May 2013 Newsletter

A lot has happened since the last newsletter. The branch has played host to the Student Lifesaving National Championships, and the Keynsham LSC Open competition. We've also brought local lifesavers together at the Baywatch Bakeoff! You can read more about all of these events in this month's e-mail - and see what exciting events the branch is running for YOU in the coming months. There's too much to fit  in a single newsletter, so remember to check the website regularly for the latest news and events!

Calling All Lifeguards: 8 Jun 2013
The RLSS West Region lifeguard competition is taking place in Keynsham on 8 June. Teams of four from local leisure centres will compete to prove that they are the best lifeguards in the area! Please contact if you and your colleagues are interested in entering a team.

Drowning Prevention Week: 22-30 Jun 2013
400 people drown in the UK each year: so what will your group do Drowning Prevention Week? Perhaps you could run free taster sessions? Hold a community life support workshop? Give a lifesaving demonstration? Or visit local schools to offer water safety advice? Free promotional materials and support are available from the branch. Together we can bring down the number of drownings! See or contact for more details.

Baywatch Bakeoff
Baywatch BakeoffAt the branch AGM back in October you told us that you wanted more joint socials, so the Baywatch Bakeoff was born! Nine lifesavers from three different clubs (Keynsham LSC, Bath Uni LSC and Bristol Uni LSC) brought lifesaving-themed cakes along, with Cathy Baldwin (Bristol Uni LSC) winning the prize for best presentation for her "first aid kit" cake. Rebecca Mason (Keynsham LSC) won the prize for best tasting cake for her lifeguard flag-themed battenberg. With the baking out of the way, we settled down to watch some classic episodes of Baywatch and Bondi Rescue on the big screen! Check out for photos of all the culinary creations!

RLSS National Championships: 6 Jul 2013
The RLSS A&NW branch heats of the national championships have been provisionally booked for the 6th July from 2-7pm in Trowbridge. Pairs and individuals will take part in a land-based initiative, a water-based initiative, a rope-throw and a swim-and-tow. The best competitors in each category will progress through to the regional heats on 21st Sept in Bristol, and the National Championships will take place on 9 Nov in Sheffield. If you would like to take part, we'll publish more details on the West Region Website soon.

Open Water Taster Sessions: 8 & 12 June 2013
RLSS A&NW is running two open-water taster sessions for Bristol Uni LSC at Henleaze Swimming Lake in North Bristol. Any spare spaces will be offered to other local lifesavers on a first-come first-served basis. This is a great opportunity to put your lifesaving skills to the test in a safe open-water environment. These friendly sessions are perfect for those with no previous experience of open-water lifesaving. Each 2-hour session costs just £4, with fully qualified instructors.
Contact to register your interest.
New Committees
Congratulations to Bath Uni LSC, Bristol Uni LSC and Bradford-on-Avon LSC who all recently elected their new committees. We wish you every success in the coming year. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if there is anything that the branch can do to support your club!

Keynsham LSC Comp
Keynsham Lifesaving club held their annual open competition on 20 April 2013. Congratulations to Helen Morris, the competition organiser, for a very successful day and many thanks to everyone who helped out.

Ella & Alice won the Year 6-8 category and the overall trophy, Naomi & George won the Year 9-10 category and Michelle won the Year 11-13 category.

For photos see

Uni Lifesaving News
The Student Nationals took place in Bath on 16/17 Mar. Bristol Uni, Bath Uni and Bradford on Avon LSC all took part, with Bristol finishing a respectable 7th overall, Bath in 13th place and Bradford-on-Avon (who only competed on the Sunday) still managing to finish in joint 16th place out of 18 teams. Notable performances in the individual events included Bristol B's superb performance in the RNLI SERC, finishing in second place out of 34 teams!

With the cancellation of the Loughborough Uni Comp, the final standings for the BULSCA 2012/13 League are as follows: Bristol Uni LSC are 6th overall, Bath Uni LSC are 11th overall. Well done guys!

See for a full breakdown of the results from all this year's BULSCA competitions.

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