June 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to a very special "Drowning Prevention Week" edition of the RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire branch newsletter! There's still time to get involved: why not post a water safety message to all your friends on Facebook? Or, share a link to the hard hitting RLSS video, "Filling up"? Or simply swim a few lengths and add your miles to our bid to swim around the UK?

Chairman - RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire
RLSS A&NW Drowning Prevention Events
Many thanks to Alice, Alex and Maren from Bristol University LSC for running two FREE lifesaving taster session to raise awareness of Drowning Prevention Week. Together they taught nearly 150 children the SAFE code, and their exploits even made it into the local paper.

Filling Up
RLSS UK has launched a hard-hitting film to warn 11-15 year olds of the dangers of open water. The video focuses on a young boy who meets his friends near a river and takes part in a dare which has tragic consequences. Please share this video and help to avoid a tragic repeat of last summer when more than 30 people lost their lives to drowning in just seven weeks.

Swim The Isles
Swim the Isles for #DPW2014! Help us swim around the UK and Ireland. If you’ve been swimming this week upload how far you have swam to our swim the Isles map bit.ly/1l2b8VF

Drowning Prevention Week Website
There's loads more to see and do on the Drowning Prevention Week website, including safety tips, online games, activities to download and much more.
Competition Dates
The University Lifesaving Clubs Association has published its calendar of competition dates for 2014/15. Fixtures include: Bristol Uni LSC Comp on 8 Nov 2014, Birmingham Uni LSC Comp on 21 Feb 2015, and the BULSCA National Champs on 14 & 15 Mar 2015 in Bath. These events are also open to community lifesaving clubs. Check out the full calendar at

Grant Helps Establish New Club
RLSS A&NW is pleased to report that we have recently awarded a grant to Helen Morris (former RLSS A&NW Youth Development Officer) to help her establish a new lifesaving club at Sheffield University. If you need funding for a project that will save lives and further the aims of the society we'd love to hear from you! Please contact

Open Water Endorsement
In order to deliver the stillwater and beach elements of the Survive & Save Programme, Lifesaving Instructors are required to hold the Open Water Endorsement – this is a 4 hour long classroom based session. If you're interested in attending an Open Water Endorsement course, please contact

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.

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