UK’s top lifesavers compete for national title

20 October 2015

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Royal Life Saving Society UK prepares for its National Lifesaving Championships 2015.

More than 225 lifesavers from across the UK and Ireland are set to test their skills at the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) 2015 National Lifesaving Championships to be held in Sheffield.

Competitors have fought their way through a number of qualifying heats to take part in the RLSS UK annual event, set to be held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield on 31 October 2015.

The competition attracts the best UK and Ireland lifesaving who battle it out over a series of tests including a life-like emergency situation, a speed swim, tow race and a line throw rescue race.

Lifesavers are all members of the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, and range in age from 12 to 72-years-old. On the day they are awarded with points based on their performances in each event and the top scorer in each age group is crowned National Lifesaving Champion.

RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “This event is a fantastic demonstration of the passion, enthusiasm and of skills of lifesavers from across the country.

“Although this event is all about the fun, social and competitive sides of lifesaving, it is important to remember that each and every one of these competitors has the skills and knowledge to save a life in an emergency situation. Lifesaving sport is the only sport that has a humane element to it.

“We wish all participants the best of luck and are looking forward to National Lifesaving Championships 2015!”

Lifesaving Championships 2015 welcomes spectators and will take place on Saturday 31 October between 8am and 4.30pm when winners will receive their medals.

The mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Talib Hussain, will also be attending the event.

For more information on RLSS UK as a charity, lifesaving and lifesaving sport visit – 

Visit our website at www.rlss.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter – @RLSSUK

Visit our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/RLSSUK

Call – 01789 773994

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Notes to Editors – 

Members of the media are invited to attend the event. Please contact Olivia Healey (below) to confirm your attendance.

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 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 Olivia Healey by emailing oliviahealey@rlss.org.uk or calling 01789 774216.