Dec 2012 Newsletter

There's loads of exciting competition news in this edition of the newsletter. As well as a round-up of the recent Bristol Uni Lifesaving Competition, there's news of two forthcoming competitions in our branch! We'd also like to say "Good luck" to everyone from the branch who is competing at the Royal Lifesaving Society National Championships next weekend!

There's something for instructors (and wannabe instructors) too, with news of two great new courses in the branch.

Finally the RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire Committee would like to wish all our lifesavers a Happy and Safe Christmas. See you next year!

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 (tbc)
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 (tbc), 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 by 14 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 for full details.

University Lifesaving News
Last month saw Bristol Uni hosting their second BULSCA competition of recent years. You can read a full report on the RLSS West Region Website.

Bristol Uni LSC have had a superb start to the university lifesaving season, finishing 4th, 5th and 3rd in the first three events of the season. Bath weren't able to field a team for last weekend's competition in London, but both Universities will be looking ahead to the first competition of the New Year in Warwick.
International Exchange: Save The Date
The RLSS West Region International Youth Lifesaving Exchange to the ResQ Cup in Germany will be taking place on 25 Jul - 2 Aug 2013. 
More details will be available on the RLSS West Region Website soon, or e-mail for more details.

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

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.

RLSS UK National Speed Champs 2013
The RLSS UK National Speed Championships 2013 will be held 9th and 10th March, at Ponds Forge Sheffield. The closing date is 11 Jan 2013. For More Information please Click Here

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