March 2012 Newsletter
There's loads of exciting events coming up over the next few months - including two events with a decidedly international flavour! Keep your eye on the website at www.rlsswest.org.uk to stay up-to-date with sport training events, competitions, instructor courses and open-water days. Why not take this opportunity to try something different? Get out there, meet fellow lifesavers and help make the Avon & North Wiltshire safer!

International Youth Lifesaving Exchange:
15-22 Aug 2012

Good News! We've made some savings & found some extra funding, so the RLSS West Region International Exchange now costs just £180 for a whole week of lifesaving activities!

Join 40 lifesavers from the UK & Germany for a week of: fun, power boating, rescue boards, first aid, games, open-water swimming, radio comms, beach sprints, lifeguard skills, sightseeing and more!

The deadline for applications is 12 Mar 2012. For more details call David Fielding on 07921 719 291, or download an application form: www.rlsswest.org.uk/west-region/international-exchange

Volunteer Together Exchange:
5-12 Aug 2012

Six young lifesavers (aged 14-18) will be selected to represent the UK in an international youth lifesaving exchange to the Czech Republic. Participants will go rafting, train at one of the Czech Red Cross' training centres, learn about climbing and take part in the 3-day National Youth Jamboree. There will also be time for sightseeing in Prague and Brno.

The deadline for application is the 20 Mar 2012. For more information, contact Alan Sutherland on 07816 254 776, e-mail alan@rlsswest.org.uk or visit the website: www.rlsswest.org.uk/west-region/vt-2012/

Regional Training Events
There will be no RLSS National Conference this year. Instead, there will be three Regional Conferences: Warwick (28/29 April), Cheshire (26/27 May) and the South East (13/14 October). The events cost £35 per day, with some workshops having additional fees for awards/materials. The programmes and booking information for the can be found at www.rlssbooking.org.uk. Avon & North Wiltshire Branch will consider funding the day delegate rate for any branch member who wishes to attend one of the Regional  Conferences. Please e-mail avon&rlsswest.org.uk if you want to attend.

National Water Safety Awareness Week:
16-24 Jun 2012

National Water Safety Week is a great opportunity to make a splash about the importance of lifesaving skills and give people a chance to meet Royal Lifesaving Society volunteers to find out more. From the 16th - 24th June 2012, the RLSS will be promoting having fun and being safe in, on and near water.

We'd like to invite every lifesaver within the branch to get involved - maybe your club can host an event? Or just make a special effort to invite new members along for a taster session? Whatever you're planning we want to hear about it! Contact us at avon@rlsswest.org.uk and we'll help to publicise your event.

RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire AGM
We normally hold our AGM in the Spring, but this year the committee has decided to try something a bit different! In 2012 we'll be holding our AGM in September. The Spring can be a busy time for the youth members of the branch because of exams - we hope that changing the date of the AGM will encourage more youth members to attend. There are still several vacancies on the committee, and you don't have to wait until September to volunteer. If you'd like to get involved, please e-mail avon@rlsswest.org.uk
Survive and Save / Rookie Instructors Course
RLSS West Region is running a Lifesaving Instructors Course and a Rookie Instructors Course at Keynsham Leisure Centre on 24/25 March 2012. The course costs just £60. Full details are available by visiting www.rlsswest.org.uk. Reserve your place by 14th March!

Emergency Response Activity Supervisor Course
Henleaze Swimming Club, in conjunction with RLSS West Region, is pleased to offer the Emergency Response Activity Supervisor qualification. This 12-hour course will give you the practical lifesaving skills that you need to supervise, teach or coach programmed activity at open water sites. For full details please see http://rlsswest.org.uk/event/emergency-response-activity-supervisor-course/

CRB Checks
In February the RLSS updated their guidance on those requiring mandatory CRB checks. All those who are Club Welfare Officers, Lifesaving TA's/Instructors/Teachers, Rookie Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Volunteer Lifeguards require a CRB check to be completed.

If you think you should be CRB checked, or want to check if you are cleared by the RLSS, please contact avon@rlsswest.org.uk.

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