Nov 2013 Newsletter

The nights may be drawing in, but there's still plenty of activity in the Avon & North Wiltshire Branch. Check out this newsletter for details of forthcoming courses, opportunities to get involved in drowning prevention and competition news!

David "Blondie" Fielding
Chairman, RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire

RLSS Honours
Congratulations to everyone who travelled up to the Guildhall in London last month to collect their RLSS Honours. Service honours are awarded to volunteers for continuous years of service to their club or the society (4, 8, 12 or more years). Merit honours are awarded for contribution at club, branch or regional level. To nominate someone that you know, please see

Lifesaving Instructor / Rookie Instructor Courses - 23 & 24 Nov 2013
If you'd like to teach Survive and Save or Rookie Lifeguard then you need to sign up for one of our courses on the 23rd and 24th November. You can see full details (including the necessary pre-requisites) at

RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire AGM
The RLSS A&NW AGM was a great success. Four different clubs came to pitch their ideas to our team of "Dragons". So, who walked away with the cash, and who left the Den empty handed? You can find out in this report on the RLSS website.

University Lifesaving News
The new term has now started at the universities in Bristol and Bath. The first competition of the Uni calendar took place in Warwick, where Bristol Uni made a fantastic start to the season, finishing second in the A-team league. Check out the full results (including a win in the swim-and-tow!) here. It's Bristol's turn to host next - let's hope they can continue their success on home ground. Good luck guys!
Local Projects
The A&NW branch has a list of drowning prevention projects which we'd like to run. These projects will all directly benefit lifesavers and the communities in the A&NW branch. Unfortunately, we haven't got sufficient volunteers to run all of the projects. Most of them only require a short-term commitment and a few hours effort each week. If you'd like to help out, please take a look at the list of projects and contact if you'd like to help.

National Championships
9 Nov 2013

Good luck to all of the West Region lifesavers who are competing in the RLSS UK National Lifesaving Championships in Sheffield this weekend. Hope you have a great time!

Bristol Uni Comp
16 Nov 2013

Bristol University LSC will be holding their annual competition on Sat 16 Nov 2013. Six teams from RLSS West Region community clubs are entered, which is unprecedented. If you'd like to come and support (or volunteer to act as a body or runner) please contact

Community Instructor Course
8 Dec 2013

RLSS A&NW plan to run a Community Instructors course at Bath Uni on 8 Dec 2013. This will allow you to deliver the Save a Baby's Life and Community Lifesupport awards.
Please contact if you'd like to come along.

Keep In Touch
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