Mar 2013 Newsletter

All the latest news and events from the Avon & North Wiltshire branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society: get involved today!

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!

Entry costs just £10 and closes on 13th April. West region clubs who enter 8 or more competitors qualify for free transport to the event! See for full details.

Survive and Save Stillwater Camp, 14-16 June
RLSS UK is running a Survive and Save Stillwater Camp at Cranage Hall in Cheshire. This is a fantastic opportunity for young lifesavers (aged 14-18 years) to achieve an RLSS UK Survive & Save Bronze Stillwater award whilst meeting other young lifesavers from across the UK. If there’s sufficient demand from West Region Lifesavers we’ll take a minibus from Bristol. The camp costs just £50 (includes campsite, lifesaving training, games, a gala BBQ on the Saturday evening, and a campfire). See for full details.

Nominations are NOW OPEN for the RLSS UK/IQL Awards 2013
Do you know a Pool Lifeguard who has gone above and beyond the call of duty?  Do you know a Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor committed to training and developing the highest standard of Lifeguards? Nominations are now open for the RLSS UK/IQL Awards 2013. For the first time ever, the unsung heroes of the leisure industry will be recognised for their hard work and dedication to water safety.

Click here to read more about the three prestigious awards on offer: Pool Lifeguard of the Year; Approved Training Centre of the Year; and Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor of the Year.

Drowning Prevention Week
Don’t forget it is Drowning Prevention Week from 22-30 June. Download the A4 poster to help you promote the activities you are doing to support Drowning Prevention Week.

For more information about how you can get involved please visit the RLSS UK website.

Uni Lifesaving News
Bristol Uni LSC finished in 7th place at the recent St Andrews competition which leaves them in a credible 6th place in the overall league. The Student Nationals next weekend promise to be fiercely contested. Why not come along and watch? The nationals are taking place at Bath University 50m pool on 16th and 17th March. Entry is FREE and there'll be plenty to see between 11am and 4pm each day. Just turn up, or contact for more information.

Manikin Grant
RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire branch recently awarded a grant to Keynsham Life Saving Club to help them buy some new resuscitation manikins. If your lifesaving group needs extra money to fund a lifesaving related project, why not apply for a grant? See for details.

Lake Supervisors Wanted
Looking for a summer job? How about using your lifesaving skills to be a supervisor at Henleaze Swimming Lake in Bristol? Check out for full details...

Open Water Course
RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire is pleased to offer the Emergency Response Activity Supervisor qualification. This course will give you the practical lifesaving skills that you need to supervise, teach or coach programmed activity at open water sites. See for full details.

"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.

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