did for a while. I was good at water polo, being quick in the water and strong, and competed in a couple of leagues. The water polo coach is Gary Lee, who also happens to be the coach for Crawley Town Lifesaving Club, and he suggested I tried lifesaving (which I didn’t really know anything about as a sport). He thought I would enjoy the challenge and that I had the right skills to ...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:13 am
Forty-one teams from 11 universities across the UK put their skills to the test in the UK’s biggest and most successful university lifesaving competition to date. Run by the British Universities Lifesaving Clubs’ Association (BULSCA), the first national competition of the academic year took place last weekend at University of Birmingham’s Munrow Sports Centre. The competition puts competitors lifesaving skills to the test with two simulated emergency response in the water and on dry land. Competitors also demonstrated their fitness and lifesaving skills through a line (rope) throw race, a 50 metre swim tow timed race and a relay race made up of 50 metres front crawl, 50 metres swimming with fins on, 50 meters swimming with a torpedo buoy and 50 metres towing a casualty with a torpedo buoy. The competition is broken down into two categories – Freshers and Overall. The Freshers category are lifesavers in teams of four, who are competing for the first time in a ...
Forty-one teams from 11 universities across the UK put their skills to the test in the UK’s biggest and most successful university lifesaving competition to date. Run by the British Universities Lifesaving Clubs’ Association (BULSCA), the first national competition of the academic year took place last weekend at University of Birmingham’s Munrow Sports Centre. The competition puts competitors lifesaving skills to the test with two simulated emergency response in the water and on dry land. Competitors also demonstrated their fitness and lifesaving skills through a line (rope) throw race, a 50 metre swim tow timed race and a relay race made up of 50 metres front crawl, 50 metres swimming with fins on, 50 meters swimming with a torpedo buoy and 50 metres towing a casualty with a torpedo buoy. The competition is broken down into two categories – Freshers and Overall. The Freshers category are lifesavers in teams of four, who are competing for the first time in a ...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:07 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has issued a warning following the search for missing 29-year-old, Rory Johnson and what is thought to be the body of missing 18-year-old, Caroline Everest being found in Porter Brook in Sheffield.  The charity is reminding people that winter weather can be extremely deadly and not to underestimate the power of water or the dangers of ice when walking near water or when under the influence of alcohol. Winter weather often brings floods and high water, including darker nights and mornings. These conditions can be very dangerous and create a significant risk of drowning if an accident happens.  Sheffield Hallam University student, Caroline Everest was last seen when she left the Corporation nightclub on Milton Street, Sheffield at 02:30am on Sunday. A woman’s body was found at 03:45am this morning (Tuesday) in the Porter Brook, a small river just off Summerfield Street, close to the eastern...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has issued a warning following the search for missing 29-year-old, Rory Johnson and what is thought to be the body of missing 18-year-old, Caroline Everest being found in Porter Brook in Sheffield.  The charity is reminding people that winter weather can be extremely deadly and not to underestimate the power of water or the dangers of ice when walking near water or when under the influence of alcohol. Winter weather often brings floods and high water, including darker nights and mornings. These conditions can be very dangerous and create a significant risk of drowning if an accident happens.  Sheffield Hallam University student, Caroline Everest was last seen when she left the Corporation nightclub on Milton Street, Sheffield at 02:30am on Sunday. A woman’s body was found at 03:45am this morning (Tuesday) in the Porter Brook, a small river just off Summerfield Street, close to the eastern...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:49 am
The Canal & River Trust, the charity which cares for the Rochdale and Ashton Canals, has joined forces with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to warn people to take extra care near the city’s waterways after enjoying a night out on the town. The RLSS UK campaign complements the Canal & River Trust’s annual winter safety campaign launched this week which calls on people to stay safe by taking extra care on towpaths during the winter months. The number of accidents on the waterways increases at this time of year, mostly from people slipping and tripping on icy paths or falling into freezing cold water. David Baldacchino, Canal & River Trust local waterway manager, said: “We don’t want to spoil the festive fun but we want everyone to get home safely this Christmas. “Unfortunately people sometimes take unnecessary risks or can be tempted to make unwise decisions, especially afte...
The Canal & River Trust, the charity which cares for the Rochdale and Ashton Canals, has joined forces with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to warn people to take extra care near the city’s waterways after enjoying a night out on the town. The RLSS UK campaign complements the Canal & River Trust’s annual winter safety campaign launched this week which calls on people to stay safe by taking extra care on towpaths during the winter months. The number of accidents on the waterways increases at this time of year, mostly from people slipping and tripping on icy paths or falling into freezing cold water. David Baldacchino, Canal & River Trust local waterway manager, said: “We don’t want to spoil the festive fun but we want everyone to get home safely this Christmas. “Unfortunately people sometimes take unnecessary risks or can be tempted to make unwise decisions, especially afte...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:43 am
Declining swimming numbers could spell disaster for pool operators. Fortunately, the RLSS UK’s Rookie Lifeguard Programme can help. Operators can potentially achieve a gross income of £3,000 in a 10-week term. Working with the industry, the RLSS UK has developed a number of initiatives specifically designed to help operators attract new swimmers and retain existing pool users. The highly successful Rookie Lifeguard Programme has proved to be a particularly useful tool for retaining younger swimmers, allowing operators to keep children coming to their centres for longer. More than this, operators implementing the nine core awards over one 10-week term can potentially achieve a gross income of £3,000. Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre has run the RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard Programme for more than six years. Operated by Places for People Leisure in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council, the centre has four swimming pools comprising a 25m main pool, a 15...
Declining swimming numbers could spell disaster for pool operators. Fortunately, the RLSS UK’s Rookie Lifeguard Programme can help. Operators can potentially achieve a gross income of £3,000 in a 10-week term. Working with the industry, the RLSS UK has developed a number of initiatives specifically designed to help operators attract new swimmers and retain existing pool users. The highly successful Rookie Lifeguard Programme has proved to be a particularly useful tool for retaining younger swimmers, allowing operators to keep children coming to their centres for longer. More than this, operators implementing the nine core awards over one 10-week term can potentially achieve a gross income of £3,000. Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre has run the RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard Programme for more than six years. Operated by Places for People Leisure in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council, the centre has four swimming pools comprising a 25m main pool, a 15...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:40 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is urging people not to underestimate the power of flood water and to stay as safe as possible as flooding continues to hit the UK. With dramatic accounts and pictures of the devastation that the flooding has caused, and with thousands of homes either evacuated or left without power, the RLSS UK warns people to be extra vigilant as there is a high risk of loss to life by drowning. As the clear-up begins for some towns, forecasters have warned there may be worse to come as more bad weather is set for the middle of the week after the Met Office describes December to have record breaking rainfall, already, in some parts of the UK, with exceptional amounts of rain falling onto already saturated ground. The Met Office still has 187 flood alerts issued across England, Wales and Scotland, including 21 at the most severe level, RLSS UK is urging people to take advice. The charity says it is vital that people don&r...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is urging people not to underestimate the power of flood water and to stay as safe as possible as flooding continues to hit the UK. With dramatic accounts and pictures of the devastation that the flooding has caused, and with thousands of homes either evacuated or left without power, the RLSS UK warns people to be extra vigilant as there is a high risk of loss to life by drowning. As the clear-up begins for some towns, forecasters have warned there may be worse to come as more bad weather is set for the middle of the week after the Met Office describes December to have record breaking rainfall, already, in some parts of the UK, with exceptional amounts of rain falling onto already saturated ground. The Met Office still has 187 flood alerts issued across England, Wales and Scotland, including 21 at the most severe level, RLSS UK is urging people to take advice. The charity says it is vital that people don&r...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:39 am
Drowning Prevention Charity plea as a series of drownings over Christmas and New Year.  The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has issued a warning following several tragic drownings over Christmas and New Year.  The charity is urging people to listen to water safety advice to help prevent any more people losing their lives after a number of people have drowned in varying circumstances. The warning comes following the death of Dean Park, 43, who drowned after being swept out to sea while taking a stroll in Bridlington Harbour on Christmas Day. Lauren Henderson, 54, from Aberdeenshire drowned in the River Findhorn while Kayaking on 30 December. A 36-year-old man died after falling from a canoe and getting into difficulties in the River Garry near Invergarry on New Year’s Eve and an elderly man drowned after going into the sea at Portmellon, Cornwall, to help retrieve a ball for the family dog while out walkin...
Drowning Prevention Charity plea as a series of drownings over Christmas and New Year.  The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has issued a warning following several tragic drownings over Christmas and New Year.  The charity is urging people to listen to water safety advice to help prevent any more people losing their lives after a number of people have drowned in varying circumstances. The warning comes following the death of Dean Park, 43, who drowned after being swept out to sea while taking a stroll in Bridlington Harbour on Christmas Day. Lauren Henderson, 54, from Aberdeenshire drowned in the River Findhorn while Kayaking on 30 December. A 36-year-old man died after falling from a canoe and getting into difficulties in the River Garry near Invergarry on New Year’s Eve and an elderly man drowned after going into the sea at Portmellon, Cornwall, to help retrieve a ball for the family dog while out walkin...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:38 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, is warning drinkers throughout the festive period to steer clear of walking near to or entering water when under the influence of alcohol. The charity is warning drinkers to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking – and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water as each year people lose their lives by drowning after or during a night out. RLSS UK will be issuing its short, powerful and thought provoking film that sees the effects of alcohol on a young person when in the water. Alongside the film there will be a host of social media awareness posts and graphics with the hashtag #DontDrinkandDrown to raise awareness of the dangers of being near water when under the influence of alcohol. Research shows that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims and a third of all 18 to 21-years-old drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstre...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, is warning drinkers throughout the festive period to steer clear of walking near to or entering water when under the influence of alcohol. The charity is warning drinkers to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking – and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water as each year people lose their lives by drowning after or during a night out. RLSS UK will be issuing its short, powerful and thought provoking film that sees the effects of alcohol on a young person when in the water. Alongside the film there will be a host of social media awareness posts and graphics with the hashtag #DontDrinkandDrown to raise awareness of the dangers of being near water when under the influence of alcohol. Research shows that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims and a third of all 18 to 21-years-old drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstre...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:34 am
Northumberland leisure centre staff who saved the life of retired teacher who had a heart attack while taking part in a fitness class are to be honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). Julian Willans, 67, had just completed a session on a treadmill when he suddenly collapsed at Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington. The centre staff quickly responded giving Julian cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rang the emergency services. The team of ten are each to be presented with prestigious RLSS UK certificates to recognise their actions on Monday 25 January. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive said: “We were pleased to hear about the leisure centre staff working as a fantastic and efficient team to save the life of Julian and felt they deserved to be recognised in some way. “An incident like this highlights how important it is to be trained in CPR. Well done to the team.”
Northumberland leisure centre staff who saved the life of retired teacher who had a heart attack while taking part in a fitness class are to be honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). Julian Willans, 67, had just completed a session on a treadmill when he suddenly collapsed at Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington. The centre staff quickly responded giving Julian cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rang the emergency services. The team of ten are each to be presented with prestigious RLSS UK certificates to recognise their actions on Monday 25 January. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive said: “We were pleased to hear about the leisure centre staff working as a fantastic and efficient team to save the life of Julian and felt they deserved to be recognised in some way. “An incident like this highlights how important it is to be trained in CPR. Well done to the team.”
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:04 am
Drowning prevention charity’s campaign urges students in Glasgow to stay safe near water at awareness event in the city.   The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is re-launching its national campaign, Don’t Drink and Drown, warning Glasgow students to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influences of alcohol as they return back to university. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign runs from 25 January to 31 January, warning drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking, and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. Research indicates that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Glasgow students and those on a night out will be warned to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol  at an awareness event on 28 January at...
Drowning prevention charity’s campaign urges students in Glasgow to stay safe near water at awareness event in the city.   The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is re-launching its national campaign, Don’t Drink and Drown, warning Glasgow students to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influences of alcohol as they return back to university. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign runs from 25 January to 31 January, warning drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking, and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. Research indicates that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Glasgow students and those on a night out will be warned to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol  at an awareness event on 28 January at...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 9:03 am
More than 600 lifesaving athletes are set to battle it out next weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February) for the prestigious honour of being crowned National Champion at the iconic home of the 2012 Olympics. Competitors from across the UK and Ireland will take part in Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) National Speed Championships 2016 at the London Aquatics Centre as the society also celebrates its 125th anniversary. Athletes aged between 12 and 78 will join members of the GB and Northern Ireland lifesaving team in competing for the titles including National Champion and to break national records. The weekend’s event will see athletes battle it out to see who is the quickest using real water rescue techniques including manikin carry, line throw and obstacle races, with both individuals and teams competing. This is the second year running the Championships will be held at the Olympic venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with around 150 RLSS ...
More than 600 lifesaving athletes are set to battle it out next weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February) for the prestigious honour of being crowned National Champion at the iconic home of the 2012 Olympics. Competitors from across the UK and Ireland will take part in Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) National Speed Championships 2016 at the London Aquatics Centre as the society also celebrates its 125th anniversary. Athletes aged between 12 and 78 will join members of the GB and Northern Ireland lifesaving team in competing for the titles including National Champion and to break national records. The weekend’s event will see athletes battle it out to see who is the quickest using real water rescue techniques including manikin carry, line throw and obstacle races, with both individuals and teams competing. This is the second year running the Championships will be held at the Olympic venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with around 150 RLSS ...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 8:56 am
Following the 2015 Annual General Meeting 5 key areas of change to the Governance of the Society were supported by the membership; they are now being implemented by the Board of Trustees and progress is outlined below: 1. Flexible Branches – A draft constitution has been agreed in principle by the Trustees. This new document is far less prescriptive and gives branches ultimate control on how they can support their members in the local delivery of the objectives of the Charity; this will be circulated to Branches in February. 2. Trustee Appointments – Elected Trustee Board roles have now been altered with all Trustees overseeing the overall governance of the charity rather than being elected in the as members of specific groups or as project sponsors . This approach brings the Trustees of RLSS UK in line with best practice for governance of the charity.  3. Future Leadership of RLSS UK – A proposal was approved ...
Following the 2015 Annual General Meeting 5 key areas of change to the Governance of the Society were supported by the membership; they are now being implemented by the Board of Trustees and progress is outlined below: 1. Flexible Branches – A draft constitution has been agreed in principle by the Trustees. This new document is far less prescriptive and gives branches ultimate control on how they can support their members in the local delivery of the objectives of the Charity; this will be circulated to Branches in February. 2. Trustee Appointments – Elected Trustee Board roles have now been altered with all Trustees overseeing the overall governance of the charity rather than being elected in the as members of specific groups or as project sponsors . This approach brings the Trustees of RLSS UK in line with best practice for governance of the charity.  3. Future Leadership of RLSS UK – A proposal was approved ...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 8:56 am
The World Health Organisation has described the global drowning problem as at epidemic levels and the 3rd highest child killer. We at RLSS UK are committed to reducing drownings both in the UK and abroad. We are delighted to announce the launch of a volunteer lead project to develop the necessary youth work force to help combat the global issue. As part of the Society’s 125th anniversary celebrations we will be hosting a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador Programme. The week long programme starts on Saturday 20th August 2016 at Margam Park, Swansea and will look to equip, train and develop our youth members to be ready to engage with commonwealth partners to impact these horrific daily tragedies. The week will be action packed full of fundamental development opportunities that will equip young people to be able to lead, participate and develop drowning prevention both in the UK and across the world. The programme is designed for people aged 18-30-years-old and provi...
The World Health Organisation has described the global drowning problem as at epidemic levels and the 3rd highest child killer. We at RLSS UK are committed to reducing drownings both in the UK and abroad. We are delighted to announce the launch of a volunteer lead project to develop the necessary youth work force to help combat the global issue. As part of the Society’s 125th anniversary celebrations we will be hosting a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador Programme. The week long programme starts on Saturday 20th August 2016 at Margam Park, Swansea and will look to equip, train and develop our youth members to be ready to engage with commonwealth partners to impact these horrific daily tragedies. The week will be action packed full of fundamental development opportunities that will equip young people to be able to lead, participate and develop drowning prevention both in the UK and across the world. The programme is designed for people aged 18-30-years-old and provi...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 8:55 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is set to attend the annual Emergency Services Show again this year to raise awareness of the importance of local water safety partnerships and resilience groups. The Emergency Services Show, set to be held at The NEC, Birmingham from 21 – 22 September, is the leading event for all emergency service personnel, bringing the sector together with the aim of improving public safety. RLSS UK will be attending the exhibition in the Collaboration Zone on stand S7, raising awareness of the dangers of water and how to keep both the public and blue light services safe. The charity will be focusing on the importance of establishing local partnerships to bring together the key services that are mobilised to either prevent drowning or to attend during an accident involving drowning. Staff on the stand will also be promoting the charity’s national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week, which runs fro...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is set to attend the annual Emergency Services Show again this year to raise awareness of the importance of local water safety partnerships and resilience groups. The Emergency Services Show, set to be held at The NEC, Birmingham from 21 – 22 September, is the leading event for all emergency service personnel, bringing the sector together with the aim of improving public safety. RLSS UK will be attending the exhibition in the Collaboration Zone on stand S7, raising awareness of the dangers of water and how to keep both the public and blue light services safe. The charity will be focusing on the importance of establishing local partnerships to bring together the key services that are mobilised to either prevent drowning or to attend during an accident involving drowning. Staff on the stand will also be promoting the charity’s national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week, which runs fro...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 8:54 am
The Outdoor Education Advisors’ Panel, which comprises advisors from local authorities, academy trusts and independent schools in England and Wales, offers practical information, advice and support to staff taking children off site for outdoor learning. The panel has now formerly endorsed the RLSS UK’s National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP), a suite of training awards which provides teachers and school staff with the knowledge and skills to manage groups of students safely around open water. Developed with input from organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Outdoor Education Advisors’ Panel, the Institute of Outdoor Learning, Expedition Providers’ Association and Royal Geographical Society, the programme is ideal for staff taking students on field trips which involve being close to water such as rivers, lakes or beaches. The modular programme takes a common sense approach to safety, balancing proactive safety manage...
The Outdoor Education Advisors’ Panel, which comprises advisors from local authorities, academy trusts and independent schools in England and Wales, offers practical information, advice and support to staff taking children off site for outdoor learning. The panel has now formerly endorsed the RLSS UK’s National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP), a suite of training awards which provides teachers and school staff with the knowledge and skills to manage groups of students safely around open water. Developed with input from organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Outdoor Education Advisors’ Panel, the Institute of Outdoor Learning, Expedition Providers’ Association and Royal Geographical Society, the programme is ideal for staff taking students on field trips which involve being close to water such as rivers, lakes or beaches. The modular programme takes a common sense approach to safety, balancing proactive safety manage...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 8:52 am
Wombourne Leisure Centre was transformed into a set this week for a film and photoshoot for The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity. RLSS UK staff and children from the local area took over the pool on Monday (February 15) morning to shoot images and record a film to promote its Rookie Lifeguard community programme and its National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard programme educates children and teaches them key life skills including lifesaving, CPR and self-rescue, in a fun way for under 12s. RLSS UK lifeguards make up more than 95 per cent of pool lifeguards in the UK and both programmes ultimately support the charity’s aim of reducing drownings in the UK and promoting water safety education. RLSS UK’s Director of Volunteer and Community Education, Mike Dunn, said: “The leisure centre was the perfect place to show how much fun our lifesaving awards can be while raising awareness of what ...
Wombourne Leisure Centre was transformed into a set this week for a film and photoshoot for The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity. RLSS UK staff and children from the local area took over the pool on Monday (February 15) morning to shoot images and record a film to promote its Rookie Lifeguard community programme and its National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard programme educates children and teaches them key life skills including lifesaving, CPR and self-rescue, in a fun way for under 12s. RLSS UK lifeguards make up more than 95 per cent of pool lifeguards in the UK and both programmes ultimately support the charity’s aim of reducing drownings in the UK and promoting water safety education. RLSS UK’s Director of Volunteer and Community Education, Mike Dunn, said: “The leisure centre was the perfect place to show how much fun our lifesaving awards can be while raising awareness of what ...
Posted: September 25, 2018, 8:46 am
Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) is working with the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the leading body for water safety, as part of its commitment to promoting safe work practices. The construction company, which is currently working on seven active developments, is working in partnership with RLSS UK to ensure the safety of staff and contractors working around water. The RLSS UK has developed a water safety policy for Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern), which covers crucial areas such as risk assessment, emergency planning and rescue skills. In addition, the charity has conducted a risk assessment of 10 key sites at their Taplow Riverside development, which is located on the waterfront along the River Thames and Jubilee River in Berkshire. Nadine Hodgson, Regional Health & Safety Manager for Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern), said: “Our new development in Taplow has the largest land to water interface that we have had to deal with and whilst we ha...
Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) is working with the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the leading body for water safety, as part of its commitment to promoting safe work practices. The construction company, which is currently working on seven active developments, is working in partnership with RLSS UK to ensure the safety of staff and contractors working around water. The RLSS UK has developed a water safety policy for Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern), which covers crucial areas such as risk assessment, emergency planning and rescue skills. In addition, the charity has conducted a risk assessment of 10 key sites at their Taplow Riverside development, which is located on the waterfront along the River Thames and Jubilee River in Berkshire. Nadine Hodgson, Regional Health & Safety Manager for Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern), said: “Our new development in Taplow has the largest land to water interface that we have had to deal with and whilst we ha...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:07 pm
In October 2015 the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) published Guidelines for resuscitation and First Aid. The Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines have been adapted from the 2015 ERC Guidelines and are tailored specifically to clinical practice in the UK. The new guidelines are the result of many years of international collaboration to improve the practice and teaching of resuscitation medicine in order to improve survival from cardiorespiratory arrest. Recent international data suggests that survival rates after both in, and out of, hospital cardiac arrests are slowly improving. The Resuscitation Council (UK) hopes that refinements in resuscitation guidelines will continue to contribute to increasing survival rates. The teams at RLSS UK and IQL UK have worked hard since the guidelines were published to provide an update for our Trainers and Instructors. Over 150 RLSS UK and IQL UK awards, qualifications, and teaching resources have now been updated to include the latest guida...
In October 2015 the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) published Guidelines for resuscitation and First Aid. The Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines have been adapted from the 2015 ERC Guidelines and are tailored specifically to clinical practice in the UK. The new guidelines are the result of many years of international collaboration to improve the practice and teaching of resuscitation medicine in order to improve survival from cardiorespiratory arrest. Recent international data suggests that survival rates after both in, and out of, hospital cardiac arrests are slowly improving. The Resuscitation Council (UK) hopes that refinements in resuscitation guidelines will continue to contribute to increasing survival rates. The teams at RLSS UK and IQL UK have worked hard since the guidelines were published to provide an update for our Trainers and Instructors. Over 150 RLSS UK and IQL UK awards, qualifications, and teaching resources have now been updated to include the latest guida...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:07 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s President Peter Moyes and CEO Di Steer talk about the charity’s support of the launch of the first National Strategy for Drowning Prevention which took place last night (February 29) at Westminster. The strategy has been created by the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) of which RLSS UK is a partner.  Peter Moyes, RLSS UK President, said: “RLSS UK, along with other key partners, is proud to be a part of, and wholeheartedly supports, the first UK National Strategy for Drowning Prevention. “As an integral member of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), it is exciting to see the hard work of all of the contributing partners come to fruition in the form of a strategy. “The strategy is a result of a group of organisations, such as our own, working together over a number of years to have a clear aim to, together, deliver our joint cause – to save lives and reduce drowning.” Di Steer, RLSS...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s President Peter Moyes and CEO Di Steer talk about the charity’s support of the launch of the first National Strategy for Drowning Prevention which took place last night (February 29) at Westminster. The strategy has been created by the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) of which RLSS UK is a partner.  Peter Moyes, RLSS UK President, said: “RLSS UK, along with other key partners, is proud to be a part of, and wholeheartedly supports, the first UK National Strategy for Drowning Prevention. “As an integral member of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), it is exciting to see the hard work of all of the contributing partners come to fruition in the form of a strategy. “The strategy is a result of a group of organisations, such as our own, working together over a number of years to have a clear aim to, together, deliver our joint cause – to save lives and reduce drowning.” Di Steer, RLSS...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:06 pm
From left to right: Jackie Roberts (RLSS UK Ambassador), Di Steer (RLSS UK CEO), Pete Moyes (RLSS UK President), Andrea Corrie (RNLI Campaigner), Mark Foster (RLSS UK Ambassador), Robert Goodwill (Minister of State at the Department for Transport), Dawn Whittaker (Chief Fire Officers Association), George Rawlinson (Chair of the National Water Safety Forum) The Royal Life Saving Society UK joins partners to launch first ever UK Drowning Prevention Strategy. A national drowning prevention strategy that aims to halve the number of fatal incidents on or near water will be launched on 29 February by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP. The document, created by members of the National Water Safety Forum* (NWSF) is the UK’s first drowning prevention strategy, created in response to the World Health Organization’s report on global drowning, which recommended that every nation should have a drowning prevention strategy. About 400 people drown and a further 200 ta...
From left to right: Jackie Roberts (RLSS UK Ambassador), Di Steer (RLSS UK CEO), Pete Moyes (RLSS UK President), Andrea Corrie (RNLI Campaigner), Mark Foster (RLSS UK Ambassador), Robert Goodwill (Minister of State at the Department for Transport), Dawn Whittaker (Chief Fire Officers Association), George Rawlinson (Chair of the National Water Safety Forum) The Royal Life Saving Society UK joins partners to launch first ever UK Drowning Prevention Strategy. A national drowning prevention strategy that aims to halve the number of fatal incidents on or near water will be launched on 29 February by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP. The document, created by members of the National Water Safety Forum* (NWSF) is the UK’s first drowning prevention strategy, created in response to the World Health Organization’s report on global drowning, which recommended that every nation should have a drowning prevention strategy. About 400 people drown and a further 200 ta...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:06 pm
Image – Bob Clark, Chair of the Royal Life Saving Society’s 125th Anniversary Steering Committee, presents RLSS Commonwealth President, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, with a copy of the Society’s Survival Swimming Guide. The Royal Life Saving Society, of which the Royal Lifesaving Society UK is a part and founding member, has launched an ambitious campaign marking its 125th Anniversary in 2016: the development and extension of Survival Swimming initiatives in every Commonwealth country in which it operates. Survival Swimming, which covers the necessary actions to help ensure people can survive an unexpected fall into deep water, is a vital skill both for leisure swimmers and those who live, work and travel on water. To aid instructors, RLSS has developed a Survival Swimming Guide, which is available on its website* for all Member Branches and other organisations to use. Drowning is one of the biggest preventable causes of death in the world toda...
Image – Bob Clark, Chair of the Royal Life Saving Society’s 125th Anniversary Steering Committee, presents RLSS Commonwealth President, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, with a copy of the Society’s Survival Swimming Guide. The Royal Life Saving Society, of which the Royal Lifesaving Society UK is a part and founding member, has launched an ambitious campaign marking its 125th Anniversary in 2016: the development and extension of Survival Swimming initiatives in every Commonwealth country in which it operates. Survival Swimming, which covers the necessary actions to help ensure people can survive an unexpected fall into deep water, is a vital skill both for leisure swimmers and those who live, work and travel on water. To aid instructors, RLSS has developed a Survival Swimming Guide, which is available on its website* for all Member Branches and other organisations to use. Drowning is one of the biggest preventable causes of death in the world toda...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:05 pm
Officers from RLSS UK were in London, UK recently for a week of events marking the 125th Anniversary of the Commonwealth-wide Royal Life Saving Society. Royal Life Saving Society was formed in England in 1891 and the week saw delegates from many of the Society’s 27 Commonwealth Member Branches make the trip to London to celebrate alongside friends, colleagues, and RLSS Commonwealth President, HRH Prince Michael of Kent. They were joined by partners and friends from organisations working with the Society, along with officers from High Commissions in London for a packed programme of conference sessions, meetings, receptions, tours and dinners. The two-day 125th Anniversary conference heard presentations on subjects as varied as how RLSS New Zealand revitalised itself after the devastating earthquake in 2011 which destroyed the branch’s headquarters in Christchurch; how RLSS UK managed to get drowning prevention on the political agenda; what happens to your...
Officers from RLSS UK were in London, UK recently for a week of events marking the 125th Anniversary of the Commonwealth-wide Royal Life Saving Society. Royal Life Saving Society was formed in England in 1891 and the week saw delegates from many of the Society’s 27 Commonwealth Member Branches make the trip to London to celebrate alongside friends, colleagues, and RLSS Commonwealth President, HRH Prince Michael of Kent. They were joined by partners and friends from organisations working with the Society, along with officers from High Commissions in London for a packed programme of conference sessions, meetings, receptions, tours and dinners. The two-day 125th Anniversary conference heard presentations on subjects as varied as how RLSS New Zealand revitalised itself after the devastating earthquake in 2011 which destroyed the branch’s headquarters in Christchurch; how RLSS UK managed to get drowning prevention on the political agenda; what happens to your...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:03 pm
Avoniel Leisure Centre, in Belfast, staff are set to be awarded by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, after they saved the life of a salesman who had a heart attack after a leisurely swim at the centre’s pool.  David Mackey, from Belfast, had gone to the leisure centre for a swim and was about to take part in a sponsored swim when he suddenly collapsed and slipped into the pool on January 16 this year. A member of the public, who was next to David, quickly lifted him up out of the water as the emergency alarm was raised and trained centre staff quickly assisted. Kiera Crangle and Mark Mercer, pool lifeguards who hold the RLSS UK’s National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), were the first on the scene and immediately started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while duty manager, Andrew Gordon, also a NPLQ holder, contacted the emergency services and organised staff to carry out additional actions. Lifeguard, ...
Avoniel Leisure Centre, in Belfast, staff are set to be awarded by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, after they saved the life of a salesman who had a heart attack after a leisurely swim at the centre’s pool.  David Mackey, from Belfast, had gone to the leisure centre for a swim and was about to take part in a sponsored swim when he suddenly collapsed and slipped into the pool on January 16 this year. A member of the public, who was next to David, quickly lifted him up out of the water as the emergency alarm was raised and trained centre staff quickly assisted. Kiera Crangle and Mark Mercer, pool lifeguards who hold the RLSS UK’s National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), were the first on the scene and immediately started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while duty manager, Andrew Gordon, also a NPLQ holder, contacted the emergency services and organised staff to carry out additional actions. Lifeguard, ...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:02 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is urging people not to put their lives at risk and stay as safe as possible after rapid flooding has hit the UK this morning. Up to 30 millimetres of rain has fallen in 12 hours on already saturated ground within some parts of the West Midlands area causing rapid flooding. The Met Office has issued one flood warning for River Sherbourne at Allesley and 15 flood alerts for rivers across the West Midlands area of the country and RLSS UK is urging people to take advice. The charity says it is vital that people don’t underestimate the dangers of floodwater. Safety around floodwater could mean the difference between life and death. Just six inches of fast flowing water is enough to knock an adult over and two feet of water will float a car. The warning comes after media reports several vehicles stranded and numerous victims have been rescued by emergency services whose car have become trappe...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is urging people not to put their lives at risk and stay as safe as possible after rapid flooding has hit the UK this morning. Up to 30 millimetres of rain has fallen in 12 hours on already saturated ground within some parts of the West Midlands area causing rapid flooding. The Met Office has issued one flood warning for River Sherbourne at Allesley and 15 flood alerts for rivers across the West Midlands area of the country and RLSS UK is urging people to take advice. The charity says it is vital that people don’t underestimate the dangers of floodwater. Safety around floodwater could mean the difference between life and death. Just six inches of fast flowing water is enough to knock an adult over and two feet of water will float a car. The warning comes after media reports several vehicles stranded and numerous victims have been rescued by emergency services whose car have become trappe...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:01 pm
RLSS UK Chief Executive Officer, Di Steer, and British Triathlon Chief Executive Officer, Jack Buckner Open water swimming is set to grow as British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) have confirmed a new partnership today (Wednesday 9 March) to support the promotion and development of the sport. The three-year partnership recognises the potential growth of open water swimming and the need to develop the sport’s existing infrastructure to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for new and existing participants. Participation in open water swimming amongst triathletes is high with approximately 40 per cent of British Triathlon permitted events including an open water swim and 90 per cent of Triathlon England affiliated clubs offering open water swimming training.  A number of open water swimming events also permit with British Triathlon and, as demand increases, the need to develop safe swim sites and consistent operating standards are ce...
RLSS UK Chief Executive Officer, Di Steer, and British Triathlon Chief Executive Officer, Jack Buckner Open water swimming is set to grow as British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) have confirmed a new partnership today (Wednesday 9 March) to support the promotion and development of the sport. The three-year partnership recognises the potential growth of open water swimming and the need to develop the sport’s existing infrastructure to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for new and existing participants. Participation in open water swimming amongst triathletes is high with approximately 40 per cent of British Triathlon permitted events including an open water swim and 90 per cent of Triathlon England affiliated clubs offering open water swimming training.  A number of open water swimming events also permit with British Triathlon and, as demand increases, the need to develop safe swim sites and consistent operating standards are ce...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 1:00 pm
Representatives from Water Safety Scotland and the Fife Water Safety Initiative are set to attend Scottish Parliament on 23 March as a motion is to be raised to increase awareness of the need for water safety education across Scotland. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), RNLI, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue have worked tirelessly together to increase the awareness of water safety and drowning prevention across Fife following the tragic death of Cameron Lancaster and John McKay who both died at Preston Hill Quarry, Fife, within a ten-month period last year. Since the formation of the multi-agency partnership, vital water safety lessons have been delivered to secondary school children across Fife, initially starting at Inverkeithing High School in November last year. Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Putting these figures into context, one pe...
Representatives from Water Safety Scotland and the Fife Water Safety Initiative are set to attend Scottish Parliament on 23 March as a motion is to be raised to increase awareness of the need for water safety education across Scotland. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), RNLI, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue have worked tirelessly together to increase the awareness of water safety and drowning prevention across Fife following the tragic death of Cameron Lancaster and John McKay who both died at Preston Hill Quarry, Fife, within a ten-month period last year. Since the formation of the multi-agency partnership, vital water safety lessons have been delivered to secondary school children across Fife, initially starting at Inverkeithing High School in November last year. Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Putting these figures into context, one pe...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 12:58 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is urging hotel and spa operators to review their pool safety procedures after the death of a three-year-old girl in a hotel swimming pool. Jane Bell, from Galashiels in the Scotland, was visiting the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes while on holiday with her family. The youngster drowned after getting into difficulty in the pool. The coroner, who gave a verdict of accidental death at the inquest into the three-year-old’s death, heard that there was no trained lifeguard on duty at the time of the incident and voiced his concerns about the risk of future deaths. The HSE guidance document, Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools, recommends that constant poolside supervision by lifeguards provides the best assurance of pool users’ safety. Lifeguards are trained to prevent accidents, educate pool users, rescue and provide first aid. The majority of pool lifeguards are also trained to use an AED which is a vital piece of equipment if an ...
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is urging hotel and spa operators to review their pool safety procedures after the death of a three-year-old girl in a hotel swimming pool. Jane Bell, from Galashiels in the Scotland, was visiting the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes while on holiday with her family. The youngster drowned after getting into difficulty in the pool. The coroner, who gave a verdict of accidental death at the inquest into the three-year-old’s death, heard that there was no trained lifeguard on duty at the time of the incident and voiced his concerns about the risk of future deaths. The HSE guidance document, Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools, recommends that constant poolside supervision by lifeguards provides the best assurance of pool users’ safety. Lifeguards are trained to prevent accidents, educate pool users, rescue and provide first aid. The majority of pool lifeguards are also trained to use an AED which is a vital piece of equipment if an ...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 12:54 pm
Manchester and District Branch Chair, Michael Wardle would like to remember Alan Jones, on behalf of the Branch, who sadly past away in December 2015. Over the years, Alan had been actively involved within lifesaving and was integral to spreading drowning prevention messages across the area, he also held various roles within the branch including Technical Officer.  Alan’s real passion for lifesaving was clear to see through his involvement and dedication to Droysden Lifesaving Club which he joined in 1972. It’s during this time he was able to support and position the club to ensure member of the public, including children and adults alike, had the opportunity to learn vital lifesaving skills.  Community was a very big focus for Alan. He was involved with the sea cadets until he was well into his 70s, and also helped to support the Tameside Disabled Swimming Club by offering lifesaving, lifeguarding and instructor training. Alan was a strong supporter of grass...
Manchester and District Branch Chair, Michael Wardle would like to remember Alan Jones, on behalf of the Branch, who sadly past away in December 2015. Over the years, Alan had been actively involved within lifesaving and was integral to spreading drowning prevention messages across the area, he also held various roles within the branch including Technical Officer.  Alan’s real passion for lifesaving was clear to see through his involvement and dedication to Droysden Lifesaving Club which he joined in 1972. It’s during this time he was able to support and position the club to ensure member of the public, including children and adults alike, had the opportunity to learn vital lifesaving skills.  Community was a very big focus for Alan. He was involved with the sea cadets until he was well into his 70s, and also helped to support the Tameside Disabled Swimming Club by offering lifesaving, lifeguarding and instructor training. Alan was a strong supporter of grass...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 12:46 pm
Northamptonshire Sport and RLSS UK have found a unique way to promote drowning prevention by helping a group of pupils from Hardingstone Academy in Northamptonshire to improve their numeracy and literacy skills. The project has been running since January when a group of 22 pupils from yrs 3 – 6 (ages 7 – 11) took part in a two-hour session based around the SAFE code. Northamptonshire Sport, RLSS UK and two players from the Northampton Saints Rugby team (Kahn Fotuali’i and Ahsee ‘Ace’ Tuala) encouraged the pupils to explore why swimming in open water was more dangerous than swimming in a pool and what to do in an emergency. The adults supported the various tasks by joining in with a session on CPR, helping ‘rescue’ each other and discussing drowning prevention with pupils. Over the following month the school staff worked with the pupils on worksheets supplied by Northamptonshire Sport to focus on grammar and punctuation as well as using drown...
Northamptonshire Sport and RLSS UK have found a unique way to promote drowning prevention by helping a group of pupils from Hardingstone Academy in Northamptonshire to improve their numeracy and literacy skills. The project has been running since January when a group of 22 pupils from yrs 3 – 6 (ages 7 – 11) took part in a two-hour session based around the SAFE code. Northamptonshire Sport, RLSS UK and two players from the Northampton Saints Rugby team (Kahn Fotuali’i and Ahsee ‘Ace’ Tuala) encouraged the pupils to explore why swimming in open water was more dangerous than swimming in a pool and what to do in an emergency. The adults supported the various tasks by joining in with a session on CPR, helping ‘rescue’ each other and discussing drowning prevention with pupils. Over the following month the school staff worked with the pupils on worksheets supplied by Northamptonshire Sport to focus on grammar and punctuation as well as using drown...
Posted: September 24, 2018, 12:41 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has today (5 April) launched a new qualification to keep the nation’s open water swimmers safe.  The new, unique Open Water Lifeguard qualification aims to keep the rapidly increasing number of open water swimmers in the UK safe and supports the RLSS UK’s bid to increase the number of safe open water swimming sites in the UK. This qualification will allow all pool lifeguards who hold the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) to develop their skills and knowledge to lifeguard open water. Open water swimming is the fastest growing sport world wide and this, combined with around 200 people tragically losing their lives in inland open waters in the UK each year, has led to RLSS UK taking action to reduce these figures and keep the nations open water swimmers safe. RLSS UK Technical Director, Adrian Lole said: “Our ultimate aim as an organisation is to save lives and reduce ...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has today (5 April) launched a new qualification to keep the nation’s open water swimmers safe.  The new, unique Open Water Lifeguard qualification aims to keep the rapidly increasing number of open water swimmers in the UK safe and supports the RLSS UK’s bid to increase the number of safe open water swimming sites in the UK. This qualification will allow all pool lifeguards who hold the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) to develop their skills and knowledge to lifeguard open water. Open water swimming is the fastest growing sport world wide and this, combined with around 200 people tragically losing their lives in inland open waters in the UK each year, has led to RLSS UK taking action to reduce these figures and keep the nations open water swimmers safe. RLSS UK Technical Director, Adrian Lole said: “Our ultimate aim as an organisation is to save lives and reduce ...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:34 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has trained eleven swimming teachers to teach children essential water safety education and to become Rookie Lifeguards. The teachers, who are all associated with leading learn-to-swim company, Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars, were given training resulting in them becoming RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard Instructors which has given them vital knowledge to go into schools to deliver water safety education to children. The training took place at Whitefield’s Total Fitness, Manchester this month (April). RLSS UK’s Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator for Manchester, Aaron Dhanda, said: “Our Rookie Lifeguard programme gives vital water safety education to children. By developing the swimming teachers existing water safety knowledge, they are now able to give the community’s children skills and awareness of water safety that could potential save their own life or lives of others. &ldqu...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has trained eleven swimming teachers to teach children essential water safety education and to become Rookie Lifeguards. The teachers, who are all associated with leading learn-to-swim company, Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars, were given training resulting in them becoming RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard Instructors which has given them vital knowledge to go into schools to deliver water safety education to children. The training took place at Whitefield’s Total Fitness, Manchester this month (April). RLSS UK’s Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator for Manchester, Aaron Dhanda, said: “Our Rookie Lifeguard programme gives vital water safety education to children. By developing the swimming teachers existing water safety knowledge, they are now able to give the community’s children skills and awareness of water safety that could potential save their own life or lives of others. &ldqu...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:26 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity’s, Open Water Festival is set to return to Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on Sunday 22 May. The Ragley Crawl will see participants swapping the swimming pool to take the plunge into open water at Ragley Hall’s lake for a day of light-hearted competition. The day will be bursting with fun family activities, stalls and refreshments all in aid of drowning prevention and anyone from first time open water dippers to regular competitors are welcome to take part. Former Great Britain world champion swimmer James Hickman is also set to make an appearance and take part. RLSS UK’s Technical Director, Adrian Lole said: “Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education, we want to continue to provide safe open water swimming. “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and we want to ensure everyo...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity’s, Open Water Festival is set to return to Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on Sunday 22 May. The Ragley Crawl will see participants swapping the swimming pool to take the plunge into open water at Ragley Hall’s lake for a day of light-hearted competition. The day will be bursting with fun family activities, stalls and refreshments all in aid of drowning prevention and anyone from first time open water dippers to regular competitors are welcome to take part. Former Great Britain world champion swimmer James Hickman is also set to make an appearance and take part. RLSS UK’s Technical Director, Adrian Lole said: “Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education, we want to continue to provide safe open water swimming. “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and we want to ensure everyo...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:22 pm
The term ‘silent drowning’ gets featured in the media from time to time, often with headlines designed to catch the viewer or reader’s eye such as ‘Drowning isn’t like it is in the movies – know the signs’. So what is ‘silent drowning’, how does it fit in with everything else we know about drowning, and are we all ready to ‘know the signs’? Notable research in this area started in the 1970s with the pioneering work of Frank Pia, who published a number of papers based on a video study of drownings at Orchard Beach, New York (‘On Drowning: A Training Aid’). This research outlined the ‘instinctive drowning response’, the definition of which still forms many of the descriptions of a drowning casualty today. CCTV is now commonplace and had led to more and more drowning incidents being caught on camera which, combined with more recent research, continues to develop our understanding of how...
The term ‘silent drowning’ gets featured in the media from time to time, often with headlines designed to catch the viewer or reader’s eye such as ‘Drowning isn’t like it is in the movies – know the signs’. So what is ‘silent drowning’, how does it fit in with everything else we know about drowning, and are we all ready to ‘know the signs’? Notable research in this area started in the 1970s with the pioneering work of Frank Pia, who published a number of papers based on a video study of drownings at Orchard Beach, New York (‘On Drowning: A Training Aid’). This research outlined the ‘instinctive drowning response’, the definition of which still forms many of the descriptions of a drowning casualty today. CCTV is now commonplace and had led to more and more drowning incidents being caught on camera which, combined with more recent research, continues to develop our understanding of how...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:20 pm
Teenager Gemma Marsh from Sudbury has proved she is FAB and been nominated as a #Hero by Suffolk Branch Chair, David Pearsons. Gemma Marsh, 15, recently hit the headlines by bringing her passion for lifesaving and first aid into her studies. Gemma and two of her fellow pupils designed an app called First Aid Buddy (FAB) as part of a competition at her school, Ormiston Sudbury Academy in Suffolk. FAB is designed to be a pocket first aid assistant for children which demonstrates basic triage principles for all minor injuries in a simple, concise and easy to use format. It also includes an emergency number which will alert parents or guardians at the same time as presenting a first stage treatment synopsis. David Pearsons, Suffolk Branch Chair, felt not only Gemma’s success in her app, but also her lifesaving commitment, should be recognised. He said: “Gemma has worked hard to gain her lifesaving awards throughout Sudbury Life Saving Club. For the past two years she has hel...
Teenager Gemma Marsh from Sudbury has proved she is FAB and been nominated as a #Hero by Suffolk Branch Chair, David Pearsons. Gemma Marsh, 15, recently hit the headlines by bringing her passion for lifesaving and first aid into her studies. Gemma and two of her fellow pupils designed an app called First Aid Buddy (FAB) as part of a competition at her school, Ormiston Sudbury Academy in Suffolk. FAB is designed to be a pocket first aid assistant for children which demonstrates basic triage principles for all minor injuries in a simple, concise and easy to use format. It also includes an emergency number which will alert parents or guardians at the same time as presenting a first stage treatment synopsis. David Pearsons, Suffolk Branch Chair, felt not only Gemma’s success in her app, but also her lifesaving commitment, should be recognised. He said: “Gemma has worked hard to gain her lifesaving awards throughout Sudbury Life Saving Club. For the past two years she has hel...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:15 pm
The Manchester Water Safety Forum has been launched to reduce water related deaths and injuries in Manchester, with the initial focus being in the city centre, where the most incidents occur.  The group brings together experts from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Manchester City Council (MCC), CityCo, The Canal and River Trust (CRT), The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) the Drowning Prevention Charity and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Chair of the Forum, GMFRS Station Manager David Wilson, said: “GMFRS rescues more people from waterways in Manchester City Centre than anywhere else. “We are very lucky to have such a fantastic network of waterways across the city centre, but these places can be become deadly at night after someone has had a few drinks. “Around 25 per cent of people who drown have alcohol in their system and statistics from across the UK show that Saturday nights have t...
The Manchester Water Safety Forum has been launched to reduce water related deaths and injuries in Manchester, with the initial focus being in the city centre, where the most incidents occur.  The group brings together experts from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Manchester City Council (MCC), CityCo, The Canal and River Trust (CRT), The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) the Drowning Prevention Charity and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Chair of the Forum, GMFRS Station Manager David Wilson, said: “GMFRS rescues more people from waterways in Manchester City Centre than anywhere else. “We are very lucky to have such a fantastic network of waterways across the city centre, but these places can be become deadly at night after someone has had a few drinks. “Around 25 per cent of people who drown have alcohol in their system and statistics from across the UK show that Saturday nights have t...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:12 pm
Drowning Prevention Charity, the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK), Don’t Drink and Drown campaign is set to be launched this bank holiday weekend (April 30) warning Brighton’s drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol. Brighton’s clubs and bars will be raising awareness this weekend with the support of RLSS UK, local police, Brighton and Hove City Council and Resolve Security as research shows that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Drinkers will be urged to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking and make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. They will be given drinking water and wristbands to help raise awareness and spread the campaign messages. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive said: “People die each year after entering the water with alcohol in their bloodstream, either deliberately or completely by...
Drowning Prevention Charity, the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK), Don’t Drink and Drown campaign is set to be launched this bank holiday weekend (April 30) warning Brighton’s drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol. Brighton’s clubs and bars will be raising awareness this weekend with the support of RLSS UK, local police, Brighton and Hove City Council and Resolve Security as research shows that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Drinkers will be urged to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking and make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. They will be given drinking water and wristbands to help raise awareness and spread the campaign messages. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive said: “People die each year after entering the water with alcohol in their bloodstream, either deliberately or completely by...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:09 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) has launched the new and improved Pool Extraction Board (PXB) for simpler and more efficient swimming pool rescues. Developed in conjunction with equipment specialist Ferno UK, the new PXB will be introduced to pools and leisure centres throughout 2016 to improve safety and is now on sale. The exciting and revolutionary new piece of rescue equipment gives lifeguards more options when extracting casualties from swimming pools. Suitable for use in all pools from deck level to freeboard, shallow water to deep water, the new design using Velcro straps and head blocks means rescues can be accomplished quicker and more easily than with existing rescue boards. “We have spent almost three years reviewing models from around the world, working with medical experts as well as safety equipment specialist Ferno to design what we believe is the best extraction board on the market,” says Alex Blackwell, head of vocational qualifications at IQL UK...
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) has launched the new and improved Pool Extraction Board (PXB) for simpler and more efficient swimming pool rescues. Developed in conjunction with equipment specialist Ferno UK, the new PXB will be introduced to pools and leisure centres throughout 2016 to improve safety and is now on sale. The exciting and revolutionary new piece of rescue equipment gives lifeguards more options when extracting casualties from swimming pools. Suitable for use in all pools from deck level to freeboard, shallow water to deep water, the new design using Velcro straps and head blocks means rescues can be accomplished quicker and more easily than with existing rescue boards. “We have spent almost three years reviewing models from around the world, working with medical experts as well as safety equipment specialist Ferno to design what we believe is the best extraction board on the market,” says Alex Blackwell, head of vocational qualifications at IQL UK...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:04 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign is being rolled out across Swansea this week, with visits to thousands of students and busy city centre nightspots. Partners supporting the campaign in Swansea include RLSS UK the Drowning Prevention Charity, Swansea University, South Wales Police, Swansea Council, Drugaid Swansea and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. A ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign information stand will be set up at Swansea University’s Singleton campus on Monday 25 April, Swansea University’s Bay campus on Tuesday 26 April and the University of Wales Trinity St David campus on Wednesday 27 April. Campaign beer mats and posters will be distributed. Campaign representatives will then visit nightspots including Sin City on Dilwyn Street and Revolution on Wind Street during the evenings of Wednesday 27 April and Thursday 28April, where they’ll chat with people ...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign is being rolled out across Swansea this week, with visits to thousands of students and busy city centre nightspots. Partners supporting the campaign in Swansea include RLSS UK the Drowning Prevention Charity, Swansea University, South Wales Police, Swansea Council, Drugaid Swansea and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. A ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign information stand will be set up at Swansea University’s Singleton campus on Monday 25 April, Swansea University’s Bay campus on Tuesday 26 April and the University of Wales Trinity St David campus on Wednesday 27 April. Campaign beer mats and posters will be distributed. Campaign representatives will then visit nightspots including Sin City on Dilwyn Street and Revolution on Wind Street during the evenings of Wednesday 27 April and Thursday 28April, where they’ll chat with people ...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 3:01 pm
Do you know an RLSS UK Lifeguard, Trainer Assessor or Approved Training Centre who deserves recognition for their achievements? The IQL UK Seminar and Awards is a great way to celebrate the success of your team! Due to the high level of excellent work being completed by our Pool Lifeguard staff, we have extended the IQL UK Award nomination deadline date to Friday 29 April and would love to hear what your staff have been doing to go above and beyond. We have awards in the following categories: Single Site Approved Training Centre of the year Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the year (2 – 15 sites) Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the year (15+ sites) Trainer Assessor of the year National Trainer Assessor of the year RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard of the year RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Team of the year Special Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Lifesaving in the Community The IQL UK Seminar and Awards will take place at Staverton Park, Northamptons...
Do you know an RLSS UK Lifeguard, Trainer Assessor or Approved Training Centre who deserves recognition for their achievements? The IQL UK Seminar and Awards is a great way to celebrate the success of your team! Due to the high level of excellent work being completed by our Pool Lifeguard staff, we have extended the IQL UK Award nomination deadline date to Friday 29 April and would love to hear what your staff have been doing to go above and beyond. We have awards in the following categories: Single Site Approved Training Centre of the year Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the year (2 – 15 sites) Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the year (15+ sites) Trainer Assessor of the year National Trainer Assessor of the year RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard of the year RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Team of the year Special Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Lifesaving in the Community The IQL UK Seminar and Awards will take place at Staverton Park, Northamptons...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 2:36 pm
The open water swimming season is fast approaching, so we at RLSS UK thought now would be a great time to get the lowdown from endurance swimmer and open water swimming expert Adam ‘Ocean’ Walker! Wetsuit Wetsuits provide lots of benefits when swimming in open water. They provide protection against the cold water, extra buoyancy and help you move through the water more quickly. Wetsuits will be available to hire at #OpenWaterFest.   Swimming Cap You lose approximately 10 per cent of your body heat through your head so it’s essential to provide protection, as open water is significantly cooler than indoor pools. When you leave the water don’t forget to dry off your swimming cap and place a dry outdoor hat over the top to keep you warm. Swimming caps will be provided at #OpenWaterFest. Tow float A tow float is not an essential piece of equipment but can provide you with extra buoyancy in the water so is ideal for those of you that are ...
The open water swimming season is fast approaching, so we at RLSS UK thought now would be a great time to get the lowdown from endurance swimmer and open water swimming expert Adam ‘Ocean’ Walker! Wetsuit Wetsuits provide lots of benefits when swimming in open water. They provide protection against the cold water, extra buoyancy and help you move through the water more quickly. Wetsuits will be available to hire at #OpenWaterFest.   Swimming Cap You lose approximately 10 per cent of your body heat through your head so it’s essential to provide protection, as open water is significantly cooler than indoor pools. When you leave the water don’t forget to dry off your swimming cap and place a dry outdoor hat over the top to keep you warm. Swimming caps will be provided at #OpenWaterFest. Tow float A tow float is not an essential piece of equipment but can provide you with extra buoyancy in the water so is ideal for those of you that are ...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dear Members I would like to seek your support for a fantastic new initiative that has the potential to benefit our Society as a whole. We have entered into an exciting partnership with Life Skills Education C.I.C. (D.A.R.E.) and Skoda Rainworth/Bickerton to run the #WINACARSAVEALIFE lottery –a chance for the public to support our wonderful charity and win a car! This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of RLSS UK and raise some funds to continue our lifesaving work. The partners have agreed that the proceeds from the sale will go towards providing educational resources for schools. Tickets can be purchased at RLSS UK events. I would be grateful if you could support the Society in this venture by selling tickets across your branch. The possibilities are endless on how we can achieve this – here are just some suggestions. Within your branch it would be great if you could nominate a ‘lottery champion’. This person is someone who can liaise with RLSS UK...
Dear Members I would like to seek your support for a fantastic new initiative that has the potential to benefit our Society as a whole. We have entered into an exciting partnership with Life Skills Education C.I.C. (D.A.R.E.) and Skoda Rainworth/Bickerton to run the #WINACARSAVEALIFE lottery –a chance for the public to support our wonderful charity and win a car! This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of RLSS UK and raise some funds to continue our lifesaving work. The partners have agreed that the proceeds from the sale will go towards providing educational resources for schools. Tickets can be purchased at RLSS UK events. I would be grateful if you could support the Society in this venture by selling tickets across your branch. The possibilities are endless on how we can achieve this – here are just some suggestions. Within your branch it would be great if you could nominate a ‘lottery champion’. This person is someone who can liaise with RLSS UK...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 12:58 pm
We’ve had a new product release recently and I’d like to tell you a little bit more about it and how it all came together. I’m Alex and I’m the head of National Vocational Qualifications for IQL UK which means I am involved with writing and developing all of the new training qualifications we offer. One of my key projects over the last three years has been the design, development and testing of the new Pool Extraction Board. The project started in April 2013. We looked at other techniques from around the world and in particular from Canada. We found that most of the boards weren’t using the latest technology in production and that meant there were more sequences in the chain of rescue, with the need for extra lifeguards and buoyancy provided by torpedo buoys. There are some examples available on YouTube – www.youtube.com/watch?v=M08qqIGO43w www.youtube.com/watch?v=De6z2gCKptk Our aim was to reduce the steps in the sequence, optimise the number...
We’ve had a new product release recently and I’d like to tell you a little bit more about it and how it all came together. I’m Alex and I’m the head of National Vocational Qualifications for IQL UK which means I am involved with writing and developing all of the new training qualifications we offer. One of my key projects over the last three years has been the design, development and testing of the new Pool Extraction Board. The project started in April 2013. We looked at other techniques from around the world and in particular from Canada. We found that most of the boards weren’t using the latest technology in production and that meant there were more sequences in the chain of rescue, with the need for extra lifeguards and buoyancy provided by torpedo buoys. There are some examples available on YouTube – www.youtube.com/watch?v=M08qqIGO43w www.youtube.com/watch?v=De6z2gCKptk Our aim was to reduce the steps in the sequence, optimise the number...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 12:37 pm
The start of Volunteers Week (#volunteersweek) is an exciting time for me as it gives me a chance to say a personal thank you and celebrate all the amazing work of volunteers that support the Royal life Saving Society UK and the cause to prevent drowning. This is a wonderful charity that is built on a bedrock of passionate and committed individuals that freely give their time. It is astonishing to observe the different motivations of individuals who are prepared to use up what is such precious time. Over the past five years drowning rates and have been on a steady decline and this is all down to the hard work and commitment of volunteers. This week is a celebration, a celebration of volunteers. I am immensely proud to sit in the role of Head of Volunteering, my pride is renewed every day when I get to interact with volunteers across the whole of the UK and Ireland who are changing lives and creating smiles. I see it is a great responsibility and honour to ensure that in every way we ...
The start of Volunteers Week (#volunteersweek) is an exciting time for me as it gives me a chance to say a personal thank you and celebrate all the amazing work of volunteers that support the Royal life Saving Society UK and the cause to prevent drowning. This is a wonderful charity that is built on a bedrock of passionate and committed individuals that freely give their time. It is astonishing to observe the different motivations of individuals who are prepared to use up what is such precious time. Over the past five years drowning rates and have been on a steady decline and this is all down to the hard work and commitment of volunteers. This week is a celebration, a celebration of volunteers. I am immensely proud to sit in the role of Head of Volunteering, my pride is renewed every day when I get to interact with volunteers across the whole of the UK and Ireland who are changing lives and creating smiles. I see it is a great responsibility and honour to ensure that in every way we ...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 12:32 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, has awarded a newly qualified RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor after saving the life of a middle-aged local Russian man whilst on holiday in Russia last month (May). Eleftherios Samourgkanidis, RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard and Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, London, was asleep whilst travelling by the overnight train from Minvodi to Rostov on Don, Russia when a passenger in the cabin above him started to have a seizure and stopped breathing. Eleftherios said: “I woke up to the passenger upstairs crying out at around three o’clock in the morning. I jumped out of bed and went upstairs to find the passenger lay on the floor, surrounded by other passengers, having a seizure. “At first I was unsure if I was dreaming as I had just woken up and the lighting was dimmed. I knew straight away, from my lifeguard training, that thi...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, has awarded a newly qualified RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor after saving the life of a middle-aged local Russian man whilst on holiday in Russia last month (May). Eleftherios Samourgkanidis, RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard and Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, London, was asleep whilst travelling by the overnight train from Minvodi to Rostov on Don, Russia when a passenger in the cabin above him started to have a seizure and stopped breathing. Eleftherios said: “I woke up to the passenger upstairs crying out at around three o’clock in the morning. I jumped out of bed and went upstairs to find the passenger lay on the floor, surrounded by other passengers, having a seizure. “At first I was unsure if I was dreaming as I had just woken up and the lighting was dimmed. I knew straight away, from my lifeguard training, that thi...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 11:59 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, announced its new President and Deputy President at its annual conference last weekend (July 2 and 3). Ian Hutchings stepped up from the role as Deputy President of RLSS UK and replaced Peter Moyes as President, taking up the reins for the next three years. The event also saw the election of the charity’s new Deputy President, Mark A Smith, after he was voted into the role by RLSS UK members. A member of RLSS UK’s Devon Branch, Ian has been involved in the charity and lifesaving for 46 years. The former police officer has experience ranging from delivering lifeguard and first aid training, mentoring young people – having been an instructor at his club since he was 16-years-old – and coaching the GBR Lifesaving sport squad. He said: “Being elected by the membership to the prestigious role of President is an absolute honour. Having fulfilled many roles within the society gives m...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, announced its new President and Deputy President at its annual conference last weekend (July 2 and 3). Ian Hutchings stepped up from the role as Deputy President of RLSS UK and replaced Peter Moyes as President, taking up the reins for the next three years. The event also saw the election of the charity’s new Deputy President, Mark A Smith, after he was voted into the role by RLSS UK members. A member of RLSS UK’s Devon Branch, Ian has been involved in the charity and lifesaving for 46 years. The former police officer has experience ranging from delivering lifeguard and first aid training, mentoring young people – having been an instructor at his club since he was 16-years-old – and coaching the GBR Lifesaving sport squad. He said: “Being elected by the membership to the prestigious role of President is an absolute honour. Having fulfilled many roles within the society gives m...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 11:53 am
The heroes of water safety have been celebrated at the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK Awards 2016 for their commitment to drowning prevention. Held on Friday 1 July at Staverton Park in Daventry, the awards were presented by Di Steer, CEO of RLSS UK, RLSS UK President Peter Moyes and Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK. “There is some fantastic water safety work going on in swimming pools across the UK and the awards are a great opportunity to give operators and individuals the recognition they deserve for the vital role they play in keeping the public safe. The judges were impressed with the calibre of entries and we’d like to congratulate all winners of this year’s awards,” said Martin Symcox. The annual awards recognise and celebrate the training and development of lifeguards and the contribution that centres make to water safety and drowning prevention in their local communities. Among this year’s winners are Lifeguard of the Year, ...
The heroes of water safety have been celebrated at the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK Awards 2016 for their commitment to drowning prevention. Held on Friday 1 July at Staverton Park in Daventry, the awards were presented by Di Steer, CEO of RLSS UK, RLSS UK President Peter Moyes and Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK. “There is some fantastic water safety work going on in swimming pools across the UK and the awards are a great opportunity to give operators and individuals the recognition they deserve for the vital role they play in keeping the public safe. The judges were impressed with the calibre of entries and we’d like to congratulate all winners of this year’s awards,” said Martin Symcox. The annual awards recognise and celebrate the training and development of lifeguards and the contribution that centres make to water safety and drowning prevention in their local communities. Among this year’s winners are Lifeguard of the Year, ...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 11:49 am
The UK’s drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), has issued an urgent warning as temperatures across Britain continue to rise – along with the drowning death toll. The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies when many people lost their lives cooling off in unlifeguarded open water, not suitable for swimming. Figures show that on average each year the summer months of July and August witness the most drowning deaths with the majority of drownings being male*. And the tragic pattern looks like it is continuing with reports of five drownings in 48 hours in the UK, another UK citizen drowning on holiday abroad last week and dramatic footage of a member of the pubic rescuing an unconscious man in the River Tyne yesterday (20 July). Jack Pullen, 16, drowned in the River Etherow in Hyde, Manchester on Tuesday where he had been swimming with friends. On the same da...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), has issued an urgent warning as temperatures across Britain continue to rise – along with the drowning death toll. The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies when many people lost their lives cooling off in unlifeguarded open water, not suitable for swimming. Figures show that on average each year the summer months of July and August witness the most drowning deaths with the majority of drownings being male*. And the tragic pattern looks like it is continuing with reports of five drownings in 48 hours in the UK, another UK citizen drowning on holiday abroad last week and dramatic footage of a member of the pubic rescuing an unconscious man in the River Tyne yesterday (20 July). Jack Pullen, 16, drowned in the River Etherow in Hyde, Manchester on Tuesday where he had been swimming with friends. On the same da...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 11:36 am
The latest figures on UK drownings have shown a decrease, says Royal Life Saving Society UK – the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity – but every drowning is one too many. The Water Accident and Incident Database (WAID) statistics revealed today (July 29) show that 321 people lost their lives to drowning in 2015, falling from 338 in 2014.This is the lowest figure since records began in 1983. Despite a reduction in figures the charity says drowning is preventable and there is still much work to be done to educate everybody in the community about water safety and save more lives. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “Although it is encouraging that the numbers of accidental water related deaths have reduced, our aim as a charity is to see a year-on-year reduction in drowning, and this figure is still tragically too high.” The figures show that the majority of fatalities were of those people who never intended to be in the water in the first plac...
The latest figures on UK drownings have shown a decrease, says Royal Life Saving Society UK – the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity – but every drowning is one too many. The Water Accident and Incident Database (WAID) statistics revealed today (July 29) show that 321 people lost their lives to drowning in 2015, falling from 338 in 2014.This is the lowest figure since records began in 1983. Despite a reduction in figures the charity says drowning is preventable and there is still much work to be done to educate everybody in the community about water safety and save more lives. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “Although it is encouraging that the numbers of accidental water related deaths have reduced, our aim as a charity is to see a year-on-year reduction in drowning, and this figure is still tragically too high.” The figures show that the majority of fatalities were of those people who never intended to be in the water in the first plac...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 11:29 am
Developed in response to the shortage of pool lifeguards across the leisure industry, the Be a Lifeguard campaign has two principal aims: to encourage as many young people as possible to take up lifeguarding and to help operators to promote their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) courses. RLSS UK’s NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland with more than 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards qualified through RLSS UK. Seventy per cent of all RLSS UK lifeguards are aged 16 to 25. The social media campaign will run throughout the summer on Facebook and Twitter. A film highlighting the varied role of lifeguards has also been produced to support the campaign. RLSS UK has produced a comprehensive marking pack to help operators raise awareness of the campaign and to promote their lifesaving courses. “The shortage of trained lifeguards is a serious problem for operators. Without adequate lifeguard cover, operators are forced to close lanes ...
Developed in response to the shortage of pool lifeguards across the leisure industry, the Be a Lifeguard campaign has two principal aims: to encourage as many young people as possible to take up lifeguarding and to help operators to promote their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) courses. RLSS UK’s NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland with more than 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards qualified through RLSS UK. Seventy per cent of all RLSS UK lifeguards are aged 16 to 25. The social media campaign will run throughout the summer on Facebook and Twitter. A film highlighting the varied role of lifeguards has also been produced to support the campaign. RLSS UK has produced a comprehensive marking pack to help operators raise awareness of the campaign and to promote their lifesaving courses. “The shortage of trained lifeguards is a serious problem for operators. Without adequate lifeguard cover, operators are forced to close lanes ...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 11:28 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are looking for collections volunteers to help us collect money from members of the public to support our activities and events. You will also be helping us to raise awareness of our organisation and the work which we do. We are looking for 70 volunteers to support our 2016 Summer collection in 25 Tesco Supermarkets across London. As one of our collection volunteers you will be asked to encourage Tesco customers to donate to RLSS UK. You will work as part of a team to raise money for our organisation. You will be representing RLSS UK and raising awareness of our activities and services. Key tasks To help collect donations from the public at Tesco Supermarkets in locations across London To work as part of a strong volunteer team, collecting donations To transfer collections in line with RLSS UK procedures Personal qualities required Friendly and approachable Good team player Reliable and trustworthy Polite Able to talk about ...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are looking for collections volunteers to help us collect money from members of the public to support our activities and events. You will also be helping us to raise awareness of our organisation and the work which we do. We are looking for 70 volunteers to support our 2016 Summer collection in 25 Tesco Supermarkets across London. As one of our collection volunteers you will be asked to encourage Tesco customers to donate to RLSS UK. You will work as part of a team to raise money for our organisation. You will be representing RLSS UK and raising awareness of our activities and services. Key tasks To help collect donations from the public at Tesco Supermarkets in locations across London To work as part of a strong volunteer team, collecting donations To transfer collections in line with RLSS UK procedures Personal qualities required Friendly and approachable Good team player Reliable and trustworthy Polite Able to talk about ...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 10:49 am
RLSS UK Masters have achieved seven Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Medals already at this year’s World Lifesaving Championships! This year’s championships are currently being held in the Netherlands and run from 1 – 18 September. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer said: “We are really proud of everyone from RLSS UK who is competing at the World Lifesaving Championships. “All the preparation, hard work and training is really paying off which is clear from the amazing results they are all achieving. “A special mention goes to Elaine Lewis of Bournemouth Lifeguard Corps who is Triple World Champion, breaking a World Record in the process! “We wish everyone the best of luck throughout the rest of the competition.” RLSS UK Masters medal achievements: Gold Elaine Lewis – 100m Manikin Tow with Fins (60-64) World Record 01:36.15 Elaine Lewis – 50m Manikin Carry (60-64) 00:59.30 Retford (The...
RLSS UK Masters have achieved seven Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Medals already at this year’s World Lifesaving Championships! This year’s championships are currently being held in the Netherlands and run from 1 – 18 September. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer said: “We are really proud of everyone from RLSS UK who is competing at the World Lifesaving Championships. “All the preparation, hard work and training is really paying off which is clear from the amazing results they are all achieving. “A special mention goes to Elaine Lewis of Bournemouth Lifeguard Corps who is Triple World Champion, breaking a World Record in the process! “We wish everyone the best of luck throughout the rest of the competition.” RLSS UK Masters medal achievements: Gold Elaine Lewis – 100m Manikin Tow with Fins (60-64) World Record 01:36.15 Elaine Lewis – 50m Manikin Carry (60-64) 00:59.30 Retford (The...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 9:59 am
In 2016, we launched our revolutionary Pool Extraction Board (PXB) which we believed could transform the way swimming pool rescues are carried out. We spent almost three years reviewing models from around the world, worked with medical experts and safety equipment specialist Ferno to design what we believe is the best extraction board on the market. Demand so far has been high, with more than 450 boards being delivered within the first six months of its launch to leisure centres across the UK and around the world, including Europe, China, Thailand and United Arab Emirates. In addition, over 1,600 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessors have now qualified to deliver training on the PXB. The new design creates faster rescue times, offers improved safety and has the potential to reduce the demands placed on staff. It requires just two trained users to carry out a pool rescue for deck level pools. The result of the PXB’s design in practical terms means fewer lifeguard...
In 2016, we launched our revolutionary Pool Extraction Board (PXB) which we believed could transform the way swimming pool rescues are carried out. We spent almost three years reviewing models from around the world, worked with medical experts and safety equipment specialist Ferno to design what we believe is the best extraction board on the market. Demand so far has been high, with more than 450 boards being delivered within the first six months of its launch to leisure centres across the UK and around the world, including Europe, China, Thailand and United Arab Emirates. In addition, over 1,600 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessors have now qualified to deliver training on the PXB. The new design creates faster rescue times, offers improved safety and has the potential to reduce the demands placed on staff. It requires just two trained users to carry out a pool rescue for deck level pools. The result of the PXB’s design in practical terms means fewer lifeguard...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 9:34 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) was delighted with the enthusiastic turn out for its very first autumn walk last Monday (October 23). Having relocated to Worcester in January, the drowning prevention charity was keen that people came along to find out more about its work, as well as to learn important water safety information that could save lives. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer kicked off proceedings at Waitrose on London Road as walkers young and old joined The Mayor of Worcester, Coun. Steve Mackay and RLSS UK mascot Perry on the 2 ½ mile route, finishing with a welcome complementary hot drink from The Anchor Inn, at Diglis Basin Marina: “Everyone seemed to really enjoy the event and we hope it gave walkers an insight into some of the work we do” she added. As well as raising funds for the charity, there were some light-hearted opportunities to take on board some interesting facts and education on water safety along the way; with a lifesaving rop...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) was delighted with the enthusiastic turn out for its very first autumn walk last Monday (October 23). Having relocated to Worcester in January, the drowning prevention charity was keen that people came along to find out more about its work, as well as to learn important water safety information that could save lives. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer kicked off proceedings at Waitrose on London Road as walkers young and old joined The Mayor of Worcester, Coun. Steve Mackay and RLSS UK mascot Perry on the 2 ½ mile route, finishing with a welcome complementary hot drink from The Anchor Inn, at Diglis Basin Marina: “Everyone seemed to really enjoy the event and we hope it gave walkers an insight into some of the work we do” she added. As well as raising funds for the charity, there were some light-hearted opportunities to take on board some interesting facts and education on water safety along the way; with a lifesaving rop...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 9:28 am
Following a very pleasant journey to Bristol airport, we boarded our flight to Venice. On arrival, we were met by two nice young Italian chaps who carried our luggage to their taxi and drove us to the port. Venice was not at this point identifiable, it looked like the outskirts of any foreign city – no gondolas, no ice cream! We were taken through the security gates, names checked, luggage scanned and photographs taken for our cruise identity card. By now it was 7.30pm so dinner was in full swing but we still needed to be given our rooms and a thorough safety briefing. After a little bit of wandering up and down corridors trying to locate our cabin numbers (which served to further confuse our already confused sense of direction!!), we were given a very serious and thorough safety briefing – fire doors, watertight doors, fire drills, muster points, life jacket. It was quite reassuring though as our cabins were windowless and on the 4th deck (below water level!). We wer...
Following a very pleasant journey to Bristol airport, we boarded our flight to Venice. On arrival, we were met by two nice young Italian chaps who carried our luggage to their taxi and drove us to the port. Venice was not at this point identifiable, it looked like the outskirts of any foreign city – no gondolas, no ice cream! We were taken through the security gates, names checked, luggage scanned and photographs taken for our cruise identity card. By now it was 7.30pm so dinner was in full swing but we still needed to be given our rooms and a thorough safety briefing. After a little bit of wandering up and down corridors trying to locate our cabin numbers (which served to further confuse our already confused sense of direction!!), we were given a very serious and thorough safety briefing – fire doors, watertight doors, fire drills, muster points, life jacket. It was quite reassuring though as our cabins were windowless and on the 4th deck (below water level!). We wer...
Posted: September 21, 2018, 9:22 am
Well done to Matthew Bromwich who last night was nominated for the ‘Young Volunteer in Sport Award’ at the Bath and North East Somerset Councils 2013 Chairman’s Sports Awards. Matthew has been Club Chairman of Keynsham Lifesaving Club for 18 months now and as today is only his 19th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MATTHEW) he has been fantastic, in a daunting job, at such a young age. Matthew is a shining example of a young person who if given the opportunity and correct support can be a shining light for both lifesaving and his local community. We are honoured to say a huge THANK YOU to Matthew, Keynsham Lifesaving Club and the local Avon and North Wiltshire Branch
Well done to Matthew Bromwich who last night was nominated for the ‘Young Volunteer in Sport Award’ at the Bath and North East Somerset Councils 2013 Chairman’s Sports Awards. Matthew has been Club Chairman of Keynsham Lifesaving Club for 18 months now and as today is only his 19th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MATTHEW) he has been fantastic, in a daunting job, at such a young age. Matthew is a shining example of a young person who if given the opportunity and correct support can be a shining light for both lifesaving and his local community. We are honoured to say a huge THANK YOU to Matthew, Keynsham Lifesaving Club and the local Avon and North Wiltshire Branch
Posted: September 20, 2018, 8:33 am
Following last year’s successful exchange to the Czech Republic, 12 youth lifesavers and 4 youth leaders are travelling to Germany for the second leg of the exchange. THW’s Stolberg group will be hosting groups from Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic between 9th and 16th August. The exchange is filled with different activities from sightseeing, learning about each country’s culture and learning new lifesaving rescue techniques. THW are an urban rescue organisation who respond to disasters, such as the outcomes of earthquakes in urban areas. So this exchange will show the youth lifesavers a very different side to rescuing compared to RLSS UK’s activities. To keep up to date with how the exchange is going then keep visiting our blog for daily entries written by those on the exchange. Day 1 – Saturday 10th August Written by Holly (Blyth LSC) and Monica (Dearne Valley LSC). Today we went to the city of Cologne, where we had a tour around ...
Following last year’s successful exchange to the Czech Republic, 12 youth lifesavers and 4 youth leaders are travelling to Germany for the second leg of the exchange. THW’s Stolberg group will be hosting groups from Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic between 9th and 16th August. The exchange is filled with different activities from sightseeing, learning about each country’s culture and learning new lifesaving rescue techniques. THW are an urban rescue organisation who respond to disasters, such as the outcomes of earthquakes in urban areas. So this exchange will show the youth lifesavers a very different side to rescuing compared to RLSS UK’s activities. To keep up to date with how the exchange is going then keep visiting our blog for daily entries written by those on the exchange. Day 1 – Saturday 10th August Written by Holly (Blyth LSC) and Monica (Dearne Valley LSC). Today we went to the city of Cologne, where we had a tour around ...
Posted: September 20, 2018, 8:31 am
Art is a very personal subject, the interpretations of a piece of art can vary from person to person and be very different to what the artists themselves were portraying. Art can portray feelings, subject matters, emotions and messages; it’s all in the eye of the beholder! A piece of art can add character to a room, can be admired and be a way to spread a message. When we came across ‘Drowning Girl’ by Roy Lichtenstein http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drowning_Girl it highlighted to us the importance of informing and educating everyone about water safety. Every year more than 400 people lose their lives through accidental drowning and inland water accounts for 63 per cent of these deaths. Our aim is to reduce the number of drownings each year, so here are some water safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones can enjoy water safely. When at home children and vulnerable adults are more at risk, be sure to: Supervise children in the bath and empty the bath...
Art is a very personal subject, the interpretations of a piece of art can vary from person to person and be very different to what the artists themselves were portraying. Art can portray feelings, subject matters, emotions and messages; it’s all in the eye of the beholder! A piece of art can add character to a room, can be admired and be a way to spread a message. When we came across ‘Drowning Girl’ by Roy Lichtenstein http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drowning_Girl it highlighted to us the importance of informing and educating everyone about water safety. Every year more than 400 people lose their lives through accidental drowning and inland water accounts for 63 per cent of these deaths. Our aim is to reduce the number of drownings each year, so here are some water safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones can enjoy water safely. When at home children and vulnerable adults are more at risk, be sure to: Supervise children in the bath and empty the bath...
Posted: September 20, 2018, 8:29 am
It’s not always necessary to travel far and wide when thinking about making an impact with your fundraising efforts. Plenty of opportunities exist right on your doorstep – it’s simply a question of knowing where to look. Collecting Tins Consider where you visit most – why not think about adopting some RLSS UK collecting tins and asking your local pub or favourite convenience store to allow you to have one on display? Street Collections Some larger stores may allow you to carry out bucket collections, or have an information display in store, but you mustseek permission, and be aware of the appropriate rules and regulations Farmer’s Markets and Town Fetes Often Local Authorities will allow some provision at these type of events for charities to hold stalls free of charge. As with street collections, you will need to be aware of the rules and regulations when carrying out collections. Community Funds Local branches of most high street banks, som...
It’s not always necessary to travel far and wide when thinking about making an impact with your fundraising efforts. Plenty of opportunities exist right on your doorstep – it’s simply a question of knowing where to look. Collecting Tins Consider where you visit most – why not think about adopting some RLSS UK collecting tins and asking your local pub or favourite convenience store to allow you to have one on display? Street Collections Some larger stores may allow you to carry out bucket collections, or have an information display in store, but you mustseek permission, and be aware of the appropriate rules and regulations Farmer’s Markets and Town Fetes Often Local Authorities will allow some provision at these type of events for charities to hold stalls free of charge. As with street collections, you will need to be aware of the rules and regulations when carrying out collections. Community Funds Local branches of most high street banks, som...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 4:32 pm
Today is Fundraising Friday and our Charity Income Manager Nicky, is sharing with us how recycling can raise funds! Following on from my last blog and the introduction to no-cost fundraising with Give as You Live, today I’d like to introduce some different methods of recycling which can be used to raise money for RLSS UK. Mobile Phones Many of you will already be familiar with the idea of donating old or unused mobile phones to charity – and this method is still very much in demand. Handsets are generally sold on to poorer countries, or stripped down in order to reuse component parts. Either way, it gives purpose to all those unused handsets hidden in drawers, recycling them responsibly whilst raising money at the same time – it’s a win, win! Recycling4Charity will collect used mobile phones in bulk from RLSS UK – so if you have any handsets to donate, please send them along to River House. Ink Cartridges RLSS UK have partnered with Charity Ink...
Today is Fundraising Friday and our Charity Income Manager Nicky, is sharing with us how recycling can raise funds! Following on from my last blog and the introduction to no-cost fundraising with Give as You Live, today I’d like to introduce some different methods of recycling which can be used to raise money for RLSS UK. Mobile Phones Many of you will already be familiar with the idea of donating old or unused mobile phones to charity – and this method is still very much in demand. Handsets are generally sold on to poorer countries, or stripped down in order to reuse component parts. Either way, it gives purpose to all those unused handsets hidden in drawers, recycling them responsibly whilst raising money at the same time – it’s a win, win! Recycling4Charity will collect used mobile phones in bulk from RLSS UK – so if you have any handsets to donate, please send them along to River House. Ink Cartridges RLSS UK have partnered with Charity Ink...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 4:30 pm
A simple way to raise money towards our drowning prevention work is to take advantage of the community programmes at your local supermarket. Tesco and Morrisons Why not see if you can collect money at your local Tesco or Morrison store. Download the application form below and send it into the address included. Or perhaps your local store would allow you to bag pack and encourage donations for a weekend. Contact your local store and ask whether they participate. To find out how to pay in your collections to RLSS UK, click here. ASDA, Waitrose and Budgens These type of stores often run a token scheme where at the end of their shop, customers receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation the charity receives. Pick up a leaflet at your local store or click one of the below links to find out more. Waitrose Community Matters Tesco Charity Applications
A simple way to raise money towards our drowning prevention work is to take advantage of the community programmes at your local supermarket. Tesco and Morrisons Why not see if you can collect money at your local Tesco or Morrison store. Download the application form below and send it into the address included. Or perhaps your local store would allow you to bag pack and encourage donations for a weekend. Contact your local store and ask whether they participate. To find out how to pay in your collections to RLSS UK, click here. ASDA, Waitrose and Budgens These type of stores often run a token scheme where at the end of their shop, customers receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation the charity receives. Pick up a leaflet at your local store or click one of the below links to find out more. Waitrose Community Matters Tesco Charity Applications
Posted: September 19, 2018, 4:27 pm
Our Charity Income Manager Nicky Sargent has recently joined RLSS UK and here she has shared with us some great ideas for fundraising. Many of us will already be familiar with JustGiving, which is well used by fundraisers in place of traditional paper-based sponsorship forms nowadays. Setting up a page for your fundraising event is really straight forward, and the ability to share your page instantly with your social media contacts is fantastic. But there are many more ways to use JustGiving, so even if you aren’t planning event, there are ways you can use it to raise funds for RLSS (UK). Regular Giving – a small gift each month adds up to making a huge difference. Setting up a regular payment through JustGiving is simple and easy to manage. Using their online form, you can choose your donation amount and preferred day of collection, and you are free to change your information at any time, leaving you in control. One-Off Donations – Even with cheques gradually ...
Our Charity Income Manager Nicky Sargent has recently joined RLSS UK and here she has shared with us some great ideas for fundraising. Many of us will already be familiar with JustGiving, which is well used by fundraisers in place of traditional paper-based sponsorship forms nowadays. Setting up a page for your fundraising event is really straight forward, and the ability to share your page instantly with your social media contacts is fantastic. But there are many more ways to use JustGiving, so even if you aren’t planning event, there are ways you can use it to raise funds for RLSS (UK). Regular Giving – a small gift each month adds up to making a huge difference. Setting up a regular payment through JustGiving is simple and easy to manage. Using their online form, you can choose your donation amount and preferred day of collection, and you are free to change your information at any time, leaving you in control. One-Off Donations – Even with cheques gradually ...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 4:01 pm
Chair of the RLSS UK Volunteer Reward & Recognition Project, Ed McCutcheon has shared with us more in depth information about the project. One of the ways RLSS UK completes its work is through the use of Volunteer Project Groups who are given an area and set of objectives to pursue. Each group is a number of individuals (usually around 5), selected through volunteer applications based on their experience. We’re flexible and different groups meet more or less frequently, using whatever tools and technology is most appropriate to meet their aims. I’m Chair of the RLSS UK Volunteer Reward & Recognition Project – reviewing the ways the Society currently rewards & recognises its volunteers, and making suggestions for improvements – anything from types of award to nomination process and ceremony! Here’s an update on where we’ve got so far. As a project we meet roughly 6 weekly by Skype, and 158 of you completed our Reward & Recognition ...
Chair of the RLSS UK Volunteer Reward & Recognition Project, Ed McCutcheon has shared with us more in depth information about the project. One of the ways RLSS UK completes its work is through the use of Volunteer Project Groups who are given an area and set of objectives to pursue. Each group is a number of individuals (usually around 5), selected through volunteer applications based on their experience. We’re flexible and different groups meet more or less frequently, using whatever tools and technology is most appropriate to meet their aims. I’m Chair of the RLSS UK Volunteer Reward & Recognition Project – reviewing the ways the Society currently rewards & recognises its volunteers, and making suggestions for improvements – anything from types of award to nomination process and ceremony! Here’s an update on where we’ve got so far. As a project we meet roughly 6 weekly by Skype, and 158 of you completed our Reward & Recognition ...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 3:57 pm
St Edmundsbury Life Saving Club celebrated its 25th Anniversary recently. The club’s Richard Pearce has shared the celebrations with us. Our anniversary party at Bury Rugby Club was a great success. Members past and present aa well as those from across Suffolk branch enjoyed the disco, quiz, hog roast and cake! It was great to see the photos of the club’s history…even the embarrassing ones! Mike Grainger and Sarah Sheridan, our founder members, helped us mark our 25 years by cutting the cake for everyone to enjoy! Thanks to everyone for helping to organise the night, for attending and making the evening a great success. Thanks for sharing Richard! If you or your club has a story you want to share with us then email it over to marketing@rlss.org.uk with any photos you have.
St Edmundsbury Life Saving Club celebrated its 25th Anniversary recently. The club’s Richard Pearce has shared the celebrations with us. Our anniversary party at Bury Rugby Club was a great success. Members past and present aa well as those from across Suffolk branch enjoyed the disco, quiz, hog roast and cake! It was great to see the photos of the club’s history…even the embarrassing ones! Mike Grainger and Sarah Sheridan, our founder members, helped us mark our 25 years by cutting the cake for everyone to enjoy! Thanks to everyone for helping to organise the night, for attending and making the evening a great success. Thanks for sharing Richard! If you or your club has a story you want to share with us then email it over to marketing@rlss.org.uk with any photos you have.
Posted: September 19, 2018, 3:53 pm
Edward McCutheon, Lifesaving Instructor at BDAC Redfins, is today’s guest blogger. Last week he and BDAC club members headed to the London Host Boroughs’ Multi Aquatics Event 2014 which was held at the London Aquatics Centre. With great excitement, I left work a little early last Thursday, and travelled to Stratford for the London Aquatics Centre, which most will know as the London 2012 Olympic Pool! As a Lifesaving Instructor at BDAC Redfins, a Lifesaving and Swimming Club in East London, I was privileged to join six BDAC swimmers and four of my new Lifesaving Sport squad for an evening at the London Host Boroughs’ Multi Aquatics Event 2014. I never made it to the Olympics, or even on to the park, so enjoyed walking up to the centre (who knew there could be so much open space in East London?!) and visiting the facility. The operators were still sorting out the final touches (notice boards, etc.) but both 50m pools were in pristine condition. Lighting, as you’...
Edward McCutheon, Lifesaving Instructor at BDAC Redfins, is today’s guest blogger. Last week he and BDAC club members headed to the London Host Boroughs’ Multi Aquatics Event 2014 which was held at the London Aquatics Centre. With great excitement, I left work a little early last Thursday, and travelled to Stratford for the London Aquatics Centre, which most will know as the London 2012 Olympic Pool! As a Lifesaving Instructor at BDAC Redfins, a Lifesaving and Swimming Club in East London, I was privileged to join six BDAC swimmers and four of my new Lifesaving Sport squad for an evening at the London Host Boroughs’ Multi Aquatics Event 2014. I never made it to the Olympics, or even on to the park, so enjoyed walking up to the centre (who knew there could be so much open space in East London?!) and visiting the facility. The operators were still sorting out the final touches (notice boards, etc.) but both 50m pools were in pristine condition. Lighting, as you’...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 3:51 pm
Ben Horne – Operations Manager for Godalming Leisure Centre discusses his thoughts on how he became a RLSS UK First Aid Trainer Assessor and an Approved Training Provider (ATP). How did you find the First Aid Trainer Assessor application process? The application was simple and easy, from finding the forms online, answering the questions to registering. Why did you decide to become an Approved Training Provider (ATP)? I simply decided to become an ATP as I enjoy delivering first aid training. I offered training through my place of work and at the time we would only accept customers who came to our centre to complete courses. I found some customers wanted to have trainers come to them, and at the time becoming an ATP myself was the only way to do that. How many courses have you delivered? We have delivered around six courses over the last 12 months. What do you think of the master programme/lesson plans/PowerPoint presentations? The teaching aids provided are very good in m...
Ben Horne – Operations Manager for Godalming Leisure Centre discusses his thoughts on how he became a RLSS UK First Aid Trainer Assessor and an Approved Training Provider (ATP). How did you find the First Aid Trainer Assessor application process? The application was simple and easy, from finding the forms online, answering the questions to registering. Why did you decide to become an Approved Training Provider (ATP)? I simply decided to become an ATP as I enjoy delivering first aid training. I offered training through my place of work and at the time we would only accept customers who came to our centre to complete courses. I found some customers wanted to have trainers come to them, and at the time becoming an ATP myself was the only way to do that. How many courses have you delivered? We have delivered around six courses over the last 12 months. What do you think of the master programme/lesson plans/PowerPoint presentations? The teaching aids provided are very good in m...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 3:45 pm
Last month guest blogger Tina Smith, RLSS UK Save a Baby’s Life Co-ordinator for Kent Branch, shared with us the work that goes into preparing for a baby show. With the show having taken place from 25th-27th April, Tina has shared with us how it went. Our fourth show at Bluewater in Kent, and branch volunteers Debbie Hunt, Lorraine Mackie, Chris Deering, Fred Rowland, Paul Paulding, Lesley Smith, Fran Payne, Jan Bristow, Vice President Phil Crowder – with a guest appearance from Regional Chairman John Stainer and his wife –all got involved. They took time to talk, present and promote the society’s aims, outreach programmes and water safety. The three days were not without a few laughs (at ourselves) and even a spot of first aid put in by Paul Paulding! Thursday night was set up, and having horseshoed everything into the car before work, and out of the car again on arrival at Glow around 6.30pm, the process of planning which vinyls would go where, whi...
Last month guest blogger Tina Smith, RLSS UK Save a Baby’s Life Co-ordinator for Kent Branch, shared with us the work that goes into preparing for a baby show. With the show having taken place from 25th-27th April, Tina has shared with us how it went. Our fourth show at Bluewater in Kent, and branch volunteers Debbie Hunt, Lorraine Mackie, Chris Deering, Fred Rowland, Paul Paulding, Lesley Smith, Fran Payne, Jan Bristow, Vice President Phil Crowder – with a guest appearance from Regional Chairman John Stainer and his wife –all got involved. They took time to talk, present and promote the society’s aims, outreach programmes and water safety. The three days were not without a few laughs (at ourselves) and even a spot of first aid put in by Paul Paulding! Thursday night was set up, and having horseshoed everything into the car before work, and out of the car again on arrival at Glow around 6.30pm, the process of planning which vinyls would go where, whi...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 3:33 pm
IQL UK is very excited to announce the launch of our brand new, free standardisation opportunity: IQL Face To Face Forums. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone involved in the delivery of IQL UK Qualifications via Approved Training Centres/Providers (ATC/P’s) to: Network with local TAs in your area Meet members of the IQL UK team Discuss current qualifications and hear about new developments Look at new products from RLSS Direct Ask questions Have your say on future plans for 2019 and beyond Achieve CPD hours These forums have been planned in 26 locations across the UK and Ireland and will continue to be a fixture in IQL’s calendar of support in 2019 and beyond. Spaces are limited, so to avoid disappointment book on today! To book please click here and log into your RLSS Direct account. You will see the opportunity in blue on the right-hand side, click to step through and book the Face To Face Forum you would like to attend. Please n...
IQL UK is very excited to announce the launch of our brand new, free standardisation opportunity: IQL Face To Face Forums. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone involved in the delivery of IQL UK Qualifications via Approved Training Centres/Providers (ATC/P’s) to: Network with local TAs in your area Meet members of the IQL UK team Discuss current qualifications and hear about new developments Look at new products from RLSS Direct Ask questions Have your say on future plans for 2019 and beyond Achieve CPD hours These forums have been planned in 26 locations across the UK and Ireland and will continue to be a fixture in IQL’s calendar of support in 2019 and beyond. Spaces are limited, so to avoid disappointment book on today! To book please click here and log into your RLSS Direct account. You will see the opportunity in blue on the right-hand side, click to step through and book the Face To Face Forum you would like to attend. Please n...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:27 pm
Guest blogger Dan Cox shares with us the Birtley Amateur Swimming Club 40th year celebration and the club’s history. On the 3rd September, Birtley Amateur Swimming Club celebrated its 40th year as a club. The celebrations night commenced with a formal welcome, the singing of Happy Birthday to the club, the cutting of a birthday cake and photographs. The night continued with various demonstrations of swimming and lifesaving skills, both in the pool and on the poolside. The invited guests, along with the Mayor of Gateshead and seven of the original founders of the club, enjoyed hospitality and refreshments in the club meeting room. They were able to view visual displays, read the Minutes Book and all of the back copies of the Club Newsletter (The Splash) dating from November 1995. There are three issues of The Splash produced each year. Club members were each presented with a gift from the club in the form of a shoulder bag with the Club 40th...
Guest blogger Dan Cox shares with us the Birtley Amateur Swimming Club 40th year celebration and the club’s history. On the 3rd September, Birtley Amateur Swimming Club celebrated its 40th year as a club. The celebrations night commenced with a formal welcome, the singing of Happy Birthday to the club, the cutting of a birthday cake and photographs. The night continued with various demonstrations of swimming and lifesaving skills, both in the pool and on the poolside. The invited guests, along with the Mayor of Gateshead and seven of the original founders of the club, enjoyed hospitality and refreshments in the club meeting room. They were able to view visual displays, read the Minutes Book and all of the back copies of the Club Newsletter (The Splash) dating from November 1995. There are three issues of The Splash produced each year. Club members were each presented with a gift from the club in the form of a shoulder bag with the Club 40th...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
Cliff Nelson, Beach and Open Water Programme Manager at RLSS UK, tells of the latest NWSMP course he ran this week. I had the pleasure of running a National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) Instructor Course Whitmore Bay, Barry, Wales, this week (November 17-19). Six professionals who work on or near water, three from the prestigious Atlantic College, joined me at the recently refurbished lifeguard building, which used as a base, for three days of water safety training. At 9am, day one, in blistering sunshine but with a chilly temperature of 3C, all candidates donned drysuits and trekked along the Ogmore River, looking at different river hazards including stoppers, eddies and strainers. A land-based exercise was conducted to practise the use of throwlines, before all the candidates entered the water (5C temp) to practise simulated rescue in a real environment. All candidates commented positively on the benefit of practising in cold water which was great to hear (I have inc...
Cliff Nelson, Beach and Open Water Programme Manager at RLSS UK, tells of the latest NWSMP course he ran this week. I had the pleasure of running a National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) Instructor Course Whitmore Bay, Barry, Wales, this week (November 17-19). Six professionals who work on or near water, three from the prestigious Atlantic College, joined me at the recently refurbished lifeguard building, which used as a base, for three days of water safety training. At 9am, day one, in blistering sunshine but with a chilly temperature of 3C, all candidates donned drysuits and trekked along the Ogmore River, looking at different river hazards including stoppers, eddies and strainers. A land-based exercise was conducted to practise the use of throwlines, before all the candidates entered the water (5C temp) to practise simulated rescue in a real environment. All candidates commented positively on the benefit of practising in cold water which was great to hear (I have inc...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
Final Camp of the year So, 2014 has been a successful year. The Performance Camps throughout the year have each consisted of more than 30 young athletes who have all consistently performed well. During our last camp in October, we had 38 athletes who attended the two days in Rotherham. The pool sessions were spent working on the forthcoming two international competitions, the BeNe Cup and the German Cup. I would like to thank the staff at Rotherham for letting us use their facility and for making all of us feel welcome. The BeNe Cup BeNe Cup was the first international competition for many of the team. The team consisted of: Male – Josh Walker, James Warren, Daniel Weightman, Joseph Orbell, Mitch McCallum, Frazer Crump, George Spendlove, Martin Schofield, Finn Purdy, Callum Gilroy, Matthew Douglas, Jacob Reeves Female – Jessica Parker, Jessica Lockwood, Kim Eastwood, Sinead Gourley, Beth Little, Rebecca Douglas, Emelye Saunders, Olivia Broughton The two-day com...
Final Camp of the year So, 2014 has been a successful year. The Performance Camps throughout the year have each consisted of more than 30 young athletes who have all consistently performed well. During our last camp in October, we had 38 athletes who attended the two days in Rotherham. The pool sessions were spent working on the forthcoming two international competitions, the BeNe Cup and the German Cup. I would like to thank the staff at Rotherham for letting us use their facility and for making all of us feel welcome. The BeNe Cup BeNe Cup was the first international competition for many of the team. The team consisted of: Male – Josh Walker, James Warren, Daniel Weightman, Joseph Orbell, Mitch McCallum, Frazer Crump, George Spendlove, Martin Schofield, Finn Purdy, Callum Gilroy, Matthew Douglas, Jacob Reeves Female – Jessica Parker, Jessica Lockwood, Kim Eastwood, Sinead Gourley, Beth Little, Rebecca Douglas, Emelye Saunders, Olivia Broughton The two-day com...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
When tasked with spending the day at Barry Island beach to produce a range of new photos it sounded like a fun trip to the beach and possibly a chance to get a nice sun tan. In reality, this was much more intense and exhausting than anyone would have realised. Setting out early on a Monday to travel from River House to Barry in Wales the team of Steph Clarke, Emma Finch and Elouise Greenwood were praying for good weather and lots of people at the beach. Upon arriving we soon found out that although the sun was trying to shine it was windy, very windy indeed. Armed with equipment, people to be photographed, a long list of photos to get and professional photographer Edward Moss in tow we set about taking the photos needed. First off we started with Drowning Prevention Week photos to show fun at the beach with a good old bucket and spade and of course a must for all beach trips – making sandcastles! We had a sweet little girl to work with who got into the swing of the shoot, havi...
When tasked with spending the day at Barry Island beach to produce a range of new photos it sounded like a fun trip to the beach and possibly a chance to get a nice sun tan. In reality, this was much more intense and exhausting than anyone would have realised. Setting out early on a Monday to travel from River House to Barry in Wales the team of Steph Clarke, Emma Finch and Elouise Greenwood were praying for good weather and lots of people at the beach. Upon arriving we soon found out that although the sun was trying to shine it was windy, very windy indeed. Armed with equipment, people to be photographed, a long list of photos to get and professional photographer Edward Moss in tow we set about taking the photos needed. First off we started with Drowning Prevention Week photos to show fun at the beach with a good old bucket and spade and of course a must for all beach trips – making sandcastles! We had a sweet little girl to work with who got into the swing of the shoot, havi...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
Check out today’s Fundraising Friday blog from Nicky, our Charity Income Manager! An extraordinary £107billion was spent online by UK consumers in 2014 – although with improved service, lack of crowds and access all hours at our finger tips, it shouldn’t be such a surprise. There’s no doubt that online shopping is a way of life these days, and what’s even better is that you can raise money for RLSS UK whilst you shop – AT NO EXTRA COST! With thousands of retailers working in conjunction with Give as You Live, your favourite websites are likely to be part of the scheme, so you won’t have to compromise on where you shop for the things you want. Even better, Give as You Live regularly run competitions where you win fantastic prize bundles along with additional donations to RLSS UK, plus you will have access to some fantastic discounts and special offers. Get your friends to sign up, and Give as You Live will donate an additional £...
Check out today’s Fundraising Friday blog from Nicky, our Charity Income Manager! An extraordinary £107billion was spent online by UK consumers in 2014 – although with improved service, lack of crowds and access all hours at our finger tips, it shouldn’t be such a surprise. There’s no doubt that online shopping is a way of life these days, and what’s even better is that you can raise money for RLSS UK whilst you shop – AT NO EXTRA COST! With thousands of retailers working in conjunction with Give as You Live, your favourite websites are likely to be part of the scheme, so you won’t have to compromise on where you shop for the things you want. Even better, Give as You Live regularly run competitions where you win fantastic prize bundles along with additional donations to RLSS UK, plus you will have access to some fantastic discounts and special offers. Get your friends to sign up, and Give as You Live will donate an additional £...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
John Legge, a competitor from last year’s Open Water Festival, talks about his experience of the Ragley Crawl. “I entered the inaugural RLSS UK mile swim in September 2015 at Ragley Hall. It was the first actual mile swim I had undertaken although  I had done that distance in the pool and almost that distance in an Olympic triathlon. With RLSS UK being one of my customers in my business I knew several of the staff on duty. When I arrived on a cold but beautifully clear Sunday morning. Mist covered the lake.  It looked stunning from the lakeside. It was great to have 3 celebrities there also to either take part or answer questions afterwards.  I finished the swim successfully although not particularly quick but  I was still glad to have taken part. The organisation was excellent right through from booking to arrival and then during and after the swim. It was an overall great occasion and so much so I’ve booked on to it again in May this year!&rdq...
John Legge, a competitor from last year’s Open Water Festival, talks about his experience of the Ragley Crawl. “I entered the inaugural RLSS UK mile swim in September 2015 at Ragley Hall. It was the first actual mile swim I had undertaken although  I had done that distance in the pool and almost that distance in an Olympic triathlon. With RLSS UK being one of my customers in my business I knew several of the staff on duty. When I arrived on a cold but beautifully clear Sunday morning. Mist covered the lake.  It looked stunning from the lakeside. It was great to have 3 celebrities there also to either take part or answer questions afterwards.  I finished the swim successfully although not particularly quick but  I was still glad to have taken part. The organisation was excellent right through from booking to arrival and then during and after the swim. It was an overall great occasion and so much so I’ve booked on to it again in May this year!&rdq...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
Abergele Lifesaving in North Wales is run by Robert Jackson and Joanne Martin who are highly experienced Royal Life Saving Society UK Trainer Assessors in beach, pool, watercraft and open water. Here Joanne tells us more of her classes latest lifesaving achievements – Our class is run weekly at Abergele Leisure Centre and aims to teach personal survival, water safety, first aid, CPR and personal development skills to teenagers. This current group of young people aged 13-17 have attended our classes for a substantial period of time. They have all worked extremely hard, gaining skills and knowledge to enable them to pass the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Survive and Save awards. There are 20 Bronze Medallion Awards and a further three of the more experienced lifesavers also achieving their Silver Medallion. Bronze Medallion: Louis Coombes            Nia James Hannah Fletcher          Casie Jones Ieuan Griffiths &nb...
Abergele Lifesaving in North Wales is run by Robert Jackson and Joanne Martin who are highly experienced Royal Life Saving Society UK Trainer Assessors in beach, pool, watercraft and open water. Here Joanne tells us more of her classes latest lifesaving achievements – Our class is run weekly at Abergele Leisure Centre and aims to teach personal survival, water safety, first aid, CPR and personal development skills to teenagers. This current group of young people aged 13-17 have attended our classes for a substantial period of time. They have all worked extremely hard, gaining skills and knowledge to enable them to pass the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Survive and Save awards. There are 20 Bronze Medallion Awards and a further three of the more experienced lifesavers also achieving their Silver Medallion. Bronze Medallion: Louis Coombes            Nia James Hannah Fletcher          Casie Jones Ieuan Griffiths &nb...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
Guest Blogger Edward McCutcheon from BULSCA tells us about the Lifesaving Sport Taster Session. After my last blog post about Barking & Dagenham Aquatics Club (BDAC) Redfins’ visit to the London Aquatics Centre prior to it’s opening, we achieved the goal of getting Lifesaving back at the venue! We held our first Lifesaving Sport taster session at the 50m competition pool last week, which was a free two hour event with guest trainers from the University of Bristol Lifesaving Club and a special appearance from Zara Williams, the GB Lifesaving Athlete. In the usual university lifesaving taster session format, we had four stations covering line throw, carrying a manikin, competition fins and rescue tubes and diving practice. After an hour of rotating around, Zara demonstrated a manikin carry, Bristol a manikin carry relay, and we held both a manikin carry and a freestyle race amongst the attendees. There was a great mix of people in attendance, including young lifesavers ...
Guest Blogger Edward McCutcheon from BULSCA tells us about the Lifesaving Sport Taster Session. After my last blog post about Barking & Dagenham Aquatics Club (BDAC) Redfins’ visit to the London Aquatics Centre prior to it’s opening, we achieved the goal of getting Lifesaving back at the venue! We held our first Lifesaving Sport taster session at the 50m competition pool last week, which was a free two hour event with guest trainers from the University of Bristol Lifesaving Club and a special appearance from Zara Williams, the GB Lifesaving Athlete. In the usual university lifesaving taster session format, we had four stations covering line throw, carrying a manikin, competition fins and rescue tubes and diving practice. After an hour of rotating around, Zara demonstrated a manikin carry, Bristol a manikin carry relay, and we held both a manikin carry and a freestyle race amongst the attendees. There was a great mix of people in attendance, including young lifesavers ...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
Day 1 – Arriving to Camp (Blue Team) Good evening from the Blue Team! Day 1 of Camp Survive and Save – The arrival day, we arrived along with other participants from the UK, Czech Republic and Germany at Margam Discovery Centre for camp 2015. Once we arrived the fun began by playing a variety of games to help get to know one another. Games included the parachute, trying to get the ball off the opponent’s side, followed by Cones where one team turned cones upside down and the other team turned them upright, the winning team was the team with the most cones their way round. However, the down pour of rain stopped us, but as lifesavers we later came back to play more games. Then campers where introduced to the banana song, a very entertaining action song which they found hilariously fun! This was followed by speed dating, where participants were given 30 second to get to know everyone. This was followed by crazyyyyy races where the teams were only allowed a certain amou...
Day 1 – Arriving to Camp (Blue Team) Good evening from the Blue Team! Day 1 of Camp Survive and Save – The arrival day, we arrived along with other participants from the UK, Czech Republic and Germany at Margam Discovery Centre for camp 2015. Once we arrived the fun began by playing a variety of games to help get to know one another. Games included the parachute, trying to get the ball off the opponent’s side, followed by Cones where one team turned cones upside down and the other team turned them upright, the winning team was the team with the most cones their way round. However, the down pour of rain stopped us, but as lifesavers we later came back to play more games. Then campers where introduced to the banana song, a very entertaining action song which they found hilariously fun! This was followed by speed dating, where participants were given 30 second to get to know everyone. This was followed by crazyyyyy races where the teams were only allowed a certain amou...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 2:19 pm
Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator Helen Bowker. RLSS UK has welcomed new recruit Helen Bowker who is the new Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator for the south of the UK. She joined the team – Aaron Dhanda (East), Andrea Roberts (West) and Kenny MacDermid (North) –  last month (November) and has already made a great start getting out and about meeting volunteers in her area. The Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator’s are invaluable in helping the charity to grow and achieve a year-on-year reducation in British and Irish drownings by reaching out into communities and working more closely with RLSS UK’s existing volunteer base. Helen tells us a little bit about herself – Whilst studying for a Bsc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, I trained to be a lifeguard and swimming teacher. This experience built my understanding for the importance of water safety education for people of all ages. I progressed within the leisure centre...
Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator Helen Bowker. RLSS UK has welcomed new recruit Helen Bowker who is the new Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator for the south of the UK. She joined the team – Aaron Dhanda (East), Andrea Roberts (West) and Kenny MacDermid (North) –  last month (November) and has already made a great start getting out and about meeting volunteers in her area. The Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator’s are invaluable in helping the charity to grow and achieve a year-on-year reducation in British and Irish drownings by reaching out into communities and working more closely with RLSS UK’s existing volunteer base. Helen tells us a little bit about herself – Whilst studying for a Bsc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, I trained to be a lifeguard and swimming teacher. This experience built my understanding for the importance of water safety education for people of all ages. I progressed within the leisure centre...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 1:10 pm
The first Briton to complete a gruelling challenge to swim the toughest seven oceans in the world has become the UK’s first Open Water Lifeguard, following the launch of the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) new qualification last month (5 April). RLSS UK Ambassador, Ocean Walker, Adam Walker, has become the first RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard following his pledge last year to help others stay safe while enjoying open water and to encourage the activity in supervised environments. Adam Walker said: “As the ‘Ocean Walker’ I know all about the potential dangers involved after swimming across seven of the world’s oceans, by completing the ‘Ocean 7’ challenge. “Throughout all my swims, safety was always of paramount importance and I would not have achieved what I have without the right knowledge and safety measurements in place. The new RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard qualification gives lifeguards the skills to keep the ever incr...
The first Briton to complete a gruelling challenge to swim the toughest seven oceans in the world has become the UK’s first Open Water Lifeguard, following the launch of the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) new qualification last month (5 April). RLSS UK Ambassador, Ocean Walker, Adam Walker, has become the first RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard following his pledge last year to help others stay safe while enjoying open water and to encourage the activity in supervised environments. Adam Walker said: “As the ‘Ocean Walker’ I know all about the potential dangers involved after swimming across seven of the world’s oceans, by completing the ‘Ocean 7’ challenge. “Throughout all my swims, safety was always of paramount importance and I would not have achieved what I have without the right knowledge and safety measurements in place. The new RLSS UK Open Water Lifeguard qualification gives lifeguards the skills to keep the ever incr...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 1:04 pm
Vicki Hartley-Kite, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for RLSS UK, talks about how she’s feeling 72 hours before her first ever open water swim. Well, it is less than 72 hours until I do my very first open water swim! I am nervous and excited in equal measure but with all my lovely RLSS UK colleagues and the best trained lifeguards in the world I think it is the safest place to embark upon my open water adventure. I am doing the one mile and have been assured by open swim master Adrian Lole that there are no eels and just a few carp…so that’s fine…eek. As a ‘novice’ open water swimmer the advice is stay towards the back of the ‘wave’ (see I am au fait with all the lingo) however, the competitive bit of my personality wants to stay on the heels of the amazing Olympians taking part James Hickman and Greg Whyte. But I will try and be sensible and not get too giddy at the start. I also have the support of my big sister Sa...
Vicki Hartley-Kite, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for RLSS UK, talks about how she’s feeling 72 hours before her first ever open water swim. Well, it is less than 72 hours until I do my very first open water swim! I am nervous and excited in equal measure but with all my lovely RLSS UK colleagues and the best trained lifeguards in the world I think it is the safest place to embark upon my open water adventure. I am doing the one mile and have been assured by open swim master Adrian Lole that there are no eels and just a few carp…so that’s fine…eek. As a ‘novice’ open water swimmer the advice is stay towards the back of the ‘wave’ (see I am au fait with all the lingo) however, the competitive bit of my personality wants to stay on the heels of the amazing Olympians taking part James Hickman and Greg Whyte. But I will try and be sensible and not get too giddy at the start. I also have the support of my big sister Sa...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 1:03 pm
As a member of RLSS UK, for the first time ever you have a vote which will directly impact the future of the Society. Our very first ‘one member, one vote’ election will open on 1st June 2016. This is an extremely positive move that also allows members to vote from the age of 16 years old. This year is particularly important as you will vote to fill the vacancy of Deputy President – a pivotal role for the future of the Society and a position which includes three years deputising to the current President then leading directly into the role as President of RLSS UK for a further three-year term. We have had four applications for the post and you will be contacted at the end of this month to be invited to vote online for your choice of Deputy President and also to vote on a few necessary processes that are essential for the operation of the charity. Voting will only take a moment and we value each and every vote. Voting is being administered on our behalf by the E...
As a member of RLSS UK, for the first time ever you have a vote which will directly impact the future of the Society. Our very first ‘one member, one vote’ election will open on 1st June 2016. This is an extremely positive move that also allows members to vote from the age of 16 years old. This year is particularly important as you will vote to fill the vacancy of Deputy President – a pivotal role for the future of the Society and a position which includes three years deputising to the current President then leading directly into the role as President of RLSS UK for a further three-year term. We have had four applications for the post and you will be contacted at the end of this month to be invited to vote online for your choice of Deputy President and also to vote on a few necessary processes that are essential for the operation of the charity. Voting will only take a moment and we value each and every vote. Voting is being administered on our behalf by the E...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 12:55 pm
A national swimming body has thrown its support behind St Sidwell’s Point, Exeter’s landmark leisure complex. Constructed on the site of the current bus station, the leisure complex will boast a 20-metre teaching pool, a confidence pool and an eight-lane 25-metre pool with room for up to 250 spectators. It will be located at the heart of the new St Sidwell’s Quarter. The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) – the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water and synchronised swimming – has backed the St Sidwell’s Point development. The ASA Chief Executive, Adam Paker said: “This is a really exciting project, not just for the people of Exeter and visitors to the city, who will be able to enjoy these fantastic new facilities, but also in terms of the innovative approach to reducing energy demand.” The St Sidwell’s Point complex will be the first in the UK built to rigourous Passivhaus standards, meanin...
A national swimming body has thrown its support behind St Sidwell’s Point, Exeter’s landmark leisure complex. Constructed on the site of the current bus station, the leisure complex will boast a 20-metre teaching pool, a confidence pool and an eight-lane 25-metre pool with room for up to 250 spectators. It will be located at the heart of the new St Sidwell’s Quarter. The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) – the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water and synchronised swimming – has backed the St Sidwell’s Point development. The ASA Chief Executive, Adam Paker said: “This is a really exciting project, not just for the people of Exeter and visitors to the city, who will be able to enjoy these fantastic new facilities, but also in terms of the innovative approach to reducing energy demand.” The St Sidwell’s Point complex will be the first in the UK built to rigourous Passivhaus standards, meanin...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 12:53 pm
Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), returns from 18 – 26 June 2016 to help pool operators throughout the UK attract new customers while spreading the water safety message. Now in its fourth year, the event is a proven tool for operators looking to engage with the wider community and meet their corporate social responsibility objectives, supported by free resources supplied by RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity. The week-long campaign also helps to drive new audiences to facilities and increase revenue. This year, RLSS UK is providing a Dress Your Pool pack, comprising of a range of resources that operators can use to host fundraising activities and promote drowning prevention education throughout their centres. In addition to free resources such as water safety lesson plans, activity day plans, access to primary school resources, posters, leaflets and bunting, this year’s campaign will also feature spon...
Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), returns from 18 – 26 June 2016 to help pool operators throughout the UK attract new customers while spreading the water safety message. Now in its fourth year, the event is a proven tool for operators looking to engage with the wider community and meet their corporate social responsibility objectives, supported by free resources supplied by RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity. The week-long campaign also helps to drive new audiences to facilities and increase revenue. This year, RLSS UK is providing a Dress Your Pool pack, comprising of a range of resources that operators can use to host fundraising activities and promote drowning prevention education throughout their centres. In addition to free resources such as water safety lesson plans, activity day plans, access to primary school resources, posters, leaflets and bunting, this year’s campaign will also feature spon...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 12:49 pm
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the death of our founder, William Henry, who died on March 20th, 1928. A British freestyle swimmer and lifesaver, William Henry is the person to thank for the birth of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and is a man who has inadvertently saved the lives of hundreds of people since the charity was formed in 1891. The champion swimmer, who was also one of the organisers of the aquatic events in London’s 1908 Olympic Games, formed, what was originally The Swimmers’ Life Saving Society, in an attempt to reduce the number of lives lost each year in drowning accidents in the UK. The year after it was formed it changed its name to the Life Saving Society and in 1904, as there was great support for the organisation from the Royal Family, the society was granted permission to use the Royal title and became the Royal Life Saving Society. Today, RLSS has over 50 member countries around the world. After he formed the RLSS, William Henry spent the...
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the death of our founder, William Henry, who died on March 20th, 1928. A British freestyle swimmer and lifesaver, William Henry is the person to thank for the birth of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and is a man who has inadvertently saved the lives of hundreds of people since the charity was formed in 1891. The champion swimmer, who was also one of the organisers of the aquatic events in London’s 1908 Olympic Games, formed, what was originally The Swimmers’ Life Saving Society, in an attempt to reduce the number of lives lost each year in drowning accidents in the UK. The year after it was formed it changed its name to the Life Saving Society and in 1904, as there was great support for the organisation from the Royal Family, the society was granted permission to use the Royal title and became the Royal Life Saving Society. Today, RLSS has over 50 member countries around the world. After he formed the RLSS, William Henry spent the...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 10:35 am
Guest blogger Phil Crowder, Sheerness Swimming Clubs Public Relations Officer, shares with us his stories from the club… The Sheerness Swimming Club & Lifeguard Corps has been honoured by the Kent Branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society UK for its outstanding contribution to lifeguarding within Kent. The club patrols the beach at Sheerness every Sunday during the summer months, safeguarding the public and also training the next generation of lifeguards.  The club has been providing this service since its formation back in 1959. The award, called the “Brice Lifeguard Trophy”, was first awarded in 1987. It is awarded to a lifeguard unit within Kent who, in the opinion of the Kent Awards & Honours committee, have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Royal Lifesaving Society UK and Merit Recognition for their progress and achievements in the Society’s activities. The presentation was done by the Deputy Mayor of Medw...
Guest blogger Phil Crowder, Sheerness Swimming Clubs Public Relations Officer, shares with us his stories from the club… The Sheerness Swimming Club & Lifeguard Corps has been honoured by the Kent Branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society UK for its outstanding contribution to lifeguarding within Kent. The club patrols the beach at Sheerness every Sunday during the summer months, safeguarding the public and also training the next generation of lifeguards.  The club has been providing this service since its formation back in 1959. The award, called the “Brice Lifeguard Trophy”, was first awarded in 1987. It is awarded to a lifeguard unit within Kent who, in the opinion of the Kent Awards & Honours committee, have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Royal Lifesaving Society UK and Merit Recognition for their progress and achievements in the Society’s activities. The presentation was done by the Deputy Mayor of Medw...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 10:33 am
On Saturday the, RLSS UK Kent Branch attended the Dover Community Safety & Regatta Day on Dover sea front to promote water safety messages. Guest blogger Lorraine Mackie from the branch has shared the day with us. The day was a mixture of fun and games, taster events and safety awareness groups, all initially praying that the rain would stop and the sun would shine so we could spread the word about water safety to as many people as possible. Eventually the sun did come out and we were soon inundated with people of all ages wanting to have a go at resuscitation, including many foreign nationals who were passing through Dover on a Cruise Ship and became fascinated with our skills and knowledge. Branch Trainer Assessors (TAs) gave up their day to promote our teachings for life preservation in and around the water. At times all six TAs were assisting with the teaching of resuscitation, with queues waiting to have a go behind them! Well over a thousand people were contacted via the s...
On Saturday the, RLSS UK Kent Branch attended the Dover Community Safety & Regatta Day on Dover sea front to promote water safety messages. Guest blogger Lorraine Mackie from the branch has shared the day with us. The day was a mixture of fun and games, taster events and safety awareness groups, all initially praying that the rain would stop and the sun would shine so we could spread the word about water safety to as many people as possible. Eventually the sun did come out and we were soon inundated with people of all ages wanting to have a go at resuscitation, including many foreign nationals who were passing through Dover on a Cruise Ship and became fascinated with our skills and knowledge. Branch Trainer Assessors (TAs) gave up their day to promote our teachings for life preservation in and around the water. At times all six TAs were assisting with the teaching of resuscitation, with queues waiting to have a go behind them! Well over a thousand people were contacted via the s...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 10:31 am
June 2013 will see the CIMSPA and IQL Lifeguard Triathlon. The 3 key elements of the competition (swim, theory and CPR) are based around key areas of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and combine to give a total score out of 100. The competition assessments take place at your facility and by your own Trainer Assessors at any time during the month of the competition. Hundreds of lifeguards from across the UK take part each year. Trophies are awarded to the overall Male, Female and Facility winners. Plus, there’s the “LT100” – a year-round website listing of the top 50 male and top 50 female lifeguards in the contest – a real target for your lifeguards to both get onto and then improve their position in subsequent years. We highly recommend that you reward your own facility/ organisation winners and take the opportunity to generate positive press coverage of the lengths that you go to in providing high standards of safety and supervision w...
June 2013 will see the CIMSPA and IQL Lifeguard Triathlon. The 3 key elements of the competition (swim, theory and CPR) are based around key areas of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and combine to give a total score out of 100. The competition assessments take place at your facility and by your own Trainer Assessors at any time during the month of the competition. Hundreds of lifeguards from across the UK take part each year. Trophies are awarded to the overall Male, Female and Facility winners. Plus, there’s the “LT100” – a year-round website listing of the top 50 male and top 50 female lifeguards in the contest – a real target for your lifeguards to both get onto and then improve their position in subsequent years. We highly recommend that you reward your own facility/ organisation winners and take the opportunity to generate positive press coverage of the lengths that you go to in providing high standards of safety and supervision w...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 10:16 am
We say farewell to John Barwick as he stands down as Deputy Commonwealth President and RLSS UK wishes to acknowledge his hard work and commitment to Commonwealth Lifesaving. The process now starts for the recruitment of a new candidate to take up this demanding and challenging role. The Royal Life Saving Society (“RLSS”) would like to invite nominations for the post of RLSS Deputy Commonwealth President (“DCP”). Attached are the Terms of Reference for the DCP from the RLSS Structure Review Document (dated March 2013) assuming the amendments being proposed to the RLSS Charter and Bye-laws are approved. As the process for amendments to the RLSS Charter & Bye-laws is in the early stages, the successful nominee will be appointed on the basis of the existing Charter (i.e. he is appointed for an indefinite term by the RLSS President). Nominations should be supported by the nominee’s Member Branch and the nomination form shou...
We say farewell to John Barwick as he stands down as Deputy Commonwealth President and RLSS UK wishes to acknowledge his hard work and commitment to Commonwealth Lifesaving. The process now starts for the recruitment of a new candidate to take up this demanding and challenging role. The Royal Life Saving Society (“RLSS”) would like to invite nominations for the post of RLSS Deputy Commonwealth President (“DCP”). Attached are the Terms of Reference for the DCP from the RLSS Structure Review Document (dated March 2013) assuming the amendments being proposed to the RLSS Charter and Bye-laws are approved. As the process for amendments to the RLSS Charter & Bye-laws is in the early stages, the successful nominee will be appointed on the basis of the existing Charter (i.e. he is appointed for an indefinite term by the RLSS President). Nominations should be supported by the nominee’s Member Branch and the nomination form shou...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 9:59 am
Thanks to guest blogger Emily for sharing her lifesaving experiences with us and her excitement of competing in RLSS UK National Speed Championships which are taking place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield in March. Hi, my name is Emily, I’m 13 years old and I am in the Beeslack Lifesaving Club based in Penicuik, Scotland. Over the past 5 years, I have increasingly grown to love lifesaving and it has become my main hobby! I first joined the Beeslack club when I was in Primary 5 with my friend, Jenni. I enjoyed it but my friend and I usually kept ourselves to ourselves and didn’t really interact with the other team members. When Jenni moved to England I was forced to speak to others in the club and before I knew it, my whole club experience had changed! Suddenly, overnight, the club changed. New coaches arrived and the training completely transformed. The coaches then started urging the club to compete. To be honest, I wasn’t very keen at first, but when I started, I di...
Thanks to guest blogger Emily for sharing her lifesaving experiences with us and her excitement of competing in RLSS UK National Speed Championships which are taking place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield in March. Hi, my name is Emily, I’m 13 years old and I am in the Beeslack Lifesaving Club based in Penicuik, Scotland. Over the past 5 years, I have increasingly grown to love lifesaving and it has become my main hobby! I first joined the Beeslack club when I was in Primary 5 with my friend, Jenni. I enjoyed it but my friend and I usually kept ourselves to ourselves and didn’t really interact with the other team members. When Jenni moved to England I was forced to speak to others in the club and before I knew it, my whole club experience had changed! Suddenly, overnight, the club changed. New coaches arrived and the training completely transformed. The coaches then started urging the club to compete. To be honest, I wasn’t very keen at first, but when I started, I di...
Posted: September 19, 2018, 9:48 am
Pupils at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Stratford upon Avon, are all set to welcome local MP, Nadhim Zahawi, to join their water safety session, alongside Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) representatives Emily Morris and Isabel Pitts. RLSS UK’s Adopt A School (AAS) scheme, started life as part of the charity’s Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) and looks to empower members, volunteers, parents and teachers, to access and promote effective water safety education in their local schools and help save lives. Armed with free resources and safe in the knowledge that all aspects meet KS2 national curriculum standards (or equivalent), AAS has already proved a valuable addition to the DPW toolkit, as an achievable way to educate children and help to prevent tragic losses of life to drowning. Emily Morris, RLSS UK Corporate Assistant said: “Around 400 people lose their life to drowning with thousands more suffering life-changing injuries through near-drowning expe...
Pupils at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Stratford upon Avon, are all set to welcome local MP, Nadhim Zahawi, to join their water safety session, alongside Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) representatives Emily Morris and Isabel Pitts. RLSS UK’s Adopt A School (AAS) scheme, started life as part of the charity’s Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) and looks to empower members, volunteers, parents and teachers, to access and promote effective water safety education in their local schools and help save lives. Armed with free resources and safe in the knowledge that all aspects meet KS2 national curriculum standards (or equivalent), AAS has already proved a valuable addition to the DPW toolkit, as an achievable way to educate children and help to prevent tragic losses of life to drowning. Emily Morris, RLSS UK Corporate Assistant said: “Around 400 people lose their life to drowning with thousands more suffering life-changing injuries through near-drowning expe...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 3:08 pm
The end of a year is always a time for reflection and 2017 has been an amazing year for RLSS UK. A year when our drowning prevention messages have reached even more people, particularly through our recent Don’t Drink and Drown campaign which actually trended on Twitter! I am lucky to have an amazing professional team who know everything there is to know about water safety and drowning prevention. More importantly, they have the ability and skills to package that knowledge to make it relevant and accessible to those most at risk. 2017 has also seen us enter new markets, using our knowledge to respond to bespoke requests for advice and training. IQL UK, our professional trading arm, continues to grow, with our National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) retaining its status as the lead industry standard for the UK and Ireland.  We pride ourselves on these achievements and have ambitious plans for 2018 and beyond –  to maintain our position in the marketplace and ...
The end of a year is always a time for reflection and 2017 has been an amazing year for RLSS UK. A year when our drowning prevention messages have reached even more people, particularly through our recent Don’t Drink and Drown campaign which actually trended on Twitter! I am lucky to have an amazing professional team who know everything there is to know about water safety and drowning prevention. More importantly, they have the ability and skills to package that knowledge to make it relevant and accessible to those most at risk. 2017 has also seen us enter new markets, using our knowledge to respond to bespoke requests for advice and training. IQL UK, our professional trading arm, continues to grow, with our National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) retaining its status as the lead industry standard for the UK and Ireland.  We pride ourselves on these achievements and have ambitious plans for 2018 and beyond –  to maintain our position in the marketplace and ...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 2:57 pm
Local swimming teacher and IQL Trainer Assessor, Janet Wade found herself practising what she preaches this summer, after saving a boy’s life whilst on holiday with her family. Janet has been with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) since 2009 and with her IQL UK qualifications, can usually found training teachers in first aid and coaching students through their swim strokes at Birkenhead High School Academy. Beyond the school gates, Janet’s passion for water safety and drowning prevention extends into the school holidays, running local lifeguarding and first aid courses through her own local business, Absolute Training. In a break from lifeguarding courses this August, Janet was enjoying a family holiday in Clearwater, Florida when the near-drowning occurred: “Very quickly I knew something was wrong, the little boy wasn’t moving and was floating face down in the deep end of the pool. I dived in, got him onto the poolside and quickly realised I ne...
Local swimming teacher and IQL Trainer Assessor, Janet Wade found herself practising what she preaches this summer, after saving a boy’s life whilst on holiday with her family. Janet has been with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) since 2009 and with her IQL UK qualifications, can usually found training teachers in first aid and coaching students through their swim strokes at Birkenhead High School Academy. Beyond the school gates, Janet’s passion for water safety and drowning prevention extends into the school holidays, running local lifeguarding and first aid courses through her own local business, Absolute Training. In a break from lifeguarding courses this August, Janet was enjoying a family holiday in Clearwater, Florida when the near-drowning occurred: “Very quickly I knew something was wrong, the little boy wasn’t moving and was floating face down in the deep end of the pool. I dived in, got him onto the poolside and quickly realised I ne...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 2:47 pm
A new strategy aimed at drastically reducing the number of drowning deaths in Scotland is being launched by Water Safety Scotland, an alliance of organisations committed to drowning prevention. On average, 50 people accidentally drown in Scotland each year, making it one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country, while a further 29 people take their own lives in and around waterways. Scotland’s Drowning Prevention Strategy aims to cut the number of accidental deaths by 50 per cent by 2026, while contributing to the reduction of water-related suicide. The strategy has been drawn up by experts from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), joined by Gillian Barclay, whose 18-year-old son Cameron Lancaster drowned in a quarry in Inverkeithing in 2014. Other organisations which provided an input included local authorities, the NHS, water leisure gr...
A new strategy aimed at drastically reducing the number of drowning deaths in Scotland is being launched by Water Safety Scotland, an alliance of organisations committed to drowning prevention. On average, 50 people accidentally drown in Scotland each year, making it one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country, while a further 29 people take their own lives in and around waterways. Scotland’s Drowning Prevention Strategy aims to cut the number of accidental deaths by 50 per cent by 2026, while contributing to the reduction of water-related suicide. The strategy has been drawn up by experts from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), joined by Gillian Barclay, whose 18-year-old son Cameron Lancaster drowned in a quarry in Inverkeithing in 2014. Other organisations which provided an input included local authorities, the NHS, water leisure gr...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 1:46 pm
Four Edinburgh Leisure staff from the Royal Commonwealth Pool, have been awarded the prestigious Meritorious Lifeguard Award, by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). On the day that sees the launch of the Scotland Drowning Prevention Strategy, the team will be presented with their awards by RLSS UK, CEO Di Steer at 3.30pm Wednesday 31st January at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh. On 12 December last year, Gary Hall, 57, from Liberton, who is a Royal Commonwealth Pool gym member, collapsed whilst running on a treadmill and thanks to the swift action of Adam Blyth, Kate Cramb, Richard Gurry and Dean Philip, Mr. Hall recovered sufficiently to be taken to hospital for further treatment. Leisure attendant Richard Gurry, who was off-duty at the time of the incident and happened to be training in the gym, was the first on the scene and was quick to recognise the need to administer CPR. Responding to the emergency alarm, Kate called the ambulanc...
Four Edinburgh Leisure staff from the Royal Commonwealth Pool, have been awarded the prestigious Meritorious Lifeguard Award, by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). On the day that sees the launch of the Scotland Drowning Prevention Strategy, the team will be presented with their awards by RLSS UK, CEO Di Steer at 3.30pm Wednesday 31st January at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh. On 12 December last year, Gary Hall, 57, from Liberton, who is a Royal Commonwealth Pool gym member, collapsed whilst running on a treadmill and thanks to the swift action of Adam Blyth, Kate Cramb, Richard Gurry and Dean Philip, Mr. Hall recovered sufficiently to be taken to hospital for further treatment. Leisure attendant Richard Gurry, who was off-duty at the time of the incident and happened to be training in the gym, was the first on the scene and was quick to recognise the need to administer CPR. Responding to the emergency alarm, Kate called the ambulanc...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 1:39 pm
The recent tragic loss of life in Danson Park lake, London this week, has really brought home how dangerous bad weather can be.  On the roads, when we’re walking the dog, on the school run –  as much as we love talking about the weather, the extremes we’re experiencing courtesy of ‘the beast from the east’ and Storm Emma, all too readily can catch us out and leave us unprepared for the worst.  As the weekend approaches, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) believe that forewarned is forearmed and has some simple but effective safety advice to help you, your friends and your family, stay safe and warm through the worst.  Ice or water that appears to be frozen, presents its own unique set of dangers. We’re all well aware of the dangers of slipping on ice underfoot but ice on bodies of water can easily disguise the hazards underneath and its presence is no guarantee it will support your weight. Should the worst hap...
The recent tragic loss of life in Danson Park lake, London this week, has really brought home how dangerous bad weather can be.  On the roads, when we’re walking the dog, on the school run –  as much as we love talking about the weather, the extremes we’re experiencing courtesy of ‘the beast from the east’ and Storm Emma, all too readily can catch us out and leave us unprepared for the worst.  As the weekend approaches, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) believe that forewarned is forearmed and has some simple but effective safety advice to help you, your friends and your family, stay safe and warm through the worst.  Ice or water that appears to be frozen, presents its own unique set of dangers. We’re all well aware of the dangers of slipping on ice underfoot but ice on bodies of water can easily disguise the hazards underneath and its presence is no guarantee it will support your weight. Should the worst hap...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 1:38 pm
RLSS UK is the UK’s premier provider of aquatic safety qualifications to the leisure sector via IQL UK our specialist vocational training subsidiary. The service we provide to our loyal customers combined with ensuring that our vocational qualifications provide the optimum level of training to help support swimming pools and aquatic settings to be as safe as possible is central to all that we do as an organisation. We constantly review and monitor on how we can meet the needs of the leisure sector to support the delivery of our qualifications and to ensure that high standards of delivery are maintained.  It is with this background that we are embarking upon some changes to the way that IQL UK is structured. We are making changes and adding resources to help both better meet the demands of our existing customers delivering our qualifications as well as future proofing to ensure we can continue to excel in the development of aquatic qualifications into the future...
RLSS UK is the UK’s premier provider of aquatic safety qualifications to the leisure sector via IQL UK our specialist vocational training subsidiary. The service we provide to our loyal customers combined with ensuring that our vocational qualifications provide the optimum level of training to help support swimming pools and aquatic settings to be as safe as possible is central to all that we do as an organisation. We constantly review and monitor on how we can meet the needs of the leisure sector to support the delivery of our qualifications and to ensure that high standards of delivery are maintained.  It is with this background that we are embarking upon some changes to the way that IQL UK is structured. We are making changes and adding resources to help both better meet the demands of our existing customers delivering our qualifications as well as future proofing to ensure we can continue to excel in the development of aquatic qualifications into the future...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 1:35 pm
Click here to download your water safety resources! We are delighted to announce that this year’s Drowning Prevention Week will be run in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England. This year’s Drowning Prevention Week will once again see a deluge of water safety activity flood the UK and Ireland. Running from 15-25 June, the campaign will aim to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. A host of free resources have been produced to help supporters promote water safety in their local area. This year RNLI and Swim England will be working in partnership with the RLSS UK for the campaign, and will be providing resources, volunteers and expertise throughout Drowning Prevention Week. More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have near drowning experiences, sometimes suffering life changing injuries. RLSS UK CEO Di Steer said she hoped that by working in partnership with other like-minded...
Click here to download your water safety resources! We are delighted to announce that this year’s Drowning Prevention Week will be run in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England. This year’s Drowning Prevention Week will once again see a deluge of water safety activity flood the UK and Ireland. Running from 15-25 June, the campaign will aim to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. A host of free resources have been produced to help supporters promote water safety in their local area. This year RNLI and Swim England will be working in partnership with the RLSS UK for the campaign, and will be providing resources, volunteers and expertise throughout Drowning Prevention Week. More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have near drowning experiences, sometimes suffering life changing injuries. RLSS UK CEO Di Steer said she hoped that by working in partnership with other like-minded...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 12:02 pm
Award winning CBBC series Operation Ouch! are making a new episode called the Ouch Awards.  We want to recognise medical heroes aged between 6-16 and tell their stories with a chance to feature in the next series and win an experience with the Doctors.  Youngsters can be nominated for five different award categories but we’re particularly keen to hear from those in the ‘First Aid’ or ‘999’categories: OUCH! FIRST AID AWARD (Correctly used first aid when someone needed help) OUCH! 999 AWARD (Calling the emergency services and saved a life) OUCH! BIG HEART AWARD (Cared for a relative or campaigned for a charity) OUCH! PERSONAL COURAGE AWARD (Shown great courage in overcoming a medical condition or done something extraordinary) OUCH! PETS TO THE RESCUE AWARD (A pet who has saved a life by alerting their owners) Do you know anyone who might be suitable to be nominated for an award?  As part of the show, we wou...
Award winning CBBC series Operation Ouch! are making a new episode called the Ouch Awards.  We want to recognise medical heroes aged between 6-16 and tell their stories with a chance to feature in the next series and win an experience with the Doctors.  Youngsters can be nominated for five different award categories but we’re particularly keen to hear from those in the ‘First Aid’ or ‘999’categories: OUCH! FIRST AID AWARD (Correctly used first aid when someone needed help) OUCH! 999 AWARD (Calling the emergency services and saved a life) OUCH! BIG HEART AWARD (Cared for a relative or campaigned for a charity) OUCH! PERSONAL COURAGE AWARD (Shown great courage in overcoming a medical condition or done something extraordinary) OUCH! PETS TO THE RESCUE AWARD (A pet who has saved a life by alerting their owners) Do you know anyone who might be suitable to be nominated for an award?  As part of the show, we wou...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 11:42 am
Ramadan and other fasting events involve people abstaining from food and often drink for a period of time, normally to observe a religious festival. Ramadan requires fasting from food and drink during daylight hours for one month, meaning that when the festival occurs during the summer months the period of fasting is longer due to the longer daylight hours. During Ramadan it is common for people to eat a larger than normal breakfast to sustain them throughout the day. Guidance for Leisure Providers, Lifeguards, and Clubs People observing a fast, whether they are customers or staff, can generally continue with their normal activities being relatively unaffected by the fast. Within the aquatic environment there are two main considerations that Leisure Providers, Lifeguards, and Clubs should be aware of: People observing a fast (particularly Ramadan) commonly eat a larger than normal breakfast to sustain them throughout the day Hunger and dehydration may affect a person&rsqu...
Ramadan and other fasting events involve people abstaining from food and often drink for a period of time, normally to observe a religious festival. Ramadan requires fasting from food and drink during daylight hours for one month, meaning that when the festival occurs during the summer months the period of fasting is longer due to the longer daylight hours. During Ramadan it is common for people to eat a larger than normal breakfast to sustain them throughout the day. Guidance for Leisure Providers, Lifeguards, and Clubs People observing a fast, whether they are customers or staff, can generally continue with their normal activities being relatively unaffected by the fast. Within the aquatic environment there are two main considerations that Leisure Providers, Lifeguards, and Clubs should be aware of: People observing a fast (particularly Ramadan) commonly eat a larger than normal breakfast to sustain them throughout the day Hunger and dehydration may affect a person&rsqu...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 11:36 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are delighted to announce that today, Michael John Storey CBE, has become their new patron. Lord Storey takes over the role as patron from Lord Norrie, who retires as RLSS UK patron, after 24 years. Lord Storey joins RLSS UK as patron after a long and distinguished career in both the education and political spheres. He is a leading exponent of ensuring no child leaves school without being able to swim. Having first joined the House of Lords in February 2011, Lord Storey has served as the Liberal Democrats’ Education spokesperson since 2015 and is already a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention. As well as campaigning to ensure school pupils all leave school with the ability to swim, Lord Storey is seeking a change in the law to make it a legal requirement for all public buildings in England, to have an AED on site: “When Oliver King tragically lost his life to a cardiac arr...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are delighted to announce that today, Michael John Storey CBE, has become their new patron. Lord Storey takes over the role as patron from Lord Norrie, who retires as RLSS UK patron, after 24 years. Lord Storey joins RLSS UK as patron after a long and distinguished career in both the education and political spheres. He is a leading exponent of ensuring no child leaves school without being able to swim. Having first joined the House of Lords in February 2011, Lord Storey has served as the Liberal Democrats’ Education spokesperson since 2015 and is already a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention. As well as campaigning to ensure school pupils all leave school with the ability to swim, Lord Storey is seeking a change in the law to make it a legal requirement for all public buildings in England, to have an AED on site: “When Oliver King tragically lost his life to a cardiac arr...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 11:16 am
A partnership group has been formed to work together on water safety in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Water Safety Group includes the RNLI (including Aberdeen Lifeboat Station), Aberdeen City Council, HM Coastguard, Royal Life Saving Society UK, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Surf Lifesaving Great Britain (including Aberdeen Surf Life Saving Club), and Sport Aberdeen. The main purpose of the group is to save lives lost to drowning through education and promotion of water safety. Helen Clark, RLSS UK senior volunteer and vice chairman of the group, said: “We are delighted to working in partnership with other agencies in and around Aberdeen to stop these unnecessary deaths. “RLSS UK is the drowning prevention charity and is committed to a year-on-year reduction in drownings across the UK and Ireland and are committed to working with partners and communities to achieve this aim.” Inspector Carron McKellar of the Seaton Community Policing Team, said: &...
A partnership group has been formed to work together on water safety in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Water Safety Group includes the RNLI (including Aberdeen Lifeboat Station), Aberdeen City Council, HM Coastguard, Royal Life Saving Society UK, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Surf Lifesaving Great Britain (including Aberdeen Surf Life Saving Club), and Sport Aberdeen. The main purpose of the group is to save lives lost to drowning through education and promotion of water safety. Helen Clark, RLSS UK senior volunteer and vice chairman of the group, said: “We are delighted to working in partnership with other agencies in and around Aberdeen to stop these unnecessary deaths. “RLSS UK is the drowning prevention charity and is committed to a year-on-year reduction in drownings across the UK and Ireland and are committed to working with partners and communities to achieve this aim.” Inspector Carron McKellar of the Seaton Community Policing Team, said: &...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:57 am
Experts committed to cutting down drowning incidents in Scotland will be joining forces at The Water Safety Scotland Conference in Edinburgh next week. RLSS UK will join a host of organisations at the conference on Tuesday 21 March to launch the draft Scottish response to the UK’s Drowning Prevention Strategy. Other organisations taking part include RoSPA, RNLI, and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Samaritans, and Perth and Kinross Council. Speakers will cover a range of subjects at the conference such as cold water shock, water safety education in schools, suicide and safe open water spaces. RLSS UK Technical Director, Adrian Lole and Head of Volunteering, Lee Heard will both be addressing the conference. Each year on average, 400 people across the UK die in accidental drownings and Scotland is considered a high-risk area due to its surrounding coastline and 30,000 freshwater lochs. The RLSS UK’s Nationa...
Experts committed to cutting down drowning incidents in Scotland will be joining forces at The Water Safety Scotland Conference in Edinburgh next week. RLSS UK will join a host of organisations at the conference on Tuesday 21 March to launch the draft Scottish response to the UK’s Drowning Prevention Strategy. Other organisations taking part include RoSPA, RNLI, and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Samaritans, and Perth and Kinross Council. Speakers will cover a range of subjects at the conference such as cold water shock, water safety education in schools, suicide and safe open water spaces. RLSS UK Technical Director, Adrian Lole and Head of Volunteering, Lee Heard will both be addressing the conference. Each year on average, 400 people across the UK die in accidental drownings and Scotland is considered a high-risk area due to its surrounding coastline and 30,000 freshwater lochs. The RLSS UK’s Nationa...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:57 am
The UK’s drowning prevention charity is stepping up its water safety activity in Bristol following the tragic drownings of two young men. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) had already targeted the city as an area of concern and through events, social media and links with local organisations, it currently works to educate students and young people about the dangers of walking home past water, especially alone. An event at Thekla nightclub last December as part of RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign saw local volunteers reach over 700 students with water safety advice, and the charity is now planning similar events at other waterfront nightclubs in a bid to cut down drowning accidents. A body, believed to be that of missing 26-year-old Lewis Ball, was discovered on February 27 at the city’s floating harbour, just weeks after 24-year-old Deacon Wilkins was found in the same stretch of water. Both men disappeared after leaving nightclubs in the ear...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity is stepping up its water safety activity in Bristol following the tragic drownings of two young men. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) had already targeted the city as an area of concern and through events, social media and links with local organisations, it currently works to educate students and young people about the dangers of walking home past water, especially alone. An event at Thekla nightclub last December as part of RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign saw local volunteers reach over 700 students with water safety advice, and the charity is now planning similar events at other waterfront nightclubs in a bid to cut down drowning accidents. A body, believed to be that of missing 26-year-old Lewis Ball, was discovered on February 27 at the city’s floating harbour, just weeks after 24-year-old Deacon Wilkins was found in the same stretch of water. Both men disappeared after leaving nightclubs in the ear...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:56 am
Volunteers and representatives from the Drowning Prevention Charity and RLSS Commonwealth went to a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (yesterday) to mark its 125th anniversary. RLSS UK’s President, Ian Hutchings and CEO Di Steer joined the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Michael of Kent and HM the Queen, yesterday, as she presented three prestigious honours on behalf of the society. Ian Hutchings said: “It was an honour to be part of such a prestigious event and see lifesaving across the Commonwealth celebrated in this way. “For many of us, lifesaving is part of our everyday lives and events like this give us the opportunity to appreciate what a valuable contribution RLSS UK makes to the Commonwealth.” Trained lifeguard Tyler Bailer, 17, from Canada was given the Russell Award for saving his stepfather’s life by using CPR.   Professor John Pearn, from Australia, was awarded The King Edward VII Cup in recognition of his lifelong...
Volunteers and representatives from the Drowning Prevention Charity and RLSS Commonwealth went to a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (yesterday) to mark its 125th anniversary. RLSS UK’s President, Ian Hutchings and CEO Di Steer joined the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Michael of Kent and HM the Queen, yesterday, as she presented three prestigious honours on behalf of the society. Ian Hutchings said: “It was an honour to be part of such a prestigious event and see lifesaving across the Commonwealth celebrated in this way. “For many of us, lifesaving is part of our everyday lives and events like this give us the opportunity to appreciate what a valuable contribution RLSS UK makes to the Commonwealth.” Trained lifeguard Tyler Bailer, 17, from Canada was given the Russell Award for saving his stepfather’s life by using CPR.   Professor John Pearn, from Australia, was awarded The King Edward VII Cup in recognition of his lifelong...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:55 am
The UK’s drowning prevention charity and leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is proud to announce that they are working in partnership with Fin2Fit Mono-Fin Mermaid Swimming Programme as an official Water Safety Partner. Fin2Fit is a new and exciting swimming course developed and launched in the UK that builds children’s strength and confidence in the water whilst having fun. Fin2Fit has been working with RLSS UK throughout its programme development to make sure that safety is at the heart of their mono-fin swimming lessons. Fin2Fit has also added vital water safety and lifesaving skills into their swimming programme to make sure that every child taking part also learns the fundamental skills of how to stay safe in and around the water. Fin2Fit Directors, Emma Longden and Amie Holford said: “It’s reported that too many children are leaving primary school unable to swim or have confide...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity and leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is proud to announce that they are working in partnership with Fin2Fit Mono-Fin Mermaid Swimming Programme as an official Water Safety Partner. Fin2Fit is a new and exciting swimming course developed and launched in the UK that builds children’s strength and confidence in the water whilst having fun. Fin2Fit has been working with RLSS UK throughout its programme development to make sure that safety is at the heart of their mono-fin swimming lessons. Fin2Fit has also added vital water safety and lifesaving skills into their swimming programme to make sure that every child taking part also learns the fundamental skills of how to stay safe in and around the water. Fin2Fit Directors, Emma Longden and Amie Holford said: “It’s reported that too many children are leaving primary school unable to swim or have confide...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:55 am
Aura Sport and Leisure Management Ltd (Aura Leisure) have purchased RLSS UK’s new and improved Pool Extract Board (PXB) for more efficient swimming pool rescues. Aura Sport, with ten leisure centres across Ireland, took part in RLSS UK’s PXB training on the 27 September to give its pool lifeguards the skills to use the new rescue equipment. The exciting and revolutionary new piece of rescue equipment gives lifeguards more options when extracting casualties from swimming pools. The new design means rescues can be accomplished quicker and more easily than with existing rescue boards. Developed by medical experts and safety equipment specialist, Aura Leisure team were keen to learn about the industry’s leading product and the latest lifesaving techniques. Aura Leisure Approved Training Centre Co-ordinator, Emma Donegan, said: “The Aura team thoroughly enjoyed the training and were particularly impressed with the overall efficiency of the new spinal boards. Not ...
Aura Sport and Leisure Management Ltd (Aura Leisure) have purchased RLSS UK’s new and improved Pool Extract Board (PXB) for more efficient swimming pool rescues. Aura Sport, with ten leisure centres across Ireland, took part in RLSS UK’s PXB training on the 27 September to give its pool lifeguards the skills to use the new rescue equipment. The exciting and revolutionary new piece of rescue equipment gives lifeguards more options when extracting casualties from swimming pools. The new design means rescues can be accomplished quicker and more easily than with existing rescue boards. Developed by medical experts and safety equipment specialist, Aura Leisure team were keen to learn about the industry’s leading product and the latest lifesaving techniques. Aura Leisure Approved Training Centre Co-ordinator, Emma Donegan, said: “The Aura team thoroughly enjoyed the training and were particularly impressed with the overall efficiency of the new spinal boards. Not ...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:53 am
May 9 2016 After a productive day of helping to deliver water safety presentations to Imphal  Barracks in York,  I checked my phone and discovered a voicemail from one of the team involved in organising the Yorkshire Women of Achievement awards.  Feeling somewhat surprised but curious I returned the call and discovered that I had been nominated for the Courage category by RLSS UK! The Courage category was named after Jane Tomlinson, the incredible lady who defied secondary breast cancer for several years with her unbelievable determination to run marathons and cycle thousands of miles, raising over £1.85 million  for charity …… despite living with the unbearable pain that bone cancer brings.   When I’m struggling to run a few miles I often think of Jane and her amazing strength.  She was an inspiration…for many, many people and she left behind an incredible legacy which continues as Jane’s Appeal and Runfor...
May 9 2016 After a productive day of helping to deliver water safety presentations to Imphal  Barracks in York,  I checked my phone and discovered a voicemail from one of the team involved in organising the Yorkshire Women of Achievement awards.  Feeling somewhat surprised but curious I returned the call and discovered that I had been nominated for the Courage category by RLSS UK! The Courage category was named after Jane Tomlinson, the incredible lady who defied secondary breast cancer for several years with her unbelievable determination to run marathons and cycle thousands of miles, raising over £1.85 million  for charity …… despite living with the unbearable pain that bone cancer brings.   When I’m struggling to run a few miles I often think of Jane and her amazing strength.  She was an inspiration…for many, many people and she left behind an incredible legacy which continues as Jane’s Appeal and Runfor...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:53 am
We are currently seeking nominations for the prestigious Mountbatten Medal and Russell Medal, which will be presented later in 2016, our 125th Anniversary Year. If you are aware of any rescues that took place in 2015 that you think might qualify for either of these medals (details below), please email Jo Hepburn to request a nomination form. Further details can also be found here.  Closing date for nominations is 30th June 2016. Mountbatten Medal The Mountbatten Medal was instituted in 1951 by the Society’s then Grand President, The Earl of Mountbatten of Burma. It is an annual award which is made for the most gallant rescue or rescue attempt undertaken in the previous year (1 January – 31 December), by the holder of a lifesaving award delivered by a Royal Life Saving Society Member Branch, or someone who has attended a Royal Life Saving Society training programme. The rescue or rescue attempt must be made by a citizen from a Commonwealth Nat...
We are currently seeking nominations for the prestigious Mountbatten Medal and Russell Medal, which will be presented later in 2016, our 125th Anniversary Year. If you are aware of any rescues that took place in 2015 that you think might qualify for either of these medals (details below), please email Jo Hepburn to request a nomination form. Further details can also be found here.  Closing date for nominations is 30th June 2016. Mountbatten Medal The Mountbatten Medal was instituted in 1951 by the Society’s then Grand President, The Earl of Mountbatten of Burma. It is an annual award which is made for the most gallant rescue or rescue attempt undertaken in the previous year (1 January – 31 December), by the holder of a lifesaving award delivered by a Royal Life Saving Society Member Branch, or someone who has attended a Royal Life Saving Society training programme. The rescue or rescue attempt must be made by a citizen from a Commonwealth Nat...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:51 am
World renowned Sports Scientist, Physical Activity Expert and trainer to the stars, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, has teamed up with the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity. The former Olympian will work with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) to help it to reach more people with its drowning prevention and water safety messages and, ultimately, save lives. The news follows a summer in which 48* people tragically lost their lives in open water. Around 400 people die each year due to accidental drowning in the UK, the equivalent of one person every 20 hours. That’s more accidental fatalities annually than fire deaths in the home or cycling deaths on the road**. And RLSS UK works tirelessly to raise awareness of the issue through education, campaigns, events, lifesaving training and working at Government level to get water safety firmly on the political agenda. Greg is set to support the charity with its aims, including a particular focus on its open water re...
World renowned Sports Scientist, Physical Activity Expert and trainer to the stars, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, has teamed up with the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity. The former Olympian will work with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) to help it to reach more people with its drowning prevention and water safety messages and, ultimately, save lives. The news follows a summer in which 48* people tragically lost their lives in open water. Around 400 people die each year due to accidental drowning in the UK, the equivalent of one person every 20 hours. That’s more accidental fatalities annually than fire deaths in the home or cycling deaths on the road**. And RLSS UK works tirelessly to raise awareness of the issue through education, campaigns, events, lifesaving training and working at Government level to get water safety firmly on the political agenda. Greg is set to support the charity with its aims, including a particular focus on its open water re...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:45 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is re-launching its national campaign, Don’t Drink and Drown, warning students to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol as they return back to university. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign runs from 26 September to 2 October, warning drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking, and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. Research indicates that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive said: “People die each year after entering the water with alcohol in their bloodstream, either deliberately or completely by accident. Around a third of all 18 to 21-year-old drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Drinking near or in water can be dangerous and a deadly cocktail. Alco...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is re-launching its national campaign, Don’t Drink and Drown, warning students to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol as they return back to university. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign runs from 26 September to 2 October, warning drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking, and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. Research indicates that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive said: “People die each year after entering the water with alcohol in their bloodstream, either deliberately or completely by accident. Around a third of all 18 to 21-year-old drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream*. Drinking near or in water can be dangerous and a deadly cocktail. Alco...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:44 am
Retford and District Lifesaving Club sent a team of local swimmers to compete at the World Lifesaving Championships, held in Eindhoven, Netherlands this September.  This year marks the fifth consecutive championships where Retford has been represented on an international level, and is the most successful to date for the club, who brought home four medals in total! The World Lifesaving Championships takes place every two years and is made up of National Teams, Masters, Interclub Youth and Interclub Open championships. This year saw nearly 4,000 athletes from over 60 countries converge in Eindhoven, where the pool section was hosted. Other beach and ocean events took place in Noordwijk, on the North Sea coast. Coach and Chairman Pete Moyes took part in the Masters section alongside Ian Hutchings, Theresa Tomlinson, and Karen Atkin-Moore. Theresa and Karen won Gold in the Masters 12.5m Line Throw for their age group, becoming the World Champions in the 45-50 age category. Pete and...
Retford and District Lifesaving Club sent a team of local swimmers to compete at the World Lifesaving Championships, held in Eindhoven, Netherlands this September.  This year marks the fifth consecutive championships where Retford has been represented on an international level, and is the most successful to date for the club, who brought home four medals in total! The World Lifesaving Championships takes place every two years and is made up of National Teams, Masters, Interclub Youth and Interclub Open championships. This year saw nearly 4,000 athletes from over 60 countries converge in Eindhoven, where the pool section was hosted. Other beach and ocean events took place in Noordwijk, on the North Sea coast. Coach and Chairman Pete Moyes took part in the Masters section alongside Ian Hutchings, Theresa Tomlinson, and Karen Atkin-Moore. Theresa and Karen won Gold in the Masters 12.5m Line Throw for their age group, becoming the World Champions in the 45-50 age category. Pete and...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:44 am
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) Ambassador and Volunteer, Jackie Roberts, has officially joined the team at the charity as a Drowning Prevention Liaison Officer, it was announced today (June 1). Jackie, who has worked for the Drowning Prevention Charity in a voluntary capacity since her daughter Megan tragically drowned after a night out in 2014, has begun her role this month. Jackie will be working across the country supporting the charity in spreading essential drowning prevention messages through education and campaigning to help stop any further tragic and preventable deaths. She will also continue her role as Ambassador for RLSS UK, with particular focus on the charity’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign and its vital messages. Jackie Roberts came into contact with the charity through the most tragic circumstance, when her 20-year-old student daughter, Megan, drowned in the early hours of Thursday 23 January 2014 after she fell into the River Ouse in ...
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) Ambassador and Volunteer, Jackie Roberts, has officially joined the team at the charity as a Drowning Prevention Liaison Officer, it was announced today (June 1). Jackie, who has worked for the Drowning Prevention Charity in a voluntary capacity since her daughter Megan tragically drowned after a night out in 2014, has begun her role this month. Jackie will be working across the country supporting the charity in spreading essential drowning prevention messages through education and campaigning to help stop any further tragic and preventable deaths. She will also continue her role as Ambassador for RLSS UK, with particular focus on the charity’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign and its vital messages. Jackie Roberts came into contact with the charity through the most tragic circumstance, when her 20-year-old student daughter, Megan, drowned in the early hours of Thursday 23 January 2014 after she fell into the River Ouse in ...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:44 am
Twenty-seven MPs pledged support to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the crucial work it does in reducing drowning, providing water safety education and lifesaving awards across the UK and Ireland at a special drop in session in Parliament on Tuesday, September 13.  MPs met with RLSS UK representatives who hoped to gain the support of MPs, so they in turn can support their constituents with drowning prevention messages and save lives. They learnt about the effects of cold water shock through an interactive experiment where they were asked to tie a shoe lace while their hands were submerged in icy water. They also learnt of tragic examples of people drowning due to cold water shock and that drownings often occur when the victim had no intention of going into the water.  MPs then signed the RLSS UK’s pledge ‘to support RLSS UK in its aim to reduce the rate of drownings in the UK’. Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford upon Avon and Chairman of the ...
Twenty-seven MPs pledged support to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the crucial work it does in reducing drowning, providing water safety education and lifesaving awards across the UK and Ireland at a special drop in session in Parliament on Tuesday, September 13.  MPs met with RLSS UK representatives who hoped to gain the support of MPs, so they in turn can support their constituents with drowning prevention messages and save lives. They learnt about the effects of cold water shock through an interactive experiment where they were asked to tie a shoe lace while their hands were submerged in icy water. They also learnt of tragic examples of people drowning due to cold water shock and that drownings often occur when the victim had no intention of going into the water.  MPs then signed the RLSS UK’s pledge ‘to support RLSS UK in its aim to reduce the rate of drownings in the UK’. Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford upon Avon and Chairman of the ...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:43 am
Craig Spears is a Rookie Festival Organiser from Nottinghamshire. First joined Retford and District Lifesaving Club when he was 8, since then has competed locally and internationally, teaching at the club since 14. Along with others, restructuring the deliver of the Rookie Lifeguard program at the club, which saw overseeing 30 Rookies across 3 teaching groups. At university, despite studying at Oxford Brookes, joined the Oxford University club where he captained the club for 2 years, updating the qualifications of other coaches for the Survive and Save program. Competing and judging (Not at the same time) at BULSCA university competitions. Now, with Colwick Park Lifeguard Club teaching weekly at the club and volunteering at events which they provide Lifeguard cover for. Whilst still having some involvement with the Retford Club.
Craig Spears is a Rookie Festival Organiser from Nottinghamshire. First joined Retford and District Lifesaving Club when he was 8, since then has competed locally and internationally, teaching at the club since 14. Along with others, restructuring the deliver of the Rookie Lifeguard program at the club, which saw overseeing 30 Rookies across 3 teaching groups. At university, despite studying at Oxford Brookes, joined the Oxford University club where he captained the club for 2 years, updating the qualifications of other coaches for the Survive and Save program. Competing and judging (Not at the same time) at BULSCA university competitions. Now, with Colwick Park Lifeguard Club teaching weekly at the club and volunteering at events which they provide Lifeguard cover for. Whilst still having some involvement with the Retford Club.
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:42 am
Seizures in sports halls, heart attacks in gyms and blackouts in pools are just some of the situations where the finalists of Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK Awards 2016 have saved lives. The annual awards recognise and celebrate the training and development of lifeguards and the vital contribution that centres make to water safety and drowning prevention in their local communities. Yet, the shortlist for this year’s awards also demonstrate that not all life-saving takes place in a swimming pool. For example, a lifeguarding team at Alfreton Leisure Centre prevented the death of a man who suffered cardiac arrest while working out in the gym, while lifeguards were called to perform CPR and use an AED to resuscitate a badminton player at Ripley Leisure Centre. The shortlist also includes a lifeguard who rescued a child who had stopped breathing under water and a group of lifeguards who saved the life of a gym user when visiting Wycombe Leisure Centre for a train...
Seizures in sports halls, heart attacks in gyms and blackouts in pools are just some of the situations where the finalists of Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK Awards 2016 have saved lives. The annual awards recognise and celebrate the training and development of lifeguards and the vital contribution that centres make to water safety and drowning prevention in their local communities. Yet, the shortlist for this year’s awards also demonstrate that not all life-saving takes place in a swimming pool. For example, a lifeguarding team at Alfreton Leisure Centre prevented the death of a man who suffered cardiac arrest while working out in the gym, while lifeguards were called to perform CPR and use an AED to resuscitate a badminton player at Ripley Leisure Centre. The shortlist also includes a lifeguard who rescued a child who had stopped breathing under water and a group of lifeguards who saved the life of a gym user when visiting Wycombe Leisure Centre for a train...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:41 am
Michael Scaife tragically drowned in the Jubilee River in Datchet, Berkshire, in August last year when trying to rescue one of his friends who had jumped in. He was just 20-years-old. Since his son’s death, Michael’s father, Mark, successfully campaigned to have a footbridge across the Jubilee River named after his son as a tribute and a reminder to others of the dangers the river could pose. A petition in support of the plan has attracted more than 1,500 signatures in less than a week and RLSS UK supported Mark in his campaign. And Mark has now just successfully completed the Thames Path Challenge, raising over £2,500 for RLSS UK so far. The event, which took place on September 10 and 11, saw challengers take on and amazing 100km trek from Putney Bridge to Henley. RLSS UK would like to thank Mark for raising such an astounding amount to for the charity and his commitment to drowning prevention in light of experiencing such a devastating loss. He is a real RLSS UK ...
Michael Scaife tragically drowned in the Jubilee River in Datchet, Berkshire, in August last year when trying to rescue one of his friends who had jumped in. He was just 20-years-old. Since his son’s death, Michael’s father, Mark, successfully campaigned to have a footbridge across the Jubilee River named after his son as a tribute and a reminder to others of the dangers the river could pose. A petition in support of the plan has attracted more than 1,500 signatures in less than a week and RLSS UK supported Mark in his campaign. And Mark has now just successfully completed the Thames Path Challenge, raising over £2,500 for RLSS UK so far. The event, which took place on September 10 and 11, saw challengers take on and amazing 100km trek from Putney Bridge to Henley. RLSS UK would like to thank Mark for raising such an astounding amount to for the charity and his commitment to drowning prevention in light of experiencing such a devastating loss. He is a real RLSS UK ...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:41 am
Louise has achieved all the Lifesaving awards on offer up to distinction level, and has held office in the Leeds and District Branch, now the North and West Yorkshire Branch, since 1992 to the present day. Branch roles have included Hon Secretary, Public Relations Officer, Life saving Coordinator, Competition Secretary, Assistant Area Organiser, and Chairman. Much of her work has been in the field of competition Lifesaving, where she has led the UK Development Squad, served on the National Development Committee and officiated at many events including the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Whilst some of Louise’s work is part of her job with Leeds City Council, she spends far more time as a volunteer working tirelessly to further the cause of Lifesaving. Louise believes she was the first UK person to secure a paid position to develop Lifesaving in Leeds, a role she suggested and produced a business plan for. She now runs an approved training centre as her...
Louise has achieved all the Lifesaving awards on offer up to distinction level, and has held office in the Leeds and District Branch, now the North and West Yorkshire Branch, since 1992 to the present day. Branch roles have included Hon Secretary, Public Relations Officer, Life saving Coordinator, Competition Secretary, Assistant Area Organiser, and Chairman. Much of her work has been in the field of competition Lifesaving, where she has led the UK Development Squad, served on the National Development Committee and officiated at many events including the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Whilst some of Louise’s work is part of her job with Leeds City Council, she spends far more time as a volunteer working tirelessly to further the cause of Lifesaving. Louise believes she was the first UK person to secure a paid position to develop Lifesaving in Leeds, a role she suggested and produced a business plan for. She now runs an approved training centre as her...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:40 am
The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is set to relocate its headquarters to Worcester for 2017. The national charity, currently based in Broom, Warwickshire, will be moving to its new London Road headquarters to enable it to continue to grow and raise its profile in a busy city location. RLSS UK has seen significant growth and change over the past few years which has led to a need to relocate to ensure its base is fit for the future while remaining proud of its 125-year Royal heritage. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “We are thrilled to announce our relocation to Worcester. Although our current headquarters has been an excellent home for 20 years, the charity needs to look forward and a city location will offer more opportunities for growth and a higher profile. “This will enable us to, ultimately, reach more members of the public with our essential water messages, advice and skills to help make a difference and save lives...
The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is set to relocate its headquarters to Worcester for 2017. The national charity, currently based in Broom, Warwickshire, will be moving to its new London Road headquarters to enable it to continue to grow and raise its profile in a busy city location. RLSS UK has seen significant growth and change over the past few years which has led to a need to relocate to ensure its base is fit for the future while remaining proud of its 125-year Royal heritage. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “We are thrilled to announce our relocation to Worcester. Although our current headquarters has been an excellent home for 20 years, the charity needs to look forward and a city location will offer more opportunities for growth and a higher profile. “This will enable us to, ultimately, reach more members of the public with our essential water messages, advice and skills to help make a difference and save lives...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:40 am
The UK’s drowning prevention charity has teamed up with Southern Water for this year’s Pier to Pier Swim, set to be held tomorrow (9 September). This is the first year that the charity is involved with this annual event. The Brighton Pier to Pier swim is set to see over 60 participants swapping the swimming pool to take the plunge into Brighton’s open water. RLSS UK’s Technical Director and event organiser, Adrian Lole, said: “Open water swimming in the UK is the fastest growing sport and as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education, we want to continue to provide safe open water swimming. “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and we want to ensure everyone of all ages can enjoy water safely. This is why we offer fun open water swimming events that everyone can enjoy in a safe, controlled environment.” The challenge swim allows swimmers to tackle a 2,000m, 1,000m and 500m course designed to encourag...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity has teamed up with Southern Water for this year’s Pier to Pier Swim, set to be held tomorrow (9 September). This is the first year that the charity is involved with this annual event. The Brighton Pier to Pier swim is set to see over 60 participants swapping the swimming pool to take the plunge into Brighton’s open water. RLSS UK’s Technical Director and event organiser, Adrian Lole, said: “Open water swimming in the UK is the fastest growing sport and as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education, we want to continue to provide safe open water swimming. “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and we want to ensure everyone of all ages can enjoy water safely. This is why we offer fun open water swimming events that everyone can enjoy in a safe, controlled environment.” The challenge swim allows swimmers to tackle a 2,000m, 1,000m and 500m course designed to encourag...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:35 am
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, is today reflecting on a summer of drownings as this year has seen a tragic 48 UK citizens reportedly drown in UK waters and abroad this summer*. With another summer of tragic loss, the charity is calling for people to take note of water safety advice to prevent any further tragedies as the season closes. RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer said: “With 7,723 miles of coastline around the UK as well as 387 lakes and 2,200 miles of canals and rivers it is vital that people understand the dangers of water. “Any drowning is a tragedy but the number of people who have lost their lives recently is not only extremely sad but is extremely worrying. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of each drowning victim at this difficult time as their lives have now changed forever.” Each year drowning figures reveal a spike in drownings over the summer months and this summer has foll...
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, is today reflecting on a summer of drownings as this year has seen a tragic 48 UK citizens reportedly drown in UK waters and abroad this summer*. With another summer of tragic loss, the charity is calling for people to take note of water safety advice to prevent any further tragedies as the season closes. RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer said: “With 7,723 miles of coastline around the UK as well as 387 lakes and 2,200 miles of canals and rivers it is vital that people understand the dangers of water. “Any drowning is a tragedy but the number of people who have lost their lives recently is not only extremely sad but is extremely worrying. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of each drowning victim at this difficult time as their lives have now changed forever.” Each year drowning figures reveal a spike in drownings over the summer months and this summer has foll...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:32 am
For the first time ever, new early years staff are now required to have paediatric first aid training. The changes follow a campaign by the parents of Millie Thompson, a nine-month-old baby who tragically lost her life after choking on her lunch at her Stockport nursery in 2012. Joanne and Dan Thompson have campaigned tirelessly since Millie’s death to raise awareness of paediatric first aid and to help bring about changes to help other parents and save lives of children in childcare settings. ‘Millie’s Law’ came into effect on September 1, and all newly qualified level 2 and 3 nursery staff must also be able to show they have a full paediatric first aid certificate or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate. ‘Millie’s Law’ will mean an extra 15,000 staff a year coming into the education sector will have paediatric first aid training, providing vital reassurance to you that your children will be well cared for, particularly in an emergen...
For the first time ever, new early years staff are now required to have paediatric first aid training. The changes follow a campaign by the parents of Millie Thompson, a nine-month-old baby who tragically lost her life after choking on her lunch at her Stockport nursery in 2012. Joanne and Dan Thompson have campaigned tirelessly since Millie’s death to raise awareness of paediatric first aid and to help bring about changes to help other parents and save lives of children in childcare settings. ‘Millie’s Law’ came into effect on September 1, and all newly qualified level 2 and 3 nursery staff must also be able to show they have a full paediatric first aid certificate or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate. ‘Millie’s Law’ will mean an extra 15,000 staff a year coming into the education sector will have paediatric first aid training, providing vital reassurance to you that your children will be well cared for, particularly in an emergen...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:29 am
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) has appointed Keith Osborne as national account manager for its training subsidiary IQL UK. Osborne has some 34 years’ experience in the leisure industry working his way up from gym instructor to leading some of the sector’s most successful businesses. His career has included a variety of roles including six years as operations director at Bladerunner after selling his business Body & Mind to the organisation in 2005. His most recent role was operations director of Nuffield Health Corporate Division, where he was responsible for 208 facilities, 800 staff and 127,000 members. In taking up this new national role at IQL UK, Osborne will be responsible for supporting the charity’s four customer engagement managers to design and deliver RLSS UK products and services that meet the needs of leisure operators, while ensuring centres delivering RLSS UK’s courses meet the high standards expected from the charity. Osborne, who...
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) has appointed Keith Osborne as national account manager for its training subsidiary IQL UK. Osborne has some 34 years’ experience in the leisure industry working his way up from gym instructor to leading some of the sector’s most successful businesses. His career has included a variety of roles including six years as operations director at Bladerunner after selling his business Body & Mind to the organisation in 2005. His most recent role was operations director of Nuffield Health Corporate Division, where he was responsible for 208 facilities, 800 staff and 127,000 members. In taking up this new national role at IQL UK, Osborne will be responsible for supporting the charity’s four customer engagement managers to design and deliver RLSS UK products and services that meet the needs of leisure operators, while ensuring centres delivering RLSS UK’s courses meet the high standards expected from the charity. Osborne, who...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:27 am
RLSS UK is pleased to welcome a team of 12 new Ambassadors – all volunteers who will represent their areas and build even stronger links between the charity and its 1,000s of volunteers and their communities. Following a term of consultation and a review of RLSS UK’s structure and governance, a review of the regional structure led to the conclusion that there was a need to create a team who would be provide a crucial link between the Trustee Board, the Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinators and localised community drowning prevention and activity within branches. Initially the team will focus on the transformation of the current regional structure to design a system that is fluid, supportive and meets local needs. The Ambassadors will use their expertise and influence to build networks to be in a strong position to support and mentor branches as well as using their connections to generate more partnerships and collaboration.   Introducing you to the Team of Am...
RLSS UK is pleased to welcome a team of 12 new Ambassadors – all volunteers who will represent their areas and build even stronger links between the charity and its 1,000s of volunteers and their communities. Following a term of consultation and a review of RLSS UK’s structure and governance, a review of the regional structure led to the conclusion that there was a need to create a team who would be provide a crucial link between the Trustee Board, the Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinators and localised community drowning prevention and activity within branches. Initially the team will focus on the transformation of the current regional structure to design a system that is fluid, supportive and meets local needs. The Ambassadors will use their expertise and influence to build networks to be in a strong position to support and mentor branches as well as using their connections to generate more partnerships and collaboration.   Introducing you to the Team of Am...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:24 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Honorary Health and Safety Advisor for Swimming Pools and former CEO sadly died last Saturday (July 30) at the age of 68, following illness. Keith Sach was held in extremely high regard for his expertise in this area of Health and Safety across the country and not only provided guidance and support to the RLSS UK but also to many swimming pool operators. As a respected safety consultant he was regularly called upon as an expert witness for his vast knowledge as a leader in his field of sport recreation and leisure. Keith, who leaves wife Elizabeth, two daughters Kathryn and Alexis, and son Jonathan, was a long term member of RLSS UK’s Warwickshire Branch and had a rich and successful history with the charity. One of the branch’s former vice-presidents and a previous combined RLSS Commonwealth Secretary and RLSS UK CEO, Keith held a number of senior roles throughout his career. Born in 1948, a seven or eight-year-old Keith joined ...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Honorary Health and Safety Advisor for Swimming Pools and former CEO sadly died last Saturday (July 30) at the age of 68, following illness. Keith Sach was held in extremely high regard for his expertise in this area of Health and Safety across the country and not only provided guidance and support to the RLSS UK but also to many swimming pool operators. As a respected safety consultant he was regularly called upon as an expert witness for his vast knowledge as a leader in his field of sport recreation and leisure. Keith, who leaves wife Elizabeth, two daughters Kathryn and Alexis, and son Jonathan, was a long term member of RLSS UK’s Warwickshire Branch and had a rich and successful history with the charity. One of the branch’s former vice-presidents and a previous combined RLSS Commonwealth Secretary and RLSS UK CEO, Keith held a number of senior roles throughout his career. Born in 1948, a seven or eight-year-old Keith joined ...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:15 am
Castle Point Leisure has started rolling out the new PXB rescue board training for all of their pools NPLQ qualified staff. Castle Point Leisure has 50 qualified staff all of which require PBX training for the two leisure centres which are operated and run by Castle Point Borough Council. The roll out of training which has now started and will include various planned sessions for staff to attend. As well as an introduction presentation, the staff will also complete a practical training and assessment session and also be given any training handouts regarding the new board. Castle Point Leisure currently have 3 RLSS Trainer Assessors qualified to deliver and assess the new PXB board, and the trainers will cascade this knowledge and training down to its staff. Once all CPL staff and club staff have been deemed competent following the training then the new PXB will be placed ready for use on the poolside. RLSS Trainer Assessor Dean Bolton says, “it has been a long time coming fo...
Castle Point Leisure has started rolling out the new PXB rescue board training for all of their pools NPLQ qualified staff. Castle Point Leisure has 50 qualified staff all of which require PBX training for the two leisure centres which are operated and run by Castle Point Borough Council. The roll out of training which has now started and will include various planned sessions for staff to attend. As well as an introduction presentation, the staff will also complete a practical training and assessment session and also be given any training handouts regarding the new board. Castle Point Leisure currently have 3 RLSS Trainer Assessors qualified to deliver and assess the new PXB board, and the trainers will cascade this knowledge and training down to its staff. Once all CPL staff and club staff have been deemed competent following the training then the new PXB will be placed ready for use on the poolside. RLSS Trainer Assessor Dean Bolton says, “it has been a long time coming fo...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:11 am
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) warns that continued hot weather increases risk of more drownings.  As the ‘Spanish plume’ is predicted to bring hot weather across the UK next week, the UK’s drowning prevention charity has issued an urgent warning that, as the temperatures rise, so might the drowning death toll. The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid any more drowning tragedies this summer. Figures show that on average each year the summer months witness the most drowning deaths with eighty per cent of all drownings victims being male*. Reports so far this summer show that 20 people have lost their lives since the start of June – that’s the equivalent of two a week**. And the tragic pattern is continuing as only earlier this week the search for teenagers, Waseem Muflahi and Yahya Mohammed was called off for the boys who went missing while swimming off the Welsh coast. RLSS UK’s Deputy Dir...
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) warns that continued hot weather increases risk of more drownings.  As the ‘Spanish plume’ is predicted to bring hot weather across the UK next week, the UK’s drowning prevention charity has issued an urgent warning that, as the temperatures rise, so might the drowning death toll. The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid any more drowning tragedies this summer. Figures show that on average each year the summer months witness the most drowning deaths with eighty per cent of all drownings victims being male*. Reports so far this summer show that 20 people have lost their lives since the start of June – that’s the equivalent of two a week**. And the tragic pattern is continuing as only earlier this week the search for teenagers, Waseem Muflahi and Yahya Mohammed was called off for the boys who went missing while swimming off the Welsh coast. RLSS UK’s Deputy Dir...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:10 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, has awarded a heroic teenager who risked his own life to save a swimmer. Fourteen year-old David Castleman, a pupil at Epping St John’s school, was on holiday with his family in Sea Palling, Norfolk, last month (July) and walking along the beach when someone ran up to them saying there were people in trouble in the water. David, who passed his RLSS UK Survive & Save gold award earlier this year, ran into the sea without a second thought and armed with his lifesaving skills. “I could hear screaming in the distance but dismissed it as people messing around. After walking closer, a man approached us and asked for a strong swimmer. I didn’t really think too much, I just took off my shirt and ran into the sea,” he said. Reaching the stricken pair, who both were by now face down in the water, David turned them over, realising the younger one still showed signs of life and i...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, has awarded a heroic teenager who risked his own life to save a swimmer. Fourteen year-old David Castleman, a pupil at Epping St John’s school, was on holiday with his family in Sea Palling, Norfolk, last month (July) and walking along the beach when someone ran up to them saying there were people in trouble in the water. David, who passed his RLSS UK Survive & Save gold award earlier this year, ran into the sea without a second thought and armed with his lifesaving skills. “I could hear screaming in the distance but dismissed it as people messing around. After walking closer, a man approached us and asked for a strong swimmer. I didn’t really think too much, I just took off my shirt and ran into the sea,” he said. Reaching the stricken pair, who both were by now face down in the water, David turned them over, realising the younger one still showed signs of life and i...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:06 am
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is urging childcare providers to review their paediatric first aid training ahead of a new law that comes into force next week. From 1 September 2016, all newly qualified early years staff (with a level 2 or 3 childcare qualification) will need to hold a full paediatric first aid certificate or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate. The move to improve paediatric first aid in early years settings follows a sustained campaign by Joanne and Dan Thompson, whose nine-month old daughter Millie died after choking on her lunch while at nursery in Stockport. ‘Millie’s Law’ will mean an extra 15,000 staff a year coming into the sector with paediatric first aid training, providing vital reassurance to parents that their children will be well cared for, particularly in an emergency. The government has also introduced a quality mark, known as Millie’s Mark, for early years childcare providers. Developed by the Departm...
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is urging childcare providers to review their paediatric first aid training ahead of a new law that comes into force next week. From 1 September 2016, all newly qualified early years staff (with a level 2 or 3 childcare qualification) will need to hold a full paediatric first aid certificate or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate. The move to improve paediatric first aid in early years settings follows a sustained campaign by Joanne and Dan Thompson, whose nine-month old daughter Millie died after choking on her lunch while at nursery in Stockport. ‘Millie’s Law’ will mean an extra 15,000 staff a year coming into the sector with paediatric first aid training, providing vital reassurance to parents that their children will be well cared for, particularly in an emergency. The government has also introduced a quality mark, known as Millie’s Mark, for early years childcare providers. Developed by the Departm...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:05 am
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is urging leisure operators to review their paediatric first aid training ahead of a new law that comes into force next week. From 1 September 2016, all newly qualified early years staff (with a level 2 or 3 childcare qualification) will need to hold a full paediatric first aid certificate or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate. The move to improve paediatric first aid early years settings will affect nurseries and crèches in leisure centres and private health and fitness clubs. It follows a sustained campaign by Joanne and Dan Thompson, whose nine-month old daughter Millie died after choking on her lunch while at nursery in Stockport. ‘Millie’s Law’ will provide vital reassurance to parents that their children will be well cared for, particularly in an emergency. The government has also introduced a quality mark, known as Millie’s Mark, for early years childcare providers. Developed by the Departm...
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is urging leisure operators to review their paediatric first aid training ahead of a new law that comes into force next week. From 1 September 2016, all newly qualified early years staff (with a level 2 or 3 childcare qualification) will need to hold a full paediatric first aid certificate or an emergency paediatric first aid certificate. The move to improve paediatric first aid early years settings will affect nurseries and crèches in leisure centres and private health and fitness clubs. It follows a sustained campaign by Joanne and Dan Thompson, whose nine-month old daughter Millie died after choking on her lunch while at nursery in Stockport. ‘Millie’s Law’ will provide vital reassurance to parents that their children will be well cared for, particularly in an emergency. The government has also introduced a quality mark, known as Millie’s Mark, for early years childcare providers. Developed by the Departm...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:04 am
RLSS UK Member and Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor, James Rankin, talks about why you should be an RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Member. Being an RLSS UK pool lifeguard is much more than being a part of an international recognised brand. Having completed a lot of different leisure courses, choosing to undertake the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) at the age of 16, was one of the best decisions I have made. The course itself was clear and comprehensive and equipped me with all the basic skills to ensure I felt competent and able to safely manage any given situation that may have occurred whist working as a lifeguard. The progression as an RLSS UK lifeguard makes another appealing reason to become a RLSS UK lifeguard. Having done my NPLQ Trainer Assessor course, I can say the Trainer assessor course for the NPLQ is one of the highest quality courses I have done. It will open up a lot of doors for anyone involved in any area of sport...
RLSS UK Member and Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor, James Rankin, talks about why you should be an RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Member. Being an RLSS UK pool lifeguard is much more than being a part of an international recognised brand. Having completed a lot of different leisure courses, choosing to undertake the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) at the age of 16, was one of the best decisions I have made. The course itself was clear and comprehensive and equipped me with all the basic skills to ensure I felt competent and able to safely manage any given situation that may have occurred whist working as a lifeguard. The progression as an RLSS UK lifeguard makes another appealing reason to become a RLSS UK lifeguard. Having done my NPLQ Trainer Assessor course, I can say the Trainer assessor course for the NPLQ is one of the highest quality courses I have done. It will open up a lot of doors for anyone involved in any area of sport...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 10:01 am
Children living in Stoke-on-Trent are all set to receive vital water safety education as part of the UK’s drowning prevention charity’s national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week. Drowning Prevention Week is run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. This year the campaign took place between 18-26 June 2016. Children aged between three to 15-year-olds in leisure centre’s across the area will be given lessons on how to stay around water and what to do in an emergency during their school swimming lessons and as part of Stoke-on-Trent’s European City of Sport programme. Around 3,000 children across the area will receive these important skills and messages before the start of the school summer holidays. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, t...
Children living in Stoke-on-Trent are all set to receive vital water safety education as part of the UK’s drowning prevention charity’s national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week. Drowning Prevention Week is run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. This year the campaign took place between 18-26 June 2016. Children aged between three to 15-year-olds in leisure centre’s across the area will be given lessons on how to stay around water and what to do in an emergency during their school swimming lessons and as part of Stoke-on-Trent’s European City of Sport programme. Around 3,000 children across the area will receive these important skills and messages before the start of the school summer holidays. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, t...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 9:45 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has appointed new Chair of the Board of Trustees. The charity today (Wednesday) announced that Dawn Whittaker will take up the new role with effect 3 July this year, a role designed to further develop RLSS UK’s governance structure. Dawn, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for East Sussex Fire and Rescue, has worked with RLSS UK for a number of years. She is the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA) lead for Drowning Prevention and Water Safety and is a member of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) coordinating group so is very well placed to continue to support the charity in its aims of reducing drownings and the teaching of vital water safety education. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer said: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the RLSS UK staff team, I would like to say that we are extremely pleased that Dawn has accepted the role as Chair of RLSS UK Board of Trustees.” RLS...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has appointed new Chair of the Board of Trustees. The charity today (Wednesday) announced that Dawn Whittaker will take up the new role with effect 3 July this year, a role designed to further develop RLSS UK’s governance structure. Dawn, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for East Sussex Fire and Rescue, has worked with RLSS UK for a number of years. She is the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA) lead for Drowning Prevention and Water Safety and is a member of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) coordinating group so is very well placed to continue to support the charity in its aims of reducing drownings and the teaching of vital water safety education. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer said: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the RLSS UK staff team, I would like to say that we are extremely pleased that Dawn has accepted the role as Chair of RLSS UK Board of Trustees.” RLS...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 9:29 am
Drowning Prevention Week is run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water and is running between 18-26 June 2016. Children aged between three and 11-years-old in leisure centres across the country will be given lessons on how to stay safe around water and what to do in an emergency during their swimming lessons. Around 6,000 children will receive these important skills and messages before the start of the school summer holidays. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Shockingly, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children in the UK. “We want as many children as possible to learn essential water safety skills, that could potentially save lives. “We thank Becky...
Drowning Prevention Week is run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water and is running between 18-26 June 2016. Children aged between three and 11-years-old in leisure centres across the country will be given lessons on how to stay safe around water and what to do in an emergency during their swimming lessons. Around 6,000 children will receive these important skills and messages before the start of the school summer holidays. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Shockingly, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children in the UK. “We want as many children as possible to learn essential water safety skills, that could potentially save lives. “We thank Becky...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 9:28 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, held a fundraising event today (Friday 17 June) to mark the start of Drowning Prevention Week. Drowning Prevention Week, the charity’s national campaign, returns from 18 – 26 June this year to help prevent drowning by raising awareness of the 400 people who lose their lives each year. Drowning Prevention Week aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. Staff at RLSS UK HQ, based in Warwickshire, held a picnic followed by a bake off competition, games, a raffle and entertainment performances by staff members all in aid of drowning prevention and to raise money for the charity. Stuart Haynes, RLSS UK Senior Events Executive said: “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Shockingly, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the l...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, held a fundraising event today (Friday 17 June) to mark the start of Drowning Prevention Week. Drowning Prevention Week, the charity’s national campaign, returns from 18 – 26 June this year to help prevent drowning by raising awareness of the 400 people who lose their lives each year. Drowning Prevention Week aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. Staff at RLSS UK HQ, based in Warwickshire, held a picnic followed by a bake off competition, games, a raffle and entertainment performances by staff members all in aid of drowning prevention and to raise money for the charity. Stuart Haynes, RLSS UK Senior Events Executive said: “Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Shockingly, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the l...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 9:27 am
The families of two teenage boys who both tragically drowned, have spoken out to back the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week. The Drowning Prevention Charity’s campaign this year runs from June 18 to 26 and aims to cut down the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drownings and near drowning accidents across the UK each year by promoting water safety. The families of Cameron Gosling and Cameron Lancaster are both showing their support for Drowning Prevention Week and the charity. Fourteen to 18-year-olds are the group most at risk of drowning and figures show that around 90 per cent of all 14 to 18-year-old drowning victims are male.* Cameron Lancaster tragically lost his life at the age of 18, after jumping into the disused Preston Hill Quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife, in August 2014. His sister Ana, 15, spoke out for the first time since losing her brother and said: “I think that it’s incredib...
The families of two teenage boys who both tragically drowned, have spoken out to back the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week. The Drowning Prevention Charity’s campaign this year runs from June 18 to 26 and aims to cut down the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drownings and near drowning accidents across the UK each year by promoting water safety. The families of Cameron Gosling and Cameron Lancaster are both showing their support for Drowning Prevention Week and the charity. Fourteen to 18-year-olds are the group most at risk of drowning and figures show that around 90 per cent of all 14 to 18-year-old drowning victims are male.* Cameron Lancaster tragically lost his life at the age of 18, after jumping into the disused Preston Hill Quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife, in August 2014. His sister Ana, 15, spoke out for the first time since losing her brother and said: “I think that it’s incredib...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 9:24 am
The mother of a boy who almost drowned after being sucked onto an underwater drain in a hot tub has spoken out to warn other parents of the dangers. Lucinda Leathes was on holiday in South Africa with her family in April this year when her five-year-old son Sam almost lost his life when a seemingly fun and harmless activity turned into a nightmare. Lucinda, 38, of, Wandsworth, was enjoying time in the villa’s hot tub with Sam and her eldest son, seven-year-old Alfie. Sammy, a strong swimmer, was enjoying the water as he had on most days on the holiday, immersing himself in the bubbles while his mum and brother watched. But, after just a few seconds, Lucinda noticed that Sam had not surfaced and reached down to pull him up when she realised he was somehow stuck or trapped under the water. “I could see his blue and white shorts under the bubbles and put my arm down to help him up. It was like pulling on a lump of concrete. I thought I was imagining it but quickly realised...
The mother of a boy who almost drowned after being sucked onto an underwater drain in a hot tub has spoken out to warn other parents of the dangers. Lucinda Leathes was on holiday in South Africa with her family in April this year when her five-year-old son Sam almost lost his life when a seemingly fun and harmless activity turned into a nightmare. Lucinda, 38, of, Wandsworth, was enjoying time in the villa’s hot tub with Sam and her eldest son, seven-year-old Alfie. Sammy, a strong swimmer, was enjoying the water as he had on most days on the holiday, immersing himself in the bubbles while his mum and brother watched. But, after just a few seconds, Lucinda noticed that Sam had not surfaced and reached down to pull him up when she realised he was somehow stuck or trapped under the water. “I could see his blue and white shorts under the bubbles and put my arm down to help him up. It was like pulling on a lump of concrete. I thought I was imagining it but quickly realised...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 9:23 am
The mother of tragic Alex ‘Mitch’ Mitchell will be taking part in this weekend’s Great North Swim at Lake Windermere to raise money for the Drowning Prevention Charity just days before its national Drowning Prevention Week campaign. Sue Mitchell, from Harrogate, came into contact with the charity following the death of her son, Mitch, on April 6 2014. Mitch, 26, tragically drowned after getting into difficulties whilst swimming out into the middle of the Serpentine lake in London’s Hyde Park. Sue, along with 14 of Mitch’s friends and family will make up team Swim for Mitch, and will be taking the plunge into the open water at Windermere Lake in his memory and to raise money for RLSS UK, the Drowning Prevention Charity. This is the first time that she and her team will be taking part in an open water event. Sue said: “My husband Andy and I are overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received in the run up to the Great North Swim. We have so fa...
The mother of tragic Alex ‘Mitch’ Mitchell will be taking part in this weekend’s Great North Swim at Lake Windermere to raise money for the Drowning Prevention Charity just days before its national Drowning Prevention Week campaign. Sue Mitchell, from Harrogate, came into contact with the charity following the death of her son, Mitch, on April 6 2014. Mitch, 26, tragically drowned after getting into difficulties whilst swimming out into the middle of the Serpentine lake in London’s Hyde Park. Sue, along with 14 of Mitch’s friends and family will make up team Swim for Mitch, and will be taking the plunge into the open water at Windermere Lake in his memory and to raise money for RLSS UK, the Drowning Prevention Charity. This is the first time that she and her team will be taking part in an open water event. Sue said: “My husband Andy and I are overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received in the run up to the Great North Swim. We have so fa...
Posted: September 18, 2018, 9:23 am
Great Britain Lifesaving is pleased to announce the Great Britain Youth Team to compete at the 2018 European Youth Lifesaving Championships in Limerick & Kilkee, Ireland, 11-15 September 2018 The team of six male and six female athletes is selected from the Great Britain Lifesaving Squad representing clubs from Surf Life Saving GB and Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Youth Team includes experienced athletes who have represented Great Britain at Sanyo International Lifesaving Cup, International Surf Rescue Challenge and European Lifesaving Championships in the past 11 months alongside those gaining their first cap. The team was selected by Lead Coach Rob Phillips (SLSGB), Pool Coach Gary Lee (SLSGB & RLSS), and verified by Simon Perry (SLSA Wales. The European Youth Championships is held every year and attracts competitors from across Europe. The team of 12 athletes will race in 23 events across 5 days of intense competition racing the best youth age 15-18 in Europe. We wis...
Great Britain Lifesaving is pleased to announce the Great Britain Youth Team to compete at the 2018 European Youth Lifesaving Championships in Limerick & Kilkee, Ireland, 11-15 September 2018 The team of six male and six female athletes is selected from the Great Britain Lifesaving Squad representing clubs from Surf Life Saving GB and Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Youth Team includes experienced athletes who have represented Great Britain at Sanyo International Lifesaving Cup, International Surf Rescue Challenge and European Lifesaving Championships in the past 11 months alongside those gaining their first cap. The team was selected by Lead Coach Rob Phillips (SLSGB), Pool Coach Gary Lee (SLSGB & RLSS), and verified by Simon Perry (SLSA Wales. The European Youth Championships is held every year and attracts competitors from across Europe. The team of 12 athletes will race in 23 events across 5 days of intense competition racing the best youth age 15-18 in Europe. We wis...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 2:30 pm
Great Britain Lifesaving is pleased to announce the Great Britain Open Team to compete at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, 20-25 November 2018. The team of six male and six female athletes is selected from the Great Britain Lifesaving Squad representing 6 national clubs from Surf Life Saving GB and Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Open Team includes experienced athletes who have represented Great Britain at Sanyo International Lifesaving Cup, International Surf Rescue Challenge and European Lifesaving Championships in the past 11 months with only one athlete gaining their first cap. The team was selected by Lead Coach Rob Phillips (SLSGB), Pool Coach Gary Lee (SLSGB & RLSS), and verified by Simon Perry (SLSA Wales) The Lifesaving World Championships is held every two years and attracts competitors from over 40 nations. The team of 12 athletes will race in 24 events across 5 days of intense competition racing the best in the world. We wis...
Great Britain Lifesaving is pleased to announce the Great Britain Open Team to compete at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, 20-25 November 2018. The team of six male and six female athletes is selected from the Great Britain Lifesaving Squad representing 6 national clubs from Surf Life Saving GB and Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Open Team includes experienced athletes who have represented Great Britain at Sanyo International Lifesaving Cup, International Surf Rescue Challenge and European Lifesaving Championships in the past 11 months with only one athlete gaining their first cap. The team was selected by Lead Coach Rob Phillips (SLSGB), Pool Coach Gary Lee (SLSGB & RLSS), and verified by Simon Perry (SLSA Wales) The Lifesaving World Championships is held every two years and attracts competitors from over 40 nations. The team of 12 athletes will race in 24 events across 5 days of intense competition racing the best in the world. We wis...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 2:23 pm
GBR IRB Team to compete at World Lifesaving Championships, Adelaide 2018 20-25 November 2018 (IRB Team competes on Thursday 29 November) We are pleased to announce the IRB Team to represent Great Britain at Rescue 2018 in Adelaide. This will be the first time an International Teams IRB event will take place at a World Championships. Following a series of trials in various parts of the UK the following competitors have been selected –  Male Team Tom Parry – Porthcawl Club Marcus Fish – Porthcawl Club Jack Daniels – Newquay Club James Evenden – Porthcawl Club  Female Team Kate Doison – Bantham Club Sarah Davidson – Porthcawl Club Vicky Burlingham – Hayle Club Jennifer Foot – Southbourne Club Team manager Chris Parry would like to thank all who took part in the ranking events and is looking forward to working with the team to prepare them in the best way to compete on the World stage in Ade...
GBR IRB Team to compete at World Lifesaving Championships, Adelaide 2018 20-25 November 2018 (IRB Team competes on Thursday 29 November) We are pleased to announce the IRB Team to represent Great Britain at Rescue 2018 in Adelaide. This will be the first time an International Teams IRB event will take place at a World Championships. Following a series of trials in various parts of the UK the following competitors have been selected –  Male Team Tom Parry – Porthcawl Club Marcus Fish – Porthcawl Club Jack Daniels – Newquay Club James Evenden – Porthcawl Club  Female Team Kate Doison – Bantham Club Sarah Davidson – Porthcawl Club Vicky Burlingham – Hayle Club Jennifer Foot – Southbourne Club Team manager Chris Parry would like to thank all who took part in the ranking events and is looking forward to working with the team to prepare them in the best way to compete on the World stage in Ade...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 2:21 pm
National household names and the families of a 24 and 20-year-old who both tragically drowned after a night out, have this year thrown their weight behind a major charity campaign which is set to reach more people than ever with its vital Don’t Drink and Drown message. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign this year runs from 5 – 11 December, warning drinkers to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking – and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. Last year 20 per cent of all adult accidental drowning victims had alcohol in their bloodstream*. Over the previous three years (2012-14) on average 38 per cent of 18 to 21-year-old accidental drowning victims had alcohol in their bloodstream. In 2015 this increased to 67 per cent*. The families of Lee Brown and Megan Roberts are both showing their support for the campaign and the charity. Lee Brown from Stockton tragically lost his life at the age of 24...
National household names and the families of a 24 and 20-year-old who both tragically drowned after a night out, have this year thrown their weight behind a major charity campaign which is set to reach more people than ever with its vital Don’t Drink and Drown message. RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign this year runs from 5 – 11 December, warning drinkers to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking – and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. Last year 20 per cent of all adult accidental drowning victims had alcohol in their bloodstream*. Over the previous three years (2012-14) on average 38 per cent of 18 to 21-year-old accidental drowning victims had alcohol in their bloodstream. In 2015 this increased to 67 per cent*. The families of Lee Brown and Megan Roberts are both showing their support for the campaign and the charity. Lee Brown from Stockton tragically lost his life at the age of 24...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:57 am
The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity has welcomed IQL UK as their latest awarding organisation partner. IQL UK is the trading subsidiary of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. They offer a wide variety of qualifications to lifeguards and other sector professionals. Their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, the most awarded pool lifeguard qualification in the UK, as used by 95% of pool lifeguards, will be the first of their qualifications to be endorsed by CIMSPA, the sector’s single chartered professional body. IQL UK are also keen for their comprehensive first First Aid portfolio including first aid at work, emergency first aid, paediatrics and AED qualifications endorsed by the sector’s single chartered professional body. The development of CIMSPA’s professional standards matrix will also benefit from IQL UK’s extensive expertise in drowning prevention and lifeguar...
The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity has welcomed IQL UK as their latest awarding organisation partner. IQL UK is the trading subsidiary of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. They offer a wide variety of qualifications to lifeguards and other sector professionals. Their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, the most awarded pool lifeguard qualification in the UK, as used by 95% of pool lifeguards, will be the first of their qualifications to be endorsed by CIMSPA, the sector’s single chartered professional body. IQL UK are also keen for their comprehensive first First Aid portfolio including first aid at work, emergency first aid, paediatrics and AED qualifications endorsed by the sector’s single chartered professional body. The development of CIMSPA’s professional standards matrix will also benefit from IQL UK’s extensive expertise in drowning prevention and lifeguar...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:55 am
Powerful campaign from the Royal Life Saving Society UK hopes to save lives this festive season The family of an 18-year-old who is thought to have tragically drowned after a night out, have this year thrown their weight behind a major charity campaign which is set to reach more people than ever with its vital Don’t Drink and Drown message. Louis Harris, from Dorchester, tragically lost his life after he went missing in the early hours of Sunday, 14 February, this year after a night out with his friends. He was last seen outside the Harbour Master’s Office, on Custom House Quay at 4:30am. Louis body was found four weeks later in Weymouth Harbour. Louis’ parents, Holly and Graham Harris, are now speaking out to show their support for the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign and RLSS UK. Holly said: “Since losing Louis, we have been horrified to discover just how many other young adults have died in similar, tragic, circumstances and it has moved me to want to...
Powerful campaign from the Royal Life Saving Society UK hopes to save lives this festive season The family of an 18-year-old who is thought to have tragically drowned after a night out, have this year thrown their weight behind a major charity campaign which is set to reach more people than ever with its vital Don’t Drink and Drown message. Louis Harris, from Dorchester, tragically lost his life after he went missing in the early hours of Sunday, 14 February, this year after a night out with his friends. He was last seen outside the Harbour Master’s Office, on Custom House Quay at 4:30am. Louis body was found four weeks later in Weymouth Harbour. Louis’ parents, Holly and Graham Harris, are now speaking out to show their support for the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign and RLSS UK. Holly said: “Since losing Louis, we have been horrified to discover just how many other young adults have died in similar, tragic, circumstances and it has moved me to want to...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:53 am
In recent years it seems like it has become a regular occurrence that the staff at RLSS UK HQ, River House, watch the River Avon bursting its banks and flooding the neighbouring fields. This often brings home to us how heavy rain quickly turns this small river into a dangerous, powerful and fast flowing killing machine.   As we watch the river level rise, and hope that it doesn’t pass the flood defences, it’s a shocking reminder that not everyone has the protection our office has, with 5.2 million properties in England alone, now at risk of flooding. The majority of people will remember the huge surge of water hitting Boscastle in 2004, destroying buildings and sending cars careering into the harbour. Some 7.9ins (200mm) of rain had fallen in 24 hours, leading to rivers bursting their banks. Fifty-eight properties were flooded, with four destroyed, a total of 150 were swept away, luckily no lives were lost. And, what were, shocking images coming from our TV now ...
In recent years it seems like it has become a regular occurrence that the staff at RLSS UK HQ, River House, watch the River Avon bursting its banks and flooding the neighbouring fields. This often brings home to us how heavy rain quickly turns this small river into a dangerous, powerful and fast flowing killing machine.   As we watch the river level rise, and hope that it doesn’t pass the flood defences, it’s a shocking reminder that not everyone has the protection our office has, with 5.2 million properties in England alone, now at risk of flooding. The majority of people will remember the huge surge of water hitting Boscastle in 2004, destroying buildings and sending cars careering into the harbour. Some 7.9ins (200mm) of rain had fallen in 24 hours, leading to rivers bursting their banks. Fifty-eight properties were flooded, with four destroyed, a total of 150 were swept away, luckily no lives were lost. And, what were, shocking images coming from our TV now ...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:52 am
Colin Wallace and Jonathan Daniel, who work at Sobell Leisure Centre, have been awarded a Meritorious Lifeguard certificate from the Royal Life Saving Society UK last Wednesday (7 December) for their swift actions, which saved the man’s life. Twenty one-year-old Swansea University student Jonathan Daniel, a part time lifeguard at the centre, was supervising a football match on the sports field in September when one of the players, Stephen Thomas, collapsed. It was initially thought that the 28-year-old was having a seizure, but it soon became apparent that he was suffering a sudden cardiac arrest and was not breathing. An off-duty casualty nurse who was on site watching her children play football cleared Stephen’s airway, while another man carried out chest compressions. After checking the casualty, Jonathan ran to unlock a nearby gate and clear a path so the emergency vehicles could get through. He also telephoned Colin Wallace, the 54-year-old duty officer at the centr...
Colin Wallace and Jonathan Daniel, who work at Sobell Leisure Centre, have been awarded a Meritorious Lifeguard certificate from the Royal Life Saving Society UK last Wednesday (7 December) for their swift actions, which saved the man’s life. Twenty one-year-old Swansea University student Jonathan Daniel, a part time lifeguard at the centre, was supervising a football match on the sports field in September when one of the players, Stephen Thomas, collapsed. It was initially thought that the 28-year-old was having a seizure, but it soon became apparent that he was suffering a sudden cardiac arrest and was not breathing. An off-duty casualty nurse who was on site watching her children play football cleared Stephen’s airway, while another man carried out chest compressions. After checking the casualty, Jonathan ran to unlock a nearby gate and clear a path so the emergency vehicles could get through. He also telephoned Colin Wallace, the 54-year-old duty officer at the centr...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:50 am
Members of Oadby and Wigston Lifesaving Club will be re-launching their club on Sunday, 29 January at Wigston Leisure Centre in Wigston Manor, Leicestershire. The club has been teaching lifesaving skills for over 48 years, and is looking for new members to sign up and get involved. The open day will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in lifesaving to find out more about the club whilst sampling some of the activities they have to offer. Starting at 3pm, RLSS UK officials will also be in attendance along with an appearance from the local Mayor. To find out more about the event visit Oadby and Wigston Lifesaving Club’s Facebook page here.
Members of Oadby and Wigston Lifesaving Club will be re-launching their club on Sunday, 29 January at Wigston Leisure Centre in Wigston Manor, Leicestershire. The club has been teaching lifesaving skills for over 48 years, and is looking for new members to sign up and get involved. The open day will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in lifesaving to find out more about the club whilst sampling some of the activities they have to offer. Starting at 3pm, RLSS UK officials will also be in attendance along with an appearance from the local Mayor. To find out more about the event visit Oadby and Wigston Lifesaving Club’s Facebook page here.
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:49 am
On 2 January 2017, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) lost one of its most committed lifesavers, Glyn Roberts. Glyn leaves behind his partner of 22 years, Tory and their three children Edward, Jessica and Hollie. Glyn was a larger than life character who was always going out of his way to help people. Since 1992 Glyn had worked as a Duty Lifeguard at the Parliament Hill Lido and Bathing pools where he was responsible for saving a number of people’s lives after they had got into difficulty in the water. Glyn was a passionate lifesaver and made every effort to improve his lifeguarding skills wherever he worked. Glyn became an RLSS UK Trainer Assessor several years ago and his passion for lifesaving led him to organise several water safety awareness programmes for children during the Summer months. Glyn was also a committed volunteer for RLSS UK and regularly dedicated his time to helping RLSS UK educate more people on water safety. As well as a passion for lifesavi...
On 2 January 2017, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) lost one of its most committed lifesavers, Glyn Roberts. Glyn leaves behind his partner of 22 years, Tory and their three children Edward, Jessica and Hollie. Glyn was a larger than life character who was always going out of his way to help people. Since 1992 Glyn had worked as a Duty Lifeguard at the Parliament Hill Lido and Bathing pools where he was responsible for saving a number of people’s lives after they had got into difficulty in the water. Glyn was a passionate lifesaver and made every effort to improve his lifeguarding skills wherever he worked. Glyn became an RLSS UK Trainer Assessor several years ago and his passion for lifesaving led him to organise several water safety awareness programmes for children during the Summer months. Glyn was also a committed volunteer for RLSS UK and regularly dedicated his time to helping RLSS UK educate more people on water safety. As well as a passion for lifesavi...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:47 am
The UK’s drowning prevention charity and leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is proud to announce that they are working with SwimFin as an official Water Safety Partner. SwimFin, designed by Kevin Moseley, a highly qualified UK swimming coach with over 25 years experience, is the only vertical swimming aid suitable for children aged 2 years and older which assists with both learn-to-swim and stroke improvement training. RLSS UK has entered into a Water Safety Partnership with SwimFin due to its key design features which promote safety during swimming lessons and play, whilst also speeding up the learning process for children, helping them to become better swimmers more quickly. Key safety design features include: The Fin supports a vertical body position at rest and a horizontal body position when swimming, helping to develop a better natural swimming position Due to its unique shape, the Fin reduces i...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity and leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is proud to announce that they are working with SwimFin as an official Water Safety Partner. SwimFin, designed by Kevin Moseley, a highly qualified UK swimming coach with over 25 years experience, is the only vertical swimming aid suitable for children aged 2 years and older which assists with both learn-to-swim and stroke improvement training. RLSS UK has entered into a Water Safety Partnership with SwimFin due to its key design features which promote safety during swimming lessons and play, whilst also speeding up the learning process for children, helping them to become better swimmers more quickly. Key safety design features include: The Fin supports a vertical body position at rest and a horizontal body position when swimming, helping to develop a better natural swimming position Due to its unique shape, the Fin reduces i...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:45 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK launches first tribute page on the anniversary of Megan Roberts’ death The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, will this month (January) launch its new Tribute Funds service where relatives of drowning victims can raise awareness of water safety and funds to support RLSS UK’s work, whilst celebrating the lives of their loved ones. The first fund has been created by Jackie Roberts in memory of her daughter, Megan, who tragically drowned three years ago in the River Ouse, York. Megan Roberts’ Tribute Fund will be launched on the anniversary of her death on, 23 January, and will also coincide with several memorial events being held in her memory in York. RLSS UK’s Tribute Funds have been set up using the user-friendly MuchLoved platform which allows every family to create and customise a page with photos, music and words. They also allow visitors to light a candle and add memories to a...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK launches first tribute page on the anniversary of Megan Roberts’ death The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, will this month (January) launch its new Tribute Funds service where relatives of drowning victims can raise awareness of water safety and funds to support RLSS UK’s work, whilst celebrating the lives of their loved ones. The first fund has been created by Jackie Roberts in memory of her daughter, Megan, who tragically drowned three years ago in the River Ouse, York. Megan Roberts’ Tribute Fund will be launched on the anniversary of her death on, 23 January, and will also coincide with several memorial events being held in her memory in York. RLSS UK’s Tribute Funds have been set up using the user-friendly MuchLoved platform which allows every family to create and customise a page with photos, music and words. They also allow visitors to light a candle and add memories to a...
Posted: September 17, 2018, 8:43 am
Get ready England! In May, Trent Maxwell, better known as Lifeguard Maxi from Australia’s Network Ten hit TV show Bondi Rescue, will be UK bound to meet local nippers and budding Rookie Lifeguards all in the name of spreading the message of Water Safety. Maxi will be in England for a week-long tour from Saturday May 27 to Friday June 2 2017. The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) Head of Volunteering, Lee Heard welcomed Maxi to the UK. He said; “We’re delighted Maxi has travelled back to the UK to help spread the word about the importance of water safety for young people. “Our Rookie Lifeguard scheme is expressly designed for young people to have fun and keep active, while they build confidence and learn how to keep themselves and their friends safe, in and around water. “A global star like Maxi, who shares our passion for drowning prevention, can help raise the profile of the work of RLSS UK and, in turn, encourage young people ...
Get ready England! In May, Trent Maxwell, better known as Lifeguard Maxi from Australia’s Network Ten hit TV show Bondi Rescue, will be UK bound to meet local nippers and budding Rookie Lifeguards all in the name of spreading the message of Water Safety. Maxi will be in England for a week-long tour from Saturday May 27 to Friday June 2 2017. The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) Head of Volunteering, Lee Heard welcomed Maxi to the UK. He said; “We’re delighted Maxi has travelled back to the UK to help spread the word about the importance of water safety for young people. “Our Rookie Lifeguard scheme is expressly designed for young people to have fun and keep active, while they build confidence and learn how to keep themselves and their friends safe, in and around water. “A global star like Maxi, who shares our passion for drowning prevention, can help raise the profile of the work of RLSS UK and, in turn, encourage young people ...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:53 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), makes a welcome return to Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall for its annual Ragley Crawl Open Water Festival next month. Now in its third year, the festival’s increasing popularity is a testament to the rise in open water swimming participation, an opportunity to support the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity and is an easy introduction to the sport. Former Olympian and RLSS UK Ambassador, Greg Whyte is leading the charge at the event on Sunday 21 May, and wants to encourage all swimmers to give it a go. He said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the RLSS UK Open Water Festival again this year and with four competitions over the course of the day, there’s something for everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to give open water swimming a go, this is the perfect opportunity to jump right in!” With two half-mile challenges, a tougher one mile swim and a Rookie Raid for the kids, the charity event set...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), makes a welcome return to Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall for its annual Ragley Crawl Open Water Festival next month. Now in its third year, the festival’s increasing popularity is a testament to the rise in open water swimming participation, an opportunity to support the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity and is an easy introduction to the sport. Former Olympian and RLSS UK Ambassador, Greg Whyte is leading the charge at the event on Sunday 21 May, and wants to encourage all swimmers to give it a go. He said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the RLSS UK Open Water Festival again this year and with four competitions over the course of the day, there’s something for everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to give open water swimming a go, this is the perfect opportunity to jump right in!” With two half-mile challenges, a tougher one mile swim and a Rookie Raid for the kids, the charity event set...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:50 pm
Parents are being urged to make their house water safe this spring as part of the UK’s drowning prevention charity’s campaign. The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK’s) Spring Clean Campaign warns parents to check their home for drowning risks as part of their spring clean routine and follow simple water safety advice. Recorded drownings show that 42 children aged 0-4 years old have drowned in their own home or garden in the last five years*, with around 400 people drowning on average in the UK every year. The Spring Clean campaign, running from 3 to 10 April, promotes water safety messages on social media and the media. It is supported by RLSS UK ambassador Lucy Herd from Berkshire, who’s 23-month-old son Jack tragically drowned in their garden pond in August 2010. She said: “I’ve decided to back this vital campaign again this year as I strongly believe that listening to RLSS UK’s water safety advice could prevent the loss of p...
Parents are being urged to make their house water safe this spring as part of the UK’s drowning prevention charity’s campaign. The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK’s) Spring Clean Campaign warns parents to check their home for drowning risks as part of their spring clean routine and follow simple water safety advice. Recorded drownings show that 42 children aged 0-4 years old have drowned in their own home or garden in the last five years*, with around 400 people drowning on average in the UK every year. The Spring Clean campaign, running from 3 to 10 April, promotes water safety messages on social media and the media. It is supported by RLSS UK ambassador Lucy Herd from Berkshire, who’s 23-month-old son Jack tragically drowned in their garden pond in August 2010. She said: “I’ve decided to back this vital campaign again this year as I strongly believe that listening to RLSS UK’s water safety advice could prevent the loss of p...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:49 pm
Members and guests of Horsham Life Saving Club gathered at The Normandy Centre in Horsham last Thursday for their Annual Presentation Evening, where cups and certificates were presented to all those who had achieved so much during 2016. The Guests of Honour handing out the awards were Councillor Christian Mitchell, Chair of Horsham District Council and Dawn Whittaker, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). They were assisted by Tim Bolton from The Pavilions in the Park Leisure Centre and Helen Bowker, RLSS UK Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator for the South. Both Guests of Honour congratulated the club on the terrific success that they had achieved in both providing instruction about water safety at the pool and in getting the message across to people in the community about the dangers of being in and around water. During the year 166 examinations have been passed successfully:  these were mainly Survive and Save syllabus life su...
Members and guests of Horsham Life Saving Club gathered at The Normandy Centre in Horsham last Thursday for their Annual Presentation Evening, where cups and certificates were presented to all those who had achieved so much during 2016. The Guests of Honour handing out the awards were Councillor Christian Mitchell, Chair of Horsham District Council and Dawn Whittaker, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). They were assisted by Tim Bolton from The Pavilions in the Park Leisure Centre and Helen Bowker, RLSS UK Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator for the South. Both Guests of Honour congratulated the club on the terrific success that they had achieved in both providing instruction about water safety at the pool and in getting the message across to people in the community about the dangers of being in and around water. During the year 166 examinations have been passed successfully:  these were mainly Survive and Save syllabus life su...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:48 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is warning UK runners and walkers to stay safe near bodies of water as they are most at risk of accidental drowning.  The charity has launched its national Runners and Walkers awareness campaign today (20 February) for the third year running, from 20 – 26 February, warning the public to be extra careful around water. Latest figures show on average around 40 per cent of all drowning victims were running or walking* and never intended on being in the water. The charity will be pushing awareness messages through social media, with the hashtag #JustOneSlip. People will be encouraged to share the charity’s posts to help save lives. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive, said: “If you are running or walking next to bodies of water, whether this could be keeping fit, walking the dog, a family walk or a journey home from the pub or a night out, be aware of your surroundings and please be extra v...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is warning UK runners and walkers to stay safe near bodies of water as they are most at risk of accidental drowning.  The charity has launched its national Runners and Walkers awareness campaign today (20 February) for the third year running, from 20 – 26 February, warning the public to be extra careful around water. Latest figures show on average around 40 per cent of all drowning victims were running or walking* and never intended on being in the water. The charity will be pushing awareness messages through social media, with the hashtag #JustOneSlip. People will be encouraged to share the charity’s posts to help save lives. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive, said: “If you are running or walking next to bodies of water, whether this could be keeping fit, walking the dog, a family walk or a journey home from the pub or a night out, be aware of your surroundings and please be extra v...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:47 pm
Local heroes have received a national award after helping to save the life of a man found floating in the River Thames. Windsor Leisure Centre staff have been awarded the Certificate of Meritorious Action for Lifeguards from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity. It was a normal day at the centre when duty manager, Michael Clarke received a message on the radio about an incident taking place outside. “I didn’t know what had happened, but knew it could be serious so I grabbed our defibrillator from reception and ran outside where I heard shouting coming from the riverside,” says the 31-year-old from Windsor. “By the time Michael had arrived, the casualty had been pulled from the water by the leisure centre’s trainee lifeguard Kyle Hickey. Moving the casualty away from the water’s edge, Michael established that he was not breathing. A RLSS UK qualified lifeguard, first aider and also trained in the u...
Local heroes have received a national award after helping to save the life of a man found floating in the River Thames. Windsor Leisure Centre staff have been awarded the Certificate of Meritorious Action for Lifeguards from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity. It was a normal day at the centre when duty manager, Michael Clarke received a message on the radio about an incident taking place outside. “I didn’t know what had happened, but knew it could be serious so I grabbed our defibrillator from reception and ran outside where I heard shouting coming from the riverside,” says the 31-year-old from Windsor. “By the time Michael had arrived, the casualty had been pulled from the water by the leisure centre’s trainee lifeguard Kyle Hickey. Moving the casualty away from the water’s edge, Michael established that he was not breathing. A RLSS UK qualified lifeguard, first aider and also trained in the u...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:46 pm
The prestigious Certificate of Commendation recognises the vital role the team played in preventing the death of Richard Bowers, a retiree from Bexley. A regular user of the swimming pool, Richard had just finished his swim when he became disorientated. Lifeguard, Shauna Wye was alerted and immediately sounded the alarm. Within 15 seconds a team of lifeguards and staff were at the main pool where Richard was being supported in the water by three fellow swimmers. Less than a minute after being lifted out of the pool and placed in the recovery position, Richard had stopped breathing. The team immediately administered CPR. After two rounds of CPR and two shocks from a defibrillator, Roger started to breathe again although he remained unconscious. He was still unconscious when the paramedics arrived 11 minutes later. Richard was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery to have stents fitted to his heart. “Our staff undergo monthly RLSS UK training to keep their lifesaving ski...
The prestigious Certificate of Commendation recognises the vital role the team played in preventing the death of Richard Bowers, a retiree from Bexley. A regular user of the swimming pool, Richard had just finished his swim when he became disorientated. Lifeguard, Shauna Wye was alerted and immediately sounded the alarm. Within 15 seconds a team of lifeguards and staff were at the main pool where Richard was being supported in the water by three fellow swimmers. Less than a minute after being lifted out of the pool and placed in the recovery position, Richard had stopped breathing. The team immediately administered CPR. After two rounds of CPR and two shocks from a defibrillator, Roger started to breathe again although he remained unconscious. He was still unconscious when the paramedics arrived 11 minutes later. Richard was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery to have stents fitted to his heart. “Our staff undergo monthly RLSS UK training to keep their lifesaving ski...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:43 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are delighted and impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm shown for the William Henry Reward Programme during 2016. Over 5000 lifesavers, representing every branch, were involved in the programme during 2016, our 125th year. 13,000 volunteer lifesaving activities were registered, which equates to 35 activities per day. From running courses, volunteering at events to jumping out of planes – our volunteers did it all! December saw a huge influx of activity registration with more than double any previous month. In the Branch points table, it came right down to the wire with only a few points separating Branches. The final prizes for the 2016 programme will be awarded at our annual Honours ceremony on 30 September 2017. With the success of the 2016 programme, RLSS UK are delighted to announce that the programme will be launched again for 2017 – so start registering your activity now! If you’d like to get invo...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are delighted and impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm shown for the William Henry Reward Programme during 2016. Over 5000 lifesavers, representing every branch, were involved in the programme during 2016, our 125th year. 13,000 volunteer lifesaving activities were registered, which equates to 35 activities per day. From running courses, volunteering at events to jumping out of planes – our volunteers did it all! December saw a huge influx of activity registration with more than double any previous month. In the Branch points table, it came right down to the wire with only a few points separating Branches. The final prizes for the 2016 programme will be awarded at our annual Honours ceremony on 30 September 2017. With the success of the 2016 programme, RLSS UK are delighted to announce that the programme will be launched again for 2017 – so start registering your activity now! If you’d like to get invo...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:42 pm
Royal Life Saving Society UK and British Triathlon launch joint strategy to set standards and grow safe open water swimming. British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, have today (25 January) launched a key strategy to help drive the development of open water swimming. Participation in open water swimming is growing and both organisations recognise the need to develop safe swim sites to ensure delivery of a positive open water swimming experience. SH₂OUT is the new identity for the partnership and supports the growth of open water swimming. The joint venture aims to help promote safety and enjoyment in open water swimming with five key strategies – Safe Venues – delivering a publicly recognised quality standard for open water swimming venues Quality Event – ensuring open water swimming events are delivered to approved standards Vibrant Community – providing a compelling offer to all open...
Royal Life Saving Society UK and British Triathlon launch joint strategy to set standards and grow safe open water swimming. British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s drowning prevention charity, have today (25 January) launched a key strategy to help drive the development of open water swimming. Participation in open water swimming is growing and both organisations recognise the need to develop safe swim sites to ensure delivery of a positive open water swimming experience. SH₂OUT is the new identity for the partnership and supports the growth of open water swimming. The joint venture aims to help promote safety and enjoyment in open water swimming with five key strategies – Safe Venues – delivering a publicly recognised quality standard for open water swimming venues Quality Event – ensuring open water swimming events are delivered to approved standards Vibrant Community – providing a compelling offer to all open...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:39 pm
Castle Point Leisure has launched a series of community workshops after discovering a worrying lack of CPR and first aid awareness among local people. Operated by Castle Point Borough Council, the organisation is responsible for Waterside Farm Leisure Centre and Runnymede Swimming Pool in Essex. After watching a news item about the public’s lack of knowledge about CPR, Dean Bolton, duty manager and training and development coordinator at Castle Point Leisure, decided to conduct his own research among the centres’ users. He said: “We issued surveys and spoke to customers at the reception. We were shocked by the feedback. Hundreds of customers come through our doors every day, but very few of them knew how to perform CPR and basic first aid skills. Parents and carers also said they wouldn’t know how to help a choking child.” The findings prompted Castle Leisure to launch an RLSS UK Save a Baby’s Life workshop. Free to attend, the two and a half hou...
Castle Point Leisure has launched a series of community workshops after discovering a worrying lack of CPR and first aid awareness among local people. Operated by Castle Point Borough Council, the organisation is responsible for Waterside Farm Leisure Centre and Runnymede Swimming Pool in Essex. After watching a news item about the public’s lack of knowledge about CPR, Dean Bolton, duty manager and training and development coordinator at Castle Point Leisure, decided to conduct his own research among the centres’ users. He said: “We issued surveys and spoke to customers at the reception. We were shocked by the feedback. Hundreds of customers come through our doors every day, but very few of them knew how to perform CPR and basic first aid skills. Parents and carers also said they wouldn’t know how to help a choking child.” The findings prompted Castle Leisure to launch an RLSS UK Save a Baby’s Life workshop. Free to attend, the two and a half hou...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 3:34 pm
With around 400 accidental drownings happening each year in the UK, and almost 40 of those being in Wales, safety in and around water has become a priority for charities, emergency services and rescue organisations to ensure that drowning is reduced across the coastal, inland and open waters of Wales. This priority has been further advanced through the launch of a new community challenge as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Comprehensive schools will be taking on this challenge from the new academic year starting in September. The agencies involved with delivering and supporting this Baccalaureate challenge include the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), the three Welsh Fire and Rescue Services, the Mineral Products Association (MPA), RNLI and Welsh Water.Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, joined the lead agencies responsible for the launch of this new challenge. She said, “As part of the launch, which was hosted by Cemex at its Wenvoe quarry, South Wales Fire an...
With around 400 accidental drownings happening each year in the UK, and almost 40 of those being in Wales, safety in and around water has become a priority for charities, emergency services and rescue organisations to ensure that drowning is reduced across the coastal, inland and open waters of Wales. This priority has been further advanced through the launch of a new community challenge as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Comprehensive schools will be taking on this challenge from the new academic year starting in September. The agencies involved with delivering and supporting this Baccalaureate challenge include the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), the three Welsh Fire and Rescue Services, the Mineral Products Association (MPA), RNLI and Welsh Water.Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, joined the lead agencies responsible for the launch of this new challenge. She said, “As part of the launch, which was hosted by Cemex at its Wenvoe quarry, South Wales Fire an...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
It will come as no surprise to learn that, participants in IQL UK’s annual Lifeguard Triathlon aim high, give the best that they can on the day and strive towards continuous improvement…after all, there are points, pride and kudos on offer! What might be more of a surprise however, is the hard work, pride and dedication that goes into bringing our annual event to life and it was all the brainchild of one man. That one man is Dave Cartlidge and this year, he hands over the baton of Lifeguard Triathlon Event Manager to IQL UK and it wouldn’t be right if we let this hand-over go under the radar. Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management, Martin Symcox said: “You don’t meet people like Dave Cartlidge every day; a man whose passion and commitment to one cause, has resulted in a transformation within the sport. On behalf of everyone at IQL UK and RLSS UK, I would like to thank Dave for his untiring contribution to the charity to date and wish him the ve...
It will come as no surprise to learn that, participants in IQL UK’s annual Lifeguard Triathlon aim high, give the best that they can on the day and strive towards continuous improvement…after all, there are points, pride and kudos on offer! What might be more of a surprise however, is the hard work, pride and dedication that goes into bringing our annual event to life and it was all the brainchild of one man. That one man is Dave Cartlidge and this year, he hands over the baton of Lifeguard Triathlon Event Manager to IQL UK and it wouldn’t be right if we let this hand-over go under the radar. Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management, Martin Symcox said: “You don’t meet people like Dave Cartlidge every day; a man whose passion and commitment to one cause, has resulted in a transformation within the sport. On behalf of everyone at IQL UK and RLSS UK, I would like to thank Dave for his untiring contribution to the charity to date and wish him the ve...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 12:48 pm
After a recent spate of tragic deaths and near misses in bodies of water across Scotland, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) issues some timely advice as people head into the summer. RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages, to raise awareness of the hazards and avoid further, preventable deaths from drowning. RLSS UK’s National Drowning Prevention Coordinator, Kenny MacDermid said: “We have enjoyed a spell of warm weather in Scotland and, as the weather improvers and we head into the summer, it’s natural for people to make a beeline for water, to have fun and cool off. “All we ask is that people are aware of the hazards and take note of simple water safety advice.” RLSS UK Summer Water Safety Advice offers simple steps for staying safe around water at home and abroad: Look out for lifeguards: they help keep beaches and pools safe Water is colder than it looks: cold water will ...
After a recent spate of tragic deaths and near misses in bodies of water across Scotland, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) issues some timely advice as people head into the summer. RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages, to raise awareness of the hazards and avoid further, preventable deaths from drowning. RLSS UK’s National Drowning Prevention Coordinator, Kenny MacDermid said: “We have enjoyed a spell of warm weather in Scotland and, as the weather improvers and we head into the summer, it’s natural for people to make a beeline for water, to have fun and cool off. “All we ask is that people are aware of the hazards and take note of simple water safety advice.” RLSS UK Summer Water Safety Advice offers simple steps for staying safe around water at home and abroad: Look out for lifeguards: they help keep beaches and pools safe Water is colder than it looks: cold water will ...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 12:45 pm
One of the best things about open water swimming is that every location is unique. In fact, every swim is unique. Even if you return frequently to the same spot, it’s likely something will be different – whether it’s the water temperature, the weather, the wind direction or the angle of the sun across the water. This also means you can never be fully prepared for an open water swim – there’s always an element of uncertainty, which of course adds to the fun and excitement. But just because you can’t be fully prepared, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do as much as you can to give yourself the best experience and swim possible. Let’s have a look at some of the characteristics of the lake and course at Ragley Hall and how they might affect your swim. The lake is a shallow, stream-fed man-made body of water in the extensive and scenic grounds of Ragley Hall. It’s relatively small at about 450m long and less than 100m wide. It lies eas...
One of the best things about open water swimming is that every location is unique. In fact, every swim is unique. Even if you return frequently to the same spot, it’s likely something will be different – whether it’s the water temperature, the weather, the wind direction or the angle of the sun across the water. This also means you can never be fully prepared for an open water swim – there’s always an element of uncertainty, which of course adds to the fun and excitement. But just because you can’t be fully prepared, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do as much as you can to give yourself the best experience and swim possible. Let’s have a look at some of the characteristics of the lake and course at Ragley Hall and how they might affect your swim. The lake is a shallow, stream-fed man-made body of water in the extensive and scenic grounds of Ragley Hall. It’s relatively small at about 450m long and less than 100m wide. It lies eas...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 11:08 am
Award-winning Rookie Lifeguard Izzy Serventi, is setting the pace with her dedication to the Nantwich Neptune Lifesaving Club. At only seven years old, Izzy is the youngest member of the club and, in addition to her Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) Rookie Lifeguard participation, she is also fully embracing Swim England’s Learn To Swim programme. RLSS UK’s (RLSS UK) Rookie Lifeguard programme equips youngsters up to 12-years-old, with water safety skills designed to have fun safely, in shallow or deep water. It offers Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels and fulfils all of the Key Stage 2 water safety elements of the National Curriculum. Izzy explained why she wanted to be a Rookie Lifeguard. She said: “I’ve always enjoyed my swimming lessons but when I saw the advert for Rookie Lifeguard, I really wanted to jump right in.” “There’s so much to do in the water, the games and challenges are great fun, I’ve learned lots and I&rsquo...
Award-winning Rookie Lifeguard Izzy Serventi, is setting the pace with her dedication to the Nantwich Neptune Lifesaving Club. At only seven years old, Izzy is the youngest member of the club and, in addition to her Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) Rookie Lifeguard participation, she is also fully embracing Swim England’s Learn To Swim programme. RLSS UK’s (RLSS UK) Rookie Lifeguard programme equips youngsters up to 12-years-old, with water safety skills designed to have fun safely, in shallow or deep water. It offers Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels and fulfils all of the Key Stage 2 water safety elements of the National Curriculum. Izzy explained why she wanted to be a Rookie Lifeguard. She said: “I’ve always enjoyed my swimming lessons but when I saw the advert for Rookie Lifeguard, I really wanted to jump right in.” “There’s so much to do in the water, the games and challenges are great fun, I’ve learned lots and I&rsquo...
Posted: September 14, 2018, 10:52 am
Students are being warned of the dangers of mixing water with alcohol today as RLSS UK launches the first phase of its Don’t Drink and Drown campaign. This week marks the first wave of Don’t Drink and Drown, kicking off on September 14, and will see RLSS UK pushing key messages out across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a bid to raise awareness, as well as encourage universities, bars and clubs across the UK to hold events and spread the word. To get involved with the social media campaign and help RLSS UK promote vital water safety messages, click here to view some sample posts. Don’t Drink and Drown has two focus periods: the start of university term in September and Christmas, both key times of high alcohol consumption. The second phase of the campaign will run from December 4 to December 10, and will include a national media promotion and a number of events in high risk areas. RLSS UK has adapted its approach to the campaign this year to include a...
Students are being warned of the dangers of mixing water with alcohol today as RLSS UK launches the first phase of its Don’t Drink and Drown campaign. This week marks the first wave of Don’t Drink and Drown, kicking off on September 14, and will see RLSS UK pushing key messages out across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a bid to raise awareness, as well as encourage universities, bars and clubs across the UK to hold events and spread the word. To get involved with the social media campaign and help RLSS UK promote vital water safety messages, click here to view some sample posts. Don’t Drink and Drown has two focus periods: the start of university term in September and Christmas, both key times of high alcohol consumption. The second phase of the campaign will run from December 4 to December 10, and will include a national media promotion and a number of events in high risk areas. RLSS UK has adapted its approach to the campaign this year to include a...
Posted: September 13, 2018, 8:23 am
We’re delighted to announce that we have had 41 new Approved Training Centres (ATCs) come on board since the start of the year. RLSS UK had 60 new ATCs join us in 2016 and we already have 41 to date for 2017. The ATC scheme has worked wonders in consolidating multiple RLSS UK qualifications and assessments for individual sites. The scheme is expressly designed to support training providers in continual improvement when training or assessing. Keith Osborne, IQL UK’s National Account Manager, said: “Our ATCs play a crucial part in ensuring the safety of pool users as well ensuring our drowning prevention and water safety messages, reach a wide audience. They are instrumental in maintaining the high Royal Life Saving Society UK standards, both at home and abroad. “Having more ATCs register year-on-year, can only increase the likelihood of continuing the record of no drownings in an RLSS UK lifeguarded pool since 2011 and, ultimately achieving our key aim of a f...
We’re delighted to announce that we have had 41 new Approved Training Centres (ATCs) come on board since the start of the year. RLSS UK had 60 new ATCs join us in 2016 and we already have 41 to date for 2017. The ATC scheme has worked wonders in consolidating multiple RLSS UK qualifications and assessments for individual sites. The scheme is expressly designed to support training providers in continual improvement when training or assessing. Keith Osborne, IQL UK’s National Account Manager, said: “Our ATCs play a crucial part in ensuring the safety of pool users as well ensuring our drowning prevention and water safety messages, reach a wide audience. They are instrumental in maintaining the high Royal Life Saving Society UK standards, both at home and abroad. “Having more ATCs register year-on-year, can only increase the likelihood of continuing the record of no drownings in an RLSS UK lifeguarded pool since 2011 and, ultimately achieving our key aim of a f...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 3:16 pm
RLSS UK would like to welcome Teresa Myatt as it new Events Co-ordinator. With more than 20 years’ experience with volunteering and working with RLSS UK branches and regions, Teresa has also been Ambassador for the West Midlands Region and Chair of Worcester and Hereford Branch. She also has experience with competitive lifesaving sport, having previously been a competitor and a national official at RLSS UK’s Speed and National Lifesaving Championships. At branch level, she has organised grass roots lifesaving events and National Lifesaving Championships regional heats. Teresa is passionate about RLSS UK and its aims as the drowning prevention charity. She is totally committed to increasing participation in lifesaving sport, encouraging an inclusive ethos. As a strong advocate for lifesaving sport, Teresa believes in running successful championships, reliant on a professional team of valued volunteer officials. She believes that the success of sport at grassroots and el...
RLSS UK would like to welcome Teresa Myatt as it new Events Co-ordinator. With more than 20 years’ experience with volunteering and working with RLSS UK branches and regions, Teresa has also been Ambassador for the West Midlands Region and Chair of Worcester and Hereford Branch. She also has experience with competitive lifesaving sport, having previously been a competitor and a national official at RLSS UK’s Speed and National Lifesaving Championships. At branch level, she has organised grass roots lifesaving events and National Lifesaving Championships regional heats. Teresa is passionate about RLSS UK and its aims as the drowning prevention charity. She is totally committed to increasing participation in lifesaving sport, encouraging an inclusive ethos. As a strong advocate for lifesaving sport, Teresa believes in running successful championships, reliant on a professional team of valued volunteer officials. She believes that the success of sport at grassroots and el...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 3:12 pm
Everyone Active is offering free Royal Life Saving Society UK Save A Life courses at its Warwickshire sites to help equip residents with lifesaving skills. Everyone Active centres in Stratford Upon Avon, Shipston, Studley and Southam have already ran the RLSS UK Save A Baby’s Life course to both members and non-members earlier this year, with participants agreeing that they’d learnt a lot and felt more confident in caring for a child. RLSS UK’s Save A Life series comprises of four, two hour workshops that can be taken individually and are tailored for infant, child and adult care. Each workshop covers basic life support (CPR), as well as diagnosis and treatment of both choking and drowning. There is an additional element that trains participants to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator). Funding support was thanks to Southam Lions and the Stratford Town Trust, course materials were provided by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) and venue, trainers and a...
Everyone Active is offering free Royal Life Saving Society UK Save A Life courses at its Warwickshire sites to help equip residents with lifesaving skills. Everyone Active centres in Stratford Upon Avon, Shipston, Studley and Southam have already ran the RLSS UK Save A Baby’s Life course to both members and non-members earlier this year, with participants agreeing that they’d learnt a lot and felt more confident in caring for a child. RLSS UK’s Save A Life series comprises of four, two hour workshops that can be taken individually and are tailored for infant, child and adult care. Each workshop covers basic life support (CPR), as well as diagnosis and treatment of both choking and drowning. There is an additional element that trains participants to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator). Funding support was thanks to Southam Lions and the Stratford Town Trust, course materials were provided by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) and venue, trainers and a...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 3:10 pm
With record breaking temperatures this week and the half-term break upon us, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) offers some timely advice for people heading out on away days and holidays. Around 400 people drown each year in the UK and the hotter summer months typically see a spike in the number of deaths. RLSS UK’s Deputy Director of Education and Research, Mike Dunn, said the charity wants people to enjoy the weather and water – safely. He said: “Open water sites such as quarries and rivers have many unseen dangers, like strong currents and extreme temperatures, that can catch even the best swimmers unawares and the sea has unique hazards of its own. “Knowing our SAFE code will go a long way to ensuring everyone can enjoy being around water, at home or abroad.” Spot – spot the dangers in and around the water Advice – look out for any safety signs and advice Friend – stay close to a friend or family member Emergency &ndas...
With record breaking temperatures this week and the half-term break upon us, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) offers some timely advice for people heading out on away days and holidays. Around 400 people drown each year in the UK and the hotter summer months typically see a spike in the number of deaths. RLSS UK’s Deputy Director of Education and Research, Mike Dunn, said the charity wants people to enjoy the weather and water – safely. He said: “Open water sites such as quarries and rivers have many unseen dangers, like strong currents and extreme temperatures, that can catch even the best swimmers unawares and the sea has unique hazards of its own. “Knowing our SAFE code will go a long way to ensuring everyone can enjoy being around water, at home or abroad.” Spot – spot the dangers in and around the water Advice – look out for any safety signs and advice Friend – stay close to a friend or family member Emergency &ndas...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 3:05 pm
British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) successfully launched their open water swimming venue accreditation yesterday (Tuesday 30 May), with the website now live and taking applications. West Reservoir, Hackney provided the perfect venue for the informal launch event, with the warm and dry weather offering the ideal backdrop for swimmers and guests alike. Open water swimming has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in recent years, with Sport England’s Active People Survey showing that more and more individuals are opting for the lake rather than a local pool. With participation numbers growing by 15,000 between October 2012 and April 2016, there’s never been more need to ensure the activity’s safety. RLSS UK is the leading provider of water safety education and qualifications and seeks to help reduce the figure of 400 accidentally drownings in open water each year. In partnership with British Triathlon, the SH₂OUT concept was developed. SH₂...
British Triathlon and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) successfully launched their open water swimming venue accreditation yesterday (Tuesday 30 May), with the website now live and taking applications. West Reservoir, Hackney provided the perfect venue for the informal launch event, with the warm and dry weather offering the ideal backdrop for swimmers and guests alike. Open water swimming has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in recent years, with Sport England’s Active People Survey showing that more and more individuals are opting for the lake rather than a local pool. With participation numbers growing by 15,000 between October 2012 and April 2016, there’s never been more need to ensure the activity’s safety. RLSS UK is the leading provider of water safety education and qualifications and seeks to help reduce the figure of 400 accidentally drownings in open water each year. In partnership with British Triathlon, the SH₂OUT concept was developed. SH₂...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 3:03 pm
GLL, the UK’s largest swimming pool operator is hoping that a campaign to recruit older people will help tackle a national shortage of lifeguards and expects the new Baywatch movie (released 29th May 2017) to pique interest in the role. With up to 20% of its lifeguarding roles unfilled and around 90 current vacancies, GLL also hopes the initiative will counter common misconceptions around lifeguarding and encourage a wider demographic to apply. Gerry Kendrick, Head of HR Operational Services at GLL says:  “You don’t need to be body beautiful to save lives, nor do you need to be in your teens or twenties.  Of course a good level of fitness and swimming ability is key, but we currently employ around 40 lifeguards who are in their 50s, 60s and 70s and they are all valued and well respected members of our business. One example is David Hall, 74 years old, from Witney in Oxfordshire.  With more than 20 years lifeguarding experience, David continues to c...
GLL, the UK’s largest swimming pool operator is hoping that a campaign to recruit older people will help tackle a national shortage of lifeguards and expects the new Baywatch movie (released 29th May 2017) to pique interest in the role. With up to 20% of its lifeguarding roles unfilled and around 90 current vacancies, GLL also hopes the initiative will counter common misconceptions around lifeguarding and encourage a wider demographic to apply. Gerry Kendrick, Head of HR Operational Services at GLL says:  “You don’t need to be body beautiful to save lives, nor do you need to be in your teens or twenties.  Of course a good level of fitness and swimming ability is key, but we currently employ around 40 lifeguards who are in their 50s, 60s and 70s and they are all valued and well respected members of our business. One example is David Hall, 74 years old, from Witney in Oxfordshire.  With more than 20 years lifeguarding experience, David continues to c...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 2:48 pm
So, we are quickly approaching the 2017 Open Water Season and perhaps you want to improve on 2016? If you want to up your performance, now is the time to make sure your training and preparation is up to scratch! Training smarter is key and it doesn’t matter if you are an elite athlete or a real beginner; if your training sessions lack purpose, you are unlikely to make any real progress. Planning your training is key to getting the most from your season and it doesn’t have to be complex. Swimmer From the old adage ‘winter miles make summer smiles’, winter/spring is a great time to make sure your base fitness and stroke is ready for your 2017 challenge. Although some open water swimmers manage to stay outdoors year round, for most people this is not realistic and generally doesn’t allow you to work on either endurance or technique. showers at home, but even then ease yourself into the season, aim to complete a few short swims and you’ll soon star...
So, we are quickly approaching the 2017 Open Water Season and perhaps you want to improve on 2016? If you want to up your performance, now is the time to make sure your training and preparation is up to scratch! Training smarter is key and it doesn’t matter if you are an elite athlete or a real beginner; if your training sessions lack purpose, you are unlikely to make any real progress. Planning your training is key to getting the most from your season and it doesn’t have to be complex. Swimmer From the old adage ‘winter miles make summer smiles’, winter/spring is a great time to make sure your base fitness and stroke is ready for your 2017 challenge. Although some open water swimmers manage to stay outdoors year round, for most people this is not realistic and generally doesn’t allow you to work on either endurance or technique. showers at home, but even then ease yourself into the season, aim to complete a few short swims and you’ll soon star...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 2:41 pm
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is putting out a strong message to young people about the potentially fatal consequences of swimming in reservoirs. Welsh Water’s One Last Breath video campaign starkly depicts two teenagers who drown after going into the water at a reservoir on a hot summer day – and the impact on their friends and family left behind. Every year, large numbers of people – predominantly young men aged between 17 and 35 – attempt to swim in our reservoirs across Wales. Last summer alone, there were 109 incidents where people tried to enter the water – while two people died when swimming at reservoirs in the Brecon Beacons across the same weekend during a heatwave in 2013. Welsh Water, which serves most of Wales and Herefordshire, is issuing the warning about the extreme danger of swimming in reservoirs because of freezing temperatures, deadly under-currents and hidden machinery that can drag the strongest swimmers under. The campaign has been deve...
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is putting out a strong message to young people about the potentially fatal consequences of swimming in reservoirs. Welsh Water’s One Last Breath video campaign starkly depicts two teenagers who drown after going into the water at a reservoir on a hot summer day – and the impact on their friends and family left behind. Every year, large numbers of people – predominantly young men aged between 17 and 35 – attempt to swim in our reservoirs across Wales. Last summer alone, there were 109 incidents where people tried to enter the water – while two people died when swimming at reservoirs in the Brecon Beacons across the same weekend during a heatwave in 2013. Welsh Water, which serves most of Wales and Herefordshire, is issuing the warning about the extreme danger of swimming in reservoirs because of freezing temperatures, deadly under-currents and hidden machinery that can drag the strongest swimmers under. The campaign has been deve...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 2:14 pm
Hundreds of centres to take part in RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign The UK’s top leisure chains have joined forces to help prevent another summer of tragic drownings. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children in the UK, with latest stats showing that in the last five years 48 children aged nine and under drowned, and 147 young people aged 10 to 19 lost their life. Summer months are a particularly high-risk time of year. Last year, 85 people accidentally drowned in July and August alone. Around 400 leisure centres across the UK have signed up to host a week of targeted water safety activities as part of Drowning Prevention Week, meaning hundreds of thousands of children will be taught how to stay safe near water. Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), runs between 16 – 26 June 2017. The drowning prevention charity has produced a host of resources to help leisure ce...
Hundreds of centres to take part in RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign The UK’s top leisure chains have joined forces to help prevent another summer of tragic drownings. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children in the UK, with latest stats showing that in the last five years 48 children aged nine and under drowned, and 147 young people aged 10 to 19 lost their life. Summer months are a particularly high-risk time of year. Last year, 85 people accidentally drowned in July and August alone. Around 400 leisure centres across the UK have signed up to host a week of targeted water safety activities as part of Drowning Prevention Week, meaning hundreds of thousands of children will be taught how to stay safe near water. Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), runs between 16 – 26 June 2017. The drowning prevention charity has produced a host of resources to help leisure ce...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 2:13 pm
As summer beckons, many of us will no doubt be clamouring for the nearest stretch of water at any given opportunity, whether it’s the garden paddling pool, a lake, the beach, or – on those duller days – an indoor swimming pool. Given the lure of the water during the summer months, keeping safe in and around it is something that should be at the forefront of every mind, particularly with those who are more vulnerable or unaware of its dangers. The obvious case in point is parents and their children, however, it seems we are all not exempt from the unpredictable and hazardous elements associated with water. According to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK – a statistic that the organisation is seeking to eradicate in line with the National Water Safety Forum strategy to reduce drowning fatalities in the UK by 50% by 2026.  In support of this strategy the City of Belfast Swim...
As summer beckons, many of us will no doubt be clamouring for the nearest stretch of water at any given opportunity, whether it’s the garden paddling pool, a lake, the beach, or – on those duller days – an indoor swimming pool. Given the lure of the water during the summer months, keeping safe in and around it is something that should be at the forefront of every mind, particularly with those who are more vulnerable or unaware of its dangers. The obvious case in point is parents and their children, however, it seems we are all not exempt from the unpredictable and hazardous elements associated with water. According to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK – a statistic that the organisation is seeking to eradicate in line with the National Water Safety Forum strategy to reduce drowning fatalities in the UK by 50% by 2026.  In support of this strategy the City of Belfast Swim...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 12:51 pm
Great Britain Lifesaving is pleased to announce the Great Britain Youth Team to compete at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, 20-25 November 2018. The team of six male and six female athletes are selected from the Great Britain Lifesaving Squad representing clubs from Surf Life Saving GB and Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Youth Team includes experienced athletes who have represented Great Britain at Sanyo International Lifesaving Cup, International Surf Rescue Challenge and European Lifesaving Championships in the past 11 months alongside those gaining their second cap. The team was selected by Lead Coach Rob Phillips (SLSGB), Pool Coach Gary Lee (SLSGB & RLSS), and verified by Simon Perry (SLSA Wales) The Lifesaving World Championships is held every two years and attracts competitors from over 40 nations. The team of 12 athletes will race in 24 events across 5 days of intense competition racing the best in the world. We wish them the very best. ...
Great Britain Lifesaving is pleased to announce the Great Britain Youth Team to compete at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia, 20-25 November 2018. The team of six male and six female athletes are selected from the Great Britain Lifesaving Squad representing clubs from Surf Life Saving GB and Royal Life Saving Society UK. The Youth Team includes experienced athletes who have represented Great Britain at Sanyo International Lifesaving Cup, International Surf Rescue Challenge and European Lifesaving Championships in the past 11 months alongside those gaining their second cap. The team was selected by Lead Coach Rob Phillips (SLSGB), Pool Coach Gary Lee (SLSGB & RLSS), and verified by Simon Perry (SLSA Wales) The Lifesaving World Championships is held every two years and attracts competitors from over 40 nations. The team of 12 athletes will race in 24 events across 5 days of intense competition racing the best in the world. We wish them the very best. ...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 11:43 am
We’re really excited to announce a partnership with Anaphylaxis Campaign! The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity solely focused on supporting people at risk of severe allergic reactions. They empower people living with severe allergies to be more confidently in control of their lives and provide information and support to patients and their families and carers. They campaign and fundraise to achieve their ultimate aim, to create a safer environment for all people at risk of severe allergies, by working with and educating the food industry, schools, healthcare professionals and other key audiences. Using the Anaphylaxis Campaign as support, IQL have created an Anaphylaxis Management course. It is currently being piloted and will be launched in the next few months. We can’t wait to add a regulated Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis to our qualifications. We will release more information and an option for Trainer Assessors t...
We’re really excited to announce a partnership with Anaphylaxis Campaign! The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity solely focused on supporting people at risk of severe allergic reactions. They empower people living with severe allergies to be more confidently in control of their lives and provide information and support to patients and their families and carers. They campaign and fundraise to achieve their ultimate aim, to create a safer environment for all people at risk of severe allergies, by working with and educating the food industry, schools, healthcare professionals and other key audiences. Using the Anaphylaxis Campaign as support, IQL have created an Anaphylaxis Management course. It is currently being piloted and will be launched in the next few months. We can’t wait to add a regulated Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis to our qualifications. We will release more information and an option for Trainer Assessors t...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 11:34 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are delighted to announce Channel Kayaks as a new water safety partner and to mark the occasion, Channel Kayaks have announced a whole weekend of fun on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April. The new partnership is cause for a double celebration as Channel Kayaks also announce The Boathouse, Bath as their new launch base: “It’s a very exciting start to the year for us” said Byron Baker-Brown Channel Kayaks’ Managing Director. “Our new base in Bath puts us close to the heart of the country, ready to take full advantage of the good weather and fabulous UK waterways. Working in partnership with RLSS UK, secures our proactive approach to water safety practices and advice, whilst also providing the opportunity to raise vital funds for their drowning prevention work.” To mark the start of the partnership with RLSS UK and their new home at The Boathouse, they have a weekend jam-packed of fun activities on Sat...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are delighted to announce Channel Kayaks as a new water safety partner and to mark the occasion, Channel Kayaks have announced a whole weekend of fun on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April. The new partnership is cause for a double celebration as Channel Kayaks also announce The Boathouse, Bath as their new launch base: “It’s a very exciting start to the year for us” said Byron Baker-Brown Channel Kayaks’ Managing Director. “Our new base in Bath puts us close to the heart of the country, ready to take full advantage of the good weather and fabulous UK waterways. Working in partnership with RLSS UK, secures our proactive approach to water safety practices and advice, whilst also providing the opportunity to raise vital funds for their drowning prevention work.” To mark the start of the partnership with RLSS UK and their new home at The Boathouse, they have a weekend jam-packed of fun activities on Sat...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 11:33 am
Medway Council is encouraging children across Medway to learn vital lifesaving skills while having fun in the water. Our swimming pools are all supporting the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Rookie Lifeguarding Week campaign. From 5-12 March 2018, all schools that have lessons as part of the Medway Sport Swim Academy are being offered the chance to have a rookie lifeguarding session instead of their normal lesson. The Rookie Lifeguard programme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deeper water. The fun sessions equip children with lifesaving skills and build confidence in and around water and the sea. Schools can also access a range of fun activities to use in the classroom to support the practical sessions. Medway Sport Swimming Lessons Co-ordinator Denise Todd said: “For most children, Rookie Lifeguard will be the first opportunity to explore water safety and alternative safe aquatic play while learning key s...
Medway Council is encouraging children across Medway to learn vital lifesaving skills while having fun in the water. Our swimming pools are all supporting the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Rookie Lifeguarding Week campaign. From 5-12 March 2018, all schools that have lessons as part of the Medway Sport Swim Academy are being offered the chance to have a rookie lifeguarding session instead of their normal lesson. The Rookie Lifeguard programme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deeper water. The fun sessions equip children with lifesaving skills and build confidence in and around water and the sea. Schools can also access a range of fun activities to use in the classroom to support the practical sessions. Medway Sport Swimming Lessons Co-ordinator Denise Todd said: “For most children, Rookie Lifeguard will be the first opportunity to explore water safety and alternative safe aquatic play while learning key s...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 11:02 am
When Verity Brooker and Kelly Tucker found out there was going to be no more lifesaving provision for young swimmers at Dartmouth Outdoor Pool, the two trainee PE teachers were keen to fill the gap left by the retirement of the former teacher. With a well-appointed and popular, heated open air pool at their disposal, the two students set about making the most of their school swim teacher qualifications and started looking for a programme they could run, that would engage local youngsters over the summer holidays and increase attendance and support for the local pool. Enter the RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard programme – which fit the bill and the rest is history… Not only has the programme been so popular that classes have doubled in size but there is now a dry side refresher course starting up in March 2018, to get the returning Rookies up to speed for their next level that starts again in the summer. The dry side refresher course features first aid skills, recogn...
When Verity Brooker and Kelly Tucker found out there was going to be no more lifesaving provision for young swimmers at Dartmouth Outdoor Pool, the two trainee PE teachers were keen to fill the gap left by the retirement of the former teacher. With a well-appointed and popular, heated open air pool at their disposal, the two students set about making the most of their school swim teacher qualifications and started looking for a programme they could run, that would engage local youngsters over the summer holidays and increase attendance and support for the local pool. Enter the RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard programme – which fit the bill and the rest is history… Not only has the programme been so popular that classes have doubled in size but there is now a dry side refresher course starting up in March 2018, to get the returning Rookies up to speed for their next level that starts again in the summer. The dry side refresher course features first aid skills, recogn...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 11:01 am
Message from the President of RLSS UK – Ian Hutchings Hi Athletes, Coaches, Managers, Spectators, Officials, Staff at RLSS UK Headquarters and Toll Cross swimming pool, A tough decision was made today regarding the cancellation of RLSS UK’s National Speed Lifesaving event. I know there will be some very disappointed people in the UK right now. Some will be relieved. I feel for everyone. A lot of work and preparation has been put into the build-up to our event by everyone! But very, very occasionally things don’t go our way. We have all seen the weather forecast.  We are seeing reports of the conditions in Glasgow as well as the rest of the country. I wish everyone a safe time wherever you are in the UK. On a lighter note, I am continuing to prepare my athletes for the next event.
Message from the President of RLSS UK – Ian Hutchings Hi Athletes, Coaches, Managers, Spectators, Officials, Staff at RLSS UK Headquarters and Toll Cross swimming pool, A tough decision was made today regarding the cancellation of RLSS UK’s National Speed Lifesaving event. I know there will be some very disappointed people in the UK right now. Some will be relieved. I feel for everyone. A lot of work and preparation has been put into the build-up to our event by everyone! But very, very occasionally things don’t go our way. We have all seen the weather forecast.  We are seeing reports of the conditions in Glasgow as well as the rest of the country. I wish everyone a safe time wherever you are in the UK. On a lighter note, I am continuing to prepare my athletes for the next event.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 11:00 am
Today, at the CIMPSA conference, Frances Kelly, HM Inspector of Health & Safety at the Health and Safety Executive launched the latest revision of Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG 179). This publication provides guidance for those who have any involvement with the operation and management of health and safety in swimming pools. The guidance document offers best practice guidance for managing swimming pools safely. First published as Safety in Swimming Pools in 1988, it is no exaggeration to say that this clear, concise and sensible guidance has become the ‘gold standard’ and Health and Safety ‘bible’ for pool operators over the past 30 years. Speaking after the launch, Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management, commented: “This document is considered core industry guidance and has certainly helped to professionalise swimming pool safety and to reduce the incidents of drowning, within our swimming pools.” T...
Today, at the CIMPSA conference, Frances Kelly, HM Inspector of Health & Safety at the Health and Safety Executive launched the latest revision of Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG 179). This publication provides guidance for those who have any involvement with the operation and management of health and safety in swimming pools. The guidance document offers best practice guidance for managing swimming pools safely. First published as Safety in Swimming Pools in 1988, it is no exaggeration to say that this clear, concise and sensible guidance has become the ‘gold standard’ and Health and Safety ‘bible’ for pool operators over the past 30 years. Speaking after the launch, Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management, commented: “This document is considered core industry guidance and has certainly helped to professionalise swimming pool safety and to reduce the incidents of drowning, within our swimming pools.” T...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 10:20 am
More and more water safety campaigns that appear on our social media feeds seem to focus on raising awareness of cold water shock, but what is it, and is it really the cause of many drownings? The term ‘cold water shock’ refers to a range of natural reactions that our bodies take to protect us when we enter cold water (although these reactions can sometimes work against us). And with cold water being anything from approximately the temperature of a swimming pool and below, we are not just talking about icy cold water here. So what are the effects of Cold Water Shock? There are three stages that your body goes through during cold water shock, starting with one that you will be familiar with a mild version of from getting into the swimming pool…a gasp for breath, this is then followed by rapid breathing (hyperventilation). At the same time as your breathing goes out of control, your blood pressure shoots up as your body tries to keep your blood warm by moving it to...
More and more water safety campaigns that appear on our social media feeds seem to focus on raising awareness of cold water shock, but what is it, and is it really the cause of many drownings? The term ‘cold water shock’ refers to a range of natural reactions that our bodies take to protect us when we enter cold water (although these reactions can sometimes work against us). And with cold water being anything from approximately the temperature of a swimming pool and below, we are not just talking about icy cold water here. So what are the effects of Cold Water Shock? There are three stages that your body goes through during cold water shock, starting with one that you will be familiar with a mild version of from getting into the swimming pool…a gasp for breath, this is then followed by rapid breathing (hyperventilation). At the same time as your breathing goes out of control, your blood pressure shoots up as your body tries to keep your blood warm by moving it to...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 10:19 am
RLSS UK are sad to announce that former President Stuart Bailey passed away on Wednesday 31st January. Stuart has been a stalwart supporter of RLSS UK and our immediate thoughts are for family and friends. He will be missed by us all.
RLSS UK are sad to announce that former President Stuart Bailey passed away on Wednesday 31st January. Stuart has been a stalwart supporter of RLSS UK and our immediate thoughts are for family and friends. He will be missed by us all.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 10:17 am
Last night saw the formal launch of Scotland’s Drowning Prevention Strategy, at Holyrood. Key speaker Clare Adamson, MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw and Convener of the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, was joined by Annabelle Ewing, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife and Minister for Community Safety and Public Affairs, Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South and Stuart McMillan, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, as well as the Water Safety Scotland team and a wide range of representatives, from allied organisations. Clare Adamson and Annabelle Ewing, joined WSS Chair, Michael Avril, in an impassioned plea for collaboration and wider partnership working, to save precious lives from drowning, across the whole of Scotland. But it was Gillian Barclay, who tragically lost her son Cameron and her heartfelt account of her family’s great loss, that really brought the message home. Attendees then stayed on to discuss their ideas and suggest...
Last night saw the formal launch of Scotland’s Drowning Prevention Strategy, at Holyrood. Key speaker Clare Adamson, MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw and Convener of the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, was joined by Annabelle Ewing, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife and Minister for Community Safety and Public Affairs, Tom Arthur, MSP for Renfrewshire South and Stuart McMillan, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, as well as the Water Safety Scotland team and a wide range of representatives, from allied organisations. Clare Adamson and Annabelle Ewing, joined WSS Chair, Michael Avril, in an impassioned plea for collaboration and wider partnership working, to save precious lives from drowning, across the whole of Scotland. But it was Gillian Barclay, who tragically lost her son Cameron and her heartfelt account of her family’s great loss, that really brought the message home. Attendees then stayed on to discuss their ideas and suggest...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 10:16 am
This was just one description of the room, as South Dartmoor Community College students reacted to one woman’s story of the sudden loss of her brother Philip, when she was just 18 years old. In a presentation led by Sue Hutchings, wife of Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) President, Ian Hutchings, Sue shared her story with 250 students, to highlight our Don’t Drink and Drown campaign. Sue stressed that her brother died as a result of a sudden accident, not to drowning but in addition to discussing the dangers of drinking in and around bodies of water; Sue also explained the effects of cold water shock on the body, how to react if you unexpectedly fall into water and supported her own experiences with RLSS UK video resources. “With the Don’t Drink & Drown campaign in full swing, I wanted to do my bit to educate and help young people understand, how dangerous drinking in and around bodies of water can be,” Sue explained. “Losin...
This was just one description of the room, as South Dartmoor Community College students reacted to one woman’s story of the sudden loss of her brother Philip, when she was just 18 years old. In a presentation led by Sue Hutchings, wife of Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) President, Ian Hutchings, Sue shared her story with 250 students, to highlight our Don’t Drink and Drown campaign. Sue stressed that her brother died as a result of a sudden accident, not to drowning but in addition to discussing the dangers of drinking in and around bodies of water; Sue also explained the effects of cold water shock on the body, how to react if you unexpectedly fall into water and supported her own experiences with RLSS UK video resources. “With the Don’t Drink & Drown campaign in full swing, I wanted to do my bit to educate and help young people understand, how dangerous drinking in and around bodies of water can be,” Sue explained. “Losin...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 10:15 am
In a week that has already seen Birmingham announced as the hosts of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are excited to announce that the RLSS Commonwealth has chosen RLSS UK, to host the 2019 Festival of Lifesaving! The announcement has been met with great delight by all those involved, particularly those who represented the home nations earlier this year in Durban, South Africa. Di Steer CEO RLSS UK said: “We are very proud to be chosen as hosts for the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving, as it makes a welcome return to the UK. It is a massive coup for us.” The UK has previously hosted the Commonwealth Championships several times throughout the 90s and early 00s, and RLSS UK are thrilled to have the new-look event, heading back here in 2019. “We’ll hit the ground running in 2018 to ensure that we, as a governing body, deliver a festival to remember!” added Ian Hutchings, RLSS UK President. The festival aims to en...
In a week that has already seen Birmingham announced as the hosts of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are excited to announce that the RLSS Commonwealth has chosen RLSS UK, to host the 2019 Festival of Lifesaving! The announcement has been met with great delight by all those involved, particularly those who represented the home nations earlier this year in Durban, South Africa. Di Steer CEO RLSS UK said: “We are very proud to be chosen as hosts for the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving, as it makes a welcome return to the UK. It is a massive coup for us.” The UK has previously hosted the Commonwealth Championships several times throughout the 90s and early 00s, and RLSS UK are thrilled to have the new-look event, heading back here in 2019. “We’ll hit the ground running in 2018 to ensure that we, as a governing body, deliver a festival to remember!” added Ian Hutchings, RLSS UK President. The festival aims to en...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 10:06 am
Having attended December’s Worcester Local Enterprise Partnership’s (WLEP) annual conference, we were delighted to have been awarded their Best Inward Coming Business of the Year! RLSS UK’s Deputy Director of Education and Research, Mike Dunn was on hand to collect the award: “As part of our move to Worcester, it is important for us to play our part in ensuring the long-term prosperity for the city and its community, the WLEP are key to achieving that aim. To be awarded on the day came as fantastic surprise and signifies the start of a great working relationship.”
Having attended December’s Worcester Local Enterprise Partnership’s (WLEP) annual conference, we were delighted to have been awarded their Best Inward Coming Business of the Year! RLSS UK’s Deputy Director of Education and Research, Mike Dunn was on hand to collect the award: “As part of our move to Worcester, it is important for us to play our part in ensuring the long-term prosperity for the city and its community, the WLEP are key to achieving that aim. To be awarded on the day came as fantastic surprise and signifies the start of a great working relationship.”
Posted: September 12, 2018, 10:04 am
Pupils at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Stratford upon Avon, are all set to welcome local MP, Nadhim Zahawi, to join their water safety session, alongside Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) representatives Emily Morris and Isabel Pitts. RLSS UK’s Adopt A School (AAS) scheme, started life as part of the charity’s Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) and looks to empower members, volunteers, parents and teachers, to access and promote effective water safety education in their local schools and help save lives. Armed with free resources and safe in the knowledge that all aspects meet KS2 national curriculum standards (or equivalent), AAS has already proved a valuable addition to the DPW toolkit, as an achievable way to educate children and help to prevent tragic losses of life to drowning. Emily Morris, RLSS UK Corporate Assistant said: “Around 400 people lose their life to drowning with thousands more suffering life-changing injuries through near-drowning expe...
Pupils at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Stratford upon Avon, are all set to welcome local MP, Nadhim Zahawi, to join their water safety session, alongside Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) representatives Emily Morris and Isabel Pitts. RLSS UK’s Adopt A School (AAS) scheme, started life as part of the charity’s Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) and looks to empower members, volunteers, parents and teachers, to access and promote effective water safety education in their local schools and help save lives. Armed with free resources and safe in the knowledge that all aspects meet KS2 national curriculum standards (or equivalent), AAS has already proved a valuable addition to the DPW toolkit, as an achievable way to educate children and help to prevent tragic losses of life to drowning. Emily Morris, RLSS UK Corporate Assistant said: “Around 400 people lose their life to drowning with thousands more suffering life-changing injuries through near-drowning expe...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 10:03 am
With the nights already darker, a new batch of students getting settled in and, dare we say it…Christmas on the way, our Don’t Drink and Drown campaign has become our primary focus. We had a fantastic response to our September social media based Don’t Drink and Drown campaign which targeted students and young people. Thousands of people took to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout Fresher’s Week to share our crucial messages and post about their activities. Our main Don’t Drink and Drown Campaign kicks off on December 4 and will include a national media promotion and a number of events in high risk areas. We have adapted our approach to the campaign this year to include a focus on people who purposefully enter the water when intoxicated. Closer analysis of the stats revealed that young people aged 17-29 were as much at risk of drowning when intentionally engaging in aquatic activity after drinking, as they were of falling in accidenta...
With the nights already darker, a new batch of students getting settled in and, dare we say it…Christmas on the way, our Don’t Drink and Drown campaign has become our primary focus. We had a fantastic response to our September social media based Don’t Drink and Drown campaign which targeted students and young people. Thousands of people took to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout Fresher’s Week to share our crucial messages and post about their activities. Our main Don’t Drink and Drown Campaign kicks off on December 4 and will include a national media promotion and a number of events in high risk areas. We have adapted our approach to the campaign this year to include a focus on people who purposefully enter the water when intoxicated. Closer analysis of the stats revealed that young people aged 17-29 were as much at risk of drowning when intentionally engaging in aquatic activity after drinking, as they were of falling in accidenta...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 9:55 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is working with an award-winning open water swimmer who has opened a new swimming pool in Northern Ireland to provide more opportunities for local people to swim. Padraig Mallon, an Irish open water swimmer, extreme marathon swimmer, ice swimmer and Ironman athlete, has launched Infinity Swim Academy, a purpose-built 25m three-lane indoor pool in Newry. The centre opened its doors to the public in last month (October) offering a wide range of swimming sessions from learn-to-swim classes for children and adults to women-only sessions and open water swimming classes. The centre is also working with local triathlon clubs and coaches to introduce triathlon an aquathon options to the centre. “The waiting lists for swimming at local pools are colossal. Our vision is to ‘learn here, swim anywhere’ and we can see the seeds of that taking root, with more than 500 people already signed up to our swimming programmes,” said Padr...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is working with an award-winning open water swimmer who has opened a new swimming pool in Northern Ireland to provide more opportunities for local people to swim. Padraig Mallon, an Irish open water swimmer, extreme marathon swimmer, ice swimmer and Ironman athlete, has launched Infinity Swim Academy, a purpose-built 25m three-lane indoor pool in Newry. The centre opened its doors to the public in last month (October) offering a wide range of swimming sessions from learn-to-swim classes for children and adults to women-only sessions and open water swimming classes. The centre is also working with local triathlon clubs and coaches to introduce triathlon an aquathon options to the centre. “The waiting lists for swimming at local pools are colossal. Our vision is to ‘learn here, swim anywhere’ and we can see the seeds of that taking root, with more than 500 people already signed up to our swimming programmes,” said Padr...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 9:54 am
As the brand new Bendigo Lounge opens its doors in Beeston, Nottingham this week, the venue has pledged 50p from each burger and 10p from each coffee, sold within the first month of trading, to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). The Bendigo Lounge is the latest in a popular line of ‘Lounges’ across the UK, owned by The Lounges group, with eclectic art and quirky curios providing a distinctive backdrop to a venue placing itself at the heart of its community. With the recent death of 12-year-old rugby fanatic Owen Jenkins, who tragically drowned in Beeston Weir saving a girl who’d got into difficulty in the water, The Lounge Community Manager, Gemma Irwin, explains the nature of the link with RLSS UK. “We knew about the loss of Owen in the summer and how hard it hit this community. When we heard of the fundraising efforts for RLSS UK and their vital drowning prevention work, it felt like a very natural process, to do our bit to help,” she said. ...
As the brand new Bendigo Lounge opens its doors in Beeston, Nottingham this week, the venue has pledged 50p from each burger and 10p from each coffee, sold within the first month of trading, to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). The Bendigo Lounge is the latest in a popular line of ‘Lounges’ across the UK, owned by The Lounges group, with eclectic art and quirky curios providing a distinctive backdrop to a venue placing itself at the heart of its community. With the recent death of 12-year-old rugby fanatic Owen Jenkins, who tragically drowned in Beeston Weir saving a girl who’d got into difficulty in the water, The Lounge Community Manager, Gemma Irwin, explains the nature of the link with RLSS UK. “We knew about the loss of Owen in the summer and how hard it hit this community. When we heard of the fundraising efforts for RLSS UK and their vital drowning prevention work, it felt like a very natural process, to do our bit to help,” she said. ...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 9:53 am
Swimming sensation and RLSS UK ambassador Jazmin ‘Jazz’ Carlin has recently made the exciting announcement she is diving into the world of competitive open water swimming. Here she talks to Lifesavers about her move into open water, her aspirations for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and the importance of RLSS UK and British Triathlon’s joint SH2OUT open water initiative. You’re well known for your outstanding achievements in the pool as a 400m and  800m freestyle swimmer,  why have you made the move into open water? I’ve decided to begin open water swimming because it’s a new challenge for me. Turns have always been a weakness of mine and with open water, there are no turns so it’s something new and exciting and obviously, it’s completely different to me racing in the pool. I’m still planning on competing in the pool and that’s still a big focus, but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into op...
Swimming sensation and RLSS UK ambassador Jazmin ‘Jazz’ Carlin has recently made the exciting announcement she is diving into the world of competitive open water swimming. Here she talks to Lifesavers about her move into open water, her aspirations for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and the importance of RLSS UK and British Triathlon’s joint SH2OUT open water initiative. You’re well known for your outstanding achievements in the pool as a 400m and  800m freestyle swimmer,  why have you made the move into open water? I’ve decided to begin open water swimming because it’s a new challenge for me. Turns have always been a weakness of mine and with open water, there are no turns so it’s something new and exciting and obviously, it’s completely different to me racing in the pool. I’m still planning on competing in the pool and that’s still a big focus, but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into op...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 9:47 am
We were delighted to hear about long-standing RLSS UK member, Christopher Lewis, being awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to maritime safety. After being awarded his long service medal at our own Honours event in 2017, for 50 years’ service to RLSS UK, it’s fantastic to see his dedication to the lifesaving cause gaining wider recognition and praise. You can read more here: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15799518.Meet_Christopher_Lewis__one_of_the_UK__39_s_oldest_lifeguards__and_now_an_MBE/?ref=fbshr
We were delighted to hear about long-standing RLSS UK member, Christopher Lewis, being awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to maritime safety. After being awarded his long service medal at our own Honours event in 2017, for 50 years’ service to RLSS UK, it’s fantastic to see his dedication to the lifesaving cause gaining wider recognition and praise. You can read more here: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15799518.Meet_Christopher_Lewis__one_of_the_UK__39_s_oldest_lifeguards__and_now_an_MBE/?ref=fbshr
Posted: September 12, 2018, 9:44 am
Throughout the last few months of 2017, the Community Drowning Prevention Coordinators were busy running the Lifesaving Network and Training Events across the UK and Ireland. The workshops were carefully designed based on information from the recent Volunteer Survey and Lifesaving Awards Review Consultation. The purpose was to provide updates, ideas and discussion to ensure you left with varying ideas of how you can continue to enjoy your individual experience with the Royal Life Saving Society UK. The roadshows were a big success, 81% of attendees would recommend the workshops and 81% defined the workshops as good or outstanding. We have now produced a brief summary report in evaluation of the workshops. This report includes a host of links to support the delivery of RLSS UK activity. We have added the sections of the workshop presentation below so those that couldn’t make any of the dates can look at the delivered content. Social Media Getting more volunteers ...
Throughout the last few months of 2017, the Community Drowning Prevention Coordinators were busy running the Lifesaving Network and Training Events across the UK and Ireland. The workshops were carefully designed based on information from the recent Volunteer Survey and Lifesaving Awards Review Consultation. The purpose was to provide updates, ideas and discussion to ensure you left with varying ideas of how you can continue to enjoy your individual experience with the Royal Life Saving Society UK. The roadshows were a big success, 81% of attendees would recommend the workshops and 81% defined the workshops as good or outstanding. We have now produced a brief summary report in evaluation of the workshops. This report includes a host of links to support the delivery of RLSS UK activity. We have added the sections of the workshop presentation below so those that couldn’t make any of the dates can look at the delivered content. Social Media Getting more volunteers ...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 9:40 am
17 – 19 October saw RLSS UK representatives attend the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Vancouver. The conference is held every two years and sees drowning prevention organisations from around the world, meet to share best practice, ideas and the latest research. As our RLSS UK colleagues make a welcome return, Head of Volunteering Lee Heard, tells us the value the trip has had: “It’s always positive to be able to share the great drowning prevention work from the UK with our global drowning prevention colleagues and to learn from what they are doing in their own communities. It is through sharing best practice, research, and ideas that we learn how we can improve” said Lee. “The approaches to teaching activities through a water competency framework that are going on elsewhere in the world, have inspired a fresh approach in devising our own lifesaving pathways.” In partnership with the conference, the RLSS Commo...
17 – 19 October saw RLSS UK representatives attend the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Vancouver. The conference is held every two years and sees drowning prevention organisations from around the world, meet to share best practice, ideas and the latest research. As our RLSS UK colleagues make a welcome return, Head of Volunteering Lee Heard, tells us the value the trip has had: “It’s always positive to be able to share the great drowning prevention work from the UK with our global drowning prevention colleagues and to learn from what they are doing in their own communities. It is through sharing best practice, research, and ideas that we learn how we can improve” said Lee. “The approaches to teaching activities through a water competency framework that are going on elsewhere in the world, have inspired a fresh approach in devising our own lifesaving pathways.” In partnership with the conference, the RLSS Commo...
Posted: September 12, 2018, 9:39 am
GLL, the UK’s largest operator of swimming facilities through its customer brand, Better, is offering water safety sessions in support of Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) which runs 19-26 June. One person drowns every 20 hours in the UK, with hundreds more suffering from life-changing injuries due to near drowning. Latest statistics show that more people die from drowning in the UK than from road cycling accidents. With 17 million annual swim visits across 140 Better facilities, GLL recognises the importance of water safety and, as such, is engaging adults and children in a fun yet educational way to ensure they understand the importance of remaining safe and vigilant when in or around water. Throughout Drowning Prevention Week, over 180,000 pupils in Better Swim School and School Swimming lessons will take part in a water safety-focussed swimming lesson ahead of the summer holidays. Pupils will learn how to spot h...
GLL, the UK’s largest operator of swimming facilities through its customer brand, Better, is offering water safety sessions in support of Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) which runs 19-26 June. One person drowns every 20 hours in the UK, with hundreds more suffering from life-changing injuries due to near drowning. Latest statistics show that more people die from drowning in the UK than from road cycling accidents. With 17 million annual swim visits across 140 Better facilities, GLL recognises the importance of water safety and, as such, is engaging adults and children in a fun yet educational way to ensure they understand the importance of remaining safe and vigilant when in or around water. Throughout Drowning Prevention Week, over 180,000 pupils in Better Swim School and School Swimming lessons will take part in a water safety-focussed swimming lesson ahead of the summer holidays. Pupils will learn how to spot h...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:35 pm
Evidence for or against drown-proofing a child is necessary, but it would be unethical to subject babies and toddlers to these methods to assess the methodology.  Therefore, a new report titled ‘Sink or Swim’ has been published by the UK baby swimming industry today to argue the case against drown-proofing teaching methodologies based on authoritative scientific research. All the major UK bodies involved in baby swimming have come together to speak out and warn parents about the dangers of ‘survival’ methods being taught to young infants.  This united call to action comes after videos, which show distressed young learners being taught these ‘drown-proofing’ methods, going viral across social media and gaining increasing media attention in the UK. Baby swimming is a wonderful sensory activity; as such it has rapidly become a cultural must of early parenting because of all the known benefits it provides, including the pr...
Evidence for or against drown-proofing a child is necessary, but it would be unethical to subject babies and toddlers to these methods to assess the methodology.  Therefore, a new report titled ‘Sink or Swim’ has been published by the UK baby swimming industry today to argue the case against drown-proofing teaching methodologies based on authoritative scientific research. All the major UK bodies involved in baby swimming have come together to speak out and warn parents about the dangers of ‘survival’ methods being taught to young infants.  This united call to action comes after videos, which show distressed young learners being taught these ‘drown-proofing’ methods, going viral across social media and gaining increasing media attention in the UK. Baby swimming is a wonderful sensory activity; as such it has rapidly become a cultural must of early parenting because of all the known benefits it provides, including the pr...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:33 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has updated its National Vocational Beach Lifeguard manual (NVBLQ) to support lifeguards throughout the UK. Many work for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards, who patrol over 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. In the wake of the tragedies at Camber Sands last summer the RNLI expressed its commitment to helping visitors to Camber Sands enjoy the beach safely. In preparation for the summer season, the already qualified beach lifeguards at Camber Sands have undergone a two-week induction programme that covers advanced first aid, search and rescue techniques and an in-depth look at the risks specific to Camber Sands. RLSS UK supported the RNLI by updating the NVLBQ candidate manual in conjunction with SLSA Wales, with new course materials and resources provided. The aim of the new NVBLQ candidate manual and delivery resources is to aid trainers to deliver high-quality beach lifeguard training to their ...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has updated its National Vocational Beach Lifeguard manual (NVBLQ) to support lifeguards throughout the UK. Many work for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards, who patrol over 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. In the wake of the tragedies at Camber Sands last summer the RNLI expressed its commitment to helping visitors to Camber Sands enjoy the beach safely. In preparation for the summer season, the already qualified beach lifeguards at Camber Sands have undergone a two-week induction programme that covers advanced first aid, search and rescue techniques and an in-depth look at the risks specific to Camber Sands. RLSS UK supported the RNLI by updating the NVLBQ candidate manual in conjunction with SLSA Wales, with new course materials and resources provided. The aim of the new NVBLQ candidate manual and delivery resources is to aid trainers to deliver high-quality beach lifeguard training to their ...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:31 pm
RLSS UK Ambassador, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, is set to get very wet to celebrate his 50th year. The world renowned sports scientist, physical activity expert and trainer to the stars has challengedhimself to complete 50 swims in all kinds of environments to achieve his fantastic 50@50 goal.   Greg talks to Lifesavers about his crazy year ahead, what is driving him through the challenge and what it’s like to reach 50-years-old! Lifesavers: The first and most important question – what is it like to be 50?! Greg: Inside, I still feel like I’m in my teens. When I get in a swim squad session and look at my times I realise that the reality doesn’t always reflect the thinking! We know you’ve coached others to push themselves and achieve almost unthinkable challenges, what made you decide to challenge yourself in this way? There are two main reasons why I’m doing 50@50. Firstly, one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK. My Ambassador role with...
RLSS UK Ambassador, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, is set to get very wet to celebrate his 50th year. The world renowned sports scientist, physical activity expert and trainer to the stars has challengedhimself to complete 50 swims in all kinds of environments to achieve his fantastic 50@50 goal.   Greg talks to Lifesavers about his crazy year ahead, what is driving him through the challenge and what it’s like to reach 50-years-old! Lifesavers: The first and most important question – what is it like to be 50?! Greg: Inside, I still feel like I’m in my teens. When I get in a swim squad session and look at my times I realise that the reality doesn’t always reflect the thinking! We know you’ve coached others to push themselves and achieve almost unthinkable challenges, what made you decide to challenge yourself in this way? There are two main reasons why I’m doing 50@50. Firstly, one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK. My Ambassador role with...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:24 pm
Double Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medallist, Jazz Carlin, has been announced as a Royal Life Saving Society UK Ambassador. The freestyle swimmer will join the charity to back, promote and develop its fast growing open water offering where safety is a priority. She will also aim to inspire a new generation of young people to discover Lifesaving as a sport. And, as the Drowning Prevention Charity, RLSS UK is thrilled at Jazz’s move into open water and enthusiasm for the sport, whilst also supporting its aim to save lives and prevent unnecessary drownings. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Jazz as an ambassador and we believe she will be a real asset and inspiration to people, helping us to raise awareness of all of the work we do. “Jazz’s fantastic achievements to date, and I’m sure in the future, make her a perfect ambassador for us. We would like to thank her for her support and wish her luck as she head...
Double Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medallist, Jazz Carlin, has been announced as a Royal Life Saving Society UK Ambassador. The freestyle swimmer will join the charity to back, promote and develop its fast growing open water offering where safety is a priority. She will also aim to inspire a new generation of young people to discover Lifesaving as a sport. And, as the Drowning Prevention Charity, RLSS UK is thrilled at Jazz’s move into open water and enthusiasm for the sport, whilst also supporting its aim to save lives and prevent unnecessary drownings. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Jazz as an ambassador and we believe she will be a real asset and inspiration to people, helping us to raise awareness of all of the work we do. “Jazz’s fantastic achievements to date, and I’m sure in the future, make her a perfect ambassador for us. We would like to thank her for her support and wish her luck as she head...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:22 pm
A team of lifeguards from Western Swimming Pool who helped to save the life of a swimmer have been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK. Three lifeguards from the Derby Road centre – Breesha Laing, Stephanie Brew and Kirstyn Horne – as well as assistant manager Phil Littlejohns have each received a Certificate of Meritorious Lifeguards from the UK’s drowning prevention charity in honour of their outstanding efforts. The team spotted a female swimmer getting into difficulty during a gentle aquafit session for seniors and helped her out of the pool. The woman was unable to talk, her face had fallen on one side and she then collapsed. The team identified that the woman was suffering a stroke and called an ambulance. The woman’s condition quickly deteriorated and she stopped breathing. The team immediately began to administer CPR and continued to do so until she started breathing again. A paramedic arrived 15 minutes later and helped the team with CPR...
A team of lifeguards from Western Swimming Pool who helped to save the life of a swimmer have been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK. Three lifeguards from the Derby Road centre – Breesha Laing, Stephanie Brew and Kirstyn Horne – as well as assistant manager Phil Littlejohns have each received a Certificate of Meritorious Lifeguards from the UK’s drowning prevention charity in honour of their outstanding efforts. The team spotted a female swimmer getting into difficulty during a gentle aquafit session for seniors and helped her out of the pool. The woman was unable to talk, her face had fallen on one side and she then collapsed. The team identified that the woman was suffering a stroke and called an ambulance. The woman’s condition quickly deteriorated and she stopped breathing. The team immediately began to administer CPR and continued to do so until she started breathing again. A paramedic arrived 15 minutes later and helped the team with CPR...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:21 pm
RLSS UK have been working with the guys at Cap2 to help increase the functionality of CoursePro, making it easier for swim teachers to record and access the achievements of their pupils. The announcement that Rookie Lifeguard will be added to CoursePro, means that not only will it help with increasing the awards that operators can offer but most importantly will improve water safety. “Enjoyed by children and valued by parents, Rookie Lifeguard is extremely popular and we want to encourage more children to take part to learn vital lifesaving skills.  For operators, the scheme helps to build their reputation as socially responsible organisations, while allowing them to generate significant income from their customers,” said RLSS UK’s Deputy Director of Education and Research, Mike Dunn. As of now, you can import the Rookie Lifeguard course into your CoursePro system, making it easy to start running Rookie classes. This means teachers wil...
RLSS UK have been working with the guys at Cap2 to help increase the functionality of CoursePro, making it easier for swim teachers to record and access the achievements of their pupils. The announcement that Rookie Lifeguard will be added to CoursePro, means that not only will it help with increasing the awards that operators can offer but most importantly will improve water safety. “Enjoyed by children and valued by parents, Rookie Lifeguard is extremely popular and we want to encourage more children to take part to learn vital lifesaving skills.  For operators, the scheme helps to build their reputation as socially responsible organisations, while allowing them to generate significant income from their customers,” said RLSS UK’s Deputy Director of Education and Research, Mike Dunn. As of now, you can import the Rookie Lifeguard course into your CoursePro system, making it easy to start running Rookie classes. This means teachers wil...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:18 pm
Before the end of term, more than 1,000 pupils from schools across Barnsley and Bassetlaw took part in a campaign highlighting the dangers of water during the summer holidays. 50 schools in and around Barnsley and Bassetlaw embarked on a design competition, organised by leisure operators BPL, where young people from years one, two and three were tasked with designing a poster that depicts swim safety – featuring the BPL mascot, Derek the Dolphin. All the designs were obtained from the schools, BPL narrowed them down to two finalists from each school and then a final winner was decided upon. Lacey Green (8) from Keresforth Primary School was the overall winner for schools in Barnsley and Chloe Nattriss (8) from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School was the Bassetlaw winner. Their designs have been transformed into posters, free swim vouchers, bookmarks and certificates which will be distributed right across the region to raise awareness of swim safety for young people. A B...
Before the end of term, more than 1,000 pupils from schools across Barnsley and Bassetlaw took part in a campaign highlighting the dangers of water during the summer holidays. 50 schools in and around Barnsley and Bassetlaw embarked on a design competition, organised by leisure operators BPL, where young people from years one, two and three were tasked with designing a poster that depicts swim safety – featuring the BPL mascot, Derek the Dolphin. All the designs were obtained from the schools, BPL narrowed them down to two finalists from each school and then a final winner was decided upon. Lacey Green (8) from Keresforth Primary School was the overall winner for schools in Barnsley and Chloe Nattriss (8) from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School was the Bassetlaw winner. Their designs have been transformed into posters, free swim vouchers, bookmarks and certificates which will be distributed right across the region to raise awareness of swim safety for young people. A B...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:15 pm
The Lifesaving Foundation’s 15th Ireland Medal was presented to Brendan Donohoe on Wednesday 12th July 2017 in recognition of his 50 years of continuous active lifesaving service. In addition to his role as Chairperson of the Lifesaving Foundation Brendan is also President of the RLSS IRELAND BRANCH having previously held this position in the 1980’s. His medal citation reads “In recognition of his 50 continuous years of exceptional service to saving lives from drowning as a volunteer lifeguard, a lifesaving teacher, a lifeguard trainer and assessor, a drowning prevention researcher, and a national and international administrator the 2016 individual Ireland medal is awarded to Brendan Donohoe.” Brendan is a senior administrative employee of Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council, Ireland. He will retire from the council in August 2017 having completed 40 years as a public servant. As a mark of esteem the council hosted the medal ceremon...
The Lifesaving Foundation’s 15th Ireland Medal was presented to Brendan Donohoe on Wednesday 12th July 2017 in recognition of his 50 years of continuous active lifesaving service. In addition to his role as Chairperson of the Lifesaving Foundation Brendan is also President of the RLSS IRELAND BRANCH having previously held this position in the 1980’s. His medal citation reads “In recognition of his 50 continuous years of exceptional service to saving lives from drowning as a volunteer lifeguard, a lifesaving teacher, a lifeguard trainer and assessor, a drowning prevention researcher, and a national and international administrator the 2016 individual Ireland medal is awarded to Brendan Donohoe.” Brendan is a senior administrative employee of Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council, Ireland. He will retire from the council in August 2017 having completed 40 years as a public servant. As a mark of esteem the council hosted the medal ceremon...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:13 pm
I inhaled a diminished breath as I watched my frantic hands above my head, disappear, beneath the surface. No one noticed. The cold water gulped around my ears as my face fell further away from the moon speckled surface. My feet were dragging me even further into the abys. No one noticed. Just to feel a warm hand, a face, a hand, a face. How I wish I could grow gills. How I wish somebody noticed me. No one noticed. They were drunk. I however had a life. *** “I think she has had about 10 shots in the past 20 minutes, it would be a wise choice to stop her before her liver packs up!” I shouted over the music to her boyfriend, Sean. I watched him stumble over to Jenny, grab her arm and guide her to us. She looked okay; I was just concerned for her health. “Let’s call it a night guys, this one will be feeling it in the morning.” Sean slurred as he ruffled her hair. Truth is I think we all will. As we walked down the drive way on to the country road the cliff...
I inhaled a diminished breath as I watched my frantic hands above my head, disappear, beneath the surface. No one noticed. The cold water gulped around my ears as my face fell further away from the moon speckled surface. My feet were dragging me even further into the abys. No one noticed. Just to feel a warm hand, a face, a hand, a face. How I wish I could grow gills. How I wish somebody noticed me. No one noticed. They were drunk. I however had a life. *** “I think she has had about 10 shots in the past 20 minutes, it would be a wise choice to stop her before her liver packs up!” I shouted over the music to her boyfriend, Sean. I watched him stumble over to Jenny, grab her arm and guide her to us. She looked okay; I was just concerned for her health. “Let’s call it a night guys, this one will be feeling it in the morning.” Sean slurred as he ruffled her hair. Truth is I think we all will. As we walked down the drive way on to the country road the cliff...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:10 pm
A duty manager has overcome one of the biggest challenges of his career after qualifying as a pool lifeguard with the Royal Life Saving Society UK. That’s quite an achievement for a partial amputee. Michael Williams, who works at the GLL operated Park Sport Centre in Wheatley, Oxford, had his leg partially amputated when he was 20 months old following a birth defect in his left foot. The 26 year old has worked for GLL for three years and is keen to progress his career, but has been held back by his poor swimming skills. “I needed to qualify as a lifeguard in order to progress my career. As a duty manager at a dry side leisure centre, I’ve found it so difficult to move up the ladder without holding an NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) – it’s been a massive barrier for me for nearly three years,” he says. For the last two years, Williams has battled his physical impairment to being a pool lifeguard, which involved learning to swim all ove...
A duty manager has overcome one of the biggest challenges of his career after qualifying as a pool lifeguard with the Royal Life Saving Society UK. That’s quite an achievement for a partial amputee. Michael Williams, who works at the GLL operated Park Sport Centre in Wheatley, Oxford, had his leg partially amputated when he was 20 months old following a birth defect in his left foot. The 26 year old has worked for GLL for three years and is keen to progress his career, but has been held back by his poor swimming skills. “I needed to qualify as a lifeguard in order to progress my career. As a duty manager at a dry side leisure centre, I’ve found it so difficult to move up the ladder without holding an NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) – it’s been a massive barrier for me for nearly three years,” he says. For the last two years, Williams has battled his physical impairment to being a pool lifeguard, which involved learning to swim all ove...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:04 pm
Just over a year ago, 12-year-old Monica Wheeler took the plunge and became an RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard, shortly after joining her local leisure centre. Having initially been nervous about signing up to Rookie, she now feels other youngsters could be missing out on a great opportunity. She said: “I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I signed up to be a Rookie Lifeguard but I am so glad I did. Everyone is really kind and friendly, so our sessions are a lot of fun but I am also learning some amazing skills!” And mum Lisa is quick to praise the awards scheme, having seen her daughter’s confidence develop both in and out of the water. “Monica has always been a quiet girl and hesitant in involving herself in new things,” she said. “But now there’s no stopping her. She gives the Rookie group her all every week and even practices her skills on her brothers!” RLSS UK National Trainer Assessor, Sharon Hunter, teaches Monica at...
Just over a year ago, 12-year-old Monica Wheeler took the plunge and became an RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard, shortly after joining her local leisure centre. Having initially been nervous about signing up to Rookie, she now feels other youngsters could be missing out on a great opportunity. She said: “I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I signed up to be a Rookie Lifeguard but I am so glad I did. Everyone is really kind and friendly, so our sessions are a lot of fun but I am also learning some amazing skills!” And mum Lisa is quick to praise the awards scheme, having seen her daughter’s confidence develop both in and out of the water. “Monica has always been a quiet girl and hesitant in involving herself in new things,” she said. “But now there’s no stopping her. She gives the Rookie group her all every week and even practices her skills on her brothers!” RLSS UK National Trainer Assessor, Sharon Hunter, teaches Monica at...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:02 pm
Entries are now open for the first ever SH2OUT open water swim at the ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds 2018. The event will be part of a weekend of swim, bike and run events taking place on 9-10 June. The SH2OUT open water swim will have either a 400m or 750m swim available on Saturday 9 June priced at £20. Entry is available at leeds.triathlon.org. The SH2OUT campaign launched by British Triathlon and RLSS UK earlier this year aims to ensure that open water swimming is conducted within a safe environment. RLSS UK is the leading provider of water safety education and qualifications and seeks to help reduce the figure of 400 accidental drownings in open water each year. The partnership is hosting an open water swim at an event like the ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds to help raise awareness of open water swimming and ensure participants swim safely with a positive introduction to the sport. SH2OUT will be one of the many events taking part in Leeds in 2018. The event is a...
Entries are now open for the first ever SH2OUT open water swim at the ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds 2018. The event will be part of a weekend of swim, bike and run events taking place on 9-10 June. The SH2OUT open water swim will have either a 400m or 750m swim available on Saturday 9 June priced at £20. Entry is available at leeds.triathlon.org. The SH2OUT campaign launched by British Triathlon and RLSS UK earlier this year aims to ensure that open water swimming is conducted within a safe environment. RLSS UK is the leading provider of water safety education and qualifications and seeks to help reduce the figure of 400 accidental drownings in open water each year. The partnership is hosting an open water swim at an event like the ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds to help raise awareness of open water swimming and ensure participants swim safely with a positive introduction to the sport. SH2OUT will be one of the many events taking part in Leeds in 2018. The event is a...
Posted: September 11, 2018, 3:00 pm
The issue of rip currents is never far from the headlines, especially during the summer months. In 2011 Dr Rob Brander kindly gave his permission for RLSS UK to use his rip current dye-trace images in our education resources, now his work features in an informative series on National Geographic, educating even more people in rip current safety. Click here to for more information about, how to spot a rip, the different types of rips and how to survive a rip current.
The issue of rip currents is never far from the headlines, especially during the summer months. In 2011 Dr Rob Brander kindly gave his permission for RLSS UK to use his rip current dye-trace images in our education resources, now his work features in an informative series on National Geographic, educating even more people in rip current safety. Click here to for more information about, how to spot a rip, the different types of rips and how to survive a rip current.
Posted: September 10, 2018, 9:26 am
Our guest bloggers from Wells Life Saving Club provide an insight into an international visit to Germany. The annual USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) event organised by THW (www.thw-jugend.de) is taking place between 25th July and 2nd August. Eleven youth lifesavers from Wells Life Saving Club, led by Liz Mapstone of Wells Life Saving Club and Ellen Moore Head of Volunteer Engagement, RLSS UK have joined youth members from rescue organisations across Europe including clubs from Germany (THW), Icleand (ICE-SAR), Turkey (AYADER) and Russia (Russian Union of Rescuers). They are learning valuable urban rescue techniques and skills and how to work with international counterparts in a simulated disaster situation. USAR 2013 Day 1: Day 1 of USAR 2013 shared by Will and Imogen from Wells Life Saving Club. After a short flight on an exclusive ‘caravan with wings’, 13 of us arrived at Hannover Airport and, with very little introduction, were whisked away in two minib...
Our guest bloggers from Wells Life Saving Club provide an insight into an international visit to Germany. The annual USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) event organised by THW (www.thw-jugend.de) is taking place between 25th July and 2nd August. Eleven youth lifesavers from Wells Life Saving Club, led by Liz Mapstone of Wells Life Saving Club and Ellen Moore Head of Volunteer Engagement, RLSS UK have joined youth members from rescue organisations across Europe including clubs from Germany (THW), Icleand (ICE-SAR), Turkey (AYADER) and Russia (Russian Union of Rescuers). They are learning valuable urban rescue techniques and skills and how to work with international counterparts in a simulated disaster situation. USAR 2013 Day 1: Day 1 of USAR 2013 shared by Will and Imogen from Wells Life Saving Club. After a short flight on an exclusive ‘caravan with wings’, 13 of us arrived at Hannover Airport and, with very little introduction, were whisked away in two minib...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 3:40 pm
With snow and ice affecting the UK, The Royal Life Saving Society UK are urging the public to be aware of the dangers these freezing conditions can pose. Many aren’t aware of the dangers of frozen water; it may look solid from the surface but will not hold your weight and could crack when stood on. The Royal Life Saving Society UK has devised these safety tips about the dangers of frozen waters. When water is frozen and the cold weather sets in these are a few safety tips to take note of: Teach children not to go on to frozen lakes, ponds, canals and reservoirs under any circumstances. Children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on the ice formed on open water during cold weather. Pets should be kept on leads when near frozen water and owners should refrain from throwing objects onto ice for them to retrieve. Bystanders should shout reassurance to casualties without endangering themselves. Make sure help is on the way by phoning the emergency services (...
With snow and ice affecting the UK, The Royal Life Saving Society UK are urging the public to be aware of the dangers these freezing conditions can pose. Many aren’t aware of the dangers of frozen water; it may look solid from the surface but will not hold your weight and could crack when stood on. The Royal Life Saving Society UK has devised these safety tips about the dangers of frozen waters. When water is frozen and the cold weather sets in these are a few safety tips to take note of: Teach children not to go on to frozen lakes, ponds, canals and reservoirs under any circumstances. Children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on the ice formed on open water during cold weather. Pets should be kept on leads when near frozen water and owners should refrain from throwing objects onto ice for them to retrieve. Bystanders should shout reassurance to casualties without endangering themselves. Make sure help is on the way by phoning the emergency services (...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 3:37 pm
After spending the first part of the eve of the awards morning continuing to edit videos, I left home for the three-hour drive to Cranage Hall at 7.30am. I arrived ready for a team meeting with Alex and the Customer Engagement Managers. We finished the meeting with a brief about the IQL Seminar and Lifeguard Awards and final preparation started. Jobs understood, we split off and carried out our work. Alex went to collect Dr Handley from Holmes Chapel station, last minute panic purchases were needed so Danielle was driving off to Northwich to collect a tripod. Simon, Helen and Ian started preparing the registration desk and as the boss had arrived, Tara and I went through her presentation and the awards ceremony logistics. Dinner time arrived but so did the staging company so Tara and I ate our dinner on a makeshift table whilst playing the presentations and videos through on the big screen so that we knew it was all perfect for Friday.  After the final checks were made, registra...
After spending the first part of the eve of the awards morning continuing to edit videos, I left home for the three-hour drive to Cranage Hall at 7.30am. I arrived ready for a team meeting with Alex and the Customer Engagement Managers. We finished the meeting with a brief about the IQL Seminar and Lifeguard Awards and final preparation started. Jobs understood, we split off and carried out our work. Alex went to collect Dr Handley from Holmes Chapel station, last minute panic purchases were needed so Danielle was driving off to Northwich to collect a tripod. Simon, Helen and Ian started preparing the registration desk and as the boss had arrived, Tara and I went through her presentation and the awards ceremony logistics. Dinner time arrived but so did the staging company so Tara and I ate our dinner on a makeshift table whilst playing the presentations and videos through on the big screen so that we knew it was all perfect for Friday.  After the final checks were made, registra...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 3:33 pm
With flood and wind warnings in place for the UK over the next few days, The Royal Life Saving Society UK is warning families to take care when close to water. A spell of very windy weather with severe gales and storm force winds forecast for parts of the UK, combined with heavy rain may pose increased danger around coastal areas and inland water sites. This has been highlighted by a reported incident of a 6 month old child being blown into the water from the docks in Somerset, narrowly avoiding a drowning situation. Di Standley, chief executive of The Royal Life Saving Society UK, said: “We are expecting further heavy rain and strong winds as the week goes on, and we urge the public to be vigilant near water, particularly whilst the wind is so strong. People are often curious to see rivers at their peak, and to brave the stormy weather, but this can be dangerous. It’s vital not to underestimate the power of the weather. Everyone needs to be proactive and to learn about w...
With flood and wind warnings in place for the UK over the next few days, The Royal Life Saving Society UK is warning families to take care when close to water. A spell of very windy weather with severe gales and storm force winds forecast for parts of the UK, combined with heavy rain may pose increased danger around coastal areas and inland water sites. This has been highlighted by a reported incident of a 6 month old child being blown into the water from the docks in Somerset, narrowly avoiding a drowning situation. Di Standley, chief executive of The Royal Life Saving Society UK, said: “We are expecting further heavy rain and strong winds as the week goes on, and we urge the public to be vigilant near water, particularly whilst the wind is so strong. People are often curious to see rivers at their peak, and to brave the stormy weather, but this can be dangerous. It’s vital not to underestimate the power of the weather. Everyone needs to be proactive and to learn about w...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 3:30 pm
Here’s how Edward McCutcheon, course co-ordinator and RLSS UK Liaison for Warwick Uni Lifesaving Club organised and ran the massively successful Save A Baby’s Life workshop at Warwick Arts Centre this week. It all started with an off-hand comment from Warwick Uni’s Lifesaving Club’s President, Adam, ‘I wonder if we could do a big Save a Baby event with loads of BULSCA trainers’ he said. BULSCA is the British Universities Lifesaving Clubs Association and the University Lifesaving League managers, by the way! Just over nine months later, more than 200 people were booked on a club-organised event at the Warwick Arts Centre, with 26 instructors from Warwick Uni, BULSCA and across the Warwickshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire RLSS UK branches – plus 220 baby manikins! The comment from most trainers who visit our club is that we are spoilt for resources – university teaching rooms are extremely well equipped and usually free, our p...
Here’s how Edward McCutcheon, course co-ordinator and RLSS UK Liaison for Warwick Uni Lifesaving Club organised and ran the massively successful Save A Baby’s Life workshop at Warwick Arts Centre this week. It all started with an off-hand comment from Warwick Uni’s Lifesaving Club’s President, Adam, ‘I wonder if we could do a big Save a Baby event with loads of BULSCA trainers’ he said. BULSCA is the British Universities Lifesaving Clubs Association and the University Lifesaving League managers, by the way! Just over nine months later, more than 200 people were booked on a club-organised event at the Warwick Arts Centre, with 26 instructors from Warwick Uni, BULSCA and across the Warwickshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire RLSS UK branches – plus 220 baby manikins! The comment from most trainers who visit our club is that we are spoilt for resources – university teaching rooms are extremely well equipped and usually free, our p...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 3:27 pm
As you know we said farewell to the Heritage Awards on the 31st December 2012 and have now embraced the new Survive & Save Programme which includes a Bronze, Silver and Gold Medallion. We mentioned in our previous blog entry, the Scottish Eastern Branch held Heritage Awards Assessments on New Year’s Eve in a bid to be some of the last awarded the Heritage Bronze Medallion and other Heritage Awards. Having made an event of the occasion and getting Heritage Bronze Medallion t-shirts made, we have been eagerly awaiting the photo’s…and here they are: Well done to all those who took part, looks like a great day! Also congratulation goes to Bryan Finlay, Vice Chair of the Scottish Eastern Branch, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours 2013 under the following: Community Resuscitation Development Officer, Scottish Ambulance Service. For services to Healthcare and the community in the Lothians and Borders. This medal is recogn...
As you know we said farewell to the Heritage Awards on the 31st December 2012 and have now embraced the new Survive & Save Programme which includes a Bronze, Silver and Gold Medallion. We mentioned in our previous blog entry, the Scottish Eastern Branch held Heritage Awards Assessments on New Year’s Eve in a bid to be some of the last awarded the Heritage Bronze Medallion and other Heritage Awards. Having made an event of the occasion and getting Heritage Bronze Medallion t-shirts made, we have been eagerly awaiting the photo’s…and here they are: Well done to all those who took part, looks like a great day! Also congratulation goes to Bryan Finlay, Vice Chair of the Scottish Eastern Branch, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours 2013 under the following: Community Resuscitation Development Officer, Scottish Ambulance Service. For services to Healthcare and the community in the Lothians and Borders. This medal is recogn...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 3:25 pm
On 10 November 2012 just after midnight police in Weston-super-Mare  were called to assist a woman and a man in the sea. There was an incoming tide and the lack of light made it difficult to see the casualties and an urgent call was put out requesting life rings and to contact the Coastguard. PC Darren Bond, prepared to enter the water in his boxers, white shirt and hi-vis tabard, taking with him a life ring and a torch he entered the water and headed towards the two casualties. PC Bond was soon assisted by SC Thomas Kettleborough. Upon reaching the casualties they discovered the woman was trying to walk out to sea and didn’t want to come back to the shore and the man was walking with her, but not trying to stop her. They managed to encourage the man to make his way back to the shore but he kept coming back as he didn’t want to leave the woman. The woman fought against PC Bond and SC Kettleborough as they tried to get her back to shore and when they eventually reach...
On 10 November 2012 just after midnight police in Weston-super-Mare  were called to assist a woman and a man in the sea. There was an incoming tide and the lack of light made it difficult to see the casualties and an urgent call was put out requesting life rings and to contact the Coastguard. PC Darren Bond, prepared to enter the water in his boxers, white shirt and hi-vis tabard, taking with him a life ring and a torch he entered the water and headed towards the two casualties. PC Bond was soon assisted by SC Thomas Kettleborough. Upon reaching the casualties they discovered the woman was trying to walk out to sea and didn’t want to come back to the shore and the man was walking with her, but not trying to stop her. They managed to encourage the man to make his way back to the shore but he kept coming back as he didn’t want to leave the woman. The woman fought against PC Bond and SC Kettleborough as they tried to get her back to shore and when they eventually reach...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 3:24 pm
RLSS UK – the drowning prevention charity is urging people to listen to water safety advice to prevent any more drownings this summer, particularly as we are just at the start of school holidays period. Over 700 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through non-fatal drowning experiences. Each year around a quarter of all drownings occurring during July and August. RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer said: “Already at the start of the summer people have lost their lives in a number of tragic circumstances which prove that water safety and knowledge is so, so important, no matter where you are or what you are doing. “We want people to listen to our alert and take on board the safety messages we are issuing – advice that could mean the difference between life and death.  Di Steer continued: “We are also looking to open more safe inland water supervised swimming sites. ...
RLSS UK – the drowning prevention charity is urging people to listen to water safety advice to prevent any more drownings this summer, particularly as we are just at the start of school holidays period. Over 700 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through non-fatal drowning experiences. Each year around a quarter of all drownings occurring during July and August. RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer said: “Already at the start of the summer people have lost their lives in a number of tragic circumstances which prove that water safety and knowledge is so, so important, no matter where you are or what you are doing. “We want people to listen to our alert and take on board the safety messages we are issuing – advice that could mean the difference between life and death.  Di Steer continued: “We are also looking to open more safe inland water supervised swimming sites. ...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 3:14 pm
 Scottish Water is urging people to stay safe and not take risks around rivers, reservoirs and lochs this summer. The utility is also calling on children and parents to take particular care during the summer holidays and any spells of warm weather we might enjoy. The latest figures from the National Water Safety Forum show that, in 2017, a total of 255 people lost their lives to unintentional drowning in the UK, 46 of which were in Scotland. Scottish Water is continuing with its social media campaign #ReservoirSafety and again has a video available to highlight the importance of reservoir safety, which can be viewed at www.scottishwater.co.uk/reservoirvideo or on YouTube https://youtu.be/q_4BbccmyrM The utility’s call for people to stay safe in and around water has been echoed by Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer Duncan Scott, who is leading Scottish Swimming’s Learn to Swim campaign which is supported by Scottish Water. Duncan, who won six med...
 Scottish Water is urging people to stay safe and not take risks around rivers, reservoirs and lochs this summer. The utility is also calling on children and parents to take particular care during the summer holidays and any spells of warm weather we might enjoy. The latest figures from the National Water Safety Forum show that, in 2017, a total of 255 people lost their lives to unintentional drowning in the UK, 46 of which were in Scotland. Scottish Water is continuing with its social media campaign #ReservoirSafety and again has a video available to highlight the importance of reservoir safety, which can be viewed at www.scottishwater.co.uk/reservoirvideo or on YouTube https://youtu.be/q_4BbccmyrM The utility’s call for people to stay safe in and around water has been echoed by Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer Duncan Scott, who is leading Scottish Swimming’s Learn to Swim campaign which is supported by Scottish Water. Duncan, who won six med...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:53 pm
Police officers enter in their own time to be tested on life support, swimming and rescue techniques, finishing in an open water simulated emergency test. Thanks to the Bovey Tracey and Torbay lifesaving clubs who provided the casualties Pictured below with the Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer RLSS UK provided the officials and thanks to Elaine Lewis overall Referee! The Winners Mixed teams – Devon and Cornwall Police Ladies – Devon and Cornwall Police Men’s -Cleveland Police
Police officers enter in their own time to be tested on life support, swimming and rescue techniques, finishing in an open water simulated emergency test. Thanks to the Bovey Tracey and Torbay lifesaving clubs who provided the casualties Pictured below with the Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer RLSS UK provided the officials and thanks to Elaine Lewis overall Referee! The Winners Mixed teams – Devon and Cornwall Police Ladies – Devon and Cornwall Police Men’s -Cleveland Police
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:51 pm
The UK’s leading water safety charity, the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), is calling for all first aiders to use their skills to support ambulance services in emergencies and save lives.                             The charity has partnered with GoodSAM (Good Smartphone Activated Medics), a community of more than 40,000 verified first aid trained volunteers who have registered as responders with the totally free, GoodSAM Responder app. To mark the launch of their new partnership and to grow the GoodSAM community even further, RLSS UK wants 999 first aiders to sign up to the GoodSAM Responder app by 9 July 2018. As the world’s most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform, the app notifies nearby qualified responders of a medical emergency where a cardiac arrest is likely allowing them to provide potentiall...
The UK’s leading water safety charity, the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), is calling for all first aiders to use their skills to support ambulance services in emergencies and save lives.                             The charity has partnered with GoodSAM (Good Smartphone Activated Medics), a community of more than 40,000 verified first aid trained volunteers who have registered as responders with the totally free, GoodSAM Responder app. To mark the launch of their new partnership and to grow the GoodSAM community even further, RLSS UK wants 999 first aiders to sign up to the GoodSAM Responder app by 9 July 2018. As the world’s most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform, the app notifies nearby qualified responders of a medical emergency where a cardiac arrest is likely allowing them to provide potentiall...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:43 pm
It’s your last chance to sign up and support Drowning Prevention Week! We’ve been overwhelmed with the support this year and we are so excited for the campaign to start. People are coming up with such innovative and exciting ideas to teach water safety in ways that everyone can enjoy. Here are just some of the activities people have told us about so far: The UK’s leading leisure operators have elected to run a compelling programme of activities across all their sites, meaning more than 450,000 people will be reached with water safety messaging throughout the campaign. A massive thanks for GLL, Places for People, Everyone Active, Parkwood Leisure, Freedom Leisure and Serco for their support. Direct Signs are distributing a leaflet to all their clients to raise awareness of water safety and drowning prevention week. The City & County of Swansea is advertising the campaign on the side of their van, to raise awareness amongst thousands of residents. Dŵr C...
It’s your last chance to sign up and support Drowning Prevention Week! We’ve been overwhelmed with the support this year and we are so excited for the campaign to start. People are coming up with such innovative and exciting ideas to teach water safety in ways that everyone can enjoy. Here are just some of the activities people have told us about so far: The UK’s leading leisure operators have elected to run a compelling programme of activities across all their sites, meaning more than 450,000 people will be reached with water safety messaging throughout the campaign. A massive thanks for GLL, Places for People, Everyone Active, Parkwood Leisure, Freedom Leisure and Serco for their support. Direct Signs are distributing a leaflet to all their clients to raise awareness of water safety and drowning prevention week. The City & County of Swansea is advertising the campaign on the side of their van, to raise awareness amongst thousands of residents. Dŵr C...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:40 pm
This week saw the exciting announcement of our partnership with GoodSAM and the launch of the ‘999 by the 9th’ campaign, aiming to get 999 lifesavers signed up as GoodSAM  by 9 July . With the IQL UK conference coming up on 29 June, who better to start our ‘Five minutes with…’ short series of interviews, than with one of the key conference speakers… Professor Mark Wilson, GoodSAM Co-founder and Medical Director, Neurosurgeon and Air Ambulance Doctor  How did the GoodSAM app come about? With our air ambulance work we saw the real need for a solution which would get nearby, medically trained people to the scene, to perform basic first aid in the minutes before the statutory medical response arrived. From the incidents which air ambulance crew attended, it seemed that simple steps such as holding an airway open, performing early, quality CPR would, potentially be transformative, in terms of patient outcomes. Based on the application in...
This week saw the exciting announcement of our partnership with GoodSAM and the launch of the ‘999 by the 9th’ campaign, aiming to get 999 lifesavers signed up as GoodSAM  by 9 July . With the IQL UK conference coming up on 29 June, who better to start our ‘Five minutes with…’ short series of interviews, than with one of the key conference speakers… Professor Mark Wilson, GoodSAM Co-founder and Medical Director, Neurosurgeon and Air Ambulance Doctor  How did the GoodSAM app come about? With our air ambulance work we saw the real need for a solution which would get nearby, medically trained people to the scene, to perform basic first aid in the minutes before the statutory medical response arrived. From the incidents which air ambulance crew attended, it seemed that simple steps such as holding an airway open, performing early, quality CPR would, potentially be transformative, in terms of patient outcomes. Based on the application in...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:37 pm
The UK’s drowning prevention charity, RLSS UK, has pledged to cut down the thousands of terrifying near drowning accidents that happen every year in the UK, as their annual Drowning Prevention Week campaign kicks off this week. Each year, around 2,100 people in England alone are admitted to Accident and Emergency as a result of non-fatal drowning incidents also known as a ‘near drowning’, with thousands more incidences occurring in Wales and Scotland. RLSS UK is urging everyone to play their part and take advantage of their local Drowning Prevention Week campaign activities, to learn how to keep their families safe this summer. CEO for RLSS UK Di Steer said: “We estimate that for every drowning death that occurs, there are more than 10 near drownings, with many of these leading to life changing injuries.” “These incidents are hugely disturbing for families, friends and witnesses and even without physical repercussions, they can often le...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity, RLSS UK, has pledged to cut down the thousands of terrifying near drowning accidents that happen every year in the UK, as their annual Drowning Prevention Week campaign kicks off this week. Each year, around 2,100 people in England alone are admitted to Accident and Emergency as a result of non-fatal drowning incidents also known as a ‘near drowning’, with thousands more incidences occurring in Wales and Scotland. RLSS UK is urging everyone to play their part and take advantage of their local Drowning Prevention Week campaign activities, to learn how to keep their families safe this summer. CEO for RLSS UK Di Steer said: “We estimate that for every drowning death that occurs, there are more than 10 near drownings, with many of these leading to life changing injuries.” “These incidents are hugely disturbing for families, friends and witnesses and even without physical repercussions, they can often le...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:35 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as temperatures across Britain are set to hit a scorching 30C. The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of previous summers when people losing their lives cooling off in unlifeguarded open water, not suitable for swimming. So, with temperatures on the rise, it is important people make the most of the weather and enjoy the water but do so safely at sites designated for swimming. RLSS UK’s Director of Research and Education, Mike Dunn, said: “In previous years we have seen a tragic amount of preventable deaths as people flocked to open water sites not suitable for swimming. These sites included rivers, quarries, lakes and reservoirs – all of which have many dangers including very cold water, currents, obstacles and uneven depths. They look so inviting but can be deadly. In 2017, statistics reveal nearly 700 UK citi...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as temperatures across Britain are set to hit a scorching 30C. The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of previous summers when people losing their lives cooling off in unlifeguarded open water, not suitable for swimming. So, with temperatures on the rise, it is important people make the most of the weather and enjoy the water but do so safely at sites designated for swimming. RLSS UK’s Director of Research and Education, Mike Dunn, said: “In previous years we have seen a tragic amount of preventable deaths as people flocked to open water sites not suitable for swimming. These sites included rivers, quarries, lakes and reservoirs – all of which have many dangers including very cold water, currents, obstacles and uneven depths. They look so inviting but can be deadly. In 2017, statistics reveal nearly 700 UK citi...
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:32 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK are delighted to announce squad of athletes who have been selected to form part of the new, RLSS UK Performance Programme. The Performance Programme is designed to identify talent at individual event level with the further aim of then nurturing and developing lifesaving sport athletes, with a view to maximising their potential. There will be more regular training sessions, an updated coaching team and an increased appetite to work alongside local lifesaving clubs, to deliver the best training possible for this squad of over 60 athletes. You can read a bit more about the RLSS UK Performance Programme in the latest (spring) edition of Lifesavers by clicking here. For more info about the programme and to stay up to date with developments, you can follow the Performance Programme on social media. Facebook Instagram Twitter The Athletes Podium Potential Male Matthew Quimby Alex Jackson Elliot Key Sam Murray Sam Wardle Adam Reed Natha...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK are delighted to announce squad of athletes who have been selected to form part of the new, RLSS UK Performance Programme. The Performance Programme is designed to identify talent at individual event level with the further aim of then nurturing and developing lifesaving sport athletes, with a view to maximising their potential. There will be more regular training sessions, an updated coaching team and an increased appetite to work alongside local lifesaving clubs, to deliver the best training possible for this squad of over 60 athletes. You can read a bit more about the RLSS UK Performance Programme in the latest (spring) edition of Lifesavers by clicking here. For more info about the programme and to stay up to date with developments, you can follow the Performance Programme on social media. Facebook Instagram Twitter The Athletes Podium Potential Male Matthew Quimby Alex Jackson Elliot Key Sam Murray Sam Wardle Adam Reed Natha...
Posted: September 6, 2018, 1:10 pm
With entries up on last year RLSS UK National Speed Championships which took place over the weekend of 9 & 10 March at Ponds Forge Leisure Centre in Sheffield. This year for the first time all competitors were required to hold a Sport Survive & Save award as a pre-requisite and encouragingly there was a 10% increase in overall number of entries – with over 400 competitors taking part in the 50m manikin carry event.  We welcomed four new clubs this year who took part for the first time, as well as some new individual competitors.  We hope they all had a great time! This year a new record was set, Matt Quimby from Leeds Scott Hall, broke the 9sec mark with (00:08.80) in the Men’s Open Line Throw, an unofficial world record, well done Matt! Congratulations also goes to Graham Brook, Matt’s catcher. The Patricia Russell Trophy for the most successful under 18 competitor was awarded to Charley Gourley from Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club with ...
With entries up on last year RLSS UK National Speed Championships which took place over the weekend of 9 & 10 March at Ponds Forge Leisure Centre in Sheffield. This year for the first time all competitors were required to hold a Sport Survive & Save award as a pre-requisite and encouragingly there was a 10% increase in overall number of entries – with over 400 competitors taking part in the 50m manikin carry event.  We welcomed four new clubs this year who took part for the first time, as well as some new individual competitors.  We hope they all had a great time! This year a new record was set, Matt Quimby from Leeds Scott Hall, broke the 9sec mark with (00:08.80) in the Men’s Open Line Throw, an unofficial world record, well done Matt! Congratulations also goes to Graham Brook, Matt’s catcher. The Patricia Russell Trophy for the most successful under 18 competitor was awarded to Charley Gourley from Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club with ...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 4:00 pm
Three RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguards scooped gold, silver and bronze awards at the 2013 Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards last week. The top RLSS UK Lifesaving Award was given to Caoimhe Preshur, who is 11-years-old from Oldham. Ten-year-old Amy Vine, from Wickford in Essex, and nine-year-old Alex Maddren, from Billingham, were crowned with silver and bronze medals respectively. The girls travelled to Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Birmingham, on Saturday (November 16), and were joined by the best in British swimming including Paralympic gold medalist and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, Josef Craig. A star-studded awards ceremony followed in the evening and was attended by sporting stars, including Olympic medalist, Sharron Davies, and Commonwealth champion, Robbie Renwick. After the event, Caoimhe’s mum, Abigail Bown, said: “Thank you so much to the RLSS UK for nominating Caoimhe for the lifesaving award. We had a fantastic time at the weekend and Caoimhe wa...
Three RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguards scooped gold, silver and bronze awards at the 2013 Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards last week. The top RLSS UK Lifesaving Award was given to Caoimhe Preshur, who is 11-years-old from Oldham. Ten-year-old Amy Vine, from Wickford in Essex, and nine-year-old Alex Maddren, from Billingham, were crowned with silver and bronze medals respectively. The girls travelled to Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Birmingham, on Saturday (November 16), and were joined by the best in British swimming including Paralympic gold medalist and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, Josef Craig. A star-studded awards ceremony followed in the evening and was attended by sporting stars, including Olympic medalist, Sharron Davies, and Commonwealth champion, Robbie Renwick. After the event, Caoimhe’s mum, Abigail Bown, said: “Thank you so much to the RLSS UK for nominating Caoimhe for the lifesaving award. We had a fantastic time at the weekend and Caoimhe wa...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 3:58 pm
Gillian Stallion, Survive & Save Instructor at Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club, is today’s guest blogger and here she gives us an insight into a Survive & Save Camp. Two East Midlands clubs came together during the May bank holiday weekend to prove you don’t have to live near the beach to complete your beach awards, they managed to combine taking an important water safety award with having fun and making new friends. Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club and Retford Lifesaving Club combined forces to enable over 40 of their members to take part in the weekend as guests of Saunton Sands Surf Lifesaving Club. The under 12’s worked hard on Saturday, brilliantly supported by the leaders at Saunton Sands LSC to complete their Junior Lifeguard award and received t-shirts, drinks cup and a certificate to prove just how good they were. On Sunday following an excellent breakfast barbecue on the beach we were able to train with Saunton’s Rookies to gain the fu...
Gillian Stallion, Survive & Save Instructor at Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club, is today’s guest blogger and here she gives us an insight into a Survive & Save Camp. Two East Midlands clubs came together during the May bank holiday weekend to prove you don’t have to live near the beach to complete your beach awards, they managed to combine taking an important water safety award with having fun and making new friends. Heanor Swimming and Lifesaving Club and Retford Lifesaving Club combined forces to enable over 40 of their members to take part in the weekend as guests of Saunton Sands Surf Lifesaving Club. The under 12’s worked hard on Saturday, brilliantly supported by the leaders at Saunton Sands LSC to complete their Junior Lifeguard award and received t-shirts, drinks cup and a certificate to prove just how good they were. On Sunday following an excellent breakfast barbecue on the beach we were able to train with Saunton’s Rookies to gain the fu...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 1:05 pm
With the great news of South Worcester Lifeguards receiving the Sport England Award, Debbie Weston, Lifesaving Instructor has shared with us how the award came about. To help carry out more community safety cover at water based events within the branch and nationally, South Worcester Lifeguards needed more helms to drive their patrol boats. Having researched the grants available and the criteria required to meet them, South Worcester Lifeguards submitted an application to Sport England earlier this year to train 10 members of the club in their Royal Yachting Association 2 (RYA) qualification in order to increase the number of helms able to drive their dorey patrol boats at local community water based events. In June they were advised they had been successful in securing £2,800. Debbie commented: “It’s a great opportunity both for the club and the individuals involved. We are always keen to up skill or members and ensure the lifesaving and life guarding skills they...
With the great news of South Worcester Lifeguards receiving the Sport England Award, Debbie Weston, Lifesaving Instructor has shared with us how the award came about. To help carry out more community safety cover at water based events within the branch and nationally, South Worcester Lifeguards needed more helms to drive their patrol boats. Having researched the grants available and the criteria required to meet them, South Worcester Lifeguards submitted an application to Sport England earlier this year to train 10 members of the club in their Royal Yachting Association 2 (RYA) qualification in order to increase the number of helms able to drive their dorey patrol boats at local community water based events. In June they were advised they had been successful in securing £2,800. Debbie commented: “It’s a great opportunity both for the club and the individuals involved. We are always keen to up skill or members and ensure the lifesaving and life guarding skills they...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 1:03 pm
Great news! The finalists for the RLSS UK/IQL Awards have been announced. This is the first awards ceremony to be held by RLSS UK/IQL to celebrate the achievements of RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards, Pool Trainer Assessors and Approved Training Centres. The shortlisted Approved Training Centres are: Leeds Sport and Active Lifestyles SWIM UK Leisure Connection The Approved Training Centre of the year award is designed to award Approved Training Centres who have shown an exceptional commitment to Pool Lifeguard training and water safety awareness. The award recognises a clear dedication to the provision of Pool Lifeguard training, Pool Lifeguard career development and the wider water safety message. The shortlisted Pool Lifeguards are: Christopher Mears Belfast City Council Lifeguards John Kelham Jared Dungate and Steve Cox The Pool Lifeguard of the Year award is aimed at awarding Pool Lifeguards who have exceeded the requirements expected of his/her position and who have made...
Great news! The finalists for the RLSS UK/IQL Awards have been announced. This is the first awards ceremony to be held by RLSS UK/IQL to celebrate the achievements of RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards, Pool Trainer Assessors and Approved Training Centres. The shortlisted Approved Training Centres are: Leeds Sport and Active Lifestyles SWIM UK Leisure Connection The Approved Training Centre of the year award is designed to award Approved Training Centres who have shown an exceptional commitment to Pool Lifeguard training and water safety awareness. The award recognises a clear dedication to the provision of Pool Lifeguard training, Pool Lifeguard career development and the wider water safety message. The shortlisted Pool Lifeguards are: Christopher Mears Belfast City Council Lifeguards John Kelham Jared Dungate and Steve Cox The Pool Lifeguard of the Year award is aimed at awarding Pool Lifeguards who have exceeded the requirements expected of his/her position and who have made...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 12:59 pm
Thanks to Gabbi Simmonds, Sussex Youth Development Officer and Lifesaving Instructor, for sharing with us, her rescue which occurred whilst she was out in India delivering lifesaving awards. In June 2013 I left England for a 6 week tour around Asia. The first stop was India where I volunteered for two weeks teaching in a small rural village primary school. The conditions we were living in were very tough, we had to wash out of a dirty well; it was 50 degrees centigrade and nowhere to escape from it, so not surprisingly we became incredibly ill from the food there. The first weekend we took a three hour bus ride, a journey costing the equivalent of 18 pence, to Pondicherry, a town South of Chennai. Although this was not a tourist area, there was a beach to spend the day on. To say it was a relaxed day at the beach would be a lie. The locals  were completely fascinated with the 8 of us and we were surrounded all day. The waves in the sea were incredibly rough and out of respect d...
Thanks to Gabbi Simmonds, Sussex Youth Development Officer and Lifesaving Instructor, for sharing with us, her rescue which occurred whilst she was out in India delivering lifesaving awards. In June 2013 I left England for a 6 week tour around Asia. The first stop was India where I volunteered for two weeks teaching in a small rural village primary school. The conditions we were living in were very tough, we had to wash out of a dirty well; it was 50 degrees centigrade and nowhere to escape from it, so not surprisingly we became incredibly ill from the food there. The first weekend we took a three hour bus ride, a journey costing the equivalent of 18 pence, to Pondicherry, a town South of Chennai. Although this was not a tourist area, there was a beach to spend the day on. To say it was a relaxed day at the beach would be a lie. The locals  were completely fascinated with the 8 of us and we were surrounded all day. The waves in the sea were incredibly rough and out of respect d...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 11:59 am
In the Summer I had the chance to attend an Urban Search and Rescue Event in Germany with eleven Wells Life Saving Club Members. The kids had the chance to learn some fantastic skills including rescuing from heights and breaking and breaching whilst working with an amazing group of Germans. Four other countries also attended the 10-day event – Turkey, Iceland, Romania and Russia which culminated in the kids being deployed to an simulated earthquake complete with casualties to rescue from tunnels and trains! The event has made the short-list for the audience vote of the German Helping Hand Awards so please could I ask you to cast a vote for this project. These kind of events rely on funding and this award could really help it to continue for many years. Voting information is in German and in case you can’t translate the page into English, go to the very bottom of the page and vote for the ‘Rescue workers of tomorrow’ (Die Katastrophenhelfer von morgen). The vo...
In the Summer I had the chance to attend an Urban Search and Rescue Event in Germany with eleven Wells Life Saving Club Members. The kids had the chance to learn some fantastic skills including rescuing from heights and breaking and breaching whilst working with an amazing group of Germans. Four other countries also attended the 10-day event – Turkey, Iceland, Romania and Russia which culminated in the kids being deployed to an simulated earthquake complete with casualties to rescue from tunnels and trains! The event has made the short-list for the audience vote of the German Helping Hand Awards so please could I ask you to cast a vote for this project. These kind of events rely on funding and this award could really help it to continue for many years. Voting information is in German and in case you can’t translate the page into English, go to the very bottom of the page and vote for the ‘Rescue workers of tomorrow’ (Die Katastrophenhelfer von morgen). The vo...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 11:51 am
Recently Grantham Life Saving Club had their end of season awards presentation, with the awards being presented to individuals by Ian Doherty, one of RLSS UK’s Customer Engagement Mangers. Diane Found from Grantham Life Saving Club has shared with us how the evening went. What a fantastic finish Grantham Life Saving Club have had to the season, with an amazing amount of awards being handed out on our presentation night. Ian Doherty, Customer Engagement Manager, of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, presented the awards for us. For the Rookies we awarded  6 Bronze Stage 1, 5 Bronze Stage 2, 6 Bronze Stage 3, 13 Silver Stage 2, 3 Gold Stage 1, 6 Gold Stage 2, and 2 Gold Stage 3. We also awarded 4 Rookie Gold sports awards. In Survive & Save we awarded 8 Bronze Medallion, 12 Silver Medallion and 9 Silver Sport. Also awarded were 6 National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications, 1 Life Support, 2 Life Support 3 and a Distinction of the old kind, the last one to be awarded in&...
Recently Grantham Life Saving Club had their end of season awards presentation, with the awards being presented to individuals by Ian Doherty, one of RLSS UK’s Customer Engagement Mangers. Diane Found from Grantham Life Saving Club has shared with us how the evening went. What a fantastic finish Grantham Life Saving Club have had to the season, with an amazing amount of awards being handed out on our presentation night. Ian Doherty, Customer Engagement Manager, of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, presented the awards for us. For the Rookies we awarded  6 Bronze Stage 1, 5 Bronze Stage 2, 6 Bronze Stage 3, 13 Silver Stage 2, 3 Gold Stage 1, 6 Gold Stage 2, and 2 Gold Stage 3. We also awarded 4 Rookie Gold sports awards. In Survive & Save we awarded 8 Bronze Medallion, 12 Silver Medallion and 9 Silver Sport. Also awarded were 6 National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications, 1 Life Support, 2 Life Support 3 and a Distinction of the old kind, the last one to be awarded in&...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 11:48 am
The 2013 European Junior Championships took place in Riccione, Italy from 6th-8th September. GB & NI Team Manager, Scott Wood kept a day by day account of the event. Day 1 Written by Scott Wood GB & NI Team Manager Show Me The Ticket What a day. Leaving Newquay with Physio Lucy Barrel, Charlie Haynes and Charlotte Hewitt on board and the drive up to the Barnstaple junction on the M5 to pick up the Devon GB connection of Liam Ward, Summer Whiteley and Lily Nicholls. Up to the Membury Services on the M4 where the Wales connection had left their luggage for us to take to Heathrow whilst they headed to Gatwick with six race boards and an Easy Jet flight to Bologna. We then headed to T5 at Heathrow for our BA flight also to Bologna. Simple really. All going smoothly, we met up with the Newcastle connection. The first was James Harvey Purvis (JHP). Now JHP is a quite large unit and manages to swim 50 metres carrying the heavy plastic orange thing with no arms quicker than ...
The 2013 European Junior Championships took place in Riccione, Italy from 6th-8th September. GB & NI Team Manager, Scott Wood kept a day by day account of the event. Day 1 Written by Scott Wood GB & NI Team Manager Show Me The Ticket What a day. Leaving Newquay with Physio Lucy Barrel, Charlie Haynes and Charlotte Hewitt on board and the drive up to the Barnstaple junction on the M5 to pick up the Devon GB connection of Liam Ward, Summer Whiteley and Lily Nicholls. Up to the Membury Services on the M4 where the Wales connection had left their luggage for us to take to Heathrow whilst they headed to Gatwick with six race boards and an Easy Jet flight to Bologna. We then headed to T5 at Heathrow for our BA flight also to Bologna. Simple really. All going smoothly, we met up with the Newcastle connection. The first was James Harvey Purvis (JHP). Now JHP is a quite large unit and manages to swim 50 metres carrying the heavy plastic orange thing with no arms quicker than ...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 11:33 am
Great news that there have been zero pool drownings now for 15 months. Today the RLSS UK issued this press release on the news! After reporting no pool drowning deaths in 2012, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has praised everyone involved in pool lifeguarding, after industry intelligence revealed no pool drownings occurred in the first quarter of 2013 – adding to the 12 months of 2012. This news is testament to the dedication of all those involved in managing the delivery of water safety in pools across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Di Standley, CEO of the RLSS UK, said: “This is a very significant and proud achievement for all involved in pool lifeguarding and water safety and shows the continuing hard work, commitment, professionalism and passion of all pool lifeguards in the UK. “We are thrilled with the figures this quarter and will continue to work hard and strive to help ensure that 2013 will be another landmark year with zero poo...
Great news that there have been zero pool drownings now for 15 months. Today the RLSS UK issued this press release on the news! After reporting no pool drowning deaths in 2012, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has praised everyone involved in pool lifeguarding, after industry intelligence revealed no pool drownings occurred in the first quarter of 2013 – adding to the 12 months of 2012. This news is testament to the dedication of all those involved in managing the delivery of water safety in pools across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Di Standley, CEO of the RLSS UK, said: “This is a very significant and proud achievement for all involved in pool lifeguarding and water safety and shows the continuing hard work, commitment, professionalism and passion of all pool lifeguards in the UK. “We are thrilled with the figures this quarter and will continue to work hard and strive to help ensure that 2013 will be another landmark year with zero poo...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 11:32 am
In January 1983 Mansfield Lifesaving Club was founded by Sue Wilkinson, Pat Mitchell, Marg Coleman, Gina Newman and John Swanwick. The club provided a generation of young people with the opportunity to learn about water safety and continues to do so today. As a member of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) they offer a full range of lifesaving awards, which they first started teaching at Mansfield Municipal Baths. In 1985 Don Etches joined the club and is now the main driving force for the club. Don enjoyed a long standing working partnership with Pat Mitchell who has just retired after serving the club as a volunteer for the full 30 years, a remarkable commitment. Over the years the club has been based at a number of locations, firstly Mansfield Baths which later made way for the new Waters Meadow site and then Sherwood Baths was refurbished to become the now famous Rebecca Adlington Centre. Each year the club presents members with their awards and Peter Moyes, the Deputy Pr...
In January 1983 Mansfield Lifesaving Club was founded by Sue Wilkinson, Pat Mitchell, Marg Coleman, Gina Newman and John Swanwick. The club provided a generation of young people with the opportunity to learn about water safety and continues to do so today. As a member of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) they offer a full range of lifesaving awards, which they first started teaching at Mansfield Municipal Baths. In 1985 Don Etches joined the club and is now the main driving force for the club. Don enjoyed a long standing working partnership with Pat Mitchell who has just retired after serving the club as a volunteer for the full 30 years, a remarkable commitment. Over the years the club has been based at a number of locations, firstly Mansfield Baths which later made way for the new Waters Meadow site and then Sherwood Baths was refurbished to become the now famous Rebecca Adlington Centre. Each year the club presents members with their awards and Peter Moyes, the Deputy Pr...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 11:31 am
The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the European Resuscitation Council will be publishing new resuscitation guidelines on 15 October 2015 following the review of resuscitation science by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Changes in the guidelines will be based on the available science and aimed at simplifying clinical practice, enhancing education, and improving outcomes. As key CPR and first aid awarding bodies, RLSS UK and IQL UK have been working hard to create a plan of work that will need to be completed once the guidelines are published in October. We aim to create amendments to resources and create any new artwork and images or film throughout the latter part of 2015 to ensure our qualifications remain leading and up to date. The publication of new guidelines does not necessarily imply that current guidelines are either unsafe or ineffective. A review by The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the European Resuscitation takes place every five y...
The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the European Resuscitation Council will be publishing new resuscitation guidelines on 15 October 2015 following the review of resuscitation science by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Changes in the guidelines will be based on the available science and aimed at simplifying clinical practice, enhancing education, and improving outcomes. As key CPR and first aid awarding bodies, RLSS UK and IQL UK have been working hard to create a plan of work that will need to be completed once the guidelines are published in October. We aim to create amendments to resources and create any new artwork and images or film throughout the latter part of 2015 to ensure our qualifications remain leading and up to date. The publication of new guidelines does not necessarily imply that current guidelines are either unsafe or ineffective. A review by The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the European Resuscitation takes place every five y...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:45 am
Over the past couple of months, RLSS UK has announced that it is putting a process in place to support four young people from across the organisation to attend this year’s World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) in Penang, Malaysia. This is a momentous opportunity for four young people to learn from world leaders in drowning prevention work and research. The WCDP takes place every two years to bring together research and best practice so that organisations from around the world can network and improve their own practice, complementing the international agenda to combat drowning. This year’s conference has special importance as RLSS Commonwealth will be hosting its own independent networking sessions to connect better with our brothers and sisters across the Commonwealth. Read more about this year’s conference. The RLSS UK Board of Trustees has agreed to fund 50 per cent of each young person’s involvement in the World Conference and we are asking th...
Over the past couple of months, RLSS UK has announced that it is putting a process in place to support four young people from across the organisation to attend this year’s World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) in Penang, Malaysia. This is a momentous opportunity for four young people to learn from world leaders in drowning prevention work and research. The WCDP takes place every two years to bring together research and best practice so that organisations from around the world can network and improve their own practice, complementing the international agenda to combat drowning. This year’s conference has special importance as RLSS Commonwealth will be hosting its own independent networking sessions to connect better with our brothers and sisters across the Commonwealth. Read more about this year’s conference. The RLSS UK Board of Trustees has agreed to fund 50 per cent of each young person’s involvement in the World Conference and we are asking th...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:45 am
Commemorative walk, Amble for Mitch, to mark the birthday of Alex ‘Mitch’ Mitchell in aid of Drowning Prevention Charity. Alexander ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, 26, tragically drowned in the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park on 6 April 2014. To mark, what would have been Alex’s 28th Birthday, his family and friends took part in a charity commemorative walk, ‘Birthday Amble for Mitch’, along the River Thames. ‘Birthday Amble for Mitch’ took place on 1 August in aid of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity. Over 30 family and friends took park in Amble for Mitch, which started at Rotherhithe and ended at Bankside, London. The walk took them along the Thames and past famous landmarks where Mitch used to enjoy going. The group, all wearing matching t-shirts to remember Mitch, raised awareness of water safety and the risks of swimming in open water. Sue Mitchell, Mitch’s mother, said: “My h...
Commemorative walk, Amble for Mitch, to mark the birthday of Alex ‘Mitch’ Mitchell in aid of Drowning Prevention Charity. Alexander ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, 26, tragically drowned in the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park on 6 April 2014. To mark, what would have been Alex’s 28th Birthday, his family and friends took part in a charity commemorative walk, ‘Birthday Amble for Mitch’, along the River Thames. ‘Birthday Amble for Mitch’ took place on 1 August in aid of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity. Over 30 family and friends took park in Amble for Mitch, which started at Rotherhithe and ended at Bankside, London. The walk took them along the Thames and past famous landmarks where Mitch used to enjoy going. The group, all wearing matching t-shirts to remember Mitch, raised awareness of water safety and the risks of swimming in open water. Sue Mitchell, Mitch’s mother, said: “My h...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:44 am
Make healthy choices. Food is important to function, and if you are training and putting your body under extra strain, it is even more important to get it right. Eating the right things at the right times can make a huge difference to performance. I know it’s a bit cliché, but I think of the body as a car, and if you want to drive a Ferrari you can’t put diesel in it. How many times have you woken up with a dry mouth? This happens because we sweat in the night. So the first thing in the morning you should do is get some water on board. You need to fuel your body in the morning, so try and eat some carbohydrates – porridge is my favourite breakfast energiser. After training, try and eat something within forty minutes of exercising. This is when your body needs food the most. One of my best tips is to drink water half an hour before a meal, as it enables you to digest food better. There are complex carbs and simple carbs. Complex carbohydrates, like vegetable...
Make healthy choices. Food is important to function, and if you are training and putting your body under extra strain, it is even more important to get it right. Eating the right things at the right times can make a huge difference to performance. I know it’s a bit cliché, but I think of the body as a car, and if you want to drive a Ferrari you can’t put diesel in it. How many times have you woken up with a dry mouth? This happens because we sweat in the night. So the first thing in the morning you should do is get some water on board. You need to fuel your body in the morning, so try and eat some carbohydrates – porridge is my favourite breakfast energiser. After training, try and eat something within forty minutes of exercising. This is when your body needs food the most. One of my best tips is to drink water half an hour before a meal, as it enables you to digest food better. There are complex carbs and simple carbs. Complex carbohydrates, like vegetable...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:43 am
The project is aimed at teaching young rescuers to work in a multi-national platoons to learn how to act in an international team of first responders. The training consists of search and rescue operations using basic rescue technology including extrication, first aid, rope rescue transportation of victims, rescuing from confined spaces and rescuing at height and from depths. They also learn leadership and team working skills during the event along with language and cultural activities. Training will take place at the largest rescue training centre in Europe. Young Lifesavers from Devon, Somerset, Guernsey and Sussex are representing RLSS UK at this 10 day event while volunteer leaders are from Somerset, Sussex, and Sheffield leaders. Countries attending the event include Azerbaijan, Iceland, Germany, UK, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Siberia, Turkey, Serbia, Belarus and five other regions of Russia. The event will end with a final exercise such as an earthquake which the teams of young peopl...
The project is aimed at teaching young rescuers to work in a multi-national platoons to learn how to act in an international team of first responders. The training consists of search and rescue operations using basic rescue technology including extrication, first aid, rope rescue transportation of victims, rescuing from confined spaces and rescuing at height and from depths. They also learn leadership and team working skills during the event along with language and cultural activities. Training will take place at the largest rescue training centre in Europe. Young Lifesavers from Devon, Somerset, Guernsey and Sussex are representing RLSS UK at this 10 day event while volunteer leaders are from Somerset, Sussex, and Sheffield leaders. Countries attending the event include Azerbaijan, Iceland, Germany, UK, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Siberia, Turkey, Serbia, Belarus and five other regions of Russia. The event will end with a final exercise such as an earthquake which the teams of young peopl...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:43 am
Matthew Offord MP for Hendon, who spent his youth lifeguarding beaches in Cornwall, got back into his wet suit to learn essential lifesaving skills with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity.                                                          Matthew Offord MP, is a supporter of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention of which RLSS UK is the Secretariat. Matthew has been involved in the group since it was formed in October 2014 and is an advocate for supporting the wider communication of drowning prevention messages to help keep his constituents and the general public safe around water. Matthew visited RLSS UK HQ on Monday 3 August to complete the Stillwater module of RLSS UK’s community lifesaving education programme, Survive & Save. RLSS U...
Matthew Offord MP for Hendon, who spent his youth lifeguarding beaches in Cornwall, got back into his wet suit to learn essential lifesaving skills with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity.                                                          Matthew Offord MP, is a supporter of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention of which RLSS UK is the Secretariat. Matthew has been involved in the group since it was formed in October 2014 and is an advocate for supporting the wider communication of drowning prevention messages to help keep his constituents and the general public safe around water. Matthew visited RLSS UK HQ on Monday 3 August to complete the Stillwater module of RLSS UK’s community lifesaving education programme, Survive & Save. RLSS U...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:42 am
ABTA and the Royal Life Saving Society UK urge holidaymakers to ‘Swim Safely’. As European authorities remind people to be ‘vigilant’ in and around the water. With eight million British holidaymakers heading overseas for a holiday in August and millions making the most of summer on the UK coastline, ABTA and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, are again reminding holidaymakers to follow safety tips and swim safely. In Europe, authorities are warning families and holidaymakers to be especially careful this summer as record temperatures have encouraged people unaccustomed to the water to go swimming. Sadly, in France alone, over 115 people – locals and holidaymakers – have drowned in the sea, rivers, lakes and pools, since the summer began. This higher than average number has prompted French authorities to urge families and holidaymakers to be ‘vigilant’ when swimming this summer. Last year A...
ABTA and the Royal Life Saving Society UK urge holidaymakers to ‘Swim Safely’. As European authorities remind people to be ‘vigilant’ in and around the water. With eight million British holidaymakers heading overseas for a holiday in August and millions making the most of summer on the UK coastline, ABTA and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, are again reminding holidaymakers to follow safety tips and swim safely. In Europe, authorities are warning families and holidaymakers to be especially careful this summer as record temperatures have encouraged people unaccustomed to the water to go swimming. Sadly, in France alone, over 115 people – locals and holidaymakers – have drowned in the sea, rivers, lakes and pools, since the summer began. This higher than average number has prompted French authorities to urge families and holidaymakers to be ‘vigilant’ when swimming this summer. Last year A...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:42 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has launched its first Open Water Festival, set to take place at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on Saturday 26 September. The Ragley Crawl will see hundreds of participants swapping the swimming pool to take the plunge into open water at Ragley Hall’s lake for a day of light-hearted competition. The day will be bursting with fun family activities, stalls and refreshments all in the aid of drowning prevention. Open water endurance swimmer, Adam Walker, who has swum the seven oceans of the world, Olympian and physical activity expert to the stars, Professor Greg Whyte OBE and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, are also set to make an appearance and take part. RLSS UK Director, Adrian Lole said: “Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education we wanted to launch our very own open water swim. “Around 400 people each year lose th...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has launched its first Open Water Festival, set to take place at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on Saturday 26 September. The Ragley Crawl will see hundreds of participants swapping the swimming pool to take the plunge into open water at Ragley Hall’s lake for a day of light-hearted competition. The day will be bursting with fun family activities, stalls and refreshments all in the aid of drowning prevention. Open water endurance swimmer, Adam Walker, who has swum the seven oceans of the world, Olympian and physical activity expert to the stars, Professor Greg Whyte OBE and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, are also set to make an appearance and take part. RLSS UK Director, Adrian Lole said: “Open water swimming is the UK’s fastest growing sport and, as the leaders in water safety and lifesaving education we wanted to launch our very own open water swim. “Around 400 people each year lose th...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:40 am
Fifty young people are returning to South Wales next week as the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, kicks off its third Camp Survive & Save. The young lifesavers, aged between 14 and 18-years-old, will spend a week at Porthcawl Lifeguarding Club, Sandy Bay, from 1 to 8 August 2015 for the RLSS UK’s biggest ever camp. Camp Survive & Save engages young people in an international youth exchange that has clear goes to provide water safety skills in a fun and inspiring way, that will give them the knowledge of how to stay safe, self rescue and save others in a beach environment. And this year, many of the teenagers are taking part as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award to achieve their residential element of the award. Camp goers from the UK will be joined by young lifesavers from the Crezch Republic and Germany, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and languages as well as to socialise with people fro...
Fifty young people are returning to South Wales next week as the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, kicks off its third Camp Survive & Save. The young lifesavers, aged between 14 and 18-years-old, will spend a week at Porthcawl Lifeguarding Club, Sandy Bay, from 1 to 8 August 2015 for the RLSS UK’s biggest ever camp. Camp Survive & Save engages young people in an international youth exchange that has clear goes to provide water safety skills in a fun and inspiring way, that will give them the knowledge of how to stay safe, self rescue and save others in a beach environment. And this year, many of the teenagers are taking part as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award to achieve their residential element of the award. Camp goers from the UK will be joined by young lifesavers from the Crezch Republic and Germany, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and languages as well as to socialise with people fro...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:40 am
The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), has issued vital safety advice following the funeral of Martin Winfield, who lost his life with his partner Alan Green in their swimming pool. Martin Winfield, aged 59, and Alan Green, aged 75, drowned in their swimming pool at their Worcestershire home on July 3. Martin’s funeral took place today (Friday) at which friends and family were asked to make donations to RLSS UK instead of taking flowers. And, as the tragedy highlights the possible dangers of residential swimming pools, the charity, which is also the leader in lifeguard training in the UK, with more than 95 per cent of lifeguards holding an RLSS UK qualification, has warned of the dangers but also how to enjoy pools as safely as possible. RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “The deaths of Mr Winfield and Mr Green are an utter tragedy and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. Our deepest thanks also g...
The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), has issued vital safety advice following the funeral of Martin Winfield, who lost his life with his partner Alan Green in their swimming pool. Martin Winfield, aged 59, and Alan Green, aged 75, drowned in their swimming pool at their Worcestershire home on July 3. Martin’s funeral took place today (Friday) at which friends and family were asked to make donations to RLSS UK instead of taking flowers. And, as the tragedy highlights the possible dangers of residential swimming pools, the charity, which is also the leader in lifeguard training in the UK, with more than 95 per cent of lifeguards holding an RLSS UK qualification, has warned of the dangers but also how to enjoy pools as safely as possible. RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “The deaths of Mr Winfield and Mr Green are an utter tragedy and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. Our deepest thanks also g...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:39 am
An entire generation of County Durham’s children is beginning the summer holidays with safety in mind, thanks to the friends and family of Euan Coulthard and the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK. Following Euan’s tragic death in the River Wear, his family asked for donations to be made to the RLSS UK. With additional funding from the society itself, a lasting legacy to Euan has been created. With the funding provided and working together, the RLSS UK, Durham County Council and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have provided water safety education to every school in County Durham. Euan’s mother, Hester Coulthard, said of the project: “Always stay safe and respect the water at all times. Euan was a lovely, bright young man who had such a bright future, now gone from our family. I would hate this to happen to anyone or have their family go through what we have been going through.” As part of the programme, which ran throughout June an...
An entire generation of County Durham’s children is beginning the summer holidays with safety in mind, thanks to the friends and family of Euan Coulthard and the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK. Following Euan’s tragic death in the River Wear, his family asked for donations to be made to the RLSS UK. With additional funding from the society itself, a lasting legacy to Euan has been created. With the funding provided and working together, the RLSS UK, Durham County Council and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have provided water safety education to every school in County Durham. Euan’s mother, Hester Coulthard, said of the project: “Always stay safe and respect the water at all times. Euan was a lovely, bright young man who had such a bright future, now gone from our family. I would hate this to happen to anyone or have their family go through what we have been going through.” As part of the programme, which ran throughout June an...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:39 am
National Rookie Lifeguard Festivals have been happening up and down the UK this year with Festivals in Derbyshire, Edinburgh, Troon, Retford, Leeds and Bovey Tracey. The latest National Rookie Lifeguard Festival, in Aberdeen was a great success, with 9 teams and 36 children competing in various events which tested the Rookies lifesaving skills. The Sport Aberdeen mascot McMurtle the Turtle paid a visit and organiser Graham Dutton is keen to make it an annual event. A message from organiser Graham Dutton “I would like to thank all those for their help and support and emphasises that the day couldn’t have gone ahead if it wasn’t for Murray Robb, Cults sport staff and the coaches/teachers from the clubs/lessons. Cult Sports Complex provided the pool and staff time free of charge and Rookies were given goodie bags which were generously donated from local companies and charities.” If you are interested in turning your Rookie Festival into a National Rookie Lifegua...
National Rookie Lifeguard Festivals have been happening up and down the UK this year with Festivals in Derbyshire, Edinburgh, Troon, Retford, Leeds and Bovey Tracey. The latest National Rookie Lifeguard Festival, in Aberdeen was a great success, with 9 teams and 36 children competing in various events which tested the Rookies lifesaving skills. The Sport Aberdeen mascot McMurtle the Turtle paid a visit and organiser Graham Dutton is keen to make it an annual event. A message from organiser Graham Dutton “I would like to thank all those for their help and support and emphasises that the day couldn’t have gone ahead if it wasn’t for Murray Robb, Cults sport staff and the coaches/teachers from the clubs/lessons. Cult Sports Complex provided the pool and staff time free of charge and Rookies were given goodie bags which were generously donated from local companies and charities.” If you are interested in turning your Rookie Festival into a National Rookie Lifegua...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:37 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has appointed water safety and lifeguarding expert, Jo Talbot, to the new role of National Vocational Qualification Manager for its training subsidiary IQL UK as it expands to meet growing industry demand.  The new role of has been created to facilitate the growth of IQL UK, already the leading provider of professional lifeguard training in the UK, training around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). It also provides pool management and first aid qualifications.  Already a leader in water safety and drowning prevention qualifications, RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, aims to establish itself as a one-stop shop for all lifesaving education by becoming a key player in the first aid training arena. Jo joins the RLSS UK following eight years at the social enterprise, Places for People Leisure, where she was responsible for water safety at more than 100 sites and managed over 1...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has appointed water safety and lifeguarding expert, Jo Talbot, to the new role of National Vocational Qualification Manager for its training subsidiary IQL UK as it expands to meet growing industry demand.  The new role of has been created to facilitate the growth of IQL UK, already the leading provider of professional lifeguard training in the UK, training around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). It also provides pool management and first aid qualifications.  Already a leader in water safety and drowning prevention qualifications, RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, aims to establish itself as a one-stop shop for all lifesaving education by becoming a key player in the first aid training arena. Jo joins the RLSS UK following eight years at the social enterprise, Places for People Leisure, where she was responsible for water safety at more than 100 sites and managed over 1...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:36 am
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Symcox as the new Director of its training subsidiary, IQL UK. Martin has overseen IQL UK as Interim Director since January 2014, when the former director Tara Dillon was seconded to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). Di Steer, Chief Executive of RLSS UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Martin into his new role as Director of IQL UK. We are experiencing an unprecedented period of growth and with his extensive knowledge and experience, and after his success as interim director, Martin is ideally placed to provide strategic direction for all aspects of our training division as the business continues to expand.” IQL UK is the leading provider of professional lifeguard training in the UK, training around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards. It also provides pool management and first aid qualifications. Lifeguarding pools across the UK and ...
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Symcox as the new Director of its training subsidiary, IQL UK. Martin has overseen IQL UK as Interim Director since January 2014, when the former director Tara Dillon was seconded to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). Di Steer, Chief Executive of RLSS UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Martin into his new role as Director of IQL UK. We are experiencing an unprecedented period of growth and with his extensive knowledge and experience, and after his success as interim director, Martin is ideally placed to provide strategic direction for all aspects of our training division as the business continues to expand.” IQL UK is the leading provider of professional lifeguard training in the UK, training around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards. It also provides pool management and first aid qualifications. Lifeguarding pools across the UK and ...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:36 am
Sara Garner and Aled Bowen, Senior and Youth GB Team Managers, give information on the GB Team Trail taking place on 11 July in Aberavon, Wales. To all athletes who are interested in taking part in the GB Team Trails for the GBR Lifesaving Youth & Senior Teams (for European Championships 2015) here is the programme and information on how to submit for the Trail. Date: Saturday 11 July Location: Aberavon, Wales (High Tide: 15:00 8m) Programme 8:00-9:30    Athlete Registration (meet in front of Aberavon Surf Life Saving Club) 9:45            Event & Safety Briefing (all athletes must be registered before the event briefing) 10:00          Warm-up (30 minutes) 10:30          Sprint & Flags 11:30          Swim 12:00          Board 12:30 &nb...
Sara Garner and Aled Bowen, Senior and Youth GB Team Managers, give information on the GB Team Trail taking place on 11 July in Aberavon, Wales. To all athletes who are interested in taking part in the GB Team Trails for the GBR Lifesaving Youth & Senior Teams (for European Championships 2015) here is the programme and information on how to submit for the Trail. Date: Saturday 11 July Location: Aberavon, Wales (High Tide: 15:00 8m) Programme 8:00-9:30    Athlete Registration (meet in front of Aberavon Surf Life Saving Club) 9:45            Event & Safety Briefing (all athletes must be registered before the event briefing) 10:00          Warm-up (30 minutes) 10:30          Sprint & Flags 11:30          Swim 12:00          Board 12:30 &nb...
Posted: September 5, 2018, 8:35 am
Duty Officer, Duncan Thompson from Monmouthshire County Council talks Drowning Prevention Week. Having spoken to various people at RLSS UK HQ about Drowning Prevention Week I was given encouragement, ideas and was pointed in the right direction. Along the way I was asked if I would write a blog about what I was doing… Rewind just over a year. I was working as a Duty Officer and RLSS UK Trainer Assessor in a leisure centre and tried as a one-man band promoting Drowning Prevention Week in 2014. Just like many other people up and down the country I wanted to make a difference and have some fun along the way! I struggled trying to do everything myself and soon learnt I needed to ask, delegate and use the team of people around me. In 2014, I believe I made a difference in the centre where I worked. I got all swimming lessons to cover a drowning prevention theme, handed out loads of leaflets, had a colouring in competition, a and a treasure hunt. As a team were able to hand ...
Duty Officer, Duncan Thompson from Monmouthshire County Council talks Drowning Prevention Week. Having spoken to various people at RLSS UK HQ about Drowning Prevention Week I was given encouragement, ideas and was pointed in the right direction. Along the way I was asked if I would write a blog about what I was doing… Rewind just over a year. I was working as a Duty Officer and RLSS UK Trainer Assessor in a leisure centre and tried as a one-man band promoting Drowning Prevention Week in 2014. Just like many other people up and down the country I wanted to make a difference and have some fun along the way! I struggled trying to do everything myself and soon learnt I needed to ask, delegate and use the team of people around me. In 2014, I believe I made a difference in the centre where I worked. I got all swimming lessons to cover a drowning prevention theme, handed out loads of leaflets, had a colouring in competition, a and a treasure hunt. As a team were able to hand ...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:19 pm
RLSS UK Communications Intern, Anna talks Drowning Prevention Week 2015 I love swimming, but I can’t really remember learning to swim. It feels instinctive now, yet swimming is a learned skill. Like many children, my little sister and I were very young when we were taught by our instructor Jerry. Being young was no barrier to learning such an important skill. As we know, young children don’t always realise when they are safe or in danger. This is especially true of water-related situations. I remember never understanding why we weren’t allowed in the stream at the bottom of my garden, why my parents had fenced it off. I knew how to swim, surely it didn’t matter how deep the water was? Now it seems obvious, as the water was cold and dirty, the stream deep and there was a surprisingly fast current. But it is easy to say this retrospectively! This is why it is so important to teach children and families as a whole how to stay safe, but still have fun, in water. ...
RLSS UK Communications Intern, Anna talks Drowning Prevention Week 2015 I love swimming, but I can’t really remember learning to swim. It feels instinctive now, yet swimming is a learned skill. Like many children, my little sister and I were very young when we were taught by our instructor Jerry. Being young was no barrier to learning such an important skill. As we know, young children don’t always realise when they are safe or in danger. This is especially true of water-related situations. I remember never understanding why we weren’t allowed in the stream at the bottom of my garden, why my parents had fenced it off. I knew how to swim, surely it didn’t matter how deep the water was? Now it seems obvious, as the water was cold and dirty, the stream deep and there was a surprisingly fast current. But it is easy to say this retrospectively! This is why it is so important to teach children and families as a whole how to stay safe, but still have fun, in water. ...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:18 pm
The leisure and aquatics industry turned out in force to celebrate the stars of water safety at the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK National Awards 2015. With seven new categories, the ceremony was the largest to date recognising the vital contribution made by individuals and organisations in pool safety and drowning prevention in the UK. Now in their third year, the awards are the most important in the water safety industry and give those responsible for water safety – Lifeguards, Trainer Assessors, National Trainer Assessors and Approved Training Centres – the opportunity to recognise and celebrate those who continually raise standards and make such a valuable contribution to pool safety and drowning prevention. The awards were hosted by the renowned sports scientist, Olympian and physical activity expert, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth. Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK, said: “We introduced seven new awards this ye...
The leisure and aquatics industry turned out in force to celebrate the stars of water safety at the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK National Awards 2015. With seven new categories, the ceremony was the largest to date recognising the vital contribution made by individuals and organisations in pool safety and drowning prevention in the UK. Now in their third year, the awards are the most important in the water safety industry and give those responsible for water safety – Lifeguards, Trainer Assessors, National Trainer Assessors and Approved Training Centres – the opportunity to recognise and celebrate those who continually raise standards and make such a valuable contribution to pool safety and drowning prevention. The awards were hosted by the renowned sports scientist, Olympian and physical activity expert, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth. Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK, said: “We introduced seven new awards this ye...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:17 pm
Calling all Rookie Lifeguards to Join TotallyTween’s “Get Fit For Fun” campaign. www.totallytween.co.uk is a really cool online magazine and channel for 8 to 12 year olds to discover, discuss and create on a safe website covering everything that’s important to you, from film, books, music, fashion, health and sport to animals, baking, craft and social issues.    This summer TotallyTween is running its “Get Fit For Fun” campaign and we’re inviting all Rookie Lifeguards to get involved.   We want you to share your videos, reviews and reports with us.   Our roving reporters up and down the country are covering loads of great sporting events and we want you to tell us about what sports and activities you’re involved in over the holidays. Maybe you’re into open water swimming, maybe you’ve joined a tennis or athletics club, or you’re going to surf school? Maybe you’re ...
Calling all Rookie Lifeguards to Join TotallyTween’s “Get Fit For Fun” campaign. www.totallytween.co.uk is a really cool online magazine and channel for 8 to 12 year olds to discover, discuss and create on a safe website covering everything that’s important to you, from film, books, music, fashion, health and sport to animals, baking, craft and social issues.    This summer TotallyTween is running its “Get Fit For Fun” campaign and we’re inviting all Rookie Lifeguards to get involved.   We want you to share your videos, reviews and reports with us.   Our roving reporters up and down the country are covering loads of great sporting events and we want you to tell us about what sports and activities you’re involved in over the holidays. Maybe you’re into open water swimming, maybe you’ve joined a tennis or athletics club, or you’re going to surf school? Maybe you’re ...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:16 pm
At the International Lifesaving Sport Commission meeting on May 22 – 24, held in Belgium, two new groups were appointed: Championships Officials Panel: This panel will be responsible for setting the criteria, managing the appointment process, reviewing the appointments, monitoring and endorsement of all appointed officials at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships. Members of the panel are: Dave Thompson (ILS Sport Commission Chair), Marta Cuetos (Europe region), Allen Pembroke (Africa region), Greg Allum (Asia Pacific region) Perry Smith (Americas region) and convenor – Jelle Meintsma who will remain as the main contact person. Officials Assessment Panel: This panel will assess all Referees and Technical Officials at the various championships. The Sport Commission would like to know where we can improve the officials performances and advise where necessary additional training need to occur. This assessment will also assist us in the future in terms of appointment...
At the International Lifesaving Sport Commission meeting on May 22 – 24, held in Belgium, two new groups were appointed: Championships Officials Panel: This panel will be responsible for setting the criteria, managing the appointment process, reviewing the appointments, monitoring and endorsement of all appointed officials at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships. Members of the panel are: Dave Thompson (ILS Sport Commission Chair), Marta Cuetos (Europe region), Allen Pembroke (Africa region), Greg Allum (Asia Pacific region) Perry Smith (Americas region) and convenor – Jelle Meintsma who will remain as the main contact person. Officials Assessment Panel: This panel will assess all Referees and Technical Officials at the various championships. The Sport Commission would like to know where we can improve the officials performances and advise where necessary additional training need to occur. This assessment will also assist us in the future in terms of appointment...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:16 pm
Today we are celebrating RLSS UK volunteer Alan Sutherland! See his story below. What role do you play as a volunteer for RLSS UK? I play a variety of roles from Lifesaving Instructor or Lifeguard TA at Wells and Yeovil Lifesaving Clubs to Regional Official at competitions (and Referee at BULSCA competitions) and recently Branch Official Tutor to competition organiser to Somerset Branch Hon. Secretary and Safeguarding Officer. I am also involved within regional activities including open water events, competitions and running/assisting with training courses. I have been an exchange leader for the last 4 years taking groups to the Czech Republic, Germany and this year to Russia, as well as hosting an exchange in the New Forest last year. Why did you initially become involved in lifesaving? I became involved in lifesaving in October 2006 – I moved from Newcastle to The University of Bath and came across the Lifesaving stand at the Freshers Fair. I went along and enjoyed myself and...
Today we are celebrating RLSS UK volunteer Alan Sutherland! See his story below. What role do you play as a volunteer for RLSS UK? I play a variety of roles from Lifesaving Instructor or Lifeguard TA at Wells and Yeovil Lifesaving Clubs to Regional Official at competitions (and Referee at BULSCA competitions) and recently Branch Official Tutor to competition organiser to Somerset Branch Hon. Secretary and Safeguarding Officer. I am also involved within regional activities including open water events, competitions and running/assisting with training courses. I have been an exchange leader for the last 4 years taking groups to the Czech Republic, Germany and this year to Russia, as well as hosting an exchange in the New Forest last year. Why did you initially become involved in lifesaving? I became involved in lifesaving in October 2006 – I moved from Newcastle to The University of Bath and came across the Lifesaving stand at the Freshers Fair. I went along and enjoyed myself and...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:14 pm
This week is Volunteers’ Week and we’ll be celebrating the great work that our volunteers do! Below RLSS UK Volunteer, Craig Murray has shared with us how and why he volunteers for the RLSS UK. Celebrating Volunteers What role do you play as a volunteer for RLSS UK? I am involved with both Rookie Lifeguard and Survive & Save at Sanquhar Fun Pool. I have six Rookies and six Survive & Save candidates, a good group who turn up every week. I try to help out with the branch and am currently involved with planning the Rookie festival we are having at Troon Beach and Troon Pool for a day of fun and games for all! Why did you initially become involved in lifesaving? I became involved in lifesaving when I was about 14; it was another extension to my swimming as our swimming club coach started the lifesaving club in New Cumnock Open Air Swimming Pool. It was all about being able to help someone in difficulty in the water and meet new people and have fun. I also qualif...
This week is Volunteers’ Week and we’ll be celebrating the great work that our volunteers do! Below RLSS UK Volunteer, Craig Murray has shared with us how and why he volunteers for the RLSS UK. Celebrating Volunteers What role do you play as a volunteer for RLSS UK? I am involved with both Rookie Lifeguard and Survive & Save at Sanquhar Fun Pool. I have six Rookies and six Survive & Save candidates, a good group who turn up every week. I try to help out with the branch and am currently involved with planning the Rookie festival we are having at Troon Beach and Troon Pool for a day of fun and games for all! Why did you initially become involved in lifesaving? I became involved in lifesaving when I was about 14; it was another extension to my swimming as our swimming club coach started the lifesaving club in New Cumnock Open Air Swimming Pool. It was all about being able to help someone in difficulty in the water and meet new people and have fun. I also qualif...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:13 pm
A young PE teacher from London has saved the life of one of his swimming pupils just months after completing his lifesaving training from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). The news comes as RLSS UK, the UK’s drowning prevention charity, launches its latest dedicated qualification for teachers, coaches and instructors supervising swimming and other pool activities. Building on the success of the existing RLSS UK National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches course (NRASTC), the new and improved award features the latest skills and techniques on supervision and rescue to help teachers ensure a safer swimming environment for their pupils. Michael London, a new PE teacher at St Joseph’s College in Upper Norwood, south London, was holding a swimming class when one of his students jumped into the deep end of the pool and sunk straight to the bottom. The 23-year-old teacher, who had only taken up his role at the school in September 2014 after completing his R...
A young PE teacher from London has saved the life of one of his swimming pupils just months after completing his lifesaving training from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). The news comes as RLSS UK, the UK’s drowning prevention charity, launches its latest dedicated qualification for teachers, coaches and instructors supervising swimming and other pool activities. Building on the success of the existing RLSS UK National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches course (NRASTC), the new and improved award features the latest skills and techniques on supervision and rescue to help teachers ensure a safer swimming environment for their pupils. Michael London, a new PE teacher at St Joseph’s College in Upper Norwood, south London, was holding a swimming class when one of his students jumped into the deep end of the pool and sunk straight to the bottom. The 23-year-old teacher, who had only taken up his role at the school in September 2014 after completing his R...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:12 pm
IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is launching a new and improved National Rescue Award for swimming teachers and coaches. The organisation consulted trainer assessors as well as teachers who had recently completed lifesaving training to ensure the new-look National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches course (NRASTC) meets the needs of the sector. Following the consultations as well as comprehensive pilot studies, the award has been updated to meet current health and safety requirements. It features the latest skills and techniques on supervision and rescue to help anyone teaching or coaching swimming activity ensure a safer swimming environment in the absence of a lifeguard. The revised qualification covers all aspects of lifesaving from class management and rescue to CPR and first aid. Teachers will learn how to identify potential hazards in a pool and how to react should an incident occur. And for the first time, the NRASTC q...
IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is launching a new and improved National Rescue Award for swimming teachers and coaches. The organisation consulted trainer assessors as well as teachers who had recently completed lifesaving training to ensure the new-look National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches course (NRASTC) meets the needs of the sector. Following the consultations as well as comprehensive pilot studies, the award has been updated to meet current health and safety requirements. It features the latest skills and techniques on supervision and rescue to help anyone teaching or coaching swimming activity ensure a safer swimming environment in the absence of a lifeguard. The revised qualification covers all aspects of lifesaving from class management and rescue to CPR and first aid. Teachers will learn how to identify potential hazards in a pool and how to react should an incident occur. And for the first time, the NRASTC q...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:11 pm
An evening was held by Droitwich Lifesaving Club in November to celebrate the achievements of its members and to toast the organisation becoming the first of its kind in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to achieve the prestigious ClubMark accolade. Members, parents and teachers all went along to the event where the ClubMark certificate was presented to two of the senior group members, Carl Ridsdale and Thomas Hodgson by local councillor, Richard Morris. He also handed out a host of other awards, including the RLSS UK Beach and RLSS UK Survive and Save certificates achieved in Barry Island. Chairperson Rhian Hughes and the rest of the committee and teachers were congratulated for their hard work and perseverance in achieving such a high standard. Stuart Cooper from Stroke Association West Midlands gave an informative talk to members of all ages, along with parents. His speech included how to recognise the symptoms of a stroke, how to help stroke victims and how to prevent them. He a...
An evening was held by Droitwich Lifesaving Club in November to celebrate the achievements of its members and to toast the organisation becoming the first of its kind in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to achieve the prestigious ClubMark accolade. Members, parents and teachers all went along to the event where the ClubMark certificate was presented to two of the senior group members, Carl Ridsdale and Thomas Hodgson by local councillor, Richard Morris. He also handed out a host of other awards, including the RLSS UK Beach and RLSS UK Survive and Save certificates achieved in Barry Island. Chairperson Rhian Hughes and the rest of the committee and teachers were congratulated for their hard work and perseverance in achieving such a high standard. Stuart Cooper from Stroke Association West Midlands gave an informative talk to members of all ages, along with parents. His speech included how to recognise the symptoms of a stroke, how to help stroke victims and how to prevent them. He a...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:09 pm
Lincolnshire Voluntary Lifeguards have recently secured a grant from the Co-operative Community Champions Fund to help develop the club and its activity. Honorary Secretary of the club, Gemma Plummer, has shared with us how securing a grant has helped the club make a difference. Applying for local grants is a very effective way for a lifesaving club to do that little bit extra for their members and surrounding communities. This donation will be invaluable for our club and our lifeguards as well as the local community, beach users and other local clubs who visit to experience beach lifesaving The Co-op granted the club £902.15 and due to the outstanding generosity of the Co-ops donation, we have been able to purchase more than anticipated. First of all we purchased two new rescue boards. We previously only had one very old operational rescue board, which is very heavy, making training and rescue for our current lifeguards very difficult. Two additional boards will not only...
Lincolnshire Voluntary Lifeguards have recently secured a grant from the Co-operative Community Champions Fund to help develop the club and its activity. Honorary Secretary of the club, Gemma Plummer, has shared with us how securing a grant has helped the club make a difference. Applying for local grants is a very effective way for a lifesaving club to do that little bit extra for their members and surrounding communities. This donation will be invaluable for our club and our lifeguards as well as the local community, beach users and other local clubs who visit to experience beach lifesaving The Co-op granted the club £902.15 and due to the outstanding generosity of the Co-ops donation, we have been able to purchase more than anticipated. First of all we purchased two new rescue boards. We previously only had one very old operational rescue board, which is very heavy, making training and rescue for our current lifeguards very difficult. Two additional boards will not only...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:09 pm
At the end of 2013, we were inundated with details of rescues that have been taking place. These were put forward for RLSS UK’s recognition and have deservedly been awarded. Well done everyone! Certificates of Meritorious Action for Lifeguards go to: Dana Batts – whilst attending a house party in Kent pool lifeguard Dana found her friend, 17-year-old Benign in the heated outdoor swimming pool. After hearing splashing and shouts Dana came to the rescue of non-swimmer Benign who was in the deepest part of the pool. As there was nothing for Dana to throw to him and he was too far away to do a reach rescue Dana entered the water fully clothed. She towed Benign to the side of the pool where she got help to get him onto the poolside. Once on poolside Dana checked he was alright and found him some dry clothes. Ryan Metten, John Blair and Steve Lawrence – pool lifeguards from New Beach Holiday Park in Kent, pulled a woman out of the pool. The lifeguards came to ...
At the end of 2013, we were inundated with details of rescues that have been taking place. These were put forward for RLSS UK’s recognition and have deservedly been awarded. Well done everyone! Certificates of Meritorious Action for Lifeguards go to: Dana Batts – whilst attending a house party in Kent pool lifeguard Dana found her friend, 17-year-old Benign in the heated outdoor swimming pool. After hearing splashing and shouts Dana came to the rescue of non-swimmer Benign who was in the deepest part of the pool. As there was nothing for Dana to throw to him and he was too far away to do a reach rescue Dana entered the water fully clothed. She towed Benign to the side of the pool where she got help to get him onto the poolside. Once on poolside Dana checked he was alright and found him some dry clothes. Ryan Metten, John Blair and Steve Lawrence – pool lifeguards from New Beach Holiday Park in Kent, pulled a woman out of the pool. The lifeguards came to ...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:08 pm
Radcliffe on Trent Lifeguard ClubNigel Buck of Radcliffe on Trent Lifeguard Club shares with us the sad news that the club has had to shut its doors after 42 years and how, to mark the occasion, 10 members of the club achieved their Survive & Save Gold Medallion award on the final evening. Radcliffe on Trent swimming pool closed its doors to the last ever swimmers at the end of October and is due shortly to be demolished. A community swimming pool that has been in operation for 42 years. Initially built with money raised by the community of Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham and since that time has been run as a joint venture with the local school. Everyone who helped at the swimming pool was a volunteer and at its peak, it had 47 lifeguards together with another 54 assistants. Nigel Buck, TA at the pool for the majority of the time said: “staff training with such large numbers was always a major achievement but extremely good fun”. The lifeguards ranged in age from 19...
Radcliffe on Trent Lifeguard ClubNigel Buck of Radcliffe on Trent Lifeguard Club shares with us the sad news that the club has had to shut its doors after 42 years and how, to mark the occasion, 10 members of the club achieved their Survive & Save Gold Medallion award on the final evening. Radcliffe on Trent swimming pool closed its doors to the last ever swimmers at the end of October and is due shortly to be demolished. A community swimming pool that has been in operation for 42 years. Initially built with money raised by the community of Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham and since that time has been run as a joint venture with the local school. Everyone who helped at the swimming pool was a volunteer and at its peak, it had 47 lifeguards together with another 54 assistants. Nigel Buck, TA at the pool for the majority of the time said: “staff training with such large numbers was always a major achievement but extremely good fun”. The lifeguards ranged in age from 19...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:03 pm
In June 2014 I became RLSS UK/IQL UK’s Customer Engagement Manager for the Republic of Ireland in addition to my region of the UK. Since that time I have spent 16 days in Ireland visiting 28 Approved Training Centre/Providers and have delivered three Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor Standardisation Workshops engaging with 42 of our Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessors in Ireland. All in all a very busy few months, including six flights and more than 55 hours on the road travelling between centres across Dublin, Cork and the West Coast. In July this year, I ran the first Pool TA Standardisation Workshop in Ireland at Cavan Leisure Centre with help from my fellow Customer Engagement Manager, Danielle Peel. We were both immediately impressed with how passionate the TAs in attendance were about the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). One TA had travelled all the way from County Cork to join us in Cavan as she was unable to make the session more local to her later on in the year...
In June 2014 I became RLSS UK/IQL UK’s Customer Engagement Manager for the Republic of Ireland in addition to my region of the UK. Since that time I have spent 16 days in Ireland visiting 28 Approved Training Centre/Providers and have delivered three Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor Standardisation Workshops engaging with 42 of our Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessors in Ireland. All in all a very busy few months, including six flights and more than 55 hours on the road travelling between centres across Dublin, Cork and the West Coast. In July this year, I ran the first Pool TA Standardisation Workshop in Ireland at Cavan Leisure Centre with help from my fellow Customer Engagement Manager, Danielle Peel. We were both immediately impressed with how passionate the TAs in attendance were about the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). One TA had travelled all the way from County Cork to join us in Cavan as she was unable to make the session more local to her later on in the year...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 3:00 pm
The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity has this week launched a hard-hitting short film to mark the start of its annual campaign, Drowning Prevention Week. ‘Beneath the Surface – the Families’ Stories’ features people from across the UK who have lost someone to drowning and have shared their tragic experiences. The film aims to raise awareness of the issue of drowning and to encourage donations to back the campaign, which runs from June 20 – 28 this year. Drowning Prevention Week is the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) flagship campaign which strives to help cut down the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drowning across the UK every year. Latest figures released last week show 338 people lost their lives to drowning in 2014 – many of these deaths could have been preventable. And, for 2015, RLSS UK is adding to its focus to show the aftermath and effects on families who have lost those close to them. RLSS UK ambassador, Ja...
The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity has this week launched a hard-hitting short film to mark the start of its annual campaign, Drowning Prevention Week. ‘Beneath the Surface – the Families’ Stories’ features people from across the UK who have lost someone to drowning and have shared their tragic experiences. The film aims to raise awareness of the issue of drowning and to encourage donations to back the campaign, which runs from June 20 – 28 this year. Drowning Prevention Week is the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) flagship campaign which strives to help cut down the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drowning across the UK every year. Latest figures released last week show 338 people lost their lives to drowning in 2014 – many of these deaths could have been preventable. And, for 2015, RLSS UK is adding to its focus to show the aftermath and effects on families who have lost those close to them. RLSS UK ambassador, Ja...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 2:57 pm
Guest blogger, Hannah Wiggins, Youth development Officer for Wessex Branch has shared with us what they got up to on their Branch Sea Swim Day. Fun and games were afoot as Wessex Branch held its first (and hopefully one of many!) Sea Swim Day on 20th July. Forty-four young people from across the Branch, including clubs from Bishop’s Waltham, Eastleigh, Poole, Salisbury and Totton, attended the event which was held on Sandbanks Beach, Poole. The event gave members of the clubs who normally only undertake their lifesaving activity in swimming pools the opportunity to experience how a beach lifeguard club operates and the equipment they use. We split into four teams, each including members from each of the different clubs, to take part in a host of activity stations in the morning. We covered open water swimming skills, discovering how different it is to swim in the sea and through the waves compared to a swimming pool. This helped our lifesavers to gain the skills required ...
Guest blogger, Hannah Wiggins, Youth development Officer for Wessex Branch has shared with us what they got up to on their Branch Sea Swim Day. Fun and games were afoot as Wessex Branch held its first (and hopefully one of many!) Sea Swim Day on 20th July. Forty-four young people from across the Branch, including clubs from Bishop’s Waltham, Eastleigh, Poole, Salisbury and Totton, attended the event which was held on Sandbanks Beach, Poole. The event gave members of the clubs who normally only undertake their lifesaving activity in swimming pools the opportunity to experience how a beach lifeguard club operates and the equipment they use. We split into four teams, each including members from each of the different clubs, to take part in a host of activity stations in the morning. We covered open water swimming skills, discovering how different it is to swim in the sea and through the waves compared to a swimming pool. This helped our lifesavers to gain the skills required ...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 2:55 pm
Camp Survive & Save 2014 is well underway and the lifesavers have shared with us the great time they are having! The lifesavers have been split into teams and the Red Team share day one with us. Day 1: Sunday Sweet and Sour – shared by the Red Team We were all delighted at the wondrous opportunity that the Survive & Save camp offered us. When the day came we ensured we were packed – wetsuits and all – then we headed off on our epic journey to Wales. The German members of our team from Nuremberg drove for almost 22 hours, starting at 6pm on Saturday and arriving at 3pm on Sunday. The Norwegian members of our team had to endure an extremely uncomfortable plane journey (according to them). They were the latest to arrive, reaching the centre at 10pm. The Scottish members of our team travelled by train which took 9 hours including a switch over at Bristol. The one and only English member of our team barely even had to travel, she was only in the car for 2 &frac...
Camp Survive & Save 2014 is well underway and the lifesavers have shared with us the great time they are having! The lifesavers have been split into teams and the Red Team share day one with us. Day 1: Sunday Sweet and Sour – shared by the Red Team We were all delighted at the wondrous opportunity that the Survive & Save camp offered us. When the day came we ensured we were packed – wetsuits and all – then we headed off on our epic journey to Wales. The German members of our team from Nuremberg drove for almost 22 hours, starting at 6pm on Saturday and arriving at 3pm on Sunday. The Norwegian members of our team had to endure an extremely uncomfortable plane journey (according to them). They were the latest to arrive, reaching the centre at 10pm. The Scottish members of our team travelled by train which took 9 hours including a switch over at Bristol. The one and only English member of our team barely even had to travel, she was only in the car for 2 &frac...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 2:24 pm
A record number of organisations will teach people how to be safe in and around water as part of the UK’s biggest drowning prevention campaign next week. Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK, aims to reduce the number of accidental drownings that occur in the UK each year. The latest figures, issued by the National Water Safety Forum earlier this month, show that 338 people lost their lives to drowning in 2014 – many of these deaths could have been prevented. Running from 20 to 28 June 2015, leisure centres, schools, clubs and local communities will be hosting a range of events and activities to show people how they can have fun and stay safe around water. RLSS UK supplies a host of resources to support operators involved in the campaign, from leaflets and posters to help market Drowning Prevention Week to plans for pool sessions and wetside activities. Leeds City Council, winner of the Multi-Site Approved Training Centr...
A record number of organisations will teach people how to be safe in and around water as part of the UK’s biggest drowning prevention campaign next week. Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK, aims to reduce the number of accidental drownings that occur in the UK each year. The latest figures, issued by the National Water Safety Forum earlier this month, show that 338 people lost their lives to drowning in 2014 – many of these deaths could have been prevented. Running from 20 to 28 June 2015, leisure centres, schools, clubs and local communities will be hosting a range of events and activities to show people how they can have fun and stay safe around water. RLSS UK supplies a host of resources to support operators involved in the campaign, from leaflets and posters to help market Drowning Prevention Week to plans for pool sessions and wetside activities. Leeds City Council, winner of the Multi-Site Approved Training Centr...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 2:23 pm
Our new Filling Up film for Drowning Prevention Week 2014, aimed at 11-15-year-olds, is meeting with high praise. Written by HROC, produced by Chrome and with special effects by Artem, the film recites the story of a young boy who gets into trouble in the water while out with his friends. Here we take a behind the scenes look at how the film came together. Click here for behind the scenes footage of the film. What HROC said: “Right from the very outset, we thought there’d be a couple of significant hurdles to overcome if the film was to turn out how we’d envisaged. First, we needed to find a production company that felt the same kind of passion and enthusiasm for the project we all felt – a group of people who would take it to heart in the same way we had. Second, we needed a child actor who could not only memorise a two-minute script but also deliver the performance of his life while being repeatedly immersed in ever-colder water. Thankf...
Our new Filling Up film for Drowning Prevention Week 2014, aimed at 11-15-year-olds, is meeting with high praise. Written by HROC, produced by Chrome and with special effects by Artem, the film recites the story of a young boy who gets into trouble in the water while out with his friends. Here we take a behind the scenes look at how the film came together. Click here for behind the scenes footage of the film. What HROC said: “Right from the very outset, we thought there’d be a couple of significant hurdles to overcome if the film was to turn out how we’d envisaged. First, we needed to find a production company that felt the same kind of passion and enthusiasm for the project we all felt – a group of people who would take it to heart in the same way we had. Second, we needed a child actor who could not only memorise a two-minute script but also deliver the performance of his life while being repeatedly immersed in ever-colder water. Thankf...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:10 pm
We’re pleased to announce that RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard National Festivals are here! The Festivals are a great way for young lifesavers to get together, compete against one another and motivate each other as a team and are open to clubs, schools, branches and regions. Each Rookie Festival consists of a minimum of four events including, speed events and initiatives both wet and dry, with a maximum of six Rookies on one team, although only four can take part in one event, whilst the others cheer you on. The Festivals have a great look and teams are encouraged to incorporate their own branding with the RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard National Festivals brand. RLSS UK will provide all teams taking part with free downloadable posters, flyers, certificates and report templates. Not only that, RLSS UK will be offering discounted branding and sign hires and discounted medals. Your team details will also be included on the RLSS UK Festivals web page and don’t forget about social media, R...
We’re pleased to announce that RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard National Festivals are here! The Festivals are a great way for young lifesavers to get together, compete against one another and motivate each other as a team and are open to clubs, schools, branches and regions. Each Rookie Festival consists of a minimum of four events including, speed events and initiatives both wet and dry, with a maximum of six Rookies on one team, although only four can take part in one event, whilst the others cheer you on. The Festivals have a great look and teams are encouraged to incorporate their own branding with the RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard National Festivals brand. RLSS UK will provide all teams taking part with free downloadable posters, flyers, certificates and report templates. Not only that, RLSS UK will be offering discounted branding and sign hires and discounted medals. Your team details will also be included on the RLSS UK Festivals web page and don’t forget about social media, R...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:08 pm
Last weekend the St Joseph Williamson Maths School in Rochester was the venue for the Royal Life Saving Society UK Kent Branch Life Support Championships. It is a competition that Lifesavers from the Sheerness Swimming Club & Lifeguard Corps have been training hard for during the last couple of months. Competitions are the best way of putting the skills they learn into practice, safe in the knowledge that if they do get things wrong no one is going to be harmed. Competitors take part in a series of different events designed to test their First Aid and Resuscitation skills. Lifesaving Coach Phil Crowder commented “It is really great to see all of our youngsters growing in confidence and self-belief. Overcoming their shyness and nerves to perform in front of judges. I know from my time as a competitor (many years ago) just how much of an ordeal it can be, especially the first time you compete in this type of competition and I am very pleased to report that it was a very succe...
Last weekend the St Joseph Williamson Maths School in Rochester was the venue for the Royal Life Saving Society UK Kent Branch Life Support Championships. It is a competition that Lifesavers from the Sheerness Swimming Club & Lifeguard Corps have been training hard for during the last couple of months. Competitions are the best way of putting the skills they learn into practice, safe in the knowledge that if they do get things wrong no one is going to be harmed. Competitors take part in a series of different events designed to test their First Aid and Resuscitation skills. Lifesaving Coach Phil Crowder commented “It is really great to see all of our youngsters growing in confidence and self-belief. Overcoming their shyness and nerves to perform in front of judges. I know from my time as a competitor (many years ago) just how much of an ordeal it can be, especially the first time you compete in this type of competition and I am very pleased to report that it was a very succe...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:06 pm
Guest Blogger Tina Smith, Save a Baby’s Life Co-ordinator for Kent Branch, has shared with us the work that goes into getting ready for a baby show. I always start with the three P’s, plan, prepare, and prepare some more. There is always more to be done when working towards a baby show, or two in Kent this year, so planning is crucial. So far, plans for Glow Bluewater Baby & Toddler Show from the 25th to 27th April are going well and tickets can be booked online. The volunteers have kindly confirmed their time but there is always room for more – if anyone wants to join us? The next step is to update the presentation for the Expert Workshop. Fred Rowland and I will be presenting the choking element of the Save a Baby’s Life programme. We have also had confirmation of our entry into Baby & Toddler Show number two which will be taking place at the Country Show Ground, Detling, Kent on 22nd June. The show is for one day only and t...
Guest Blogger Tina Smith, Save a Baby’s Life Co-ordinator for Kent Branch, has shared with us the work that goes into getting ready for a baby show. I always start with the three P’s, plan, prepare, and prepare some more. There is always more to be done when working towards a baby show, or two in Kent this year, so planning is crucial. So far, plans for Glow Bluewater Baby & Toddler Show from the 25th to 27th April are going well and tickets can be booked online. The volunteers have kindly confirmed their time but there is always room for more – if anyone wants to join us? The next step is to update the presentation for the Expert Workshop. Fred Rowland and I will be presenting the choking element of the Save a Baby’s Life programme. We have also had confirmation of our entry into Baby & Toddler Show number two which will be taking place at the Country Show Ground, Detling, Kent on 22nd June. The show is for one day only and t...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:06 pm
IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), has awarded the newly opened London Aquatics Centre, Approved Training Centre (ATC) status, which means it can now train lifeguards in the industry’s top qualification. The 2012 Olympic venue, operated by charitable social enterprise GLL, is now part of IQL UK’s quality assurance assessment programme, which is designed to provide high standards in training delivery and competent course assessments in lifeguarding. The venue houses two 50m pools plus a 25m diving pool and, prior to the official public opening last week, it was externally verified and approved by IQL UK to conduct RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) 8th Edition courses and relevant in-service training. As a registered ATC, the London Aquatics Centre will be supported through regular site visits from RLSS UK Customer Engagement Managers and receive free access to the Ongoing and Training Competency online software...
IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), has awarded the newly opened London Aquatics Centre, Approved Training Centre (ATC) status, which means it can now train lifeguards in the industry’s top qualification. The 2012 Olympic venue, operated by charitable social enterprise GLL, is now part of IQL UK’s quality assurance assessment programme, which is designed to provide high standards in training delivery and competent course assessments in lifeguarding. The venue houses two 50m pools plus a 25m diving pool and, prior to the official public opening last week, it was externally verified and approved by IQL UK to conduct RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) 8th Edition courses and relevant in-service training. As a registered ATC, the London Aquatics Centre will be supported through regular site visits from RLSS UK Customer Engagement Managers and receive free access to the Ongoing and Training Competency online software...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:05 pm
Simple tasks like moving a plug out of reach or emptying a bucket filled with rainwater could mean the difference between life and death, the drowning prevention charity has warned. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) says, as the finer weather approaches and people begin to spring clean their homes, it is an ideal time to consider the importance of water safety around the home – particularly where children are concerned. Drowning is the third biggest cause of accidental death in children in the UK and drowning in baths was the joint highest cause of drowning of those under four-years-old in 2012, along with boating accidents. Spring-Clean Although all drowning cases are not around the home, accidents in the home are often the most easily preventable and people must be aware that there can be any number of drowning hazards. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “Water safety around the home should be a priority for everyone and, although advice arou...
Simple tasks like moving a plug out of reach or emptying a bucket filled with rainwater could mean the difference between life and death, the drowning prevention charity has warned. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) says, as the finer weather approaches and people begin to spring clean their homes, it is an ideal time to consider the importance of water safety around the home – particularly where children are concerned. Drowning is the third biggest cause of accidental death in children in the UK and drowning in baths was the joint highest cause of drowning of those under four-years-old in 2012, along with boating accidents. Spring-Clean Although all drowning cases are not around the home, accidents in the home are often the most easily preventable and people must be aware that there can be any number of drowning hazards. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “Water safety around the home should be a priority for everyone and, although advice arou...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:03 pm
Drowning Prevention Week inspires Midlothian Council to adopt the official Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) colours. Lifeguards in Midlothian are now kitted out with the distinctive red and yellow colours of the Royal Life Saving Society’s lifeguarding uniform after taking part in the charity’s annual campaign. In June 2013, the Penicuik Centre in Midlothian, Scotland, took part in the annual Drowning Prevention Week – a UK wide campaign which aims to reduce the number of drowning deaths and support families affected by drowning. During this time, the lifeguarding team demonstrated a united front and wore the traditional yellow and reds of the RLSS UK, which saw a surge in positive feedback from the centre’s users and built on the already high professional standards maintained by the lifeguards. Photo: Left to Right: Holly Clark, Jenna Jarvie, Russell Jackson and Martin Taylor. Front: Paige Hunter. After such a successful campaign, the Penicuik Centre alon...
Drowning Prevention Week inspires Midlothian Council to adopt the official Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) colours. Lifeguards in Midlothian are now kitted out with the distinctive red and yellow colours of the Royal Life Saving Society’s lifeguarding uniform after taking part in the charity’s annual campaign. In June 2013, the Penicuik Centre in Midlothian, Scotland, took part in the annual Drowning Prevention Week – a UK wide campaign which aims to reduce the number of drowning deaths and support families affected by drowning. During this time, the lifeguarding team demonstrated a united front and wore the traditional yellow and reds of the RLSS UK, which saw a surge in positive feedback from the centre’s users and built on the already high professional standards maintained by the lifeguards. Photo: Left to Right: Holly Clark, Jenna Jarvie, Russell Jackson and Martin Taylor. Front: Paige Hunter. After such a successful campaign, the Penicuik Centre alon...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:02 pm
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO joined lifesavers from across the Commonwealth at a special event held in Warwick for a Broom-based charity. He joined more than 50 guests at The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Commonwealth Lifesaving Seminar at Old Shire Hall, Warwick last Thursday (March 13). Hosted by the High Sheriff of Warwickshire and RLSS Commonwealth Vice President, Keith Sach, the event aimed to raise awareness of the drowning issue across the Commonwealth prices visit. The audience heard presentations from RLSS representatives on Drowning Prevention – the global problem and examples the charity’s work; Lifesaving Sport – how sport is linked to the charity’s humanitarian work and to highlight the RLSS Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships; Youth Engagement – the importance of engaging with the younger members of RLSS to not only get involved within their nations but in the bigger global picture and Working in Partnership with a p...
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO joined lifesavers from across the Commonwealth at a special event held in Warwick for a Broom-based charity. He joined more than 50 guests at The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Commonwealth Lifesaving Seminar at Old Shire Hall, Warwick last Thursday (March 13). Hosted by the High Sheriff of Warwickshire and RLSS Commonwealth Vice President, Keith Sach, the event aimed to raise awareness of the drowning issue across the Commonwealth prices visit. The audience heard presentations from RLSS representatives on Drowning Prevention – the global problem and examples the charity’s work; Lifesaving Sport – how sport is linked to the charity’s humanitarian work and to highlight the RLSS Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships; Youth Engagement – the importance of engaging with the younger members of RLSS to not only get involved within their nations but in the bigger global picture and Working in Partnership with a p...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:01 pm
The highest number of records ever broken were achieved at this year’s national lifesaving sport championships, Speeds 2014, organisers have confirmed. Hundreds of competitors from across the UK and Ireland headed to the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK) most prestigious sporting event – the National Speed Championships 2014 held at Sheffield’s International Sport Centre’s Olympic-sized pool, Ponds Forge last weekend (March 8 and 9). Forty new records were broken across a number of events, which saw athletes including some of the UK’s leaders in lifesaving sport and members of the GB and Northern Ireland team fight it out for the title of National Champion. As well as smashing records in events including Manikin Tow, Line Throw and Medley Relay, a number athletes also qualified for the World Lifesaving Championships to be held later this year in France (exact numbers waiting to be verified). RLSS UK’s National Sports Development Officer...
The highest number of records ever broken were achieved at this year’s national lifesaving sport championships, Speeds 2014, organisers have confirmed. Hundreds of competitors from across the UK and Ireland headed to the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK) most prestigious sporting event – the National Speed Championships 2014 held at Sheffield’s International Sport Centre’s Olympic-sized pool, Ponds Forge last weekend (March 8 and 9). Forty new records were broken across a number of events, which saw athletes including some of the UK’s leaders in lifesaving sport and members of the GB and Northern Ireland team fight it out for the title of National Champion. As well as smashing records in events including Manikin Tow, Line Throw and Medley Relay, a number athletes also qualified for the World Lifesaving Championships to be held later this year in France (exact numbers waiting to be verified). RLSS UK’s National Sports Development Officer...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 12:00 pm
On Friday, we welcomed a fantastic fundraising family to Royal Life Saving Society UK’s HQ, River House. The Preece family came to hand over more than £500 they raised for the World Drowning Fund’s SwimSafe campaign, initiatives run by RLSS UK’s fellow Commonwealth branch – RLSS Australia. RLSS UK’s Clive Holland, Regional Representative on the Management Board, received the cheque on RLSS Australia’s behalf and presented the family with certificates. Mum Kathryn, dad Phil and daughters Nicola, Rebecca and Hannah (aged 12, 10 and six respectively) decided to support SwimSafe as their charity for 2013 after swimmer Nicola wanted to support her hobby and help to save other children’s lives. The family, from Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, was shocked by drowning statistics and wanted to make a difference. In June Phil completed the Great North Swim in a fantastic 30.40 minutes. During the summer the girls baked cakes and invited the ...
On Friday, we welcomed a fantastic fundraising family to Royal Life Saving Society UK’s HQ, River House. The Preece family came to hand over more than £500 they raised for the World Drowning Fund’s SwimSafe campaign, initiatives run by RLSS UK’s fellow Commonwealth branch – RLSS Australia. RLSS UK’s Clive Holland, Regional Representative on the Management Board, received the cheque on RLSS Australia’s behalf and presented the family with certificates. Mum Kathryn, dad Phil and daughters Nicola, Rebecca and Hannah (aged 12, 10 and six respectively) decided to support SwimSafe as their charity for 2013 after swimmer Nicola wanted to support her hobby and help to save other children’s lives. The family, from Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, was shocked by drowning statistics and wanted to make a difference. In June Phil completed the Great North Swim in a fantastic 30.40 minutes. During the summer the girls baked cakes and invited the ...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:58 am
Volunteers from Bristol Street Pastors received free first-aid and water safety training from David Fielding of RLSS UK Avon & North Wiltshire Branch. Here David shares with us how the day went – Since the Bristol Street Pastors launched in May, their blue uniforms have become a familiar sight on the city’s streets. The Street Pastors are Christians who go out as a team on Saturday evenings to provide help and reassurance to people in the city. A typical evening could involve helping clubbers find their way home, handing out flip-flops to girls walking with bare feet, or simply providing company for people who are lonely or worse for wear. Street Pastors often come across people suffering from minor injuries – everything from bleeding cuts to the early stages of hypothermia. This first-aid training will equip the Pastors with vital skills to help make a difference. We were also keen to offer some water-safety training. The floating harbour can prove a tempt...
Volunteers from Bristol Street Pastors received free first-aid and water safety training from David Fielding of RLSS UK Avon & North Wiltshire Branch. Here David shares with us how the day went – Since the Bristol Street Pastors launched in May, their blue uniforms have become a familiar sight on the city’s streets. The Street Pastors are Christians who go out as a team on Saturday evenings to provide help and reassurance to people in the city. A typical evening could involve helping clubbers find their way home, handing out flip-flops to girls walking with bare feet, or simply providing company for people who are lonely or worse for wear. Street Pastors often come across people suffering from minor injuries – everything from bleeding cuts to the early stages of hypothermia. This first-aid training will equip the Pastors with vital skills to help make a difference. We were also keen to offer some water-safety training. The floating harbour can prove a tempt...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:58 am
David Browne, a member of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, has been digging into the history of the Society’s founder, William Henry. Here he shares with us what he has found. There are many pilgrimages undertaken by the devout – the Christian Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the Muslim Hajj, even the Elvis fan’s trip to Graceland.  But for the lifesaving faithful, there can surely be no more sacred destination than the final resting place of the Society’s founding father, William Henry. He was buried among the famous residents of Highgate Cemetery in London in 1928, perhaps a fitting place of repose considering that many of the Society’s early activities took place at Highgate bathing ponds, less than a mile away. His fine marble headstone, by the firm of Millward & Co. of Stoke Newington, was erected ‘by members and friends of the Society’ and bears a relief of the Society’s logo, and a touching tribute from his wife. Willi...
David Browne, a member of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, has been digging into the history of the Society’s founder, William Henry. Here he shares with us what he has found. There are many pilgrimages undertaken by the devout – the Christian Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the Muslim Hajj, even the Elvis fan’s trip to Graceland.  But for the lifesaving faithful, there can surely be no more sacred destination than the final resting place of the Society’s founding father, William Henry. He was buried among the famous residents of Highgate Cemetery in London in 1928, perhaps a fitting place of repose considering that many of the Society’s early activities took place at Highgate bathing ponds, less than a mile away. His fine marble headstone, by the firm of Millward & Co. of Stoke Newington, was erected ‘by members and friends of the Society’ and bears a relief of the Society’s logo, and a touching tribute from his wife. Willi...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:57 am
Performance Director for RLSS UK, Michele Weedy, has been nominated as a regional finalist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2013: Unsung Hero Award. Guest blogger Aileen Robson from Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club shares the club’s delight at her nomination! WOW, GO MICHELE, one of the top three in the North East of England up for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award! If anyone deserves such an award it has to be Michele Weedy, Lifeguard Captain at Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club. Michele is such a dedicated member of our club. This year Michele was given the honour of being Team Manager for the England Lifesaving Team, which travelled to Australia for the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships. Six of Michele’s own athletes from Blyth made the England Squad. Each athlete who competed at this competition medaled and England finished 2nd overall, thanks to Michele’s dedication and commitment to her sport. Michele gives up...
Performance Director for RLSS UK, Michele Weedy, has been nominated as a regional finalist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2013: Unsung Hero Award. Guest blogger Aileen Robson from Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club shares the club’s delight at her nomination! WOW, GO MICHELE, one of the top three in the North East of England up for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award! If anyone deserves such an award it has to be Michele Weedy, Lifeguard Captain at Blyth Lifeguard & Swimming Club. Michele is such a dedicated member of our club. This year Michele was given the honour of being Team Manager for the England Lifesaving Team, which travelled to Australia for the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships. Six of Michele’s own athletes from Blyth made the England Squad. Each athlete who competed at this competition medaled and England finished 2nd overall, thanks to Michele’s dedication and commitment to her sport. Michele gives up...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:56 am
RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire recently held their very own Dragons Den and invited local lifesavers to come along and pitch their project ideas to be in with the chance of securing funding. David Fielding Branch Chair of RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire has written the below blog entry telling us the ideas pitched and who the successful entrepreneurs were! Lifesavers walked away with REAL CASH when Dragon’s Den came to the Avon and North Wiltshire Branch AGM! Despite repeated appeals the Avon & North Wiltshire branch had only received three grant applications in the last year, so the Branch management committee came up with a novel idea to inspire local lifesavers to spread the society’s water-safety message. Budding “entrepreneurs” were invited to pitch their ideas for a lifesaving project to our team of Dragons: Ellen Moore (RLSS UK Volunteer Engagement Officer), Marc Pearce (Avon & North Wiltshire Treasurer) and Alice Charteris (Avon & North W...
RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire recently held their very own Dragons Den and invited local lifesavers to come along and pitch their project ideas to be in with the chance of securing funding. David Fielding Branch Chair of RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire has written the below blog entry telling us the ideas pitched and who the successful entrepreneurs were! Lifesavers walked away with REAL CASH when Dragon’s Den came to the Avon and North Wiltshire Branch AGM! Despite repeated appeals the Avon & North Wiltshire branch had only received three grant applications in the last year, so the Branch management committee came up with a novel idea to inspire local lifesavers to spread the society’s water-safety message. Budding “entrepreneurs” were invited to pitch their ideas for a lifesaving project to our team of Dragons: Ellen Moore (RLSS UK Volunteer Engagement Officer), Marc Pearce (Avon & North Wiltshire Treasurer) and Alice Charteris (Avon & North W...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:49 am
Our very own John Stainer of Crawley Town Lifesaving Club has been selected as a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sports Officials UK. As one of the most prestigious awards presented, nominations were open to all sports within the UK. John’s achievement is a marker of his commitment. John has been involved in Lifesaving for more than 40 years and throughout that time he has worked with many, many lifesaving sportspeople, young and old, to help them achieve their goals. When John helped to set up the Horsham Lifesaving Club in 1982 he could hardly have imagined he would still be involved and competing four decades later. In addition to his own competing and coaching (GB National team coach 1994 to 2011) he has spent the last 19 years as an international official, travelling the world and achieving the sport’s highest officiating grade. It is this dedication which saw him become the first British individual to be awarded the Gold Medal for Lifesaving, the hig...
Our very own John Stainer of Crawley Town Lifesaving Club has been selected as a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sports Officials UK. As one of the most prestigious awards presented, nominations were open to all sports within the UK. John’s achievement is a marker of his commitment. John has been involved in Lifesaving for more than 40 years and throughout that time he has worked with many, many lifesaving sportspeople, young and old, to help them achieve their goals. When John helped to set up the Horsham Lifesaving Club in 1982 he could hardly have imagined he would still be involved and competing four decades later. In addition to his own competing and coaching (GB National team coach 1994 to 2011) he has spent the last 19 years as an international official, travelling the world and achieving the sport’s highest officiating grade. It is this dedication which saw him become the first British individual to be awarded the Gold Medal for Lifesaving, the hig...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:44 am
Club Development Officer Nicola Keenan had decided when she started Uni she would like to join a club but ended up joining a lifesaving club, which hadn’t previously occurred to her. Find out how Nicola became a member of a lifesaving club and how for her it enhanced her University experience. When confirming that I would be going to University, I knew that I was undoubtedly going to have a fantastic time. However I never contemplated that I would be spending many a weekend travelling across the country competing in a sport I had never heard of, running a club of over 50 members, being part of an RLSS UK trip to Iceland, captaining a team to Champions in the BULSCA Nationals, gaining new qualifications and now organising other competition trips oversees, to name but a few of the opportunities that I have been lucky enough to be involved with over the last four years. None of which, I am sure would of happened without being involved with my University Lifesaving Club. Previous ...
Club Development Officer Nicola Keenan had decided when she started Uni she would like to join a club but ended up joining a lifesaving club, which hadn’t previously occurred to her. Find out how Nicola became a member of a lifesaving club and how for her it enhanced her University experience. When confirming that I would be going to University, I knew that I was undoubtedly going to have a fantastic time. However I never contemplated that I would be spending many a weekend travelling across the country competing in a sport I had never heard of, running a club of over 50 members, being part of an RLSS UK trip to Iceland, captaining a team to Champions in the BULSCA Nationals, gaining new qualifications and now organising other competition trips oversees, to name but a few of the opportunities that I have been lucky enough to be involved with over the last four years. None of which, I am sure would of happened without being involved with my University Lifesaving Club. Previous ...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:44 am
Liam Ward newly crowned double European Champion has written the following blog piece giving us an insight his experience and achievement at the 2013 European Junior championships in Italy. I don’t think I’ve totally come to terms yet with what I have achieved. It hadn’t really sunk in until I was on the plane flying back home; it still hasn’t to be honest. On the day of the Ocean events I did feel nervous. The main thing I was nervous about wasn’t whether I would medal or compete well individually – I was worried that I might be a liability or seen as someone who couldn’t pull their own weight on the team. I honestly feared at the thought of letting my team down. If someone had told me going into the competition I would return home a two time European champion, I would have struggled to believe it. But after the first race was out of the way (the board heats), I ended up treating the rest of the day as if it was your average Sunda...
Liam Ward newly crowned double European Champion has written the following blog piece giving us an insight his experience and achievement at the 2013 European Junior championships in Italy. I don’t think I’ve totally come to terms yet with what I have achieved. It hadn’t really sunk in until I was on the plane flying back home; it still hasn’t to be honest. On the day of the Ocean events I did feel nervous. The main thing I was nervous about wasn’t whether I would medal or compete well individually – I was worried that I might be a liability or seen as someone who couldn’t pull their own weight on the team. I honestly feared at the thought of letting my team down. If someone had told me going into the competition I would return home a two time European champion, I would have struggled to believe it. But after the first race was out of the way (the board heats), I ended up treating the rest of the day as if it was your average Sunda...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:43 am
Our President Peter Moyes took some time out to talk to us about the importance of safe open water swimming as he is training for the ChillSwim on 14th September at Lake Coniston in the Lake District. How is your training going for the event? I’ve been doing training in both the pool and at a supervised lake in Lincolnshire. The lake I swim at has a temperature of 20 degrees but I am concerned about the difference compared to the Coniston waters, as this is likely to be just 16-18 degrees due to it being much deeper. At the moment I’m swimming in the pool twice a week and have a long swim each Sunday, this is an average of 4.5miles over 2 ½ hours. It’s unfortunate that in the UK and Ireland we are still limited in places you can swim safely in open water, we are desperate for more supervised open water swimming venues. Making my training realistic to the event is really important so that my body is prepared for the temperature – I’m wearing my w...
Our President Peter Moyes took some time out to talk to us about the importance of safe open water swimming as he is training for the ChillSwim on 14th September at Lake Coniston in the Lake District. How is your training going for the event? I’ve been doing training in both the pool and at a supervised lake in Lincolnshire. The lake I swim at has a temperature of 20 degrees but I am concerned about the difference compared to the Coniston waters, as this is likely to be just 16-18 degrees due to it being much deeper. At the moment I’m swimming in the pool twice a week and have a long swim each Sunday, this is an average of 4.5miles over 2 ½ hours. It’s unfortunate that in the UK and Ireland we are still limited in places you can swim safely in open water, we are desperate for more supervised open water swimming venues. Making my training realistic to the event is really important so that my body is prepared for the temperature – I’m wearing my w...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:42 am
RLSS UK’s Adrian Lole has given us an insight into his experiences of open water swimming. Recent years have seen rapid growth in the number of people tempted to try open water swimming for the first time. Open water swimming is a great way to extend the experience of swimming in carefully heated and chemically treated pools. As a child of the seventies, brought up on ‘public information drowning prevention films’ and taught to swim by my safety conscious parents, I stumbled across the world of open water on the annual holiday to Cornwall. Here with two adventurous brothers I recall many pleasant hours in the sea, surfing on rough wooden boards but also swimming in the sea-pool in Bude –  the cold often making it difficult to get in but twice as hard to get out, there was simply too much to see and do! From those tentative years I have grown to both love and respect the water, the opportunities for challenge are numerous, but challenge can sometimes take...
RLSS UK’s Adrian Lole has given us an insight into his experiences of open water swimming. Recent years have seen rapid growth in the number of people tempted to try open water swimming for the first time. Open water swimming is a great way to extend the experience of swimming in carefully heated and chemically treated pools. As a child of the seventies, brought up on ‘public information drowning prevention films’ and taught to swim by my safety conscious parents, I stumbled across the world of open water on the annual holiday to Cornwall. Here with two adventurous brothers I recall many pleasant hours in the sea, surfing on rough wooden boards but also swimming in the sea-pool in Bude –  the cold often making it difficult to get in but twice as hard to get out, there was simply too much to see and do! From those tentative years I have grown to both love and respect the water, the opportunities for challenge are numerous, but challenge can sometimes take...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:40 am
Royal Life Saving Society UK’s pledge appeal a great success after Westminster visit, with 32 MPs declaring their support to help prevent drownings. The Drowning Prevention Charity’s latest Westminster trip was its most successful yet, as 32 MPs pledged their support to help prevent unnecessary drownings in their constituencies. Representatives from The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) made the trip to Parliament ahead of its annual national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week, which this year runs from June 20th to June 28th. On Tuesday 16th, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Annual General Meeting took place in Westminster Palace, where Nadhim Zahawi, MP was reelected as Chairman and Karen Lumley, MP and Sharon Hodgson, MP were reelected as Vice Chairs. Andrew Stephenson MP and Matthew Offord MP were elected officers of the Group. After the AGM, CPR workshops and water safety advice sessions were held throughout...
Royal Life Saving Society UK’s pledge appeal a great success after Westminster visit, with 32 MPs declaring their support to help prevent drownings. The Drowning Prevention Charity’s latest Westminster trip was its most successful yet, as 32 MPs pledged their support to help prevent unnecessary drownings in their constituencies. Representatives from The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) made the trip to Parliament ahead of its annual national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week, which this year runs from June 20th to June 28th. On Tuesday 16th, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Annual General Meeting took place in Westminster Palace, where Nadhim Zahawi, MP was reelected as Chairman and Karen Lumley, MP and Sharon Hodgson, MP were reelected as Vice Chairs. Andrew Stephenson MP and Matthew Offord MP were elected officers of the Group. After the AGM, CPR workshops and water safety advice sessions were held throughout...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:39 am
A youth member of Yeovil Life Saving Club (YLSC) has been commended for her quick thinking and prompt actions, which saved her mother’s life. When Samantha Hobbs found her mother unconscious and not breathing at home, she immediately started cardio pulmonary resuscitation to preserve her mother’s life whilst her father phoned for an ambulance. However, after 10 minutes of CPR Samantha began to tire but instead of stopping she instructed her father how to perform CPR until the paramedics arrived. Samantha’s mother has now made a remarkable recovery and is back at home thanks to Samantha’s prompt actions in using the lifesaving skills she gained while at Yeovil Life Saving Club. In the presence of her mother and father and peers at the club Samantha was presented with a Royal Life Saving Society UK Young Persons Certificate of Commendation by Club Chairman, Vernon Bartlett. She is delighted to have received the award and has tweeted her delight to us that the l...
A youth member of Yeovil Life Saving Club (YLSC) has been commended for her quick thinking and prompt actions, which saved her mother’s life. When Samantha Hobbs found her mother unconscious and not breathing at home, she immediately started cardio pulmonary resuscitation to preserve her mother’s life whilst her father phoned for an ambulance. However, after 10 minutes of CPR Samantha began to tire but instead of stopping she instructed her father how to perform CPR until the paramedics arrived. Samantha’s mother has now made a remarkable recovery and is back at home thanks to Samantha’s prompt actions in using the lifesaving skills she gained while at Yeovil Life Saving Club. In the presence of her mother and father and peers at the club Samantha was presented with a Royal Life Saving Society UK Young Persons Certificate of Commendation by Club Chairman, Vernon Bartlett. She is delighted to have received the award and has tweeted her delight to us that the l...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:39 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK has a rich and fascinating history. Although the Society is constantly evolving and looking to the future, we still like to recognise and look back at its heritage. This is why from now on we will be looking back and featuring various snippets from the past every Memory Monday. We hope you enjoy and feel free to share your stories and photos with us.   Memory Monday #1 – 02/09/2013 It was lovely to see that the King was impressed by the Society’s success in 1926 when he read our annual report detailing the fact that our awards taken had risen to 37,899 that year.  It is great to know that the continued efforts of everyone involved in the Society’s activities gave a figure of 161,508 awards taken for 2012! Annual Report 1926 Extract from the Royal Life Saving Society Annual Report 1926 Memory Monday #2 – 09/09/2013 Just before 5am on August 20th 1966 Jack Milne Easton of Scotland would have had no idea t...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK has a rich and fascinating history. Although the Society is constantly evolving and looking to the future, we still like to recognise and look back at its heritage. This is why from now on we will be looking back and featuring various snippets from the past every Memory Monday. We hope you enjoy and feel free to share your stories and photos with us.   Memory Monday #1 – 02/09/2013 It was lovely to see that the King was impressed by the Society’s success in 1926 when he read our annual report detailing the fact that our awards taken had risen to 37,899 that year.  It is great to know that the continued efforts of everyone involved in the Society’s activities gave a figure of 161,508 awards taken for 2012! Annual Report 1926 Extract from the Royal Life Saving Society Annual Report 1926 Memory Monday #2 – 09/09/2013 Just before 5am on August 20th 1966 Jack Milne Easton of Scotland would have had no idea t...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:38 am
With summer finally here and some sunshine to enjoy, many of you may be making the most of it and enjoying activities around water. Last week we shared with you seven water safety tips on our Facebook and Twitter pages so you can have fun and stay safe, but in case you missed them we thought we’d share all seven with you again. Check if the local beach has lifeguard cover Swim with children in your care Learn the meanings of the lifeguard flags Stay back from the water’s edge Always wear a lifejacket for activities on or near the water Empty paddling pools and buckets as soon as they have been used Check when the tide will be low and high, and make sure that you won’t be cut off by the rising tide So if you are heading to the beach, enjoying a picnic by the river or getting the paddling pool out in the garden then be sure to keep in mind our water safety messages. Please share with us any photos of your summer celebrations when you are out and about nea...
With summer finally here and some sunshine to enjoy, many of you may be making the most of it and enjoying activities around water. Last week we shared with you seven water safety tips on our Facebook and Twitter pages so you can have fun and stay safe, but in case you missed them we thought we’d share all seven with you again. Check if the local beach has lifeguard cover Swim with children in your care Learn the meanings of the lifeguard flags Stay back from the water’s edge Always wear a lifejacket for activities on or near the water Empty paddling pools and buckets as soon as they have been used Check when the tide will be low and high, and make sure that you won’t be cut off by the rising tide So if you are heading to the beach, enjoying a picnic by the river or getting the paddling pool out in the garden then be sure to keep in mind our water safety messages. Please share with us any photos of your summer celebrations when you are out and about nea...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:37 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as temperatures across Britain are set to hit a scorching 35C. The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies when many people lost their lives cooling off in unlifeguarded open water, not suitable for swimming. Figures released from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), of which RLSS UK is a partner, earlier this month revealed that the peak summer months of July and August witnessed the most deaths in 2014. So, with temperatures on the rise, it is important people make the most of the weather and enjoy the water but do so safely at sites designated for swimming. RLSS UK’s Director of Volunteer and Community Education, Mike Dunn, said: “Last year saw a tragic amount of preventable deaths as people flocked to open water sites not suitable for swimming. These sites included rivers, quarries, lak...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as temperatures across Britain are set to hit a scorching 35C. The charity has appealed for people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies when many people lost their lives cooling off in unlifeguarded open water, not suitable for swimming. Figures released from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), of which RLSS UK is a partner, earlier this month revealed that the peak summer months of July and August witnessed the most deaths in 2014. So, with temperatures on the rise, it is important people make the most of the weather and enjoy the water but do so safely at sites designated for swimming. RLSS UK’s Director of Volunteer and Community Education, Mike Dunn, said: “Last year saw a tragic amount of preventable deaths as people flocked to open water sites not suitable for swimming. These sites included rivers, quarries, lak...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:31 am
RLSS UK Bedfordshire Branch is hosting the East of England Rookie Lifeguard Festival which will be taking place at the Inspire Sports Village, Luton on Saturday 8 June from 6pm-9pm. The festival is open to any groups or individuals involved in Rookie lifeguarding, from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Northamptonshire. For the event Rookies will need to be in teams of four to six in two age categories 8-10yrs and 11-12yrs. Each team is required to have a suitable Team Manager and at least one on the day helper. If you are already feeling tempted then the festival outline will surely entice you to get involved. The festival kicks off at 6pm with 4 x 25m Obstacle Relay, the events to follow will include 4 x 25m Rescue Tube Relay, 4 x 25m Fashion Show Relay and the 4 x 8m Line Throw Relay. Further details for each event click here. The festival will close with a Medal Ceremony awarding a winner from each event. The Branch is also thrilled to announce that To...
RLSS UK Bedfordshire Branch is hosting the East of England Rookie Lifeguard Festival which will be taking place at the Inspire Sports Village, Luton on Saturday 8 June from 6pm-9pm. The festival is open to any groups or individuals involved in Rookie lifeguarding, from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Northamptonshire. For the event Rookies will need to be in teams of four to six in two age categories 8-10yrs and 11-12yrs. Each team is required to have a suitable Team Manager and at least one on the day helper. If you are already feeling tempted then the festival outline will surely entice you to get involved. The festival kicks off at 6pm with 4 x 25m Obstacle Relay, the events to follow will include 4 x 25m Rescue Tube Relay, 4 x 25m Fashion Show Relay and the 4 x 8m Line Throw Relay. Further details for each event click here. The festival will close with a Medal Ceremony awarding a winner from each event. The Branch is also thrilled to announce that To...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:29 am
The Baywatch Bake Off was born when the Avon & North Wiltshire branch got their clubs together for the lifesaving themed baking competition. Lifesavers from Keynsham Lifesaving Club, Bath Uni Lifesaving Club and Bristol Uni Lifesaving Club took part, with nine lifesavers in total taking on the baking challenge. Two of the bakers were awarded for their culinary skills and creativity, Cathy Baldwin from Bristol Uni Lifesaving Club won the prize for best presentation of her first aid kit and the prize for best tasting cake was awarded to Rebecca Mason from Keynsham Lifesaving Club, for her lifeguard flag themed battenberg. After the competition the lifesaving theme continued with the clubs enjoying a slice of cake whilst watching classic episodes of Baywatch and Bondi Rescue. After the success of the competition plans are already in place for the next Avon & North Wiltshire Branch lifesaving event which will be open-water training at Henleaze Swimming Lake in June. We’r...
The Baywatch Bake Off was born when the Avon & North Wiltshire branch got their clubs together for the lifesaving themed baking competition. Lifesavers from Keynsham Lifesaving Club, Bath Uni Lifesaving Club and Bristol Uni Lifesaving Club took part, with nine lifesavers in total taking on the baking challenge. Two of the bakers were awarded for their culinary skills and creativity, Cathy Baldwin from Bristol Uni Lifesaving Club won the prize for best presentation of her first aid kit and the prize for best tasting cake was awarded to Rebecca Mason from Keynsham Lifesaving Club, for her lifeguard flag themed battenberg. After the competition the lifesaving theme continued with the clubs enjoying a slice of cake whilst watching classic episodes of Baywatch and Bondi Rescue. After the success of the competition plans are already in place for the next Avon & North Wiltshire Branch lifesaving event which will be open-water training at Henleaze Swimming Lake in June. We’r...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:29 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has issued a warning after 28 people have lost their lives to drowning since the beginning of July. The charity is urging people to listen to water safety advice to prevent any more drownings this summer, particularly as it is only around half way through the school holidays. The warning comes after a four-year-old British boy tragically drowned at a Spanish villa this week, two teenagers; Bonheur Musungay, 14, and Stella Kambi, 17, drowned at Thorpe Marshes reserve, Norfolk, last week and the search for a missing fisherman in the North Sea was suspended yesterday. Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Each year around a quarter of all drowns occurring during July and August. RLSS UK records also show around an additional 40 UK citizens drown overseas each year. Of the 28 reported drownings this sum...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, has issued a warning after 28 people have lost their lives to drowning since the beginning of July. The charity is urging people to listen to water safety advice to prevent any more drownings this summer, particularly as it is only around half way through the school holidays. The warning comes after a four-year-old British boy tragically drowned at a Spanish villa this week, two teenagers; Bonheur Musungay, 14, and Stella Kambi, 17, drowned at Thorpe Marshes reserve, Norfolk, last week and the search for a missing fisherman in the North Sea was suspended yesterday. Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Each year around a quarter of all drowns occurring during July and August. RLSS UK records also show around an additional 40 UK citizens drown overseas each year. Of the 28 reported drownings this sum...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:28 am
A senior team and a youth team, each containing 12 athletes are set to complete in lifesaving sport’s premier championships, Rescue 2014. They represent the best that lifesaving sport in Great Britain and Northern Ireland (GB&NI) has to offer and have fought they way through a tough selection process, concluding in a trial event with almost a 100 invited athletes. These elite athletes, all members of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) or Surf Life Saving GB (SLSSGB), will represent their country, battling it out against the best in the world in Montpellier, France, from September 13th to 29th. Scott Wood (GB&NI Team Manager), said “I am really happy with the team the selectors have chosen, they will do us proud. They have all trained so hard to secure their places and qualify for this event, which is both mentally and physically challenging.” Rescue 2014 is the largest and most prestigious of its kind and includes five separate competitions –...
A senior team and a youth team, each containing 12 athletes are set to complete in lifesaving sport’s premier championships, Rescue 2014. They represent the best that lifesaving sport in Great Britain and Northern Ireland (GB&NI) has to offer and have fought they way through a tough selection process, concluding in a trial event with almost a 100 invited athletes. These elite athletes, all members of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) or Surf Life Saving GB (SLSSGB), will represent their country, battling it out against the best in the world in Montpellier, France, from September 13th to 29th. Scott Wood (GB&NI Team Manager), said “I am really happy with the team the selectors have chosen, they will do us proud. They have all trained so hard to secure their places and qualify for this event, which is both mentally and physically challenging.” Rescue 2014 is the largest and most prestigious of its kind and includes five separate competitions –...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:24 am
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) clubs are sending athletes to compete against the best in the world in lifesaving sport at the Rescue 2014 lifesaving championships. More than 200 members from RLSS UK lifesaving clubs have qualified to complete at the world championships in Montpellier, France, September 13 to 29. The event is the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world and members will battle it out against the best in lifesaving sport. Rescue-2014—clubs RLSS UK’s head of Lifesaving Sport, Elouise Greenwood, said: “We are thrilled that the top athletes in lifesaving sport UK are heading to France. They have all trained and fundraised so hard to secure their places and qualify for the events, which are both mentally and physically challenging. “All at RLSS UK wish them the best of luck in all of their events.” Rescue 2014 will include five separate competitions – World National Team Championships, World Interclub Championshi...
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) clubs are sending athletes to compete against the best in the world in lifesaving sport at the Rescue 2014 lifesaving championships. More than 200 members from RLSS UK lifesaving clubs have qualified to complete at the world championships in Montpellier, France, September 13 to 29. The event is the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world and members will battle it out against the best in lifesaving sport. Rescue-2014—clubs RLSS UK’s head of Lifesaving Sport, Elouise Greenwood, said: “We are thrilled that the top athletes in lifesaving sport UK are heading to France. They have all trained and fundraised so hard to secure their places and qualify for the events, which are both mentally and physically challenging. “All at RLSS UK wish them the best of luck in all of their events.” Rescue 2014 will include five separate competitions – World National Team Championships, World Interclub Championshi...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 11:22 am
The UK’s drowning prevention charity is warning those that walk or run near water to be aware of potential risks, as this group accounts for the second largest proportion of UK drownings. With days now longer and weather finer, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) says more people are likely to go out and exercise or enjoy a walk, and it is important that those who choose routes near open water are aware of potential dangers. Statistics released from the Water Accident and Incident Database (WAID) show that 54 people drowned whilst out running or walking in 2012*. This made up 15 per cent of the 371 total drownings which occurred. The highest category showed 110 people drowned but the reason for them being in the water was unknown. Reasons runners and walkers are at risk of drowning is due to the nature of routes often taken, combined with the fact that these activities are often done alone. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole said: “We are urging people t...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity is warning those that walk or run near water to be aware of potential risks, as this group accounts for the second largest proportion of UK drownings. With days now longer and weather finer, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) says more people are likely to go out and exercise or enjoy a walk, and it is important that those who choose routes near open water are aware of potential dangers. Statistics released from the Water Accident and Incident Database (WAID) show that 54 people drowned whilst out running or walking in 2012*. This made up 15 per cent of the 371 total drownings which occurred. The highest category showed 110 people drowned but the reason for them being in the water was unknown. Reasons runners and walkers are at risk of drowning is due to the nature of routes often taken, combined with the fact that these activities are often done alone. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole said: “We are urging people t...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 10:59 am
The recent tragic drowning of young student Megan Roberts, who fell into the River Ouse in York while on a night out again highlighted the dangers of water and the importance of water safety. The tragedy also sparked a campaign by her friends and the university she attended to raise awareness of the issue. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) now offers its flagship occupational water safety training programme, tailored specifically to the security industry, employees of which are often working around or near to water and should be equipped with the skills to take care of themselves, colleagues and any members of the public who they may see get into difficulty in the water. The National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) aims to equip anyone working in, on or near water with the skills required to keep themselves safe and others safe, and to respond to drowning emergencies. It was created in consultation with a number of police, NHS and Fire and Rescue service authorit...
The recent tragic drowning of young student Megan Roberts, who fell into the River Ouse in York while on a night out again highlighted the dangers of water and the importance of water safety. The tragedy also sparked a campaign by her friends and the university she attended to raise awareness of the issue. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) now offers its flagship occupational water safety training programme, tailored specifically to the security industry, employees of which are often working around or near to water and should be equipped with the skills to take care of themselves, colleagues and any members of the public who they may see get into difficulty in the water. The National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) aims to equip anyone working in, on or near water with the skills required to keep themselves safe and others safe, and to respond to drowning emergencies. It was created in consultation with a number of police, NHS and Fire and Rescue service authorit...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 10:58 am
Over the weekend of 19th-21st April Kent Branch attended the Baby & Toddler Show, here guest blogger Tina Smith – Save a Baby’s Life Co-ordinator for Kent Branch of RLSS UK, has given us an insight into the show… Our second time out at the Glow Bluewater Baby Show and attendance figures show visitors in their thousands, it has been a great success for RLSS UK and Kent Branch! Buoyant from the October 2012 show, April was booked, and set up began on the Thursday evening.  The preparation of the stand took a good couple of hours and the venue was a hive of activity, with exhibitors, carpets layers, electricians, carpenters, and more all busying themselves late into the evening to get ready. The finishing touch was the furniture borrowed from the local solicitors Hatten Wyatt. We threw everyone at it this year, Presidents past and present, Kent Branch Committee, Youth committee, Trainer Assessors and Trainers, Midwives and First Aid Instructors. Fuelled by t...
Over the weekend of 19th-21st April Kent Branch attended the Baby & Toddler Show, here guest blogger Tina Smith – Save a Baby’s Life Co-ordinator for Kent Branch of RLSS UK, has given us an insight into the show… Our second time out at the Glow Bluewater Baby Show and attendance figures show visitors in their thousands, it has been a great success for RLSS UK and Kent Branch! Buoyant from the October 2012 show, April was booked, and set up began on the Thursday evening.  The preparation of the stand took a good couple of hours and the venue was a hive of activity, with exhibitors, carpets layers, electricians, carpenters, and more all busying themselves late into the evening to get ready. The finishing touch was the furniture borrowed from the local solicitors Hatten Wyatt. We threw everyone at it this year, Presidents past and present, Kent Branch Committee, Youth committee, Trainer Assessors and Trainers, Midwives and First Aid Instructors. Fuelled by t...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 10:56 am
Guest blogger David Brown has given us an insight into what it is like to be a Coordinator at the National Speed Championships. Here he shares his experiences of the weekend… My name’s David and I’m the 2012/13 Championships Coordinator for the British Universities’ Life Saving Clubs’ Association (BULSCA). I recently travelled down from St Andrews to the RLSS UK National Speed Championships, in Sheffield and I wanted to share my experience with you all. A couple of years ago a friend and I competed at Speeds and had a lot of fun. However, this time I experienced the other side of the event; I was shadowing the organisers, with the aim of picking up ideas for the BULSCA Student National Championships the following weekend. Arriving bright and early on Saturday morning, I set about learning what I could about running such a big event and very quickly picked up some great tips, one point was the need for the organiser to jump in and help out where needed....
Guest blogger David Brown has given us an insight into what it is like to be a Coordinator at the National Speed Championships. Here he shares his experiences of the weekend… My name’s David and I’m the 2012/13 Championships Coordinator for the British Universities’ Life Saving Clubs’ Association (BULSCA). I recently travelled down from St Andrews to the RLSS UK National Speed Championships, in Sheffield and I wanted to share my experience with you all. A couple of years ago a friend and I competed at Speeds and had a lot of fun. However, this time I experienced the other side of the event; I was shadowing the organisers, with the aim of picking up ideas for the BULSCA Student National Championships the following weekend. Arriving bright and early on Saturday morning, I set about learning what I could about running such a big event and very quickly picked up some great tips, one point was the need for the organiser to jump in and help out where needed....
Posted: September 4, 2018, 10:55 am
Martin and David Marney spotted the woman was in difficulty around 6 pm between Little Fistral and Towan Head. The woman came into difficulty as she was swept away by the water after going in to rescue her dog. The Marney brothers who are both experienced swimmers stripped to their underwear and swam through 6 feet of waves to reach her. Martin Marney said “When I first saw her I thought she was dead, she was just floating motionlessly on her back.  When we reached her she was semi-conscious, she couldn’t talk and had no awareness of what was going on, so we just tried to keep her conscious.” They started to swim back to shore with the woman but were signalled by the coastguards to stay out beyond waves and alerted them a lifeboat was on its way. After about 25 minutes in the water, the woman was successfully picked up by a lifeboat and airlifted to hospital. Both Martin and David were awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Royal Life Saving Society UK ...
Martin and David Marney spotted the woman was in difficulty around 6 pm between Little Fistral and Towan Head. The woman came into difficulty as she was swept away by the water after going in to rescue her dog. The Marney brothers who are both experienced swimmers stripped to their underwear and swam through 6 feet of waves to reach her. Martin Marney said “When I first saw her I thought she was dead, she was just floating motionlessly on her back.  When we reached her she was semi-conscious, she couldn’t talk and had no awareness of what was going on, so we just tried to keep her conscious.” They started to swim back to shore with the woman but were signalled by the coastguards to stay out beyond waves and alerted them a lifeboat was on its way. After about 25 minutes in the water, the woman was successfully picked up by a lifeboat and airlifted to hospital. Both Martin and David were awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Royal Life Saving Society UK ...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 10:54 am
With snow and ice forecast across the UK throughout the week, The Royal Life Saving Society UK, warns motorists to be vigilant on the roads in the bad weather and for parents to teach their children not to walk on frozen lakes, ponds and rivers under any circumstances. Children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on ice formed on open water during the cold weather and adults can find themselves at risk in attempting to save them. We advise keeping pets on a lead when near frozen water and advise owners not to throw objects onto ice for them to retrieve. With the onset of this spell of cold weather The Royal Life Saving Society UK is issuing advice and guidance on staying safe when out near water in cold weather. Transport disruption is predicted across many parts of the UK and the RLSS UK is warning drivers to take extreme caution in areas affected by bad weather and snow. Di Standley, Chief Executive of RLSS UK said, “We are expecting a period of cold weath...
With snow and ice forecast across the UK throughout the week, The Royal Life Saving Society UK, warns motorists to be vigilant on the roads in the bad weather and for parents to teach their children not to walk on frozen lakes, ponds and rivers under any circumstances. Children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on ice formed on open water during the cold weather and adults can find themselves at risk in attempting to save them. We advise keeping pets on a lead when near frozen water and advise owners not to throw objects onto ice for them to retrieve. With the onset of this spell of cold weather The Royal Life Saving Society UK is issuing advice and guidance on staying safe when out near water in cold weather. Transport disruption is predicted across many parts of the UK and the RLSS UK is warning drivers to take extreme caution in areas affected by bad weather and snow. Di Standley, Chief Executive of RLSS UK said, “We are expecting a period of cold weath...
Posted: September 4, 2018, 10:53 am
RLSS UK Volunteer Lifeguards are once again supporting the Great Swim Series of Open Water Events. It is estimated that more than 25,000 swimmers will be taking part across the events, including RLSS UK Trustees! Even in the UK Summer, Open Water Lifeguarding calls upon a level of cold water tolerance, especially when either in or stood at the water’s edge for many hours. Thankfully, with continued support from Aqua Sphere and Dry Robe, the lifeguards will be well looked after and warm. If you would like to find out more about how you might get involved; volunteering at the Great Swims, raising awareness about Water Safety or even fundraising, we would love to hear from you. To find out more contact marketing@rlss.org.uk  RLSS UK gratefully recognises the support form Aquasphere and Dry Robe, ensuring our Volunteer Lifeguards can stay warm and dry during the 2015 Great Swim Series of Events.
RLSS UK Volunteer Lifeguards are once again supporting the Great Swim Series of Open Water Events. It is estimated that more than 25,000 swimmers will be taking part across the events, including RLSS UK Trustees! Even in the UK Summer, Open Water Lifeguarding calls upon a level of cold water tolerance, especially when either in or stood at the water’s edge for many hours. Thankfully, with continued support from Aqua Sphere and Dry Robe, the lifeguards will be well looked after and warm. If you would like to find out more about how you might get involved; volunteering at the Great Swims, raising awareness about Water Safety or even fundraising, we would love to hear from you. To find out more contact marketing@rlss.org.uk  RLSS UK gratefully recognises the support form Aquasphere and Dry Robe, ensuring our Volunteer Lifeguards can stay warm and dry during the 2015 Great Swim Series of Events.
Posted: August 31, 2018, 3:20 pm
24 athletes from across Great Britain head to Wales and Spain to compete against the best in the Europe. A senior team and a youth team, each containing 12 athletes are set to complete in one of lifesaving sport’s toughest International events – the European Championships. They represent the best that lifesaving sport in Great Britain (GBR) has to offer and have fought their way through a tough selection process, concluding in a trial event last weekend. These elite athletes, all members of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) or Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB), will represent their country, battling it out against the best in the Europe in two championships; The National Senior Team will compete in Wales 1-8 August 2015 and the National Youth Team will compete in Alicante, Spain 23-29 September The GB teams are: Senior Team  George Haynes (Captain), Charlie Haynes, Dan Humble, Andrew Kane, Ashley Lewis, Chris Parry Devon Amos, Tarryn Brown, Mali James, L...
24 athletes from across Great Britain head to Wales and Spain to compete against the best in the Europe. A senior team and a youth team, each containing 12 athletes are set to complete in one of lifesaving sport’s toughest International events – the European Championships. They represent the best that lifesaving sport in Great Britain (GBR) has to offer and have fought their way through a tough selection process, concluding in a trial event last weekend. These elite athletes, all members of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) or Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB), will represent their country, battling it out against the best in the Europe in two championships; The National Senior Team will compete in Wales 1-8 August 2015 and the National Youth Team will compete in Alicante, Spain 23-29 September The GB teams are: Senior Team  George Haynes (Captain), Charlie Haynes, Dan Humble, Andrew Kane, Ashley Lewis, Chris Parry Devon Amos, Tarryn Brown, Mali James, L...
Posted: August 31, 2018, 3:19 pm
UK’s drowning prevention charity comments on latest figures.   The latest figures on UK drownings have shown an encouraging decrease, says the Royal Life Saving Society UK – the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity – but one more drowning is still one too many, it warns. The Water Accident and Incident database (WAID) statistics revealed this week that 338 people lost their lives to drowning in 2014, falling from 381 in 2013 and is the lowest figure since records began in 1983. However, drowning is preventable and the charity says there is still much work to be done to educate and save lives. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “Although it is encouraging that the numbers of accidental water related deaths has reduced – our aim as a charity is to see a year-on-year reduction in drownings –this figure is still, tragically, too high. “We must still continue to educate people in water safety and work tirelessly to equ...
UK’s drowning prevention charity comments on latest figures.   The latest figures on UK drownings have shown an encouraging decrease, says the Royal Life Saving Society UK – the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity – but one more drowning is still one too many, it warns. The Water Accident and Incident database (WAID) statistics revealed this week that 338 people lost their lives to drowning in 2014, falling from 381 in 2013 and is the lowest figure since records began in 1983. However, drowning is preventable and the charity says there is still much work to be done to educate and save lives. RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “Although it is encouraging that the numbers of accidental water related deaths has reduced – our aim as a charity is to see a year-on-year reduction in drownings –this figure is still, tragically, too high. “We must still continue to educate people in water safety and work tirelessly to equ...
Posted: August 31, 2018, 3:16 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK teams up with student’s mother to urge people to think as third person thought drowned in York. The UK’s drowning prevention charity and the mother of tragic Megan Roberts have issued a joint warning after a third person was reported missing in the River Ouse in York this morning (April 3). The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has been working with Jackie Roberts since her 20-year-old daughter tragically drowned in the River in January and her body was discovered last month. And, as the charity was in talks with on a potential national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of inland water, and drinking and the risk of drowning, it was announced today that a search has begun for a man last seen entering the river at around 2.30am and not seen to leave the water. Director of Lifesaving at the RLSS UK, Adrian Lole, said: “It is deeply concerning to hear that a man is missing, last seen entering the River Ouse, and we are ho...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK teams up with student’s mother to urge people to think as third person thought drowned in York. The UK’s drowning prevention charity and the mother of tragic Megan Roberts have issued a joint warning after a third person was reported missing in the River Ouse in York this morning (April 3). The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has been working with Jackie Roberts since her 20-year-old daughter tragically drowned in the River in January and her body was discovered last month. And, as the charity was in talks with on a potential national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of inland water, and drinking and the risk of drowning, it was announced today that a search has begun for a man last seen entering the river at around 2.30am and not seen to leave the water. Director of Lifesaving at the RLSS UK, Adrian Lole, said: “It is deeply concerning to hear that a man is missing, last seen entering the River Ouse, and we are ho...
Posted: August 31, 2018, 3:11 pm
The families of two teenage boys who lost their lives in separate incidents have spoken out to back the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week. The drowning prevention charity’s annual campaign aims to cut down the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drowning across the UK every year and this year runs from June 21 to 29. For 2014 it is adding to its focus audience of primary school-aged children by targeting 11 to15-year-olds. And the families of Richard Fellows and David Cullen, who both tragically drowned at the age of just 15-years-old, have thrown their support behind Drowning Prevention Week and the charity’s work. Richard Fellows drowned on March 16th this year when he got into difficulties after swimming with two friends in river pool that forms part of the River Arrow in Redditch, Worcestershire. Richard’s dad, also Richard, said: “It is hard to say how I feel, and the rest of the family. It hasn’t...
The families of two teenage boys who lost their lives in separate incidents have spoken out to back the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week. The drowning prevention charity’s annual campaign aims to cut down the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drowning across the UK every year and this year runs from June 21 to 29. For 2014 it is adding to its focus audience of primary school-aged children by targeting 11 to15-year-olds. And the families of Richard Fellows and David Cullen, who both tragically drowned at the age of just 15-years-old, have thrown their support behind Drowning Prevention Week and the charity’s work. Richard Fellows drowned on March 16th this year when he got into difficulties after swimming with two friends in river pool that forms part of the River Arrow in Redditch, Worcestershire. Richard’s dad, also Richard, said: “It is hard to say how I feel, and the rest of the family. It hasn’t...
Posted: August 31, 2018, 3:08 pm
The European Championships consists of two main components: the Pool Events (competitions in the swimming pool) and the Ocean Events (competitions at the beach and in the ocean). This year the senior event is being held from Friday the 16th August until Sunday the 18th August 2013. This event is organised by ‘Reddingsbrigade Nederland’, the Royal Dutch Life Saving Organisation. The Pool Events will be hosted by the ‘Hofbad’ pool in The Hague. The beach where the Ocean Events will be held is located in Noordwijk, and hosted by the ‘Noordwijkse Reddingsbrigade’, the local Life Saving organisation. On Friday the 16th August, they start with the spectacular opening ceremony. Moreover, the same night the SERC (Simulated Emergency Response Competition) will take place from 19.00-21.30 hrs. All this is located in ‘Het Hofbad’ in The Hague, one of the newest and most state-of-the-art swimming pools in the country. On Saturday the 17th Augus...
The European Championships consists of two main components: the Pool Events (competitions in the swimming pool) and the Ocean Events (competitions at the beach and in the ocean). This year the senior event is being held from Friday the 16th August until Sunday the 18th August 2013. This event is organised by ‘Reddingsbrigade Nederland’, the Royal Dutch Life Saving Organisation. The Pool Events will be hosted by the ‘Hofbad’ pool in The Hague. The beach where the Ocean Events will be held is located in Noordwijk, and hosted by the ‘Noordwijkse Reddingsbrigade’, the local Life Saving organisation. On Friday the 16th August, they start with the spectacular opening ceremony. Moreover, the same night the SERC (Simulated Emergency Response Competition) will take place from 19.00-21.30 hrs. All this is located in ‘Het Hofbad’ in The Hague, one of the newest and most state-of-the-art swimming pools in the country. On Saturday the 17th Augus...
Posted: August 31, 2018, 3:05 pm
David Fielding, Chairman of Avon & North Wiltshire Branch, is today’s guest blogger. He is talking about the presentation he gave yesterday at the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, South West, ‘What’s New in Drowning?’ event. Here he has shared with us what he covered in his presentation as well as an overview of what Paul Savage (RNLI’s Clinical Operations Manager), the main presenter, covered. Paul gave an engaging presentation about the latest research into drowning, using a real-life case study, of a casualty on the Thames who “leant on a handrail that wasn’t there” and fell off a Thames cruiser, to explore a casualty’s physiological responses to cold water. Paul talked about the difference between submersion and immersion and the stages of true drowning, where casualties will hold their breath, swallow water, cough, and then “breath” water for circa 70 seconds. Paul then talked about cold shock and the body’...
David Fielding, Chairman of Avon & North Wiltshire Branch, is today’s guest blogger. He is talking about the presentation he gave yesterday at the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, South West, ‘What’s New in Drowning?’ event. Here he has shared with us what he covered in his presentation as well as an overview of what Paul Savage (RNLI’s Clinical Operations Manager), the main presenter, covered. Paul gave an engaging presentation about the latest research into drowning, using a real-life case study, of a casualty on the Thames who “leant on a handrail that wasn’t there” and fell off a Thames cruiser, to explore a casualty’s physiological responses to cold water. Paul talked about the difference between submersion and immersion and the stages of true drowning, where casualties will hold their breath, swallow water, cough, and then “breath” water for circa 70 seconds. Paul then talked about cold shock and the body’...
Posted: August 28, 2018, 1:55 pm
Thanet Lifeguard Club took to Westbrook Beach in Kent for their annual winter swim on 29 December 2013. It was a chilly day to take to the water with an air temperature of 4°C and a water temperature of 6°C. Find out how the swim went in the below guest blog from Neil Morgan, a member of Thanet Lifeguard Club. The day proved perfect, sunshine, waves lapping the shore and coasters taking in the sea air). Our meet time was planned for 10.00am in the clubhouse but enthusiastic members were turning up well before, little did they know what was in store! West Kent Lifesavers once again graced us with their presence, returning for more punishment (fourth year on the trot), and a couple of past members now residing in Australia and New Zealand felt the lure of cooler waters too irresistible! The usual festive greetings were circulated as well as a safety brief. Then, the flock were shepherded to the beach. In true tradition, a flurry of bodies eagerly changed into their costumes (n...
Thanet Lifeguard Club took to Westbrook Beach in Kent for their annual winter swim on 29 December 2013. It was a chilly day to take to the water with an air temperature of 4°C and a water temperature of 6°C. Find out how the swim went in the below guest blog from Neil Morgan, a member of Thanet Lifeguard Club. The day proved perfect, sunshine, waves lapping the shore and coasters taking in the sea air). Our meet time was planned for 10.00am in the clubhouse but enthusiastic members were turning up well before, little did they know what was in store! West Kent Lifesavers once again graced us with their presence, returning for more punishment (fourth year on the trot), and a couple of past members now residing in Australia and New Zealand felt the lure of cooler waters too irresistible! The usual festive greetings were circulated as well as a safety brief. Then, the flock were shepherded to the beach. In true tradition, a flurry of bodies eagerly changed into their costumes (n...
Posted: August 28, 2018, 1:53 pm
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are delighted to welcome aboard Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell, star of the hit Australian TV show Bondi Rescue, as their new Ambassador. Maxi marked the end of his week-long UK visit, with a trip to RLSS UK HQ in Worcester, to take a tour of the new premises, meet some of the staff and get to know the work of the charity better, as he prepares to launch himself into his new role: “Anyone who knows me knows I’m really passionate about getting youngsters into swimming and lifesaving but staying safe while they do. It makes complete sense to me, to partner RLSS UK with their water safety work and I’ll be championing their #BeARookieLifeguard and #BeALifeguard campaigns, at home and on my travels.” “I’m really stoked about my role as RLSS UK Ambassador!  I have loved being back in the UK and having the time to visit other clubs and centres across the UK” Lee Heard, RLSS UK’s Head of Voluntee...
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) are delighted to welcome aboard Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell, star of the hit Australian TV show Bondi Rescue, as their new Ambassador. Maxi marked the end of his week-long UK visit, with a trip to RLSS UK HQ in Worcester, to take a tour of the new premises, meet some of the staff and get to know the work of the charity better, as he prepares to launch himself into his new role: “Anyone who knows me knows I’m really passionate about getting youngsters into swimming and lifesaving but staying safe while they do. It makes complete sense to me, to partner RLSS UK with their water safety work and I’ll be championing their #BeARookieLifeguard and #BeALifeguard campaigns, at home and on my travels.” “I’m really stoked about my role as RLSS UK Ambassador!  I have loved being back in the UK and having the time to visit other clubs and centres across the UK” Lee Heard, RLSS UK’s Head of Voluntee...
Posted: August 24, 2018, 10:43 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is warning UK parents to be aware of the dangers of water around the home as part of its national Spring Clean campaign. The campaign launches just one-week after the devastating death of two-year-old twins Rhys and Shaun Scott who drowned in a fishpond at their home in Fife on Saturday 12 March. The Spring Clean awareness campaign, which runs from 21 – 25 March, aims to make parents and anyone in charge of children aware of the dangers of water around the home and garden. It asks people to follow simple advice as spring approaches, and take action. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive, said: “To hear the devastating news of the deaths of twins Rhys and Shaun drowning just days before our campaign launched tragically highlighted why we do such campaigns. “Drowning can happen very quickly and in less than 2cm of water, so filled bath tubs, swimming pools, hot tubs and even buckets of water an...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is warning UK parents to be aware of the dangers of water around the home as part of its national Spring Clean campaign. The campaign launches just one-week after the devastating death of two-year-old twins Rhys and Shaun Scott who drowned in a fishpond at their home in Fife on Saturday 12 March. The Spring Clean awareness campaign, which runs from 21 – 25 March, aims to make parents and anyone in charge of children aware of the dangers of water around the home and garden. It asks people to follow simple advice as spring approaches, and take action. Di Steer, RLSS UK Chief Executive, said: “To hear the devastating news of the deaths of twins Rhys and Shaun drowning just days before our campaign launched tragically highlighted why we do such campaigns. “Drowning can happen very quickly and in less than 2cm of water, so filled bath tubs, swimming pools, hot tubs and even buckets of water an...
Posted: August 22, 2018, 3:14 pm
The UK’s drowning prevention charity welcomed MP Karen Lumley to its Warwickshire headquarters during a special visit today (May 22nd). The Redditch MP has been working with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), based in Broom, since the tragic drowning of 15-year-old Richard Fellows in March this year. The teenager lost his life after swimming in a pool that forms part of the River Arrow. The charity, along with its local volunteers, the local authorities and Karen, has been actively working to raise the importance of water safety education and towards securing more safe recreational inland water sites. RLSS UK is also visiting all schools in the Redditch area to warn students of the dangers of open water. RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “The work we have begun in the Redditch area following Richard Fellows’ tragic death has been received brilliantly so far and we appreciate all of the support we are getting from the local communit...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity welcomed MP Karen Lumley to its Warwickshire headquarters during a special visit today (May 22nd). The Redditch MP has been working with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), based in Broom, since the tragic drowning of 15-year-old Richard Fellows in March this year. The teenager lost his life after swimming in a pool that forms part of the River Arrow. The charity, along with its local volunteers, the local authorities and Karen, has been actively working to raise the importance of water safety education and towards securing more safe recreational inland water sites. RLSS UK is also visiting all schools in the Redditch area to warn students of the dangers of open water. RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “The work we have begun in the Redditch area following Richard Fellows’ tragic death has been received brilliantly so far and we appreciate all of the support we are getting from the local communit...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:36 pm
Last summer saw more than 30 people drown across the UK and, during the first few months of this year, vast areas were flooded putting many people at risk. These examples highlight just some of the situations the emergency services find themselves faced with on a daily basis. Whether it’s hot weather leading to more people getting into trouble in the water or the regular flooding this country sees, blue-light services are first on the scene and attend and respond to water-based emergencies daily. And, after consultation with a number of police, NHS and Fire and Rescue service authorities, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, now offers its innovative National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) under licensed training agreements. Cliff Nelson, RLSS UK’s Head of Water Safety Management, said: “We know that officers have died, been injured or have found themselves in highly stressful situations during responses to water-...
Last summer saw more than 30 people drown across the UK and, during the first few months of this year, vast areas were flooded putting many people at risk. These examples highlight just some of the situations the emergency services find themselves faced with on a daily basis. Whether it’s hot weather leading to more people getting into trouble in the water or the regular flooding this country sees, blue-light services are first on the scene and attend and respond to water-based emergencies daily. And, after consultation with a number of police, NHS and Fire and Rescue service authorities, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, now offers its innovative National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) under licensed training agreements. Cliff Nelson, RLSS UK’s Head of Water Safety Management, said: “We know that officers have died, been injured or have found themselves in highly stressful situations during responses to water-...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:36 pm
Lifeguard Trainer Assessors from around the UK will be attending free training seminars hosted by IQL UK as part of a drive to align standards for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and reaffirm their commitment to excellence in the aquatics sector. The regional seminars run until 11 November 2014, are taking place at 20 locations across the UK with the aim of harmonising delivery and assessment methods of the sector’s top qualifications. The interactive sessions will also provide the opportunity for like-minded industry professionals to share best practice and a common understanding of standards when training and assessing lifeguards. Hosted by the RLSS UK’s team of Customer Engagement Managers, the training workshops will cover the introduction of the new Approved Training Centre Manual and the importance of the Internal Quality Assurance process. Participants will take part in both a dryside and wetside practical session covering casualty management, CPR ...
Lifeguard Trainer Assessors from around the UK will be attending free training seminars hosted by IQL UK as part of a drive to align standards for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and reaffirm their commitment to excellence in the aquatics sector. The regional seminars run until 11 November 2014, are taking place at 20 locations across the UK with the aim of harmonising delivery and assessment methods of the sector’s top qualifications. The interactive sessions will also provide the opportunity for like-minded industry professionals to share best practice and a common understanding of standards when training and assessing lifeguards. Hosted by the RLSS UK’s team of Customer Engagement Managers, the training workshops will cover the introduction of the new Approved Training Centre Manual and the importance of the Internal Quality Assurance process. Participants will take part in both a dryside and wetside practical session covering casualty management, CPR ...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:35 pm
Executive director of IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK and leading training provider for pool lifeguards across the UK, is heading up the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as it is to set begin a major transformation. Tara Dillon, while still firmly leading IQL UK, has been appointed on a part-time secondment as Chief Operating Officer of CIMSPA and will lead a transitional management team for nine months. She works in this new role for two days a week, dedicating the remaining three days a week to IQL UK. In order to make this move possible, Business Development Manager, Martin Symcox will be acting Head of IQL UK full-time for the term of the nine-month CIMSPA secondment. Tara said: “I am delighted that RLSS UK, and therefore IQL UK and I are able to assist CIMSPA. This is an exciting development for RLSS UK as it puts us at the forefront of what will potentially be one of the most significant cha...
Executive director of IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK and leading training provider for pool lifeguards across the UK, is heading up the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as it is to set begin a major transformation. Tara Dillon, while still firmly leading IQL UK, has been appointed on a part-time secondment as Chief Operating Officer of CIMSPA and will lead a transitional management team for nine months. She works in this new role for two days a week, dedicating the remaining three days a week to IQL UK. In order to make this move possible, Business Development Manager, Martin Symcox will be acting Head of IQL UK full-time for the term of the nine-month CIMSPA secondment. Tara said: “I am delighted that RLSS UK, and therefore IQL UK and I are able to assist CIMSPA. This is an exciting development for RLSS UK as it puts us at the forefront of what will potentially be one of the most significant cha...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:33 pm
The UK’s drowning prevention charity has issued a warning as children break up from school and people look forward to the Easter bank holiday. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is urging people to stay safe as many enjoy activities during their time off that involve being in or around water. Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and holiday times, particularly the first major break of the year, mean more people are out and about and may put themselves or others at risk if they avoid safety advice. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “We want as many people as possible to enjoy activities in and around water during their holidays. But we want them to do so safely by taking our simple advice and using their common sense. “Ensuring you and your family are clear on water safety and steps to take to keep everyone safe in and around water could mean the difference between a happy Easter holiday and a devastating family tragedy. “Whe...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity has issued a warning as children break up from school and people look forward to the Easter bank holiday. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is urging people to stay safe as many enjoy activities during their time off that involve being in or around water. Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and holiday times, particularly the first major break of the year, mean more people are out and about and may put themselves or others at risk if they avoid safety advice. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “We want as many people as possible to enjoy activities in and around water during their holidays. But we want them to do so safely by taking our simple advice and using their common sense. “Ensuring you and your family are clear on water safety and steps to take to keep everyone safe in and around water could mean the difference between a happy Easter holiday and a devastating family tragedy. “Whe...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:32 pm
Final call for entries as deadline for RLSS UK & IQL UK. National Awards 2014 draws near The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK have extended the deadline for nominations for the prestigious National Awards to Sunday 20th April 2014, leaving just a few days left for entries which demonstrate excellence in pool lifeguarding and pool safety. The second RLSS UK / IQL Awards will take place on Friday 20th June at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham. This year, Olympic medallist Steve Parry will be the guest of honour at the event and will help present the awards for Lifeguard of the Year, Trainer Assessor of the Year and Approved Training Centre of the Year. Martin Symcox, Business Development Manager at IQL UK, said: “Having reviewed some of the nominations received so far for this year’s Awards, I’m delighted to say that the standard has been very high. There have been some fantastic examples of people and Approved Training Centres who’...
Final call for entries as deadline for RLSS UK & IQL UK. National Awards 2014 draws near The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK have extended the deadline for nominations for the prestigious National Awards to Sunday 20th April 2014, leaving just a few days left for entries which demonstrate excellence in pool lifeguarding and pool safety. The second RLSS UK / IQL Awards will take place on Friday 20th June at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham. This year, Olympic medallist Steve Parry will be the guest of honour at the event and will help present the awards for Lifeguard of the Year, Trainer Assessor of the Year and Approved Training Centre of the Year. Martin Symcox, Business Development Manager at IQL UK, said: “Having reviewed some of the nominations received so far for this year’s Awards, I’m delighted to say that the standard has been very high. There have been some fantastic examples of people and Approved Training Centres who’...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:31 pm
With two May Bank Holiday weekends on the horizon, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) -the drowning prevention charity – is encouraging families to stay safe whilst enjoying the outdoors. With more daylight hours and finally a hint of sunshine, thousands of families will flock to picnic and spend time by the seaside, rivers or quarries. Whilst open water can be a source of fun and learning for families with young children, it also presents very real and often underestimated dangers if simple safety rules are ignored. More than 60 children drown during the summer every year in the UK, yet the majority of these deaths are likely to have been preventable. Around 85 per cent of accidental drownings occur at open water sites, and many of these occur due to lack of knowledge and understanding of the hazards associated. “Being clear on water safety and steps to take to keep everyone safe in and around water could mean the difference between an enjoyable day out, and a d...
With two May Bank Holiday weekends on the horizon, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) -the drowning prevention charity – is encouraging families to stay safe whilst enjoying the outdoors. With more daylight hours and finally a hint of sunshine, thousands of families will flock to picnic and spend time by the seaside, rivers or quarries. Whilst open water can be a source of fun and learning for families with young children, it also presents very real and often underestimated dangers if simple safety rules are ignored. More than 60 children drown during the summer every year in the UK, yet the majority of these deaths are likely to have been preventable. Around 85 per cent of accidental drownings occur at open water sites, and many of these occur due to lack of knowledge and understanding of the hazards associated. “Being clear on water safety and steps to take to keep everyone safe in and around water could mean the difference between an enjoyable day out, and a d...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:30 pm
As temperatures are predicted to rise this weekend and many people will be out enjoying the fine weather, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has issued water safety tips that could save lives. Warm weather leads people to spend time in and around water but the drowning prevention charity warns that open water remains deadly cold at this time of year and entering rivers, quarries and lakes can be fatal. Diving or jumping into water with low temperature can cause the body to have a cold shock response, resulting in a number of involuntary physiological responses including difficulty in moving limbs, making swimming or staying on the surface difficult, and a sudden gasp which can mean water is breathed in instead of air. RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “When the body is plunged into extremely low temperatures it can result in a devastating and deadly outcome. At this time of year when air temperatures hit 20 degrees, open water is especially dan...
As temperatures are predicted to rise this weekend and many people will be out enjoying the fine weather, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has issued water safety tips that could save lives. Warm weather leads people to spend time in and around water but the drowning prevention charity warns that open water remains deadly cold at this time of year and entering rivers, quarries and lakes can be fatal. Diving or jumping into water with low temperature can cause the body to have a cold shock response, resulting in a number of involuntary physiological responses including difficulty in moving limbs, making swimming or staying on the surface difficult, and a sudden gasp which can mean water is breathed in instead of air. RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “When the body is plunged into extremely low temperatures it can result in a devastating and deadly outcome. At this time of year when air temperatures hit 20 degrees, open water is especially dan...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:29 pm
The starting gun has fired for the 2014 CIMSPA & IQL UK Lifeguard Triathlon with teams from across the UK in competition for the top facility, individual male and female and “Top 100 lifeguards” awards. Throughout June, the biggest pool lifeguarding competition in the UK will see 56 pools (see full list below) compete at their own facilities against challenges taken from the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification: a timed swim towing a casualty, a CPR test and a theory paper. Speaking for event partner IQL UK Ltd, Alex Blackwell, programme manager at IQL, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the continued growth in this event this year – we have pools taking part from every corner of the UK in a contest which is tightly focused on improving standards in pool lifeguarding.” Tara Dillon, CIMSPA interim chief operating officer and executive director, IQL UK, talked about the management value of the contest: “For CIMSPA a clear pay...
The starting gun has fired for the 2014 CIMSPA & IQL UK Lifeguard Triathlon with teams from across the UK in competition for the top facility, individual male and female and “Top 100 lifeguards” awards. Throughout June, the biggest pool lifeguarding competition in the UK will see 56 pools (see full list below) compete at their own facilities against challenges taken from the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification: a timed swim towing a casualty, a CPR test and a theory paper. Speaking for event partner IQL UK Ltd, Alex Blackwell, programme manager at IQL, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the continued growth in this event this year – we have pools taking part from every corner of the UK in a contest which is tightly focused on improving standards in pool lifeguarding.” Tara Dillon, CIMSPA interim chief operating officer and executive director, IQL UK, talked about the management value of the contest: “For CIMSPA a clear pay...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 3:26 pm
The GBR Lifesaving Steering Group is pleased to announce the appointment of two new International Team Managers for 2015/16. Taking up the Managerial position for the seniors is Sara Garner with Aled Bowen looking after the Junior Team. Sara and Aled will be working closely with Team Coaches; Scott Wood and Amy Wilkinson to make sure the GBR Lifesaving Teams are organised, ready and prepared to compete at the 2015 European Lifesaving Championships. Athletes aiming to represent GBR Lifesaving at the European Championships are reminded to declare their availability for selection at the earliest opportunity. Declaration forms can be downloaded from this web-site, or sent by request to ellenmoore@rlss.org.uk.
The GBR Lifesaving Steering Group is pleased to announce the appointment of two new International Team Managers for 2015/16. Taking up the Managerial position for the seniors is Sara Garner with Aled Bowen looking after the Junior Team. Sara and Aled will be working closely with Team Coaches; Scott Wood and Amy Wilkinson to make sure the GBR Lifesaving Teams are organised, ready and prepared to compete at the 2015 European Lifesaving Championships. Athletes aiming to represent GBR Lifesaving at the European Championships are reminded to declare their availability for selection at the earliest opportunity. Declaration forms can be downloaded from this web-site, or sent by request to ellenmoore@rlss.org.uk.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:55 pm
RLSS UK and IQL UK are excited to announce shortlisted leisure facilities, lifeguard trainers and lifeguards for the IQL UK Award Ceremony taking place on 12 June at Chesford Grange, Warwickshire. This year saw a record-breaking number of applications, which were all of a high standard. Shortlisted Nominations: Single Site Approved Training Centre of the Year Plymouth Life Centre Totton Health and Leisure Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the Year (2 – 15 sites) Stevenage Leisure Limited Glasgow Life Leeds City Council Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the Year (15+ sites) Places for People Leisure Management Ltd 1Life Everyone Active Trainer Assessor of the Year James Dumper, Gosport Leisure Centre Paul Kelly, Farnham Leisure Centre Steve Carter, Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre National Trainer Assessor of the Year Ian Ogilvie, Thame Leisure Centre Mark Hutchison, Glasgow Life Tom Peonides, Plymouth Life Centre Lifeguard o...
RLSS UK and IQL UK are excited to announce shortlisted leisure facilities, lifeguard trainers and lifeguards for the IQL UK Award Ceremony taking place on 12 June at Chesford Grange, Warwickshire. This year saw a record-breaking number of applications, which were all of a high standard. Shortlisted Nominations: Single Site Approved Training Centre of the Year Plymouth Life Centre Totton Health and Leisure Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the Year (2 – 15 sites) Stevenage Leisure Limited Glasgow Life Leeds City Council Multi-Site Approved Training Centre of the Year (15+ sites) Places for People Leisure Management Ltd 1Life Everyone Active Trainer Assessor of the Year James Dumper, Gosport Leisure Centre Paul Kelly, Farnham Leisure Centre Steve Carter, Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre National Trainer Assessor of the Year Ian Ogilvie, Thame Leisure Centre Mark Hutchison, Glasgow Life Tom Peonides, Plymouth Life Centre Lifeguard o...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:53 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK issues water safety advice as the Easter holidays continue With a week of warm weather predicted following the Easter bank holiday, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has urged people to enjoy the sunshine but warned people to stay water safe. The drowning prevention charity has issued water safety tips that could save lives as temperatures are expected to hit 20C as many enjoy the remainder of the half-term break. Warm weather leads people to spend time in and around water but if not done safely it can end in tragedy. Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, the equivalent of one every 20 hours. When the weather warms up more people enjoy the water and drownings in open water sadly peak. Diving or jumping into water with low temperature can cause the body to have a cold shock response, resulting in a number of involuntary physiological responses including difficulty in moving limbs, making swimming or staying on the surface diffic...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK issues water safety advice as the Easter holidays continue With a week of warm weather predicted following the Easter bank holiday, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has urged people to enjoy the sunshine but warned people to stay water safe. The drowning prevention charity has issued water safety tips that could save lives as temperatures are expected to hit 20C as many enjoy the remainder of the half-term break. Warm weather leads people to spend time in and around water but if not done safely it can end in tragedy. Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, the equivalent of one every 20 hours. When the weather warms up more people enjoy the water and drownings in open water sadly peak. Diving or jumping into water with low temperature can cause the body to have a cold shock response, resulting in a number of involuntary physiological responses including difficulty in moving limbs, making swimming or staying on the surface diffic...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:51 pm
Royal Life Saving Society UK hosts international meeting to help cut drownings. Lifesavers from across Europe met in Stratford-upon-Avon over the weekend for a special event hosted by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. The charity, based in Broom, Warwickshire, welcomed around 60 guests from countries including Italy, Spain, Croatia, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Ireland and the Netherlands for the International Lifesaving Federation of Europe’s (ILSE) commission meetings 2014. The annual event, this year hosted in the UK, saw people from various lifesaving organisations gather at the Holiday Inn between January 17 and 19 to share best practice on topics including lifeguarding, drowning prevention and open water safety management as well as to collate shared drowning statistics and discuss youth exchange opportunities. A number of meetings were also held to discuss items including Sport, Rescue and Education. RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di...
Royal Life Saving Society UK hosts international meeting to help cut drownings. Lifesavers from across Europe met in Stratford-upon-Avon over the weekend for a special event hosted by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. The charity, based in Broom, Warwickshire, welcomed around 60 guests from countries including Italy, Spain, Croatia, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Ireland and the Netherlands for the International Lifesaving Federation of Europe’s (ILSE) commission meetings 2014. The annual event, this year hosted in the UK, saw people from various lifesaving organisations gather at the Holiday Inn between January 17 and 19 to share best practice on topics including lifeguarding, drowning prevention and open water safety management as well as to collate shared drowning statistics and discuss youth exchange opportunities. A number of meetings were also held to discuss items including Sport, Rescue and Education. RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:46 pm
The outstanding achievements of exceptional pool lifeguards and exemplary pool safety will be recognised at this year’s Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK National Awards set to take place on Friday 20th June 2014. Nominations for Pool Lifeguard, Pool Trainer Assessor and Approved Training Centre of the year have been gaining momentum since entries opened in January and there is still time to nominate an individual or leisure facility before entries close on Friday 28th March. This year’s prestigious awards ceremony, which will take place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, will be the second held by the RLSS UK and its trading subsidiary IQL UK to celebrate excellence within the aquatics community. A special guest is expected to present the awards to the inspirational winners who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their roles – but is yet to be announced. Tara Dilllon, Executive Director at IQL UK, said: “We’ve had a fant...
The outstanding achievements of exceptional pool lifeguards and exemplary pool safety will be recognised at this year’s Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK National Awards set to take place on Friday 20th June 2014. Nominations for Pool Lifeguard, Pool Trainer Assessor and Approved Training Centre of the year have been gaining momentum since entries opened in January and there is still time to nominate an individual or leisure facility before entries close on Friday 28th March. This year’s prestigious awards ceremony, which will take place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, will be the second held by the RLSS UK and its trading subsidiary IQL UK to celebrate excellence within the aquatics community. A special guest is expected to present the awards to the inspirational winners who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their roles – but is yet to be announced. Tara Dilllon, Executive Director at IQL UK, said: “We’ve had a fant...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:45 pm
Royal Life Saving Society urges people not to take risks and be aware of lifesaving techniques. The UK’s leading drowning prevention charity has re-issued a warning for people to stay safe and know what to do in an emergency as more and more areas are affected by severe flooding. And, with further rain and storms forecast and 366 Environment Agency flood warnings in place, The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is reminding those affected of safety advice. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “We issued flood safety advice at the beginning of the storms and have continued to urge people to keep them and their families safe, not take unnecessary risks and never underestimate the power of floodwater. “Thankfully most people have remained safe despite the terrible experiences they are having but there are those that have taken risks and needed rescue crews to bring them to safety and, tragically a number of people have lost their lives. “We a...
Royal Life Saving Society urges people not to take risks and be aware of lifesaving techniques. The UK’s leading drowning prevention charity has re-issued a warning for people to stay safe and know what to do in an emergency as more and more areas are affected by severe flooding. And, with further rain and storms forecast and 366 Environment Agency flood warnings in place, The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is reminding those affected of safety advice. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “We issued flood safety advice at the beginning of the storms and have continued to urge people to keep them and their families safe, not take unnecessary risks and never underestimate the power of floodwater. “Thankfully most people have remained safe despite the terrible experiences they are having but there are those that have taken risks and needed rescue crews to bring them to safety and, tragically a number of people have lost their lives. “We a...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:43 pm
Children from a Stratford-upon-Avon primary school were taught vital water safety skills when staff from the UK’s drowning prevention charity paid them a visit this week. Year 2 pupils at Bridgetown Primary School, Byron Road, were joined by Broom-based Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Youth Engagement Officer, Lee Heard, to have fun while learning seaside safety as part of their seaside rescue topic. The 60 six to seven-year-olds played beach flag and ‘spot the dangers’ games, enjoyed an interactive presentation and learnt the SAFE code – an easy way for children to remember key safety messages when around water. Teacher, Carlijn Thijssen, said: “We would like to thank Lee and the RLSS UK for coming to the school. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and it was clear they learned some very important messages. It was a great success!” Lee Heard headed up the visit and said: “As the drowning prevention charity we want to teach as many chil...
Children from a Stratford-upon-Avon primary school were taught vital water safety skills when staff from the UK’s drowning prevention charity paid them a visit this week. Year 2 pupils at Bridgetown Primary School, Byron Road, were joined by Broom-based Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Youth Engagement Officer, Lee Heard, to have fun while learning seaside safety as part of their seaside rescue topic. The 60 six to seven-year-olds played beach flag and ‘spot the dangers’ games, enjoyed an interactive presentation and learnt the SAFE code – an easy way for children to remember key safety messages when around water. Teacher, Carlijn Thijssen, said: “We would like to thank Lee and the RLSS UK for coming to the school. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and it was clear they learned some very important messages. It was a great success!” Lee Heard headed up the visit and said: “As the drowning prevention charity we want to teach as many chil...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:41 pm
Hundreds of competitors from across the UK and Ireland are set to head to the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK) most prestigious sporting event – the National Speed Championships 2014. The athletes will join some of the UK’s leaders in lifesaving sport and members of the GB and Northern Ireland team to fight it out for the title of National Champion in a number of the competition’s events. Squads will compete at Sheffield’s International Sport Centre’s Olympic-sized pool, Ponds Forge, on March 8 and 9. Many of whom will be attempting to qualify for the World Lifesaving Championships to be held later this year in France. Each year more than 500 athletes are pushed to the limits in events including Super Lifesaver, Manikin Carry and Line Throw, to name a few. RLSS UK’s National Sports Development Officer, Elouise Greenwood, said: “This is the highlight of the sporting calendar for us and teams have been training tirelessly in prepar...
Hundreds of competitors from across the UK and Ireland are set to head to the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK) most prestigious sporting event – the National Speed Championships 2014. The athletes will join some of the UK’s leaders in lifesaving sport and members of the GB and Northern Ireland team to fight it out for the title of National Champion in a number of the competition’s events. Squads will compete at Sheffield’s International Sport Centre’s Olympic-sized pool, Ponds Forge, on March 8 and 9. Many of whom will be attempting to qualify for the World Lifesaving Championships to be held later this year in France. Each year more than 500 athletes are pushed to the limits in events including Super Lifesaver, Manikin Carry and Line Throw, to name a few. RLSS UK’s National Sports Development Officer, Elouise Greenwood, said: “This is the highlight of the sporting calendar for us and teams have been training tirelessly in prepar...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:39 pm
Centres that train lifeguards with the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s national qualification and lifeguards themselves have been shortlisted for top honours to recognise their achievements. RLSS UK Approved Training Centres (ATCs) are in the running for the Approved Training Centre of the Year Award, to be presented at the ceremony, hosted by the RLSS UK and its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, later this month and with accolades presented by Olympic medallist swimmer Steve Parry. Plymouth Life Centre (Everyone Active), Leeds Sport and Active Lifestyles, 1Life and Glasgow Life have been recognised for showing an exceptional commitment to pool lifeguard training and water safety awareness and a clear dedication to the provision of pool lifeguard training and career development. Along with Approved Training Centre of the Year, seven other shortlisted finalists have been named after beating off tough competition from others in their field. They include: Shortlisted Winners of Pool Li...
Centres that train lifeguards with the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s national qualification and lifeguards themselves have been shortlisted for top honours to recognise their achievements. RLSS UK Approved Training Centres (ATCs) are in the running for the Approved Training Centre of the Year Award, to be presented at the ceremony, hosted by the RLSS UK and its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, later this month and with accolades presented by Olympic medallist swimmer Steve Parry. Plymouth Life Centre (Everyone Active), Leeds Sport and Active Lifestyles, 1Life and Glasgow Life have been recognised for showing an exceptional commitment to pool lifeguard training and water safety awareness and a clear dedication to the provision of pool lifeguard training and career development. Along with Approved Training Centre of the Year, seven other shortlisted finalists have been named after beating off tough competition from others in their field. They include: Shortlisted Winners of Pool Li...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:38 pm
Football lovers travelling to Brazil are being urged to take care by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. With just seven days before the tournament kicks off, the charity has warned supporters that a cocktail of alcohol, football fever and water doesn’t mix. And with an average of 75 UK citizens drowning on holiday each year, the RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, doesn’t want to see an increase to the already tragic figure as thousands of fans spend time in South America. He said: “We obviously want as many people as possible to enjoy the World Cup, at home and in Brazil, but do not want to see someone’s football trip of a lifetime turn into tragedy. “A combination of the atmosphere, fantastic weather and possibly alcohol, mixed with poor knowledge of the area and its waters – or even swimming pools – could lead to even the strongest swimmer losing their life.” Being aware o...
Football lovers travelling to Brazil are being urged to take care by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. With just seven days before the tournament kicks off, the charity has warned supporters that a cocktail of alcohol, football fever and water doesn’t mix. And with an average of 75 UK citizens drowning on holiday each year, the RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, doesn’t want to see an increase to the already tragic figure as thousands of fans spend time in South America. He said: “We obviously want as many people as possible to enjoy the World Cup, at home and in Brazil, but do not want to see someone’s football trip of a lifetime turn into tragedy. “A combination of the atmosphere, fantastic weather and possibly alcohol, mixed with poor knowledge of the area and its waters – or even swimming pools – could lead to even the strongest swimmer losing their life.” Being aware o...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:34 pm
Music lovers are being urged to consider their own safety and to look out for others around open water whilst at festivals this summer. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has warned that a cocktail of water with drink or drugs – or both – does not mix and wants people to enjoy their favourite bands in the open air safely. The message comes after more than 30 people lost their lives to drowning in just seven weeks during last summer’s heatwave. And with festivals being fantastic places to let your hair down and enjoy music, often amidst the natural beauty of the countryside and scenery, people are often tempted to cool off in any lakes, rivers, reservoirs or water features that may be around the site. Mark Smith, Board of Trustee Member of the RLSS UK, acts as Water Safety Advisor to the UK’s major festivals said people must be aware of the dangers when at festivals and highlights the fact that more people drown in in...
Music lovers are being urged to consider their own safety and to look out for others around open water whilst at festivals this summer. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has warned that a cocktail of water with drink or drugs – or both – does not mix and wants people to enjoy their favourite bands in the open air safely. The message comes after more than 30 people lost their lives to drowning in just seven weeks during last summer’s heatwave. And with festivals being fantastic places to let your hair down and enjoy music, often amidst the natural beauty of the countryside and scenery, people are often tempted to cool off in any lakes, rivers, reservoirs or water features that may be around the site. Mark Smith, Board of Trustee Member of the RLSS UK, acts as Water Safety Advisor to the UK’s major festivals said people must be aware of the dangers when at festivals and highlights the fact that more people drown in in...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:32 pm
A drowning prevention campaign, which aims to cut down the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drowning across the UK every year, is receiving huge support from the leisure industry. Leisure centres across the UK are signing up to support Drowning Prevention Week 2014 and running a host of events and activities using the free and fun educational resources provided by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), including a ‘Perry Pack’ exclusively designed for pools. This year’s campaign, running from 21st to 29th June, is adding to its focus audience of primary school children, by targeting 11 to15-year-olds. The move comes in a bid to help avoid a tragic repeat of last summer where more than 30 people lost their lives to drowning in open water in just seven weeks, many of them young men and boys, and a new, short, hard-hitting film has also been produced to help drive the message home to thrill-seeking youngsters. Campaign Manager, Karen Welsh, said, “W...
A drowning prevention campaign, which aims to cut down the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drowning across the UK every year, is receiving huge support from the leisure industry. Leisure centres across the UK are signing up to support Drowning Prevention Week 2014 and running a host of events and activities using the free and fun educational resources provided by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), including a ‘Perry Pack’ exclusively designed for pools. This year’s campaign, running from 21st to 29th June, is adding to its focus audience of primary school children, by targeting 11 to15-year-olds. The move comes in a bid to help avoid a tragic repeat of last summer where more than 30 people lost their lives to drowning in open water in just seven weeks, many of them young men and boys, and a new, short, hard-hitting film has also been produced to help drive the message home to thrill-seeking youngsters. Campaign Manager, Karen Welsh, said, “W...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:30 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has vowed to continue its tireless work to reduce drownings across the UK and Ireland following the latest figures published today (Friday). The drowning prevention charity aims to cut the number of people who lose their lives to drowning through water safety education, lifesaving awards for all ages and targeted behavioural change campaigns. The latest figures from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), of which RLSS UK is a partner, reveal there were a total of 381 drownings in water related deaths from accidents or natural causes in 2013. The age group with the highest number of fatalities (31) were men aged between 20 and 24. Meanwhile, 0 to 19s accounted for 12 per cent of deaths (46), of which more than half were teenagers aged 15 to 19 (27). The leading activities people were taking part in when they drowned were walking alongside water and falling in, swimming (predominantly in open water) and jumping into open water. RLSS UK&rsq...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has vowed to continue its tireless work to reduce drownings across the UK and Ireland following the latest figures published today (Friday). The drowning prevention charity aims to cut the number of people who lose their lives to drowning through water safety education, lifesaving awards for all ages and targeted behavioural change campaigns. The latest figures from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), of which RLSS UK is a partner, reveal there were a total of 381 drownings in water related deaths from accidents or natural causes in 2013. The age group with the highest number of fatalities (31) were men aged between 20 and 24. Meanwhile, 0 to 19s accounted for 12 per cent of deaths (46), of which more than half were teenagers aged 15 to 19 (27). The leading activities people were taking part in when they drowned were walking alongside water and falling in, swimming (predominantly in open water) and jumping into open water. RLSS UK&rsq...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:28 pm
The UK’s drowning prevention charity provides lifeguards to assist the swimmers at this year’s Great Swims, including the upcoming Great East Swim at Alton. As Europe’s biggest open water swim series kicks off, Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) lifeguards will be on hand to keep swimmers safe and provide support at all five UK wide events, including Alton. The Great Swim Series is the UK’s biggest exhibition of open water swimming, and gives people of all swimming abilities the opportunity to swim in beautiful lakes, lochs and docklands across the country. Lifeguards from RLSS UK have volunteered and will be on hand to supervise and support swimmers, and to ensure a great time in a safe environment. Alton Water Park will host the Great East Swim on Saturday 21st June 2014, and supporters are welcome to attend and cheer the swimmers on. This swim coincides with Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign from RLSS UK to raise awareness of drowning and...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity provides lifeguards to assist the swimmers at this year’s Great Swims, including the upcoming Great East Swim at Alton. As Europe’s biggest open water swim series kicks off, Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) lifeguards will be on hand to keep swimmers safe and provide support at all five UK wide events, including Alton. The Great Swim Series is the UK’s biggest exhibition of open water swimming, and gives people of all swimming abilities the opportunity to swim in beautiful lakes, lochs and docklands across the country. Lifeguards from RLSS UK have volunteered and will be on hand to supervise and support swimmers, and to ensure a great time in a safe environment. Alton Water Park will host the Great East Swim on Saturday 21st June 2014, and supporters are welcome to attend and cheer the swimmers on. This swim coincides with Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign from RLSS UK to raise awareness of drowning and...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:28 pm
The UK’s drowning prevention charity received a fantastic response during a trip to Westminster this week (Tuesday) when 41 MPs signed up to support its pledge. Representatives from The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) made the trip to Parliament ahead of its annual national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week which, this year, runs from June 21 to 29. CPR workshops and water safety advice sessions were held throughout the afternoon and MPs from across the UK were invited to find out more about the charity and it’s work, as well as sign up and ‘pledge to support the delivery of water safety education to all under 18- year olds-in the UK’. A question was also raised in the House on drowning prevention and water safety during an adjournment debate that evening tabled by Sharon Hodgson, MP. RLSS UK President, Peter Moyes, said: “We were overwhelmed with the support offered by MPs during our session and can’t thank them enough for pledging to he...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity received a fantastic response during a trip to Westminster this week (Tuesday) when 41 MPs signed up to support its pledge. Representatives from The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) made the trip to Parliament ahead of its annual national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week which, this year, runs from June 21 to 29. CPR workshops and water safety advice sessions were held throughout the afternoon and MPs from across the UK were invited to find out more about the charity and it’s work, as well as sign up and ‘pledge to support the delivery of water safety education to all under 18- year olds-in the UK’. A question was also raised in the House on drowning prevention and water safety during an adjournment debate that evening tabled by Sharon Hodgson, MP. RLSS UK President, Peter Moyes, said: “We were overwhelmed with the support offered by MPs during our session and can’t thank them enough for pledging to he...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:27 pm
Lifeguards across the UK will have the chance to get their hands on the latest lifesaving technology with the announcement of the newly designed Pool Extraction Board from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and Ferno. Industry specialist, Ferno, has developed the ground-breaking new board, set to be launched at this year’s Leisure Industry Week in September, in collaboration with RLSS UK. It specifically addresses the needs of lifeguards and leisure centres. The new design allows significantly faster rescue times, offers improved safety and reduces demands on staff. The innovation only requires two trained users to carry out a pool rescue as opposed to the traditional four. This means less lifeguards are drawn into a rescue, enabling them to continue to monitor other pool users and perform other key roles in a rescue situation. A rescue using the new Pool Extraction Board can be accomplished in as little as 90 seconds. Alex Blackwell, Programme Manager for IQL UK, RLSS...
Lifeguards across the UK will have the chance to get their hands on the latest lifesaving technology with the announcement of the newly designed Pool Extraction Board from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and Ferno. Industry specialist, Ferno, has developed the ground-breaking new board, set to be launched at this year’s Leisure Industry Week in September, in collaboration with RLSS UK. It specifically addresses the needs of lifeguards and leisure centres. The new design allows significantly faster rescue times, offers improved safety and reduces demands on staff. The innovation only requires two trained users to carry out a pool rescue as opposed to the traditional four. This means less lifeguards are drawn into a rescue, enabling them to continue to monitor other pool users and perform other key roles in a rescue situation. A rescue using the new Pool Extraction Board can be accomplished in as little as 90 seconds. Alex Blackwell, Programme Manager for IQL UK, RLSS...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:25 pm
It was big celebrations all round at the prestigious Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on June 20, when the RLSS UK and IQL UK were joined by VIPs, an Olympian and shortlisted finalists at an awards ceremony to announce the 2014 RLSS UK and IQL UK Award winners. Ten shortlisted finalists, competing for the titles of Pool Lifeguard of the Year, Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor of the Year and Approved Training Centre of the Year were greeted by Olympic medallist, Steve Parry, for the winner announcements and prize presentations. Peter Moyes, President of RLSS UK, said: “These awards highlight an incredible commitment to water safety and drowning prevention made by individuals. Without the hard work and dedication of these people, I am confident we would not be celebrating a third year without a drowning in a lifeguarded pool in the UK.” POOL LIFEGUARD OF THE YEAR This award recognises the individual or team who has made an outstanding contribution to drowning prevention and w...
It was big celebrations all round at the prestigious Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on June 20, when the RLSS UK and IQL UK were joined by VIPs, an Olympian and shortlisted finalists at an awards ceremony to announce the 2014 RLSS UK and IQL UK Award winners. Ten shortlisted finalists, competing for the titles of Pool Lifeguard of the Year, Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor of the Year and Approved Training Centre of the Year were greeted by Olympic medallist, Steve Parry, for the winner announcements and prize presentations. Peter Moyes, President of RLSS UK, said: “These awards highlight an incredible commitment to water safety and drowning prevention made by individuals. Without the hard work and dedication of these people, I am confident we would not be celebrating a third year without a drowning in a lifeguarded pool in the UK.” POOL LIFEGUARD OF THE YEAR This award recognises the individual or team who has made an outstanding contribution to drowning prevention and w...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:25 pm
The weather is hotting up and the UK’s drowning prevention charity – the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) – has issued water safety tips that could save lives this summer. Around 60 children drown in the UK each summer, and around 75 UK citizens drown on holiday abroad so being aware of the basic principles of open water safety, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase enjoyment and significantly reduce the number deaths each year. And with temperatures on the rise and many people preparing for their summer holidays, ensuring simple advice is followed by all members of the family is just as important as remembering to slap on sun cream or packing your passport, says RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole. “Ensuring you and your family are clear on water safety and steps to take to keep everyone safe in and around water could mean the difference between a happy summer holiday, and a devastating family tragedy. “We w...
The weather is hotting up and the UK’s drowning prevention charity – the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) – has issued water safety tips that could save lives this summer. Around 60 children drown in the UK each summer, and around 75 UK citizens drown on holiday abroad so being aware of the basic principles of open water safety, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase enjoyment and significantly reduce the number deaths each year. And with temperatures on the rise and many people preparing for their summer holidays, ensuring simple advice is followed by all members of the family is just as important as remembering to slap on sun cream or packing your passport, says RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole. “Ensuring you and your family are clear on water safety and steps to take to keep everyone safe in and around water could mean the difference between a happy summer holiday, and a devastating family tragedy. “We w...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:02 pm
A record 981 lifeguards took part in the 9th annual CIMSPA & IQL UK Lifeguard Triathlon, which finished this week after a month of intense competition between teams and individuals across the UK. 57 pools from all four home nations hosted the competition, which is based on key principles of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), and tests lifeguards’ CPR, rescue swim and theory skills. The individual male winner was Adam Frost, 19, from Knutsford Leisure Centre, who posted the second only ever perfect score of 100 to take his title. Speaking about this win Adam said: “The triathlon is a fantastic way to be recognised for achievement in the workplace. I’ve enjoyed the challenge and would like to thank the trainer assessors and colleagues both at Knutsford and within the Everybody Sport and Recreation Trust for their support and encouragement.” Mike Harding, Knutsford group manager, made clear his trust is using the event as a key workforce devel...
A record 981 lifeguards took part in the 9th annual CIMSPA & IQL UK Lifeguard Triathlon, which finished this week after a month of intense competition between teams and individuals across the UK. 57 pools from all four home nations hosted the competition, which is based on key principles of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), and tests lifeguards’ CPR, rescue swim and theory skills. The individual male winner was Adam Frost, 19, from Knutsford Leisure Centre, who posted the second only ever perfect score of 100 to take his title. Speaking about this win Adam said: “The triathlon is a fantastic way to be recognised for achievement in the workplace. I’ve enjoyed the challenge and would like to thank the trainer assessors and colleagues both at Knutsford and within the Everybody Sport and Recreation Trust for their support and encouragement.” Mike Harding, Knutsford group manager, made clear his trust is using the event as a key workforce devel...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 1:19 pm
Last summer saw more than 30 people drown across the UK and, during the first few months of this year, vast areas were flooded putting many people at risk. These examples highlight just some of the situations the emergency services find themselves faced with on a daily basis. And, with Flood Emergency Response being extremely challenging in its own right, situations can become significantly more so where officers and crews are working in partnership with untrained ancillary staff. In response to this issue, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is set to launch two new modules as part of its existing and recognised National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) at this year’s Emergency Service Show in September – NWSMP Flood and Aquatic PPE. Cliff Nelson, RLSS UK’s Head of Water Safety Management, said: “We know that blue light services often find themselves working alongside local government staff, utility workers and well meaning volunteers. We al...
Last summer saw more than 30 people drown across the UK and, during the first few months of this year, vast areas were flooded putting many people at risk. These examples highlight just some of the situations the emergency services find themselves faced with on a daily basis. And, with Flood Emergency Response being extremely challenging in its own right, situations can become significantly more so where officers and crews are working in partnership with untrained ancillary staff. In response to this issue, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is set to launch two new modules as part of its existing and recognised National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) at this year’s Emergency Service Show in September – NWSMP Flood and Aquatic PPE. Cliff Nelson, RLSS UK’s Head of Water Safety Management, said: “We know that blue light services often find themselves working alongside local government staff, utility workers and well meaning volunteers. We al...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 1:16 pm
More than 600 lifesavers made waves at an Olympic venue in London this weekend when they took part in a prestigious national competition. A record-breaking 631 competitors from across the UK and Ireland took part in the National Speed Championships 2015, run by the drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), at the London Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of the 2012 London Olympics. Former Olympic swimmer and eight times world record holder Mark Foster was guest of honour at the event, meeting athletes and even taking part in a line throw relay event. Elouise Greenwood, RLSS UK National Participation Manager, said: “The atmosphere was electric as the athletes entered the iconic venue for the two-day event. Olympic inspiration drove outstanding performances and motivated individuals and clubs to achieve personal best times. “The pride the athletes felt competing in this wonderful venue was clearly visible. It’s not eve...
More than 600 lifesavers made waves at an Olympic venue in London this weekend when they took part in a prestigious national competition. A record-breaking 631 competitors from across the UK and Ireland took part in the National Speed Championships 2015, run by the drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), at the London Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of the 2012 London Olympics. Former Olympic swimmer and eight times world record holder Mark Foster was guest of honour at the event, meeting athletes and even taking part in a line throw relay event. Elouise Greenwood, RLSS UK National Participation Manager, said: “The atmosphere was electric as the athletes entered the iconic venue for the two-day event. Olympic inspiration drove outstanding performances and motivated individuals and clubs to achieve personal best times. “The pride the athletes felt competing in this wonderful venue was clearly visible. It’s not eve...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 1:15 pm
The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, issues urgent safety warning to British citizens at home and abroad, as the hot weather is set to return this week. It only takes one person to pause for thought before jumping in. It only takes one person to know what to do in an emergency. It only takes one person to raise the alarm. It only takes one person to drown, leaving family and friends heartbroken. Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, is urging the general public to stay safe around water as recent media reports indicate, that at least five people have lost their lives in drowning incidents, over the last few days. Figures reveal that up to 50% of primary school aged children in England, leave school without being able to swim the minimum standard of 25 metres. Many more can swim but still lack confidence and an awareness of water safety. Di Steer, CEO RLSS UK said, “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends ...
The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, issues urgent safety warning to British citizens at home and abroad, as the hot weather is set to return this week. It only takes one person to pause for thought before jumping in. It only takes one person to know what to do in an emergency. It only takes one person to raise the alarm. It only takes one person to drown, leaving family and friends heartbroken. Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, is urging the general public to stay safe around water as recent media reports indicate, that at least five people have lost their lives in drowning incidents, over the last few days. Figures reveal that up to 50% of primary school aged children in England, leave school without being able to swim the minimum standard of 25 metres. Many more can swim but still lack confidence and an awareness of water safety. Di Steer, CEO RLSS UK said, “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends ...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 1:14 pm
ABTA – The Travel Association, and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, are urging holidaymakers to follow safety tips and swim safely this summer as new research by ABTA shows that one in five people (18%)* know someone who has got into difficulty whilst swimming on holiday. As we enter peak summer season, plenty of people will be enjoying the water in pools or in the sea – half of people (49%) said that swimming was an important part of their holiday, rising to almost two thirds (64%) of people with children. Sadly, accidents are common and each year drownings are reported which could have been avoided by taking some simple precautions. Last year ABTA was made aware of 16 fatal drownings abroad, seven in swimming pools and nine in the sea. According to the RLSS UK numbers of UK citizens drowning abroad have been known to peak up to a tragic 75 per year. Simple steps such as following safety information can make a difference to wat...
ABTA – The Travel Association, and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, are urging holidaymakers to follow safety tips and swim safely this summer as new research by ABTA shows that one in five people (18%)* know someone who has got into difficulty whilst swimming on holiday. As we enter peak summer season, plenty of people will be enjoying the water in pools or in the sea – half of people (49%) said that swimming was an important part of their holiday, rising to almost two thirds (64%) of people with children. Sadly, accidents are common and each year drownings are reported which could have been avoided by taking some simple precautions. Last year ABTA was made aware of 16 fatal drownings abroad, seven in swimming pools and nine in the sea. According to the RLSS UK numbers of UK citizens drowning abroad have been known to peak up to a tragic 75 per year. Simple steps such as following safety information can make a difference to wat...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 1:09 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as the six weeks summer holidays kick off to a sizzling start. It has appealed to people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies when many people lost their lives cooling off in open water, not suitable for swimming. Figures released from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), of which RLSS UK is a partner, earlier this month revealed that the peak summer months of July and August witnessed the most deaths in 2013, with106 during the heat wave period. So, with temperatures on the rise and many people preparing to enjoy the holidays and various activities, it is important they make the most of the water but do so safely and suitable, lifeguarded sites. RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “Last year saw a tragic amount of preventable deaths as people flocked to open water sites not suitable for swimming. Thes...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as the six weeks summer holidays kick off to a sizzling start. It has appealed to people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies when many people lost their lives cooling off in open water, not suitable for swimming. Figures released from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), of which RLSS UK is a partner, earlier this month revealed that the peak summer months of July and August witnessed the most deaths in 2013, with106 during the heat wave period. So, with temperatures on the rise and many people preparing to enjoy the holidays and various activities, it is important they make the most of the water but do so safely and suitable, lifeguarded sites. RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, said: “Last year saw a tragic amount of preventable deaths as people flocked to open water sites not suitable for swimming. Thes...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 12:58 pm
This autumn, the hugely popular and prestigious award ceremony the Pride of Britain Awards, returns to our screens and they’re looking for your nominations now. The glittering awards ceremony, hosted by Carol Vorderman and sponsored by the Daily Mirror, celebrates our unsung heroes nationwide and counts royalty, MP’s and household names as regular attendees. Do you work with an inspirational fundraiser? Do you know someone who’s displayed great courage? Maybe someone you know has transformed the lives of those around them. Nominations close on 31 August but the organisers want to hear about your nominations sooner rather than later. They need time to build a clear picture of the nominee and make sure they fit the bill for short-listing. Here is the full list of award categories:  Outstanding Bravery For adults who risk their own safety to help others in danger Child/teenager of Courage For battling against the odds to help others, or putting themse...
This autumn, the hugely popular and prestigious award ceremony the Pride of Britain Awards, returns to our screens and they’re looking for your nominations now. The glittering awards ceremony, hosted by Carol Vorderman and sponsored by the Daily Mirror, celebrates our unsung heroes nationwide and counts royalty, MP’s and household names as regular attendees. Do you work with an inspirational fundraiser? Do you know someone who’s displayed great courage? Maybe someone you know has transformed the lives of those around them. Nominations close on 31 August but the organisers want to hear about your nominations sooner rather than later. They need time to build a clear picture of the nominee and make sure they fit the bill for short-listing. Here is the full list of award categories:  Outstanding Bravery For adults who risk their own safety to help others in danger Child/teenager of Courage For battling against the odds to help others, or putting themse...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 12:56 pm
Lifeguarding offers a fantastic, rewarding and potentially long-term career in the leisure industry, which has many additional benefits including international travel, excellent base wage and developing key life skills. Access to lifeguard training has never been easier thanks to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Once candidates successfully complete the NPLQ they are fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard. The qualification is widely recognised as the professional benchmark in leisure and, is generally a recruitment requirement for a number of leisure centre jobs. The NPLQ is made up of 36 hours of physical training and classroom work. This is followed by practical assessments in and out of the water covering; pool rescue, first aid, CPR and lifesaving skills. There are numerous benefits to becoming a lifeguard. Lifeguards gain high levels of responsibility and leadership, and develop skills which offer lifetime be...
Lifeguarding offers a fantastic, rewarding and potentially long-term career in the leisure industry, which has many additional benefits including international travel, excellent base wage and developing key life skills. Access to lifeguard training has never been easier thanks to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Once candidates successfully complete the NPLQ they are fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard. The qualification is widely recognised as the professional benchmark in leisure and, is generally a recruitment requirement for a number of leisure centre jobs. The NPLQ is made up of 36 hours of physical training and classroom work. This is followed by practical assessments in and out of the water covering; pool rescue, first aid, CPR and lifesaving skills. There are numerous benefits to becoming a lifeguard. Lifeguards gain high levels of responsibility and leadership, and develop skills which offer lifetime be...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 12:53 pm
Building on the success of IQL UK’s First Aid at Work qualification the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) trading subsidiary has made two new additions to its courses which aim to broaden skill set of sport and leisure staff even further. The newly created Paediatric Emergency First Aid and Paediatric First Aid courses have been designed for those responsible for the welfare of children in any setting and are ideal to expand the knowledge and capabilities of staff. Alex Blackwell, Pool Programme Manager, IQL UK said: “The safety of young people in pools and leisure centre’s across the UK is paramount and the introduction of the RLSS UK’s Paediatric First Aid courses ensure our lifeguards and other staff within these establishments are as prepared as possible to deal with any emergency situations involving children. “As well as sport and leisure staff, the courses are also ideal for anyone who works with children or is responsible for their ...
Building on the success of IQL UK’s First Aid at Work qualification the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) trading subsidiary has made two new additions to its courses which aim to broaden skill set of sport and leisure staff even further. The newly created Paediatric Emergency First Aid and Paediatric First Aid courses have been designed for those responsible for the welfare of children in any setting and are ideal to expand the knowledge and capabilities of staff. Alex Blackwell, Pool Programme Manager, IQL UK said: “The safety of young people in pools and leisure centre’s across the UK is paramount and the introduction of the RLSS UK’s Paediatric First Aid courses ensure our lifeguards and other staff within these establishments are as prepared as possible to deal with any emergency situations involving children. “As well as sport and leisure staff, the courses are also ideal for anyone who works with children or is responsible for their ...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 12:22 pm
RLSS UK is going into partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Many of our clubs already use the programme to award members for elements of their DofE that are eligible through lifesaving. At the moment clubs assess candidates and their awards are verified at their school or another organisation. This has become an excellent way to encourage people into lifesaving but cannot always be used to retain their interest beyond the completion of the specific element of their DofE Award. We want to go a step further by giving you; our clubs the opportunity to encourage people into the club but now also ensure they are awarded and verified by RLSS UK. This will give you the opportunity to encourage uptake of club membership but also invest in your members so that they are likely to increase their long-term affiliation with you and the club. It is getting more and more difficult for young people to be granted their award through the schools due to cuts in funding and we want our members t...
RLSS UK is going into partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Many of our clubs already use the programme to award members for elements of their DofE that are eligible through lifesaving. At the moment clubs assess candidates and their awards are verified at their school or another organisation. This has become an excellent way to encourage people into lifesaving but cannot always be used to retain their interest beyond the completion of the specific element of their DofE Award. We want to go a step further by giving you; our clubs the opportunity to encourage people into the club but now also ensure they are awarded and verified by RLSS UK. This will give you the opportunity to encourage uptake of club membership but also invest in your members so that they are likely to increase their long-term affiliation with you and the club. It is getting more and more difficult for young people to be granted their award through the schools due to cuts in funding and we want our members t...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 12:10 pm
A new initiative is warning students to steer clear of open water when under the influence of alcohol when they return to university. Drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK this week launched its Don’t Drink and Drown initiative to warn drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they’ve been drinking, and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. Figures state that between a quarter and half of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream and alcohol is present in around a third to two-thirds of people who drown in swimming and boating accidents. The Don’t Drink and Drown initiative will see messages and posters being promoted at universities, in pubs and across social media sites. A launch event is taking place at the University of York swimming pool on Thursday 2 October, 10am. Students are invited to attend the free lifesaving session to learn and test out their l...
A new initiative is warning students to steer clear of open water when under the influence of alcohol when they return to university. Drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK this week launched its Don’t Drink and Drown initiative to warn drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they’ve been drinking, and to make sure they and their friends avoid walking home near bodies of water. Figures state that between a quarter and half of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream and alcohol is present in around a third to two-thirds of people who drown in swimming and boating accidents. The Don’t Drink and Drown initiative will see messages and posters being promoted at universities, in pubs and across social media sites. A launch event is taking place at the University of York swimming pool on Thursday 2 October, 10am. Students are invited to attend the free lifesaving session to learn and test out their l...
Posted: August 17, 2018, 11:35 am
The Royal Life Saving Society UK urges people to act safely around water to avoid a repeat of last summer’s drownings. The UK’s drowning prevention charity is urging people to listen to safety messages following the tragic drowning of a teenager in Redditch yesterday (Sunday). The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is appealing for people to stay safe in and around water during the warm spell of weather to avoid a repeat of last summer – when more than 30 people tragically lost their lives as a result of drowning. The move comes after 15-year-old Richard Fellows drowned in a lake at Arrow Valley Countryside Centre near Redditch at about 12.20pm yesterday (Sunday). Two further teenage boys were also rescued and treated for minor injuries. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole said: “The death of this boy is a tragedy and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. “With the warm weather over the weekend, people are drawn to wat...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK urges people to act safely around water to avoid a repeat of last summer’s drownings. The UK’s drowning prevention charity is urging people to listen to safety messages following the tragic drowning of a teenager in Redditch yesterday (Sunday). The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is appealing for people to stay safe in and around water during the warm spell of weather to avoid a repeat of last summer – when more than 30 people tragically lost their lives as a result of drowning. The move comes after 15-year-old Richard Fellows drowned in a lake at Arrow Valley Countryside Centre near Redditch at about 12.20pm yesterday (Sunday). Two further teenage boys were also rescued and treated for minor injuries. RLSS UK Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole said: “The death of this boy is a tragedy and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. “With the warm weather over the weekend, people are drawn to wat...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:41 pm
A team of them have signed up to take part in a gruelling 10 kilometre race called the Winter Wolf Run which sees competitors battle it out through mud and water and over obstacles. They hope to raise around £1,000 to help the charity, which is based at River House in Broom, Warwickshire, prevent UK drownings. Members of the public are invited to sponsor them to take part in the event at Sandford Hall in Leicestershire on Sunday November 2. RLSS UK has forged close links with the Redditch community since local teenager Richard Fellows drowned while swimming in the River Arrow in March. The 15-year-old’s family has worked with the charity to raise awareness of the dangers of swimming in open water. The staff taking part in the Wolf Run are RLSS UK’s director of lifesaving Adrian Lole, accounts administrator Sarah Winkworth, campaign manager Karen Welsh, junior business analyst Shem Samuda, lifesaving administrator Faye Williamson and junior awards processor Sian...
A team of them have signed up to take part in a gruelling 10 kilometre race called the Winter Wolf Run which sees competitors battle it out through mud and water and over obstacles. They hope to raise around £1,000 to help the charity, which is based at River House in Broom, Warwickshire, prevent UK drownings. Members of the public are invited to sponsor them to take part in the event at Sandford Hall in Leicestershire on Sunday November 2. RLSS UK has forged close links with the Redditch community since local teenager Richard Fellows drowned while swimming in the River Arrow in March. The 15-year-old’s family has worked with the charity to raise awareness of the dangers of swimming in open water. The staff taking part in the Wolf Run are RLSS UK’s director of lifesaving Adrian Lole, accounts administrator Sarah Winkworth, campaign manager Karen Welsh, junior business analyst Shem Samuda, lifesaving administrator Faye Williamson and junior awards processor Sian...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:41 pm
The UK’s drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK, has today (Wednesday) announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Di Steer accepted the position as CEO after the charity’s Board of Trustees completed an interview process following a national recruitment campaign. Having worked for the RLSS UK as Corporate Director and more recently Acting CEO, Di has an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by the organisation and the ways in which we can move forward positively and robustly. She comes from a strong background of organisational development and strategic change so is perfectly placed to help RLSS UK reach its full potential and maximise opportunities. RLSS UK President, Peter Moyes, said: “Di is the best person and ideally suited to lead the RLSS UK forward and has the right skills to complement the expertise and experience that the organisation is proud to have amongst its staff. “She has the full sup...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK, has today (Wednesday) announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Di Steer accepted the position as CEO after the charity’s Board of Trustees completed an interview process following a national recruitment campaign. Having worked for the RLSS UK as Corporate Director and more recently Acting CEO, Di has an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by the organisation and the ways in which we can move forward positively and robustly. She comes from a strong background of organisational development and strategic change so is perfectly placed to help RLSS UK reach its full potential and maximise opportunities. RLSS UK President, Peter Moyes, said: “Di is the best person and ideally suited to lead the RLSS UK forward and has the right skills to complement the expertise and experience that the organisation is proud to have amongst its staff. “She has the full sup...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:40 pm
The UK’s drowning prevention charity provides lifeguards to assist the swimmers in this year’s Great Swims. As Europe’s biggest open water swim series kicks off, Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) lifeguards will be on hand to keep swimmers safe and provide support at all five UK wide events. The Great Swim Series is the UK’s biggest exhibition of open water swimming and gives people of all swimming abilities the opportunity to swim in beautiful lakes, lochs and docklands across the country. Lifeguards from RLSS UK have volunteered and will be on hand to supervise and support swimmers and to ensure a great time in a safe environment. Great Swims will be taking place on the below dates: Great North Swim (Windermere) – Friday 13th – Sunday 15th June 2014 Great East Swim (Alton Water Park) – Saturday 21st June 2014 Great Manchester Swim (Salford Quays) – Saturday 19th July 2014 Great Scottish Swim (Loch Lomond) – Saturday...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity provides lifeguards to assist the swimmers in this year’s Great Swims. As Europe’s biggest open water swim series kicks off, Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) lifeguards will be on hand to keep swimmers safe and provide support at all five UK wide events. The Great Swim Series is the UK’s biggest exhibition of open water swimming and gives people of all swimming abilities the opportunity to swim in beautiful lakes, lochs and docklands across the country. Lifeguards from RLSS UK have volunteered and will be on hand to supervise and support swimmers and to ensure a great time in a safe environment. Great Swims will be taking place on the below dates: Great North Swim (Windermere) – Friday 13th – Sunday 15th June 2014 Great East Swim (Alton Water Park) – Saturday 21st June 2014 Great Manchester Swim (Salford Quays) – Saturday 19th July 2014 Great Scottish Swim (Loch Lomond) – Saturday...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:32 pm
Seventy young people are set to descend on a South Wales beach next week as The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, kicks off the biggest UK event of its kind. The young lifesavers, aged between 14 and 18-years-old will spend a week at Porthcawl Lifeguard Club on Sandy Bay Beach from 3 to 9 August 2014 for the RLSS UK’s biggest ever Survive & Save beach camp. Camp Survive & Save engages young people in an international youth exchange that has clear goals to provide water safety skills in a fun and inspiring way, that will give them the knowledge of how to stay safe, self-rescue and save others in a beach environment. Camp goers from the UK will be joined by young lifesavers from Norway and Germany, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and languages. The camp will help to improve citizenship by improving the cultural understanding of the young people across Europe, as well as developing leadership, com...
Seventy young people are set to descend on a South Wales beach next week as The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, kicks off the biggest UK event of its kind. The young lifesavers, aged between 14 and 18-years-old will spend a week at Porthcawl Lifeguard Club on Sandy Bay Beach from 3 to 9 August 2014 for the RLSS UK’s biggest ever Survive & Save beach camp. Camp Survive & Save engages young people in an international youth exchange that has clear goals to provide water safety skills in a fun and inspiring way, that will give them the knowledge of how to stay safe, self-rescue and save others in a beach environment. Camp goers from the UK will be joined by young lifesavers from Norway and Germany, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and languages. The camp will help to improve citizenship by improving the cultural understanding of the young people across Europe, as well as developing leadership, com...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:31 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Camp Survive & Save hailed a great success. Seventy young people descended on a south Wales beach last week as The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, hosted the biggest UK lifesaving event of its kind. The young lifesavers, aged between 14 and 18-years-old, spent a packed week at Porthcawl Lifeguard Club on Sandy Bay Beach between 3 and 9 August for the RLSS UK’s biggest ever Survive & Save beach camp. Camp goers from the UK were joined by young lifesavers from Norway and Germany, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and languages as well as lifesaving skills including achieving their Bronze Survive & Save Beach awards. They were also joined by the Mayor of Porthcawl, Coun Sean Aspey who paid a visit. RLSS UK’s National Youth Engagement Officer and camp organiser, Lee Heard, said: “Camp Survive & Save was a great success this year. The you...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Camp Survive & Save hailed a great success. Seventy young people descended on a south Wales beach last week as The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, hosted the biggest UK lifesaving event of its kind. The young lifesavers, aged between 14 and 18-years-old, spent a packed week at Porthcawl Lifeguard Club on Sandy Bay Beach between 3 and 9 August for the RLSS UK’s biggest ever Survive & Save beach camp. Camp goers from the UK were joined by young lifesavers from Norway and Germany, providing an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and languages as well as lifesaving skills including achieving their Bronze Survive & Save Beach awards. They were also joined by the Mayor of Porthcawl, Coun Sean Aspey who paid a visit. RLSS UK’s National Youth Engagement Officer and camp organiser, Lee Heard, said: “Camp Survive & Save was a great success this year. The you...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:31 pm
National drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK chose Droitwich Lido for a photoshoot this week. RLSS UK staff and children from the local area took over the outdoor pool yesterday (Wednesday) morning to shoot images to promote its Rookie Lifeguard and Survive & Save awards and well as its National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. The awards educate children and teach them key life skills which ultimately support the charity’s aim of reducing drownings in the UK. RLSS UK lifeguards make up more than 95 per cent of pool lifeguards in the UK. RLSS UK’s Lifesaving Director, Adrian Lole, said: “The Lido is the perfect place to show how much fun our lifesaving awards can be while raising awareness of what we do and what’s on offer for anyone aged eight-years-old and up. “We would like to thank staff at the Lido for making us so welcome and, of course, the local children who were our fantastic models for the day. Everyone enjoyed them...
National drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK chose Droitwich Lido for a photoshoot this week. RLSS UK staff and children from the local area took over the outdoor pool yesterday (Wednesday) morning to shoot images to promote its Rookie Lifeguard and Survive & Save awards and well as its National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. The awards educate children and teach them key life skills which ultimately support the charity’s aim of reducing drownings in the UK. RLSS UK lifeguards make up more than 95 per cent of pool lifeguards in the UK. RLSS UK’s Lifesaving Director, Adrian Lole, said: “The Lido is the perfect place to show how much fun our lifesaving awards can be while raising awareness of what we do and what’s on offer for anyone aged eight-years-old and up. “We would like to thank staff at the Lido for making us so welcome and, of course, the local children who were our fantastic models for the day. Everyone enjoyed them...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:29 pm
A quick-thinking schoolgirl has been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) after saving a friend from drowning. Eight-year-old Leisel Gallacher was playing near a pool at a stream called Kello Water in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, in July when her playmate Lawrie O’Connor slipped off a rock. Realising that her friend was unable to swim and in difficulty, Leisel managed to reach out and pull her to safety. School-girl-awarded The schoolgirl said she knew what to do following the incident at the pool, known as Coal Hole Burn, after taking part in the RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign. Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign run by the RLSS UK which promotes water safety messages across the UK in an effort to reduce the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drowning in the UK each year. Leisel, who attends Kelloholm Primary in Kelloholm, said: “I didn’t want my friend to drown. “I knew what to do straight away becau...
A quick-thinking schoolgirl has been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) after saving a friend from drowning. Eight-year-old Leisel Gallacher was playing near a pool at a stream called Kello Water in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, in July when her playmate Lawrie O’Connor slipped off a rock. Realising that her friend was unable to swim and in difficulty, Leisel managed to reach out and pull her to safety. School-girl-awarded The schoolgirl said she knew what to do following the incident at the pool, known as Coal Hole Burn, after taking part in the RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign. Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign run by the RLSS UK which promotes water safety messages across the UK in an effort to reduce the hundreds of deaths caused by accidental drowning in the UK each year. Leisel, who attends Kelloholm Primary in Kelloholm, said: “I didn’t want my friend to drown. “I knew what to do straight away becau...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:28 pm
More than 200 lifesavers from across the UK and Ireland are set to test their skills at the 2014 National Lifesaving Championships. Competitors have fought their way through a number of qualifying heats to take part in the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) prestigious event, set to be held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield next month (November 1). The competition attracts the best from the world of amateur lifesaving who battle it out over a series of tests including a life-like emergency situation, a speed swim and tow race and a line throw rescue race. Lifesavers are all members of the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, and range in age from 12 to 70-years-old. On the day they are awarded with points based on their performances in each event and the top scorer in each age group is crowned National Lifesaving Champion. Royal Life Saving Society UK’s CEO, Di Steer, said: “This event is a fantastic demonstration of the passion, ent...
More than 200 lifesavers from across the UK and Ireland are set to test their skills at the 2014 National Lifesaving Championships. Competitors have fought their way through a number of qualifying heats to take part in the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) prestigious event, set to be held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield next month (November 1). The competition attracts the best from the world of amateur lifesaving who battle it out over a series of tests including a life-like emergency situation, a speed swim and tow race and a line throw rescue race. Lifesavers are all members of the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, and range in age from 12 to 70-years-old. On the day they are awarded with points based on their performances in each event and the top scorer in each age group is crowned National Lifesaving Champion. Royal Life Saving Society UK’s CEO, Di Steer, said: “This event is a fantastic demonstration of the passion, ent...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:26 pm
The UK’s drowning prevention charity is urging people to stay safe as flood warnings are issued along the east coast. The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) has issued safety advice following Environment Agency alerts, saying flooding was likely in areas of Norfolk and Suffolk due to an anticipated tidal surge and high winds. Areas include Walcott, Keswick, Ostend, Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay. A warning was also issued for Southwold and surrounding marshes, as well as Blythburgh and marshes upstream of the A12. During such times, safety around floodwater could mean the difference between life and death. Chief Executive of RLSS UK, Di Steer, said: “Whether it is swollen rivers, angry seas or general floodwater on roads and pathways, it is vital people follow simple, common sense, steps during periods of flooding to help ensure they, and their families, stay safe. “People are often curious to see flooded areas but this can be dangerous, and drivers may take ...
The UK’s drowning prevention charity is urging people to stay safe as flood warnings are issued along the east coast. The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) has issued safety advice following Environment Agency alerts, saying flooding was likely in areas of Norfolk and Suffolk due to an anticipated tidal surge and high winds. Areas include Walcott, Keswick, Ostend, Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay. A warning was also issued for Southwold and surrounding marshes, as well as Blythburgh and marshes upstream of the A12. During such times, safety around floodwater could mean the difference between life and death. Chief Executive of RLSS UK, Di Steer, said: “Whether it is swollen rivers, angry seas or general floodwater on roads and pathways, it is vital people follow simple, common sense, steps during periods of flooding to help ensure they, and their families, stay safe. “People are often curious to see flooded areas but this can be dangerous, and drivers may take ...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:25 pm
When regular customer Michael Howard suddenly stopped swimming lifeguards Chloe Heslop and Jess Shallow raised the alarm and using their training quickly removed him from the pool. Initial checks showed Michael had stopped breathing and lifeguard Andrew Wright started CPR. The support team, Paul Arkle and Stephen Shotten arrived on poolside with a defibrillator and successfully delivered a shock which restarted Michael’s heart and he began breathing again. Team member Abigail Hauxwell called the ambulance and Operations Manager Shaun McGuiness co-ordinated with the ambulance as staff continued to monitor Michael until the crew arrived. Michael was then taken to the ICU at the University Hospital of Durham where his condition remained stable. He was later transferred to the specialist heart unit at the James Cook hospital. Michael is now home and recovering well. He said: “I cannot thank the team at Freeman’s Quay enough, without their quick thinking and excellent li...
When regular customer Michael Howard suddenly stopped swimming lifeguards Chloe Heslop and Jess Shallow raised the alarm and using their training quickly removed him from the pool. Initial checks showed Michael had stopped breathing and lifeguard Andrew Wright started CPR. The support team, Paul Arkle and Stephen Shotten arrived on poolside with a defibrillator and successfully delivered a shock which restarted Michael’s heart and he began breathing again. Team member Abigail Hauxwell called the ambulance and Operations Manager Shaun McGuiness co-ordinated with the ambulance as staff continued to monitor Michael until the crew arrived. Michael was then taken to the ICU at the University Hospital of Durham where his condition remained stable. He was later transferred to the specialist heart unit at the James Cook hospital. Michael is now home and recovering well. He said: “I cannot thank the team at Freeman’s Quay enough, without their quick thinking and excellent li...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:24 pm
Potential lifeguards across the UK are now able to apply for financial support to fund their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) thanks to the announcement of approved funding from the Skills Funding Agency. The funding, which is available until July 2015, provides a major impetus for those thinking about a career in lifesaving or the wider leisure industry. Applications are now open for approved training centres (ATCs) who are registered with the Skills Funding Agency, with funding available to those aged 16 to 18-years-old and for those who are currently unemployed and meet certain eligibility criteria. Administered by IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK. Through IQL UK, the UK’s largest awarding body for qualifications of this type, over 44,000 NPLQ’s are awarded annually. Skills-funding The NPLQ, which is the prerequisite for lifeguarding jobs, provides ...
Potential lifeguards across the UK are now able to apply for financial support to fund their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) thanks to the announcement of approved funding from the Skills Funding Agency. The funding, which is available until July 2015, provides a major impetus for those thinking about a career in lifesaving or the wider leisure industry. Applications are now open for approved training centres (ATCs) who are registered with the Skills Funding Agency, with funding available to those aged 16 to 18-years-old and for those who are currently unemployed and meet certain eligibility criteria. Administered by IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK. Through IQL UK, the UK’s largest awarding body for qualifications of this type, over 44,000 NPLQ’s are awarded annually. Skills-funding The NPLQ, which is the prerequisite for lifeguarding jobs, provides ...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:24 pm
The family of a Redditch teenager who tragically drowned in March this year have been recognised for the support they have since given to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. Richard Fellows, known as Porky, lost his life in a pool that forms part of the River Arrow after getting into difficulties while swimming with friends. He was just 15-years-old. And since the tragedy, his family have worked with the RLSS UK to raise awareness of the dangers of open water and fundraised for the charity. They handed over a cheque for £1,000 as they received Friends of the Society accolades at the charity’s headquarters today (Thursday). Fellows Family RLSS UK’s CEO, Di Steer, said: “We have come to know this special family who has not only helped us to spread vital water safety messages but fundraised for the charity since they lost Porky. “We met them through the most tragic of circumstances but wanted to recognise how they...
The family of a Redditch teenager who tragically drowned in March this year have been recognised for the support they have since given to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. Richard Fellows, known as Porky, lost his life in a pool that forms part of the River Arrow after getting into difficulties while swimming with friends. He was just 15-years-old. And since the tragedy, his family have worked with the RLSS UK to raise awareness of the dangers of open water and fundraised for the charity. They handed over a cheque for £1,000 as they received Friends of the Society accolades at the charity’s headquarters today (Thursday). Fellows Family RLSS UK’s CEO, Di Steer, said: “We have come to know this special family who has not only helped us to spread vital water safety messages but fundraised for the charity since they lost Porky. “We met them through the most tragic of circumstances but wanted to recognise how they...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:23 pm
Seven families who have worked tirelessly to spread the message about drowning prevention after losing or almost losing a loved one have been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). Among them is Jackie Roberts whose 20-year-old daughter Megan drowned in the River Ouse in York earlier this year while on a night out with friends. The families of two teenagers, David Cullen, from Leeds, and Richard Fellows, from Redditch, who lost their lives while swimming in a lake and a river have also been recognised. Along with those of Dylan Ramsay, who drowned in a Lancashire quarry and toddler Jack Herd from Barrow in Furness, who died after falling into a garden pond. Honours The families of two young children Jayden Beavan, from Salisbury and Rory Forbes, from Aberdeenshire, who almost drowned after falling into swimming pools have also received awards. The RLSS UK has presented the families with Friends of the Society certificates in recognition of the support they have g...
Seven families who have worked tirelessly to spread the message about drowning prevention after losing or almost losing a loved one have been honoured by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). Among them is Jackie Roberts whose 20-year-old daughter Megan drowned in the River Ouse in York earlier this year while on a night out with friends. The families of two teenagers, David Cullen, from Leeds, and Richard Fellows, from Redditch, who lost their lives while swimming in a lake and a river have also been recognised. Along with those of Dylan Ramsay, who drowned in a Lancashire quarry and toddler Jack Herd from Barrow in Furness, who died after falling into a garden pond. Honours The families of two young children Jayden Beavan, from Salisbury and Rory Forbes, from Aberdeenshire, who almost drowned after falling into swimming pools have also received awards. The RLSS UK has presented the families with Friends of the Society certificates in recognition of the support they have g...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:22 pm
A student helped save the lives of his parents’ and girlfriend just three weeks after completing the top lifesaving course run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). Ashley Matthews, from Cambridge, had recently completed the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) from IQL UK, RLSS UK’s trading subsidiary, when he was on holiday in Majorca with his mum Jane, dad Russ and girlfriend Helen Sambrook. The terrifying ordeal happened when the family had hired a boat from the resort of Puerto Pollensa but within 25 minutes of setting sail, they realised they were in trouble. Ashley’s mum Jane said: “All of a sudden the weather completely changed. “It became very windy and the canopy of the boat started catching the waves and water started coming in. “We started scooping it out but then an enormous wave hit us and suddenly we were up to our knees. By this time I was starting to panic. We were almost tipping over.” The family tried t...
A student helped save the lives of his parents’ and girlfriend just three weeks after completing the top lifesaving course run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). Ashley Matthews, from Cambridge, had recently completed the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) from IQL UK, RLSS UK’s trading subsidiary, when he was on holiday in Majorca with his mum Jane, dad Russ and girlfriend Helen Sambrook. The terrifying ordeal happened when the family had hired a boat from the resort of Puerto Pollensa but within 25 minutes of setting sail, they realised they were in trouble. Ashley’s mum Jane said: “All of a sudden the weather completely changed. “It became very windy and the canopy of the boat started catching the waves and water started coming in. “We started scooping it out but then an enormous wave hit us and suddenly we were up to our knees. By this time I was starting to panic. We were almost tipping over.” The family tried t...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:19 pm
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that a shocking 372,000 lives are lost to drowning each year across the world. The UK’s drowning prevention charity – The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) welcomes the report and for acknowledging this very important issue on the global health agenda and supports the recommendations within the report for improved collation of data and global partnerships. The WHO estimates 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. That’s more than 1,000 people every day, or 40 every hour. More than 90% of these losses happen in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO data is the best available but, with drowning deaths going unreported in many countries, the picture is incomplete, and the actual number of deaths is likely to be much higher. To understand the true scale of the issue, more information is needed and better recording of data is vital. Despite its epidemic proportions, and even though it’s a major bloc...
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that a shocking 372,000 lives are lost to drowning each year across the world. The UK’s drowning prevention charity – The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) welcomes the report and for acknowledging this very important issue on the global health agenda and supports the recommendations within the report for improved collation of data and global partnerships. The WHO estimates 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. That’s more than 1,000 people every day, or 40 every hour. More than 90% of these losses happen in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO data is the best available but, with drowning deaths going unreported in many countries, the picture is incomplete, and the actual number of deaths is likely to be much higher. To understand the true scale of the issue, more information is needed and better recording of data is vital. Despite its epidemic proportions, and even though it’s a major bloc...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:19 pm
The first Briton to complete a gruelling challenge to swim the toughest seven oceans swims in the world has become an ambassador for the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. Open water champion, Adam Walker is keen to work with the charity to help others stay safe while enjoying open water and encourage the activity in supervised environments. The ‘Ocean Walker’ knows all about the potential dangers involved after swimming across seven of the world’s oceans, a feat known as the ‘Oceans 7’ challenge. The 36-year-old began his adventure in 2008 when he swam the English Channel. Since then he has crossed seas in Hawaii, New Zealand, the USA, Japan and Gibraltar. Along the way he has been stung by jellyfish and a Portuguese Man O’ War, swum with dolphins and come face to face with sharks. The last leg of his journey involved a 21 mile swim from Northern Ireland to the west coast of Scotland which he successfully ...
The first Briton to complete a gruelling challenge to swim the toughest seven oceans swims in the world has become an ambassador for the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity. Open water champion, Adam Walker is keen to work with the charity to help others stay safe while enjoying open water and encourage the activity in supervised environments. The ‘Ocean Walker’ knows all about the potential dangers involved after swimming across seven of the world’s oceans, a feat known as the ‘Oceans 7’ challenge. The 36-year-old began his adventure in 2008 when he swam the English Channel. Since then he has crossed seas in Hawaii, New Zealand, the USA, Japan and Gibraltar. Along the way he has been stung by jellyfish and a Portuguese Man O’ War, swum with dolphins and come face to face with sharks. The last leg of his journey involved a 21 mile swim from Northern Ireland to the west coast of Scotland which he successfully ...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:17 pm
The new Pool Extraction Board (PXB) testing has now been completed. The RLSS UK/IQL UK have been working in partnership with Ferno to create a new board that specifically addresses the needs of lifeguards and leisure centres. The new design supports significantly faster rescue times, offers improved safety and reduces demands on staff. The innovation requires just two trained users to carry out a pool rescue for deck level pools as opposed to the traditional four. This means fewer lifeguards are drawn into a rescue, enabling them to continue to monitor other pool users and perform other key roles in a rescue situation. A rescue using the new Pool Extraction Board can be accomplished in as little as 90 seconds. Alex Blackwell, Programme Manager for IQL UK, said: “The new pool extraction board marks a significant development in the rescue of casualties with or without a suspected spinal injury from swimming pools. Thanks to another successful collaboration between RLSS UK and Fer...
The new Pool Extraction Board (PXB) testing has now been completed. The RLSS UK/IQL UK have been working in partnership with Ferno to create a new board that specifically addresses the needs of lifeguards and leisure centres. The new design supports significantly faster rescue times, offers improved safety and reduces demands on staff. The innovation requires just two trained users to carry out a pool rescue for deck level pools as opposed to the traditional four. This means fewer lifeguards are drawn into a rescue, enabling them to continue to monitor other pool users and perform other key roles in a rescue situation. A rescue using the new Pool Extraction Board can be accomplished in as little as 90 seconds. Alex Blackwell, Programme Manager for IQL UK, said: “The new pool extraction board marks a significant development in the rescue of casualties with or without a suspected spinal injury from swimming pools. Thanks to another successful collaboration between RLSS UK and Fer...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:16 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, is advising people to stay away from floodwater and some coastal areas as Britain prepares to be battered by a savage Atlantic storm. Forecasters have warned that extreme waves up to 40 feet high and gales of up to 80mph could lash Western Scotland on Wednesday and Thursday bringing a risk of flooding. Most of the UK is likely to experience severe gales on Thursday and Friday, according to the Met Office and as a result, severe weather warnings have been issued for most of Britain. RLSS UK is urging people to follow its advice and listen to weather warnings to avoid the risk of drowning. The charity’s chief executive Di Steer explained: “People need to remember that extreme weather and floodwater can be deadly and that tragically, drownings occur every year as a result. “We would advise people to stay away from coastal areas where strong waves are predicted and not to underestimate the p...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, is advising people to stay away from floodwater and some coastal areas as Britain prepares to be battered by a savage Atlantic storm. Forecasters have warned that extreme waves up to 40 feet high and gales of up to 80mph could lash Western Scotland on Wednesday and Thursday bringing a risk of flooding. Most of the UK is likely to experience severe gales on Thursday and Friday, according to the Met Office and as a result, severe weather warnings have been issued for most of Britain. RLSS UK is urging people to follow its advice and listen to weather warnings to avoid the risk of drowning. The charity’s chief executive Di Steer explained: “People need to remember that extreme weather and floodwater can be deadly and that tragically, drownings occur every year as a result. “We would advise people to stay away from coastal areas where strong waves are predicted and not to underestimate the p...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:15 pm
The inaugural meeting of the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention took place on this week (Wednesday) at Westminster. The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, was integral in setting up the group and provides the Secretariat who are working with MPs to help prevent unnecessary death by drowning and help keep people safe around water. RLSS UK is working with MPs to ensure every child in the UK receives water safety education through the national curriculum. Latest figures show that 381 people in the died from drowning in the UK last year and many, many more suffered injury as a result of a near drowning incident. Drowning can be prevented by teaching people personal survival, basic water rescue skills and water safety education. Di Steer, chief executive for RLSS UK, said: “This is an important step forward for RLSS UK in getting MPs’ support in helping to stop the unnecessary loss of life to drowning...
The inaugural meeting of the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention took place on this week (Wednesday) at Westminster. The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, was integral in setting up the group and provides the Secretariat who are working with MPs to help prevent unnecessary death by drowning and help keep people safe around water. RLSS UK is working with MPs to ensure every child in the UK receives water safety education through the national curriculum. Latest figures show that 381 people in the died from drowning in the UK last year and many, many more suffered injury as a result of a near drowning incident. Drowning can be prevented by teaching people personal survival, basic water rescue skills and water safety education. Di Steer, chief executive for RLSS UK, said: “This is an important step forward for RLSS UK in getting MPs’ support in helping to stop the unnecessary loss of life to drowning...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:06 pm
As drownings are tragically again in the news, MP backs Royal Life Saving Society UK’s move to reach further into communities. The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity has this week announced it has created four brand new roles to reach deeper into communities to combat drowning and save lives. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) recognises that drowning is a national, social issue and works tirelessly to reduce the number of unnecessary deaths each year. One way to do this is to educate at a local level and the new Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinators will cover the UK and Ireland to do this, working alongside the charity’s 10,000 volunteers. They set out on the road as the issue of drowning is again in the public arena as a number of students have recently lost their lives in tragic circumstances. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “Drowning is a serious social issue as, tragically, the recent spate of students drowning highlights further. “In ...
As drownings are tragically again in the news, MP backs Royal Life Saving Society UK’s move to reach further into communities. The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity has this week announced it has created four brand new roles to reach deeper into communities to combat drowning and save lives. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) recognises that drowning is a national, social issue and works tirelessly to reduce the number of unnecessary deaths each year. One way to do this is to educate at a local level and the new Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinators will cover the UK and Ireland to do this, working alongside the charity’s 10,000 volunteers. They set out on the road as the issue of drowning is again in the public arena as a number of students have recently lost their lives in tragic circumstances. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “Drowning is a serious social issue as, tragically, the recent spate of students drowning highlights further. “In ...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:05 pm
In association with the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre ran its first National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) this month (December 1 and 2). The course was a huge success with students and instructors having a great time sharing experiences and knowledge on water safety. The National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) is designed to equip anyone working in, on or near water with essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about managing group safety. The NWSMP is as relevant to a school teacher as it is to a member of the emergency services, countryside ranger, construction worker or outdoor pursuits instructor. The programme has been developed with a number of key lead bodies including, The Health and Safety Executive and Institute for Outdoor Learning. Not only will group leaders develop skills and knowledge around water safety but they will also be able to share valuable knowledge with students and pupil...
In association with the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre ran its first National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) this month (December 1 and 2). The course was a huge success with students and instructors having a great time sharing experiences and knowledge on water safety. The National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) is designed to equip anyone working in, on or near water with essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about managing group safety. The NWSMP is as relevant to a school teacher as it is to a member of the emergency services, countryside ranger, construction worker or outdoor pursuits instructor. The programme has been developed with a number of key lead bodies including, The Health and Safety Executive and Institute for Outdoor Learning. Not only will group leaders develop skills and knowledge around water safety but they will also be able to share valuable knowledge with students and pupil...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:04 pm
After a series of flood warnings across the country and more on the way, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is urging people not to put their lives at risk. The Met Office is predicting Britain could continue to face spells of heavy rain and winds into December and the drowning prevention charity wants people to make sure they are prepared. There have already been numerous reports of flooding following heavy downpours last week, with Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion in Wales particularly badly hit. The Environment Agency has also issued flood alerts for south-east England. And forecasters have warned that flooding is looking increasingly likely across southwest England and south Wales this week. RLSS UK says it is vital that people don’t underestimate the dangers of floodwater. More than 12 per cent of the UK population live in areas at risk of flooding from rivers or sea and, tragically, drownings take place each year as a result of bad weather. Just six inches of fas...
After a series of flood warnings across the country and more on the way, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is urging people not to put their lives at risk. The Met Office is predicting Britain could continue to face spells of heavy rain and winds into December and the drowning prevention charity wants people to make sure they are prepared. There have already been numerous reports of flooding following heavy downpours last week, with Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion in Wales particularly badly hit. The Environment Agency has also issued flood alerts for south-east England. And forecasters have warned that flooding is looking increasingly likely across southwest England and south Wales this week. RLSS UK says it is vital that people don’t underestimate the dangers of floodwater. More than 12 per cent of the UK population live in areas at risk of flooding from rivers or sea and, tragically, drownings take place each year as a result of bad weather. Just six inches of fas...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:02 pm
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) calls for clubs to fit ‘defibs’ and train staff. Supporting a fundraising campaign to buy a defibrillator for his golf club was the best decision Matthew Wellings ever made – because it saved his life. And now Mr Wellings, the manager of Temple Golf Club in Hurley, Berkshire, is backing the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s call for all golf clubs to install one of the lifesaving devices. Just one week after the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) arrived at the club Mr Wellings suffered a cardiac arrest. He explained: “I passed out in the office. Luckily the club secretary, Keith Adderley, whose idea it was to buy the defibrillator, was around and he used it to restart my heart and save my life. “He and other members of our staff had just completed a training course on defibrillators so he knew exactly what to do. Golf “If we hadn’t bought it and organised the training I probably wouldn&rsquo...
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) calls for clubs to fit ‘defibs’ and train staff. Supporting a fundraising campaign to buy a defibrillator for his golf club was the best decision Matthew Wellings ever made – because it saved his life. And now Mr Wellings, the manager of Temple Golf Club in Hurley, Berkshire, is backing the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s call for all golf clubs to install one of the lifesaving devices. Just one week after the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) arrived at the club Mr Wellings suffered a cardiac arrest. He explained: “I passed out in the office. Luckily the club secretary, Keith Adderley, whose idea it was to buy the defibrillator, was around and he used it to restart my heart and save my life. “He and other members of our staff had just completed a training course on defibrillators so he knew exactly what to do. Golf “If we hadn’t bought it and organised the training I probably wouldn&rsquo...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:59 pm
Following the theft of a lifeboat and lifesaving equipment in February last year, the Colwick Park Lifeguards team set about rebuilding the volunteer club – including a sponsored canoe trip from one end of the River Trent, through Nottingham, to the other end of the River Trent in Hull. To recognise this effort the Lord Mayor of Nottingham hosted a Civic Reception for some of those involved. Volunteers Jamie Brown, David Roberts, Aaron Stevenson and Ben Moore attended the reception on Thursday 8th January with Lord Mayor Ian Malcolm. Over The Moon Club Secretary Mark Smith said “we are over the moon that some of the equipment has been recovered, especially the boat. We were astounded at the support given to us by the community and we would like to say thank you to everyone that helped. All the individual pieces of information, together with the hard work of Nottinghamshire Police brought positive results”. Volunteers However, Mark went on to add that “the c...
Following the theft of a lifeboat and lifesaving equipment in February last year, the Colwick Park Lifeguards team set about rebuilding the volunteer club – including a sponsored canoe trip from one end of the River Trent, through Nottingham, to the other end of the River Trent in Hull. To recognise this effort the Lord Mayor of Nottingham hosted a Civic Reception for some of those involved. Volunteers Jamie Brown, David Roberts, Aaron Stevenson and Ben Moore attended the reception on Thursday 8th January with Lord Mayor Ian Malcolm. Over The Moon Club Secretary Mark Smith said “we are over the moon that some of the equipment has been recovered, especially the boat. We were astounded at the support given to us by the community and we would like to say thank you to everyone that helped. All the individual pieces of information, together with the hard work of Nottinghamshire Police brought positive results”. Volunteers However, Mark went on to add that “the c...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:58 pm
Mother whose daughter drowned speaks out in support of the charity’s message on first anniversary of her death. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has called for action after six young people disappeared near two rivers in just 12 months. The shocking statistic emerged as police continue their search for Durham University law student Euan Coulthard who went missing close to the River Wear last Wednesday (January 14). The 19-year-old, from Nottinghamshire, had been out celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday. Two other Durham students, 19-year-old Luke Pearce and 20-year-old Sope Peters, have drowned in the River Wear in the past year following nights out. Three young people have also lost their lives in similar tragedies in York in the last 12 months. York St. John University student Megan Roberts died after falling into the River Ouse after drinking with university friends on January 23. Days later 22-year-old guitar salesman B...
Mother whose daughter drowned speaks out in support of the charity’s message on first anniversary of her death. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has called for action after six young people disappeared near two rivers in just 12 months. The shocking statistic emerged as police continue their search for Durham University law student Euan Coulthard who went missing close to the River Wear last Wednesday (January 14). The 19-year-old, from Nottinghamshire, had been out celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday. Two other Durham students, 19-year-old Luke Pearce and 20-year-old Sope Peters, have drowned in the River Wear in the past year following nights out. Three young people have also lost their lives in similar tragedies in York in the last 12 months. York St. John University student Megan Roberts died after falling into the River Ouse after drinking with university friends on January 23. Days later 22-year-old guitar salesman B...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:55 pm
With around 12 million people planning a winter break the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is urging holidaymakers not to forget the dangers of water. Up to 75 people from the UK drown every year while on holiday, according to the drowning prevention charity. Yet only six percent of travelers quizzed said it was a “big priority” to know whether their hotel pool had a lifeguard when booking. RLSS UK has teamed up with travel association ABTA to highlight the importance of water safety and produced a checklist to help holidaymakers stay safe. People are advised not to overestimate their fitness and ability and to remember that swimming in the sea is very different to being in a pool. It is also extremely important to keep a constant eye on children and never drink alcohol and then enter the water. Forbes-Family Sun seekers are also advised to check the safest places to take a dip and whether pools and beaches have lifeguard cover. RLSS UK Chief Executive Di Steer...
With around 12 million people planning a winter break the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is urging holidaymakers not to forget the dangers of water. Up to 75 people from the UK drown every year while on holiday, according to the drowning prevention charity. Yet only six percent of travelers quizzed said it was a “big priority” to know whether their hotel pool had a lifeguard when booking. RLSS UK has teamed up with travel association ABTA to highlight the importance of water safety and produced a checklist to help holidaymakers stay safe. People are advised not to overestimate their fitness and ability and to remember that swimming in the sea is very different to being in a pool. It is also extremely important to keep a constant eye on children and never drink alcohol and then enter the water. Forbes-Family Sun seekers are also advised to check the safest places to take a dip and whether pools and beaches have lifeguard cover. RLSS UK Chief Executive Di Steer...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:53 pm
Today it has been announced that Tara Dillon, Executive Director of IQL UK, will be joining the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as Chief Executive Officer after a 12-month secondment. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “We would like to congratulate Tara on her appointment as CEO of CIMSPA and thank her for all of her dedication and hard work leading IQL UK, RLSS UK’s trading subsidiary, over the past eight years. During this time she has had a remarkable impact and achieved outstanding results. I am certain she will enjoy the same success in her new role. “We will continue to work in partnership with Tara and CIMSPA to ensure our common goal to maintain the highest possible standards in the sector in terms of safety, quality and professionalism.” Martin Symcox has been leading IQL UK over the past 12 months during Tara’s secondment with CIMSPA and will continue to head the team through what is a period of exciti...
Today it has been announced that Tara Dillon, Executive Director of IQL UK, will be joining the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as Chief Executive Officer after a 12-month secondment. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “We would like to congratulate Tara on her appointment as CEO of CIMSPA and thank her for all of her dedication and hard work leading IQL UK, RLSS UK’s trading subsidiary, over the past eight years. During this time she has had a remarkable impact and achieved outstanding results. I am certain she will enjoy the same success in her new role. “We will continue to work in partnership with Tara and CIMSPA to ensure our common goal to maintain the highest possible standards in the sector in terms of safety, quality and professionalism.” Martin Symcox has been leading IQL UK over the past 12 months during Tara’s secondment with CIMSPA and will continue to head the team through what is a period of exciti...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:51 pm
Three men who rescued a baby from the River Severn in Shrewsbury are being awarded today by the Royal Life Saving Society UK for their bravery. Attending from RLSS UK will be CEO Di Steer and RLSS UK Volunteer from the area, Steve Carter. The three men will be receiving Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the drowning prevention charity. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “We were so pleased to hear about the safe rescue of the baby from the River Severn last week and felt the three men involved deserved to be recognised in some way. “I am looking forward to meeting them and presenting them with Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the drowning prevention charity, to commend their brave actions. “It just goes to show how quickly a normal activity around water can turn into an awful incident and thankfully James, Mickey and Andrew’s quick thinking prevented this accident turning into a tragedy. Well done ...
Three men who rescued a baby from the River Severn in Shrewsbury are being awarded today by the Royal Life Saving Society UK for their bravery. Attending from RLSS UK will be CEO Di Steer and RLSS UK Volunteer from the area, Steve Carter. The three men will be receiving Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the drowning prevention charity. RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer, said: “We were so pleased to hear about the safe rescue of the baby from the River Severn last week and felt the three men involved deserved to be recognised in some way. “I am looking forward to meeting them and presenting them with Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the drowning prevention charity, to commend their brave actions. “It just goes to show how quickly a normal activity around water can turn into an awful incident and thankfully James, Mickey and Andrew’s quick thinking prevented this accident turning into a tragedy. Well done ...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:50 pm
Royal Life Saving Society UK joins forces with Surf Life Saving Association Wales and Surf Life Saving GB to launch new national standards for beach lifeguarding. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has teamed up with Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) Wales and Surf Life Saving (SLS) GB to develop a new national standard for beach lifeguarding. The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) was launched this month and resources will be available for RLSS UK trainers to run courses from April. The NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework. It will be offered by all three organisations and was developed with support from the National Water Safety Forum Beach Advisory Group and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RLNI). The NVBLQ will be recognised and promoted by RLSS UK, SLS GB, SLSA Wales as the national standard for vocational beach lifeguarding. The common standard will: Align with the International Life...
Royal Life Saving Society UK joins forces with Surf Life Saving Association Wales and Surf Life Saving GB to launch new national standards for beach lifeguarding. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has teamed up with Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) Wales and Surf Life Saving (SLS) GB to develop a new national standard for beach lifeguarding. The National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) was launched this month and resources will be available for RLSS UK trainers to run courses from April. The NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework. It will be offered by all three organisations and was developed with support from the National Water Safety Forum Beach Advisory Group and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RLNI). The NVBLQ will be recognised and promoted by RLSS UK, SLS GB, SLSA Wales as the national standard for vocational beach lifeguarding. The common standard will: Align with the International Life...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:50 pm
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is excited to announce the appointment of four new Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinators. The charity is dedicated to contributing to a year-on-year reduction in British and Irish drownings through its campaign work and many lifesaving awards programmes. The new recruits will be invaluable in helping the charity to grow and achieve this to an even higher standard by reaching out into communities and working more closely with RLSS UK’s existing volunteer base. Lee Heard, RLSS UK Volunteers and Community Manager, is positive about the impact these roles will have and is enthused about the ability of the individuals within the new team. “We are very excited about these appointments as they will provide help us achieve our aims as a charity. “Our members and volunteers are passionate about delivering our drowning prevention messages right into the heart of local communities but they ar...
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity, is excited to announce the appointment of four new Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinators. The charity is dedicated to contributing to a year-on-year reduction in British and Irish drownings through its campaign work and many lifesaving awards programmes. The new recruits will be invaluable in helping the charity to grow and achieve this to an even higher standard by reaching out into communities and working more closely with RLSS UK’s existing volunteer base. Lee Heard, RLSS UK Volunteers and Community Manager, is positive about the impact these roles will have and is enthused about the ability of the individuals within the new team. “We are very excited about these appointments as they will provide help us achieve our aims as a charity. “Our members and volunteers are passionate about delivering our drowning prevention messages right into the heart of local communities but they ar...
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:53 am
Former world swimming champion Mark Foster unveiled as guest of honour at the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK) National Speed Championships 2015. More than 500 lifesavers are set to make a splash this weekend (Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March) when they battle it out in a prestigious competition at the iconic home of the 2012 Olympics. Competitors from across the UK and Ireland will take part in RLSS UK’s National Speed Championships 2015 at the London Aquatics Centre. Former Olympic swimmer and eight times world record holder Mark Foster will be there to meet the athletes, who are all members of the drowning prevention charity. He said: “’I’m really proud to have been invited to the RLSS UK National Speed Championships and look forward to attending the drowning prevention charity’s event this weekend. “It’s going to be a really exciting weekend of Lifesaving Sport at the London Aquatics Centre.” Athletes aged between 12 and...
Former world swimming champion Mark Foster unveiled as guest of honour at the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS UK) National Speed Championships 2015. More than 500 lifesavers are set to make a