May 2012 Newsletter
Welcome to another newsletter packed full of lifesaving news and events from around the A&NW branch. Maybe you teach lifesaving in a leisure centre? Perhaps you've done your rookie lifeguard and are wondering what award to take next? Or maybe you're a regular member of one of our community clubs? Your background doesn't matter - if you're interested in lifesaving these events are for YOU!

Keynsham LSC Open Competition - 8 July 2012
On Sunday 8th July 2012, Keynsham Lifesaving Club are holding their first ever open lifesaving competition and we 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 we'll even match you with a partner if you don't have anyone to compete with! The closing date for entries is Sun 2nd June 2012, please see www.klsc.co.uk for full details.

Beach Olympics - 15 July 2012
Gloucestershire Lifesavers Youth Committee have organised a fun outing to Barry Island to hold our own Olympic Games at the beach and YOU are invited! The beach olympics will be held on Sunday the 15th of July at Barry Island from 10am - 4:30pm. The cost of the day will be £15 per person, which will include a fish and chip lunch and a t-shirt. All lifesavers from across the West Region are invited to attend. For full details see http://rlsswest.org.uk/event/beach-olympics-3/

RLSS National Championships
The closing date for entries into the RLSS National Championships is the 10th June 2012. Since RLSS Avon & North Wiltshire does not have a competition secretary, there will be no branch heat this year. Instead, up to four A&NW competitors in each category will progress straight through to the regional heats. The regional heat will take place on the 15th Sept in Bristol, and the National Championships will take place on 15 Dec in Sheffield. If you would like to represent the branch at the regional competition (and perhaps go through to the National Championships) please see http://rlsswest.org.uk/sport/nlsc/avon-north-wiltshire-branch-lifesaving-championships-heat/ for full details.
Regional Training Events
Don't worry if you missed the first RLSS UK regional training event, there's still time to go to Cheshire (26/27 May) or 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.

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.

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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