National Lifesaving Championships 2018

Date: Saturday 3 November 2018
Time: 7:30 – 15:30
Venue: John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, LS11 5DJ

More details coming soon.

2017 Recap


9 November 

Congratulations on qualifying to represent your Region at the RLSS UK National Please read this letter carefully as soon as possible as it will provide you with the essential information relating to your participation in the Championships. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian needs to read the contents of this letter, prior to competition


The venue is John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds.LS11 5DJ

Directions can be obtained from:

There is a free car park at the centre and an on-site cafeteria. If as Regional Teams you wish to order food please order via the cafeteria direct before Please see information panels displayed around the centre.

Competition Rules

All competitors should study carefully the 2017 Rules & Regulations of the RLSS UK National Lifesaving Championships. These can be found on our website If you have any questions, please check in the first instance with your Team Manager, or at RLSS UK. If individuals or team coaches/managers have not completed the “Diving Declaration” on each entry form, starts must be made in the water.

On the Day

Team Managers briefing 7.30 am please book in competitors and collect necessary information for them. Competitors will need to be ready by 0800 for the Parade of Competitors in Regional teams. Competitors should wear slip-on footwear/warm clothing which must be worn when moving from the Life Support and Initiative Test.

Order of Events

The order of events will be as follows:

i Life Support Initiative Test

ii Aquatic Initiative Test

iii Line Throw

iv Swim & Tow (non -contact)

For all events, please listen for the announcements on poolside and proceed immediately as instructed. Please note, other than competitors immediately prior to their own event, only Officials will be allowed on poolside. Details of draw and heat numbers, etc. will be included in the Programme, a copy of which will be given to all Regional Team Managers at their briefing. Additional copies will be available to purchase on the day

After “wet” events

When asked to do so, please leave the water at the sides as quickly as possible. During the speed events follow the instructions of the Referee at all times. Registered Office: RLSS UK, Red Hill House, 227 London Road, Worcester, WR5 2JG T: 0300 3230 096 | E: [email protected] | Company Limited by Guarantee Registered Charity Numbers: 1046060 / SC037912 Registered in England and Wales: 3033781 VAT Registration Number: 754 5285 12 Medal Presentations

Medal Presentations

Medals will be awarded to 1st 2nd 3rd places overall,

The co-operation of all medallists would be appreciated. When called up by the announcer, Medallists should report as quickly as possible to marshals on poolside. It will not be possible to hold up presentations if competitors are not assembled when called.

Please note Team Managers will be responsible for collecting medals for individual events a suitable area will be made available for photos

Trophies (+ under 18 year olds)

If you are fortunate to be awarded one of the trophies, please ensure a parent/guardian is aware of the contents of a letter which will be handed to you, before you take the trophy home.

Mobile phones, cameras, videos etc.

John Charles has a strict policy regarding mobile phones and in certain areas the use of such equipment is prohibited. Please adhere to any instructions, which are posted throughout the centre.

Dress Code

Other than when taking part in the competition, appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn at all times whilst on John Charles Centre premises.


Anyone who intends to take photographs using a camera, video or mobile phone, appropriate documentation should be completed and identification wristbands worn. This applies to competitors, officials and spectators.


Overnight accommodation is for you or your Team Manager to arrange.

Inability to compete

If you are unable to compete in the Championships, please inform your Team Manager as quickly as possible, as a nominated Reserve or Substitute may be able to take your place. The Team Manager should then inform [email protected]


If you know of friends or family who would like to take part as a subject during the aquatic and dry side initiative tests, please ask them to fill in the necessary paperwork, or email [email protected] for details

First Aid / Medical

During the Championships, in an emergency first contact a member of the Centre staff.

If there is any item which is not covered in this letter, please call us on 0300 3230 096 and we will try to help. The organiser, Louise Wells, and her team look forward to a great Championship and to seeing you in Leeds




27 June 2017

National Organisers

Congratulations to the three volunteers appointed as National Championship Organisers

Following the appointment of the Sports Governance Group at the beginning of the year, the posts of National Championship Organiser for Speeds and Nationals were advertised.  The applicants were interviewed by members of the Sports Governance Group, who were impressed with the quality of those that applied.

RLSS UK is delighted to announce that the following appointments have been made:

National Lifesaving Championships Final 2017 and 2018

Organiser – Louise Wells

National Speed Championship 2018

Organiser – Elaine Lewis

Deputy Organiser – Alan Sutherland

National Speed Championship 2019

Organiser – Alan Sutherland

Deputy Organiser – Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis & Alan Sutherland

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Spring 2017

Following an extensive period of review, 2016 saw the first in a series of minor modifications to the National Lifesaving Championships.  The 2017 Championships will continue this journey, focusing on equability, accessibility and sustainability.

The aim – to have a more equitable, more sustainable, more prestigious event that:

  • Encourages participation
  • Encourages skill improvement
  • Promotes lifesaving sport
  • Promotes drowning prevention
Equitability Sustainability
Individual / Pair direct entry

Individual / Pair entry fee

Individual / Pair entry fee
Accessibility X Factor
Individual entry

Removing barriers for pairs entry

Local extensions / improvements

Individual and Pairs entry

As announced in March 2016 (via Relay, Club, Newsletter, Membership Newsletter, RLSS UK website and social media) individual entry is being introduced for the 2017 Championships. Individuals and pairs will be able to enter the championships, going straight to the Regional Heat paying a single entry fee.

As an entry system, this will be more equitable, with any lifesaver from any part of the country able to enter the Championships even if they are the only member of their branch who is participating (competitors will still need to enter under the branch in which they normally reside).

This should encourage participation from those Branches where traditionally there are few, if any entries, and ensure that local and national events have a long and sustainable future.

Removing barriers for pairs entry

With the increasing numbers of leisure centres, swim schools and schools being involved with drowning prevention, the slight widening of what is acceptable as an affiliated group for pairs to belong to is being trialled for the 2017 Championships.

Funding model

Traditionally Branches and Regions have used local charitable funds to host the Branch and Regional Heats.

From 2017, competitors will enter directly to the Regional Heat and pay an individual entry fee, a proportion of which will be designated to the Regional Heats.  This should alleviate some of the financial pressure from Regions.

RLSS UK will continue to supply the certificates, medals and Referee. Branches within the regional areas will continue to be responsible for the venue, officials and equipment.

As part of the funding model, RLSS UK is looking at various other funding streams and exploring options to make the competition more sustainable.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs here

For all Nationals communications please email [email protected]



Aquatic Centre John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ

The John Charles Centre for Sport is situated 3 km (2 miles) south of Leeds City Centre.


By Car

John Charles centre for sport is based at Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ, 2 miles from Leeds city centre off Dewsbury Road (A653). If travelling on the M621 take Junction 5 and The John Charles Centre for Sport (South Leeds Stadium) is signposted on the approach.

Car Parking

The car park directly outside the building is a short stay and limited to three hours parking so please use the overflow car park off the mini-roundabout on the approach to the centre on Middleton Grove, which is one minute walk away and free to use.

By bus from Leeds City Centre

Evenings and Sundays only: Service 481 from Leeds City Bus Station, this service also stops at stop Z2 on Neville Street (the Dark Arches). This service stops directly outside the John Charles Centre for Sport.

By Train

If travelling by train, there is a taxi rank at the station which is approximately a 20-minute journey.


There is a small café that will be open for delegations and spectators to purchase refreshments and food from.

Medical Services

In the case of emergency, Leeds General Infirmary is a 13-minute car drive towards Leeds City Centre.

Family Members and Supporters

We welcome all family members and supporters to attend the event. Programmes will be available on the door.


  • Nite Inn Bed & Breakfast (0.6miles away) £
  • Dean House (1.5miles away) £
  • Clayton Hotel (1.7 miles away) ££
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds 4-star hotel (2 miles away) £££
  • Jurys Inn Leeds 4 Star hotel (2 miles away) £££
  • Cosmopolitan Hotel 3 star (2.1 miles away) £
  • Discovery Inn – Leeds 2 star (2.1miles away) £
  • Leeds Marriott Hotel 4 star (2.1. miles away) ££££
  • Novotel Leeds Centre 4 Star hotel (2.2 miles away) £££
  • ibis budget Leeds Centre 2 star (2.2miles away) £
  • Art Hostel (2.2miles away) £
  • Russell Scott Backpackers Hostel (2.4miles away) £
  • ibis Leeds Centre 2 star (2.5miles away) £


Premier inns

  • Leeds City Centre (Leeds Arena)
  • Leeds City Centre (Whitehall Road) hotel
  • Leeds City Centre
  • Leeds City West
  • Leeds South (Birstall)

Programme of Events


Places & times may be subject to change.

Please note the dry initiative will be completed prior to the aquatic.

Session start times will be confirmed closer to the time.

0730  Judges Briefing
0730  Team Managers Briefing – Dension Room
0800 – Parade Marshalling of Officials and Competitors
0800 – Dive Pit Poolside
0815 – Parade of Officials / Competitors – Oaths
0830 – Judges Briefing for Initiatives –
0830 – Life support – Parkside / Grandstand 
0830 – Aquatic – Dension Room
0830 – Isolation Opens – ‘Dug Out’ Stadium
0845 – Casualties Briefing – Poolside 
0900 – Isolation Closes
0905 – Initiatives Commence 
1100 – Parade of Casualties (or immediately following the last initiative)
1130 – Marshalling for Line Throw
1145 – Line Throw Commence 
1300 – Marshalling for Swim and Tow
1315 – Swim and Tow Commence
1445 – Judges Debrief
1445 – Competitors Assemble for Presentation of Overall Medals 
1500 – Presentation of the Dorothy Trophy & Wilkinson Sword Trophy
1510 – Presentation of overall placing Regional Trophy
1530 – Closing  



The College of Referees is pleased to present the rules for the National Lifesaving Championship 2017.

Significant Changes:

Rule Changes

1. The Swim and Tow shall be a non-contact tow using a tow from the Survive and Save Manual.

2. Survive and Save Sport is no long accepted as a prerequisite.


Organisational Changes

3. The order of the events at this year final shall be as follows – Dry Initiative Test, Wet Initiative, Line Throw and Swim and Tow. Regionals have the option to alter the order of events to match the final.

4. RHO’s are required to make sure that results of the wet and dry initiatives are displayed/posted before the end of the heat. This ensures competitors have fair opportunity to appeal.

5. Team Mangers will be permitted to take the marking sheets of their competitors, once the referee has confirmed the results.


National Lifesaving Championship Rules 2017

Frequently asked questions

If you have any technical queries about these rules please contact the College of Referees [email protected]

Officials & Volunteers




  • Referee or Deputy Referee (Saturday evening, Sunday): To ensure the smooth running of the competition and that all competitors can compete on a fair and equal level. This will involve working with officials, volunteers, team managers and competitors. (appropriate RLSS UK Officiating Qualification Required)
  • Technical Official (Saturday evening (optional), Sunday): Several roles are available for suitably qualified officials – Event Director, Starter, Finish Judge, Lane Judge, Turn Judge, Competitor Liaison.  (appropriate RLSS UK Officiating Qualification Required)
  • Timekeeper (Various Sessions): Be part of the officiating team, accurately capturing and recording times achieved by competitors.

Event Team

  • Equipment Team (Saturday evening (optional), Sunday): Lead to set up of all the equipment for the SERCs, and speed events. Will be supported by tank setters
  • Recording Team (Saturday evening (optional), Sunday): To record and produce all results
  • Scenario Set Up Team (Sunday Morning): Work with the equipment team to deliver a successful and smooth event. This may include swimming and moving equipment.
  • Subjects (Sunday Morning): Role play the casualties as part of the simulated emergency, both wet and dry parts available.  Ideally subject will have some lifesaving experience.
  • Marshalls (Sunday):Work with the officials to organise the parade, the movement of competitors between events.


  • Perry Buoy Costume (Various Sessions): Perry Buoy is the public cuddly face of the RLSS UK. Perry Buoy will be making an appearance at different stages throughout the competition and will be taking a visit into the public areas of the venue. This role will involve dressing up as Perry Buoy and interacting with members of the public and children. A reasonable level of fitness is required as the costume is slightly heavy.
  • Perry Buoy Support (Various Sessions): Escort Perry Buoy safely around the venue and be responsible for taking donations made to the charity during the walk.
  • Raffle Ticket Seller (Various Sessions): Selling raffle tickets on behalf of the RLSS UK Nationals 2016 raffle. All proceeds going towards drowning prevention.
  • Bucket Collector (Various Sessions): We need enthusiastic and polite people who can communicate key drowning prevention messages to members of the general public whilst motivating them to donate to the charity. Bucket collections are an essential way of raising money for the RLSS UK.

Event Support

  • Runners (Various Sessions): Support event team to ensure the smooth running of the competition. This will involve working with officials, competitors and team managers. It will also involve hosting duties, moving equipment and general event support.
  • Exhibition Stands (Various Sessions): Work with the event team to man the exhibition stands. This will involve talking to members of the public, competitors and spectators, dealing with enquiries, taking donations, selling programmes and raffle tickets.
  • Social Media Support (Various Sessions): Be part of the RLSS UK Communications Team to support social media activities throughout the event and taking photos.
  • Programme Sales (Sunday Morning): Work with the event team to welcome competitors, team managers, spectators and members of the public, whilst selling programmes.
  • Venue Branding / Infrastructure Pre – Event (Saturday evening): Work with the event team to dress the venue and competition areas providing the look and feel of the event. This could involve things like putting up signage and displaying pop-up banners.

Apply now

First name


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Please indicate which role you would be interesting in volunteering for

If you are willing to volunteer for other roles please type them here

Email (This address will be used for all future correspondence. If you do not have a personal email address please use an alternative email address that you can access).

Contact number

Team Managers

Updates and News

Updates and news coming soon.

Things to think about


  • When, Where, Who, Risk Assessment

Communications with parents / athletes

  • Pick up times and meeting times
  • Destination and venue
  • Competition details
  • Kit and equipment
  • Emergency procedures – home contacts
  • Remote supervision
  • Consent form
  • Media release & photography forms
  • Medical forms
  • In-loco parentis
  • Code of conduct


  • What type
  • Catering, special diets, allergies, water provision
  • Suitability for groups – accessibility
  • Room lists


  • Journey time and stopping
  • Supervision
  • Suitability and accessibility
  • Private cars, driver checks, insurance and seatbelts

Supervision and Staffing

  • Number of staff and athletes
  • Who: male, female and specialists
  • Responsibilities

Emergency procedures

  • First aid provision
  • Specific medical details and medication
  • Reporting procedures


  • Liability – accidents


  • For the trip
  • Socialising


  • Payment schedule – deposit, stages and payment


  • Check – rooms, meal times, phones, valuables
  • Check venue
  • Information on medication
  • Arrange group meeting(s)
  • Timetable for everyone
  • Confirm procedures with staff
  • Confirm athletes known how to contact the Team Manager
  • Rules, codes of conduct



All Ireland

Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Hannah Carty A
Individual Ladies Ciara Kelly B
Individual Mens Cillian Spain A
Individual Mens Kevin Mulhair B
Junior Boys Tom Callender Sean Scully A
Junior Boys Daire Jennings Conor O’Flaherty B
Junior Girls Hannah Thompson Aoibheann Duffy A
Junior Girls Roisin Smyth Zoe Morris B
Ladies 30-39yrs Laura Mulhair A
Ladies 40-49yrs Sinead Harrington A
Ladies 50-59yrs Patricia Kelly A
Mens 30-39yrs Eamonn O’Brien A
Mens 40-49yrs David Browne A
Mens 50-59yrs Paddy Kelly A
Mens 60+ Noel Mulhair A
Senior Boys Donncha Kelly Adam Carty A
Senior Boys Cillian Isdell Niall Mclarnon B
Senior Girls Rachel Callender Rachel Smyth A

East Midlands

Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Jennie Lockwood A
Individual Mens Joe Scurrah A
Individual Mens Craig Spears B
Junior Boys Daniel Waterfall Luke Waterfall A
Junior Girls Olivia Wilson Eve Tiler A
Ladies 30-39yrs Rachel Healey A
Ladies 40-49yrs Theresa Tomlinson A
Ladies 60+ Janine Graham A
Mens 30-39yrs Robert Knight A
Mens 40-49yrs Richard Shipston A
Mens 50-59yrs Peter Moyes A
Senior Boys Josh Wheeler Alistair Hutchinson A
Senior Girls Courtney West Emily Middleton A


Individual Ladies Veronique Hack A
Junior Boys Ruby Smith Daniel Moos A
Junior Girls Chloe Mendrys Helen Jarrett A
Ladies 40-49yrs Ann Moos A
Ladies 50-59yrs Alison Pugh A
Ladies 60+ Margaret Nolan A
Mens 40-49yrs David Ebbs A
Senior Boys Adam Rust James Hyde A
Senior Girls Tegan Jarrett Katie Pugh A

North East

Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Samantha Ann Carpenter A
Individual Mens Callum James Gilroy A
Junior Boys Mathew Guy Isadore Dickerson-Weedy A
Junior Girls Emily Meredith Milly Bradley A
Junior Girls Emily Stephenson Aimee Gordon B
Ladies 50-59yrs Linda Taylor A
Mens 30-39yrs Gavin Little A
Senior Boys Jesse Meeson Joseph Huntley A
Senior Girls Rhiannah Mccourt Lauren Gordon A
Senior Girls Ellie Dickerson-Weedy Jessica Little-Seccombe B

North West

Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Chelsea Whyman A
Individual Mens Michael Leonard A
Junior Boys Llio Hughes Dion Alun Hughes A
Junior Boys Dafydd Jones Rhydian Roberts B
Junior Girls Lucy Hawkrigg Sophie Morrin A
Ladies 30-39yrs Glynwen Jones A
Ladies 40-49yrs Tracey Erlston A
Ladies 50-59yrs Sera Morris-Hughes A
Mens 30-39yrs John Cooper A
Senior Boys Arran Horne Talisker Hodgkins-Webb A
Senior Girls Eirian Jones Molly Wright A


Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Iona Halford A
Individual Ladies Shaunna Anderson B
Individual Mens Iain Wilson A
Junior Boys Ross Mcdowell Harris Mckinven A
Junior Girls Iona Morton Hannah Ogilvie A
Ladies 30-39yrs Alison Wilson A
Mens 30-39yrs Andrew Mcallister A
Mens 40-49yrs Alan Whyte A
Senior Boys Tony Coia Reece Robertson A
Senior Girls Lisette Cochrane Jennifer Hepburn A

South East

Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Rachael Stevens A
Individual Mens Kyle Stewart A
Junior Boys Appointed Adigun Laurel Fry A
Junior Girls Emily Gordon Tilly Bucknall A
Ladies 30-39yrs Alexandra Burgess A
Ladies 40-49yrs Paula Wilison A
Ladies 40-49yrs Kate Hall B
Ladies 50-59yrs Donna Wickens A
Ladies 50-59yrs Trudie Peel B
Ladies 60+ Janet Dell B
Mens 30-39yrs Philip Glock A
Mens 40-49yrs Julian Lee A
Mens 50-59yrs Neil Morgan A
Mens 50-59yrs Gary Lee B
Mens 60+ Robin Akers A
Senior Boys Elliot Key Jack Field A
Senior Boys Max Ingham Harri Ingham B
Senior Girls Nuala Hudson Beth Mclay A


Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Rebecca Silver A
Individual Mens Celyn Walters A
Ladies 30-39yrs Pamela Oddy A
Ladies 50-59yrs Melanie Yates A
Mens 30-39yrs Keith Crothers A
Mens 40-49yrs Christopher Alder A
Mens 50-59yrs Anthony Kershaw A
Mens 50-59yrs Stephen Kershaw B
Senior Boys lara whitfield James Heron A
Senior Girls Elouise Harris Eirlys Walters A
Senior Girls Isabel Turner Ella Jordan B

South West

Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Holly Willing A
Individual Ladies Laura Whitehead B
Individual Mens Jared Wray A
Junior Boys Tom Stoppard Finlay Kingsbury A
Junior Girls Rebecca Blease Evie Godwin A
Ladies 50-59yrs Susan Hutchings A
Senior Boys Oliver Smith Will Whitehead A
Senior Boys Henry Butler Mark Thomas B
Senior Girls Eliza Wray Emma Ogley A


Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Sarah Elizabeth Falconer A
Individual Mens William Bowen A
Junior Boys Ethan Lee Gruffydd Weston A
Junior Boys Elis Vaughan Oliver Wray B
Junior Girls Charlotte Wheel Hanna Jones A
Ladies 40-49yrs Jacqueline Orrells A
Mens 40-49yrs Jason Evans A
Mens 50-59yrs Aled Bowen A
Mens 60+ Stuart Yeandle A
Senior Boys Jacob Williams Rhys Henwood A
Senior Girls Mali Weston Heather Wheel A

West Midlands

Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Natasha Parry A
Individual Mens Joseph Elkin A
Junior Boys Cameron Leach Luke Betteridge A
Junior Girls Ellen Forson Lara Harding A
Ladies 30-39yrs Natasha Lane A
Ladies 40-49yrs Angela Roberts A
Ladies 50-59yrs Romaine Webb A
Mens 30-39yrs Nic Penn A
Senior Boys Ryan Parry Nathaniel Barnsley Staight A
Senior Girls Lucy Inett Alice Forson A


Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Junior Boys Jonny Bayford Edward Lane A
Junior Girls Harriet Bluett Georgia Baldwin A
Ladies 50-59yrs Elizabeth Mapstone A
Ladies 50-59yrs Pamela Bougeard B
Mens 60+ Geoff Williams A
Senior Boys Adam Lane Herbie Hallett A
Senior Girls Isabelle Barnes Tiffany Mares-Coulston A


Event Competitor One Competitor Two Qualified
Individual Ladies Kim Eastwood A
Individual Mens Matthew Quimby A
Individual Mens Ben Witz B
Junior Boys Nathan Mcmaster Alfie Wilcox A
Junior Girls Lauren  Thomson Lao Noom Shipway A
Junior Girls Jessica Louise  Baron Hannah Greer B
Ladies 30-39yrs Cathy Sedgwick A
Senior Boys Finlay Benn Ethan Biscombe A
Senior Girls Charlotte Crooke Shannon Ward A
Senior Girls Megan Bulpitt Hanna Muller B



The Wilkinson Sword is presented to an RLSS UK official who has, over a number of years, assisted at all levels of competition. This must include the RLSS UK National competitions.

The Dorothy Cadbury Trophy is awarded to a competitor who has excelled in Lifesaving Sport, over a number of years and continues to be a good ambassador for both the sport and the charity.

Both awards will be announced and presented at the RLSS UK National Lifesaving Championships 2017 Finals.

Call for Nominations!


Regions, Branches and Clubs are asked to nominate individuals for the Wilkinson Sword and the Dorothy Cadbury Trophy by 30th September 2017.

Nominations should be made here

Wilkinson Sword


On behalf of


Nominee first name

Nominee surname

Nominee Society number


Dorothy Cadbury Trophy


On behalf of


Nominee first name

Nominee surname

Nominee Society number