November 2011 Newsletter
This month's newsletter has a distinctly competitive flavour! The University Lifesaving Season has already started, with Bath and Bristol both heading down to the Freshers Competition in Southampton - keep reading to find out how they got on. There are also loads of lifesaving competitions coming up - both in the local area and as far away as the Czech Republic. If you have never taken part in a lifesaving competition before, there has never been a better time to start!

I know many RLSS A&NW lifesavers are interested in training as instructors. Keep reading for information on two courses that are coming up especially for you.

As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch with your news - we love hearing about all the amazing things that A&NW lifesavers get up to. Happy lifesaving!

Trip To The Czech Republic
RLSS West Region are running a trip to the Grand Prix Moravie lifesaving competition in the Czech Republic from 2-4 Mar 2012. The competition is open to RLSS members born in 1994-1998, and full training will be given so you don’t need any previous experience to take part in the trip. Further details are available here:

University Freshers' Competition
Southampton University hosted the first competition of the student lifesaving calendar on the 29 Sept. Bath University LSC and Bristol University LSC both entered teams. The dry incident was based around a hit-and-run accident at a running track: the lifesavers had to deal with asthma, a heart attack and casualties requiring CPR. The wet incident was set at a flooded campsite; all the rescue aids were locked in a cage and the key was hidden at the opposite end of the pool! After the usual rope-throw and swim-and-tow relays, competitors took part in an obstacle relay swimming under 70cm deep plastic gates. Overall the three teams from Bristol Uni came 20th, 21st and 38th, and the two teams from Bath Uni came 12th and 24th out of 39 teams. What a great start to the year - keep up the good work guys!

RLSS Honours
Each year, the Royal Life Saving Society awards Honours to individuals who have given their time and expertise to the society. On the 22nd October several volunteers from RLSS A&NW joined lifesavers from across the UK at the annual RLSS Honours Ceremony held at the Guildhall in London. The following members from A&NW received honours in recognition of their work with the society: Lawrence Geraghty (Honorary UK Life Member for 35 years service), Alan Sutherland (Young Lifesaver of the Year 2010), David Fielding (Certificate of Thanks), Lisa Johnston (Service Medal for 12 years service), Carole Lane (Bar to Service Medal for 16 years service), Margaret McLellan (Service Cross for 20 years service), Colin Almond (1st Bar to Service Cross for 25 years service), Helen Morris (Certificate of Merit).

If you would like to nominate someone to receive an RLSS Honour, please visit

Regional Chairs Meeting
The RLSS Management Board met with the Regional Chairs at River House on 15 Oct to discuss 21st Century Volunteering. The meeting looked at how volunteering has changed over the last 10 years and considered how lifesaving groups can attract and retain volunteers. Please get in touch if you would like to know more, or if you need help recruiting volunteers for your group.
Bristol University Lifesaving Competition
The Bristol Uni competition will be taking place on 26 Nov 2011. The competition will be open to community lifesaving clubs. For more information, or to enter a team, please e-mail

Crawley Open Competition
The Crawley Open lifesaving competition will take place on 3 Dec 2011. The competition includes speed events and a Simulated Emergency Response Competition. The entry fee is £60 per team (up to 6 people). Contact by 10 Nov 2011 for more details.

Lifesaving Instructors Course
RLSS West Region is running a Lifesaving Instructors course on 19 & 20 Nov at Brockworth Sports Centre near Cheltenham. Please see for more information or to book your place.

Rookie Lifeguard Instructors Course
RLSS Wessex Branch are running a Rookie Lifeguard Instructor Course on 11 Dec. The venue will be arranged to suite candidates, either Ferndown, Salisbury or Southampton. Cost is just £43 to cover the Rookie Instructors pack. Please email for more information or to book your place.

Improve Your Branch!
Got an idea to improve the Avon and North Wiltshire Branch? Thought of a project, but need some help getting it off the ground? Interested in competing but not sure where to start? Please get in touch! The A&NW branch is here for you.

Have Your Say!
We'll shortly be reviewing the branch action plan, so now's your chance to have your say. Please get in touch and let us know what you like about the branch, and what we can do to improve.

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