A new appointment to ensure the promotion and safe development of open water swimming

26 October 2016

jenny-vincentThe Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and British Triathlon have appointed Jenny Vincent as National Open Water Development Manager as part of plans for the promotion and safe development of the sport.

The organisations formed a partnership in March to promote open water swimming while developing the sport’s infrastructure to ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants.

Open water swimming is a rapidly growing sport with participation increasing year on year. Approximately 40 per cent of British Triathlon permitted events include an open water swim and 90 per cent of Triathlon England affiliated clubs offer open water swimming training. A number of open water swimming events also permit with British Triathlon. Consistent operating standards are vital to ensuring the safety of swim sites as demand for the sport continues to grow.

Initially a three-year project, the new position of National Open Water Development Manager is essential towards creating a joint strategy driving the development of open water swimming.

The unique partnership between RLSS UK and British Triathlon aims to make the open water swimming environment as safe as possible and to ensure that both swimmers and triathletes enjoy their open water swimming experience. Plans include improving training opportunities and resources for organisers of open water events and increasing the number of qualified open water lifeguards.

Jack Buckner, Chief Executive of British Triathlon, said: “Open water swimming is an integral part of triathlon and the growing number of participants and venues offering open water swimming means there has never been a better time for this work. Jenny’s appointment is a fantastic opportunity to reduce one of the main barriers to triathlon and we are really looking forward to working alongside the Royal Life Saving Society UK to ensure our new strategy and partnership is a success.”

Adrian Lole, Technical Director at the Royal Life Saving Society UK, said: “The growth of open water swimming has created an enormous demand for quality assured facilities. We’re delighted to welcome Jenny to the team. Her new role is critical to the development of safer sites and therefore safer participation in the sport.”

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Notes to Editors –

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.

RLSS UK is the UK’s leading provider of training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding, water safety and life support skills in the UK. It is also the governing body for Lifesaving Sport.

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 to 12-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.

For more information and interview/spokesperson opportunities contact Porcha Treanor by emailing [email protected] or calling 01789 774495.

Porcha Treanor – Communications Manager – 01789 774495 – rlss.org.uk