Mar 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire branch newsletter for March 2014. We've got a branch committee meeting on the 20 Mar 2014. The branch committee are here for you - so please get in touch if there's anything you'd like us to discuss!

Blondie
Chairman - RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire
david@rlsswest.org.uk
 
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.

Click here for full details and to secure your place!

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! 

If you know of someone within your Club, Group or ATC who's work deserves to be recognised, please download a nomination form from the RLSS Website, fill it in and e-mail it to david@rlsswest.org.uk. Please submit your nominations by 31 Mar 2014.

British University Lifesaving Nationals - 15/16 Mar 2013
The national student championships will be taking place on the 15th/16th March at the University of Bath. Good luck to the teams from Bristol University, Keynsham and Bradford-on-Avon who are taking part.

Spectators are welcome to come and watch some first-class lifesaving athletes in action. Please see the BULSCA website for more details about the event
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Competition Secretary
It is with regret that RLSS A&NW must announce that our competition secretary, Kevin Hands, has recently stood down. Kevin has been on the committee for the last year, and throughout that time he has been an avid supporter of competitions throughout the branch. Thank you Kevin for everything that you've done for the branch!

If YOU are looking for a new challenge, and would consider taking on the role of competition secretary please e-mail david@rlsswest.org.uk for a no-obligation chat about what the role involves.

RLSS CEO
Di Standley has left RLSS UK after twelve and a half years as CEO. Di Steer will be acting CEO until a permanent replacement can be appointed.


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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