Jan 2013 Newsletter

Happy New Year! Broken your New Year's Resolution already? Never mind - this year, why not make a resolution that you can keep? Simply resolve to come along to one of our top-quality events! There's courses, open-water training, competitions and international exchanges. We've got something for everyone so sign up now!

Help Us Reward Our Volunteers...
Every lifesaving group in the area relies on a dedicated team of volunteers to keep things running smoothly: teachers, committee members, parents and helpers all have their part to play. This is your chance to recognise the work that volunteers do for you within the branch! 

Please take a few minutes to e-mail avon@rlsswest.org.uk if you know of someone within your Club, Group or ATC who's work deserves to be recognised! Further information can be found on the RLSS Website. Please submit your nominations by 28 Feb 2013.

Lifesaving Instructor Course - 2/3 Feb 2013
If you would like to teach the new RLSS Survive and Save awards you'll need to qualify as a Lifesaving Instructor. The next Lifesaving Instructor course will take place on 2 & 3 Feb 2013 in Bristol. The course is subsidised by RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire so it'll cost you just £60 to take part. Please see the  RLSS West Region Website for full details and to book your place.

Instructor Development Day - 2 Feb 2013
If you're already a qualified Lifesaving Instructor, but you lack confidence with the Survive and Save syllabus, our Instructor Development Day is perfect for you! This is your opportunity to ask questions about the S&S syllabus, practice the S&S skills for yourself, hone your CPR, chat to other instructors and pick up loads of practical ideas to make your teaching sessions more engaging. Taking place in Bristol on the 2 Feb 2013, the course is subsidised by RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire so it'll cost you just £10 to take part. Please see the  RLSS West Region Website for full details and to book your place.

British University Lifesaving Nationals - 16/17 Mar 2013
The national student championships will be taking place on the 16th/17th March 2013 at the University of Bath. We're entering an Avon & North Wiltshire Branch team, which is open to lifesavers of any ability from within the branch.

Please see the BULSCA website for more details about the competition or e-mail avon@rlsswest.org.uk by 18 Jan 2013 if you'd like to join the A&NW team

Keynsham LSC Open Competition - 20 Apr 2013
Keynsham Lifesaving Club are holding their first ever open lifesaving competition and they want YOU to take part! This event makes an ideal introduction to competitive lifesaving because it’s specifically aimed at lifesavers without little or no prior experience of competitions.

Teams of two will compete in a Land-Based Initiative Test, Aquatic Initiative Test, Line Throw, Obstacle Swim, Swim and Tow, and 50m Freestyle Relay (time permitting). The competition is open to lifesavers in school years 6-13. There are no prerequisite awards required and they'll even match you with a partner if you don't have anyone to compete with!

Enter by 28 Feb 2013 for a special reduced rate of just £8 per person (normally £10). See www.klsc.co.uk/competition for full details.

International Lifesaving Exchange: 26 Jul - 3 Aug 2013
For the third year in a row, the Royal Lifesaving Society West Region is running an international youth lifesaving exchange, and we want YOU to take part!

We'll travel to Germany, take part in the ResQ Cup (an open-water lifesaving festival) and spend a week getting to know our hosts, sightseeing, taking part in cultural activities, and collaborating on a lifesaving themed project together.

See http://rlsswest.org.uk/west-region/international-exchange/ for more information or to download an application form.
Avon & North Wiltshire Bring Home The Medals!
Congratulations to everyone who represented the West Region at the RLSS National Championships in Sheffield. Jude Butler, Charlotte Hands, Pamela Bougeard, Kevin Hands and Geoff Williams (all from Bradford-on-Avon LSC) and David Fielding (from Keynsham LSC)  brought home 12 medals between them! Well done team! Full results are available online.

New Competition Officer
RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire is pleased to welcome Kevin Hands from Bradford on Avon LSC onto the committee as our new Competition Officer. Kevin is in charge of encouraging branch members to get involved in lifesaving sport. You can get in touch with Kevin at avon@rlsswest.org.uk

Goodbye Heritage Awards
After a long run with the Society it is now time for us to say goodbye to the RLSS UK Heritage Awards of the Bronze Medallion, Award of Merit, Distinction, Bronze Cross and Silver Cross. All Heritage Award assessments must be completed by 31 Dec 2012, and all paperwork must be completed by 31st January 2013.

"Spice up Your Training"
If you missed the recent "Spice up Your Training" session at Bath University, don't despair: you can download the handouts from the RLSS West Region Website.

Water Safety Week
National Water Safety Awareness Week takes place from 22-30 Jun 2013. Watch our website for news of events in the branch...

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