August 2011 Newsletter
I hope that everyone is having an enjoyable and safe summer. There have been loads of exciting events happening throughout the branch recently, with more planned soon. Have a look at the West Region website for the latest news and events from around the region www.rlsswest.org.uk .

You can now follow all the latest news from around the West Region on Twitter - www.twitter.com/RLSSWestRegion

If you or your club are running any events, competitions or have some news, get in touch at avon@rlsswest.org.uk .

Survive and Save Awards
The RLSS has recently launched the new Survive and Save award scheme, which will eventually replace the senior lifesaving awards (including Bronze Medallion and Award of Merit).

Only qualified Survive and Save Lifesaving Instructors will be able to teach and assess the new Survive and Save awards. RLSS Avon and North Wiltshire plans to run two Survive and Save Instructors courses in the area. The first will take place on the 24/25 Sept 2011 in Keynsham, and the second is scheduled for 1/2 Oct in Frome. For more details of these (and other) courses, or to book a place, please contact David Fielding (RLSS A&NW Vice-Chairman) at david@rlsswest.org.uk.

If you have not yet seen or heard about the new awards I encourage you to go to http://www.lifesavers.org.uk/downloads.html (news section) to view the launch presentation from the RLSS national conference and essential extracts from the Instructors Guide.

Open-Water Training
RLSS West Region is running a series of open-water lifesaving training sessions at Henleaze Swimming Lake in Bristol on 10, 17, 24 and 31 Aug. The training is open to all lifesavers who live in the West Region (you must be aged 12+ and you must be able to swim 50m in open water). The sessions will cover some general lifesaving skills and will include a basic introduction to some competitive lifesaving events (aimed at those who have never competed in open-water before). Booking is essential, please contact david@rlsswest.org.uk for more information or to reserve your place.

RLSS West International Exchange
Thirteen young lifesavers from four clubs across the West of England travelled to Germany in July to take part in an international youth lifesaving exchange with their counterparts from the German lifesaving organisation, the DLRG. Whilst there we also took part in the ResQ cup - an open-water lifesaving festival with over 300 competitors.

Check out www.klsc.co.uk/germany2011/blog for more information and photos from the exchange.

New Committee
The new RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire committee was elected at the AGM in June. There are still a couple of committee positions vacant, so if you're interested in standing as chairman, secretary or competition secretary, please e-mail avon@rlsswest.org.uk. Help us make a difference!

National Honours
One of the ways in which the Royal Life Saving Society recognises the hard work of our volunteers is by awarding national honours. These can be awarded for long service or in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the work of the society. Congratulations to everyone who received honours this year. If you know someone who has made a significant contribution to lifesaving in the branch, please contact avon@rlsswest.org.uk to nominate them for an honour.

Newsletter Articles
We're looking for some help with putting this newsletter together. If you've got any articles you want to send in, please e-mail us at avon@rlsswest.org.uk. Also if you, or someone you know, is interested in spending a few hours a month helping put the newsletter together - get in touch, we need a little help!

National Lifesaving
Championships 2011

Good luck to all those competing in the regional heats of the National Championships on the 17th Sept!

Facebook
The RLSS has recently launcehd two new Facebook groups. For all information about RLSS UK as a whole, including corporate messages please like www.facebook.com/RLSSUK . If you’re interested in the volunteering side please like www.facebook.com/RLSSUK​ClubsandVolunteersOfficialPage
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