Apr 2014 Newsletter

It is with a heavy heart that I must start this month's A&NW Branch Newsletter with sobering news of yet another fatality in the river Avon in Bath. This is the fifth person to drown in the city in the last four-and-a-half years. Clearly the work of The Royal Life Saving Society - YOUR society - is as important today as it ever was. If you have any ideas for ways to spread our water-safety message and save lives, please get in touch. Grants and expertise are available to help you turn YOUR ideas into reality. Together we can prevent another unnecessary tragedy!

The A&NW branch committee have commissioned research into drownings in the area, and intend to publish a water safety action plan for Bath by the end of the year. If you would like to help with this lifesaving work, please get in touch.

Chairman - RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire
Camp Survive & Save - 3-9 Aug 2014
This summer, 80 young lifesavers from the UK and Europe will be taking part in the Survive & Save open-water summer camp in Wales.

The week-long programme of activities will include: open-water lifesaving, first-aid training, team-building challenges, leadership tasks, sightseeing and cultural activities.

The camp is open to lifesavers aged 14-18. To take part you must be able to swim 200m confidently, but no previous open water experience is necessary. The total cost of the exchange is just £220 per person which includes food, accommodation, all activities and a souvenir t-shirt.

The entry deadline has been extended, so click here for full details and to secure your place!
RLSS UK National Championships
Since RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire does not currently have a competition secretary, we won't be holding a branch heat this year. Instead, up to four A&NW competitors in each category will progress straight through to the regional heats, which will take place on the 20th Sept in Bridgwater.

The deadline for entries is 2 May 2014. Please see www.rlsswest.org.uk for more details and to enter.

Surplus Equipment - FREE to Good Home
Bradford on Avon LSC have been having a clear-out! If you can make use of any of this surplus oxygen therapy equipment for training purposes, please contact avon@rlsswest.org.uk
Open-Water Lifesaving Course - May 2014
RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire, in conjunction with Henleaze Swimming Club, are pleased to offer the Emergency Response Activity Supervisor qualification. This course will give you the practical lifesaving skills that you need to supervise, teach or coach programmed activity at open water sites.

This course will take place in two parts (24/25 May 2014 and 7/8 Jun 2014). The course is a mixture of interactive classroom sessions and practical open-water training. Please see
www.rlsswest.org.uk for full details and to book your place.

Grant Helps Club Overcome Obstacles
You may recall that a couple of months ago, the RLSS A&NW Branch gave Bristol Uni LSC a grant to make 8 swimming obstacles? We've now published an account of the obstacle making process on our website:

Welfare Officer
Just a quick reminder that every lifesaving club should have a designated welfare officer. Full details are available on the RLSS Website, and our Branch Safeguarding Officer, Alice Charteris, is always happy to offer help and advice to clubs regarding the welfare of their members. Please e-mail avon@rlsswest.org.uk if you need any help.

Social Media - Can YOU Help?
The RLSS West Region is looking for volunteers to help run the Facebook Page, Twitter Account and Website. If you would like to help, please contact
avon@rlsswest.org.uk - full training will be provided.

Keep In Touch
We love hearing your news, so please keep in touch via Facebook, Twitter, or E-mail. Please let me know if you have any news for the next edition of the newsletter.
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