Lights, camera, action – local children strike a pose to help save lives

19 February 2016

lights , camera, action

Wombourne Leisure Centre was transformed into a set this week for a film and photoshoot for The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity.

RLSS UK staff and children from the local area took over the pool on Monday (February 15) morning to shoot images and record a film to promote its Rookie Lifeguard community programme and its National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ).

RLSS UK Rookie Lifeguard programme educates children and teaches them key life skills including lifesaving, CPR and self-rescue, in a fun way for under 12s. RLSS UK lifeguards make up more than 95 per cent of pool lifeguards in the UK and both programmes ultimately support the charity’s aim of reducing drownings in the UK and promoting water safety education.

RLSS UK’s Director of Volunteer and Community Education, Mike Dunn, said: “The leisure centre was the perfect place to show how much fun our lifesaving awards can be while raising awareness of what we do and what’s on offer for anyone aged eight-years-old and up.

“We would like to thank the staff at the centre for making us so welcome and, of course, the local children who were our fantastic models for the day. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a great morning at a fantastic location.”

Wombourne Leisure Centre currently runs a number for RLSS UK programmes, including Rookie Lifeguard and NPLQ courses.

Portfolio Holder for South Staffordshire Council Environmental Services, Councillor Mary Bond said: “We are always looking to enhance the leisure centre’s programme and I am delighted that we are working with RLSS UK at Wombourne Leisure Centre to help us to do this.

“We were more than happy to also offer our pool for a few hours to help the charity raise awareness of what it does.”

Pictures and footage from the shoot will be used in a number of national promotional films and marketing campaigns throughout 2016.

For more information on the RLSS UK –

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Notes to Editors –

Image – (L-R) Leisure Centre Lifeguard, Molly Whitehouse, Local children, Louise Cliff and Izak Harris, RLSS UK Instructor, Debbie Weston and Leisure Attendant Sarah Lochhead.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the drowning prevention charity.  Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and the RLSS UK aims to prevent drowning through water safety education.

Through its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards in the UK trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK.

RLSS UK awards and programmes teach a range of lifesaving skills ranging from life support (CPR) to water survival and rescue skills. Programmes include Rookie Lifeguard (for eight to12-year–olds), Survive and Save (for 12 years+) and Save a Baby’s Life (a free course aimed at parents and carers of young children).

The RLSS UK (then the Life Saving Society) was formed in 1891. In 1904, as there was great support for the organisation from the Royal Family, the society was granted permission to use the Royal title and became the Royal Life Saving Society.

Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to cut down the number of accidental drowning that occur each year and support families affected by drowning. The next campaign will run from June 18 – 26, 2016.

For more information and interview/spokesperson opportunities contact Porcha Treanor on 01789 774 495 or email [email protected] or Olivia Healey on 01789 774 216 or email [email protected]