July 2013 Newsletter

The sun is shining on Avon & North Wiltshire! The mini-heatwave is the perfect excuse to hit the beaches or relax on our beautiful network of rivers and canals. Just remember to stay safe! Every summer we see a number of tragic drownings in the branch that could so easily be prevented if only people followed some simple water safety advice. So this summer, enjoy the water but STAY SAFE!

Are you off to University? Or have you just graduated?
Are you off to University in the Autumn? Did you know that there's a thriving student lifesaving scene? Why not join your university lifesaving club? You can find contact details on the British University Lifesaving Club Associations website: www.bulsca.co.uk

Or perhaps you've just finished at Uni and are keen to continue lifesaving now you've graduated? With community lifesaving clubs throughout the UK, there's a good chance that there will be one close to you - wherever you end up! See the RLSS Website for details of your local community lifesaving club.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The Royal Lifesaving Society, in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, has agreed a new document outlining what lifesaving activity fits into a young person’s journey through their DofE Awards.Why not get in touch with your local DofE regional contact to see if your club can help DofE participants achieve their qualifications through taking part in lifesaving activity?

Emergency Response Activity Supervisor Course
Eight candidates successfully completed the recent Emergency Response Activity Supervisors course at Henleaze Lake in Bristol last month. The students learnt how to plan and deliver safe training sessions. This course is perfect for triathlon coaches, scout leaders and lifesaving instructors. If you're interested in taking part in an open water lifesaving course please contact david@rlsswest.org.uk
A&NW Branch Heats
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the local heats of the RLSS National Championships last weekend. Kevin did a superb job of organising this fantastic event. We're now looking forward to the regional heats on the 21 Sept 2013.

Keynsham LSC AGM
Keynsham LSC held their AGM on 16 June. Full details of their new committee will be available on www.klsc.co.uk soon.

Pride of Britain Awards
Do you know a lifesaver who deserves recognition? Have they dedicated their lives to lifesaving in some form or another? Have they saved the life of someone or gone above and beyond in some way, or made a real difference in their community through teaching lifesaving? We want to enter the pride of RLSS UK into the Pride of Britain Awards 2013. Please contact the RLSS UK PR Manager Porcha Treanor on 01789 774495 or email her on porchatreanor@rlss.org.uk to nominate someone special.

Dates for your Diary
Thornbury Rookies are holding a rookie festival on 14 Sept 2013.
The RLSS A&NW AGM is provisionally booked for 17 Oct 2013 in Bath.
The Bristol Uni LSC comp is on 16 Nov 2013.

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