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The Royal Lifesaving Society UK has a core purpose to prevent drowning through delivering a year on year reduction in the rate of British and Irish citizens losing their lives to drowning.

In order to achieve this goal, RLSS UK relies on an army of passionate, committed and wonderful volunteers. We have a variety of opportunities that allow you to donate as much of your time as you can to deliver key projects.

If you’d like to volunteer for RLSS UK please complete the volunteer application form here and and send your completed application form to [email protected].

Current Volunteer opportunities

We are delighted to open applications for the Role of RLSS UK Ambassador. RLSS UK Ambassadors provide the crucial link between branches, clubs and individuals with the RLSS UK HQ function and board of trustees. Each ambassador, as the senior volunteer in the area, works to promote drowning prevention throughout their area with both external partners and members.

To apply for these exciting roles please complete the application form and return to [email protected]

Download the Role Description for more information on this exciting role.

The following areas are available to apply for:

  • North West of England
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • East of England

RLSS UK has a commitment to the sport of Lifesaving and is putting in place structures to help athletes reach their potential. Supporting the framework of the Lifesaving Sport Participant Pathway (2016) RLSS UK has a Performance Programme, aiming to support athletes with talent. One of these structures is the appointment of RLSS UK Performance Programme Coaches who ideally will be spread across the UK.

Performance Programme athletes require support including, but not limited to coaching. Also at times Teams of athletes are selected to represent RLSS UK at International events and where this happens, athletes will have the support of managers, coaches and other support staff as appropriate to the athletes/event.

It is important that selected athletes are nurtured in a supportive environment and managed and coached effectively. The RLSS UK Performance Programme Coach is a key appointment in supporting the Performance Director. The Coach is expected to support the Performance Director in developing athletes. The successful applicant must attend training sessions, selection events as well as attend the relevant championships with the teams where required. They must be a team player and be committed to giving the best support possible.

Role Description

 

Role Title
RLSS UK Performance Programme Coach

Type
Volunteer

Location
Working from home with travel to events, training and Championships

Time commitment
2 hours per week average. Also attend relevant competitions/meetings

Benefits
Travel and accommodation expenses for training, selection & championship events

Responsible for
RLSS UK Performance squad members

Responsible to
RLSS UK Performance Director and appointed Team Managers

Purpose
The RLSS UK Performance Programme Coach is deployed by the RLSS UK Performance Director in supporting performance programme athletes. When/if attending competitive events, the coach should support the Team Manager by assisting with planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation.

Responsibilities

 

The Coach will:

  1. Assist the Performance Director with consultation and implementation of performance plans
  2. Provide Coaching services for RLSS UK athletes as guided by the Performance Director
  3. Lead on all aspects of the RLSS UK athlete’s performance at events where an RLSS UK Team is competing.
  4. Attend designated selection competitions to view potential squad/team members
  5. Assist the Performance Director in the selection of athletes for the performance squad and official RLSS UK teams
  6. Assist with communications to athletes
  7. Attend team briefings as guided by the Team Manager (where relevant)
  8. Ensure that competitors remain relaxed, focused and disciplined prior to and during an event
  9. Be an ambassador for RLSS UK
  10. Prepare reports for the Performance Director as required
  11. Produce a performance critique for RLSS UK Teams and individual athletes
  12. Undertake any other tasks required to support the Team Manager and athletes at International event

 

Personal Specification

 

Essential

  • A member of RLSS UK.
  • Experience of coaching at a high level
  • Background in Performance Sport
  • Technical and tactical knowledge relevant to Lifesaving
  • Knowledge of ILS rules, entry and protest procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • IT Literate
  • A confident and effective Leader
  • Strong organisational skills

 

Desirable

  • A National level Coaching Qualification
  • Experience in developing and executing a logistics plan for teams – ideally this will include managing sports teams.
  • Previous experience of international lifesaving events
  • Sound understanding of UK Sport and ILS Anti-doping policies and procedures.
  • Experience in conflict resolution

 

The position will require the holder to conform to the guidelines within the RLSS UK Safeguarding Policy and the successful candidate will be required to undergo a criminal record check. Successful candidates will also be required to sign up to a Code of Conduct.

Apply for the position by completing the form below.

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Job Title

Strand Lead for Lifesaving Sport Lifesaver Development

Expected commitment

This is a voluntary role with an anticipated timescale of 18 months to 2 years.  The number of hours will vary depending on the stage of development.  The successful candidate should expect to commit approximately 8-12 hours per month.

Working with

Other Strand Leads, RLSS UK staff and volunteers and reporting directly to the Sports Governance Group (SGG).

Purpose

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is a registered Charity based in Worcester.  RLSS UK is the UK’s drowning prevention charity. Each year in the UK around 400 people die from accidental drowning. We seek to equip as many people as possible with lifesaving skills to help reduce the numbers of people losing their lives unnecessarily and to help reduce the numbers of life changing injuries incurred by near drowning incidents. IQL UK Ltd is a wholly owned trading subsidiary of RLSS UK and manages high quality aquatic qualifications on behalf of The Society.  

Lifesaving Sport was primarily developed to encourage lifesavers and lifeguards to maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. It has now grown into an international competitive swimming discipline.

RLSS UK are seeking to engage 4 Strand Leads with specific areas of responsibility to contribute actively to the development of Lifesaving Sport (see Addendum attached).  This person will work at a strategic level on their strand and sits on the SGG.

Role Summary

The purpose of this appointment is to bring specialist skills, experience knowledge and leadership to develop and support delivery of a national strategy for Lifesaver Development and which contributes directly to the development of RLSS UK Lifesaving Sport.  

Requirements of the Role:

Creating a strategy in line with the RLSS UK Participant Development Pathway to:

  • Promote and Survive & Save and Rookie Lifeguard as entry routes to participation in Lifesaving Sport activity
  • Propagate an understanding of anti-doping regulations within the UK
  • The development, promotion and delivery of the RLSS UK Participant Development Pathway (PDP). In addition, the Strand Lead – Lifesaver Development will be required to:
    • Liaise with other strand leaders to share best practice and align development plans
    • Build relationships with RLSS UK stakeholders inside and outside the Society e.g. staff, volunteers
    • Actively promote the Society’s aims and its work
    • Work with RLSS UK Performance Director and elite coaching team to maintain best practice and integrate PDP plan

 

Person Specification

The SGG would particularly welcome applications from people with particular skills and experience in the following areas:

Sports Strategy development and implementation within a National governing body

  • Strategic perception and leadership skills that enable active contribution to strategic review, planning, achievement and evaluation
  • Effective communication skills including the use of information technology
  • Effective corporate governance and ethical behaviour
  • Financial management
  • Experience of participant/athlete development plans
  • Partnership Building and the ability to work successfully with staff and volunteers
  • Knowledge of anti-doping policies and regulations
  • An ability to communicate strategies and policies to stakeholders

 

Other Information:

The Sport Governance Group (SGG) will meet quarterly with Strand Leaders.

The Society holds an annual conference in July each year and there are other meetings and events that may require attendance.

Application

The Strand Leader for Lifesaving Sport – Lifesaver Development will be reimbursed all out of pocket expenses incurred in fulfilling the role, in line with the RLSS UK expenses policy.

Applicants must apply in writing in the form of a CV to Teresa Myatt c/o RLSS UK, Redhill House, 227 London Road, Worcester, WR5 2JG or via email: [email protected]

Click here to download the Life Saving Participant Development Pathway

The closing date for applications is: Monday 4rd December

Key purpose

To advise the RLSS UK Sport Governance Group (SGG), supporting the growth of Lifesaving Sport in the Open Water environment

Expected commitment

This is a voluntary role with an anticipated timescale of 18 months to 2 years.  The number of hours will vary depending on the stage of development.  The successful candidate should expect to commit approximately 8-12 hours per month.

Working with

The members of SGG, The Performance Director, RLSS UK staff and volunteers. The Adviser reports to SGG.

Background

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is a registered Charity based in Worcester.  RLSS UK is the UK’s drowning prevention charity. Each year in the UK around 400 people die from accidental drowning. We seek to equip as many people as possible with lifesaving skills to help reduce the numbers of people losing their lives unnecessarily and to help reduce the numbers of life changing injuries incurred by near drowning incidents.

Lifesaving Sport was primarily developed to encourage lifesavers and lifeguards to maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. It has now grown into an international competitive swimming discipline

Role Summary

RLSS UK are seeking to engage an open water enthusiast/specialist, to develop sporting opportunities in Open Water that ultimately will lead to RLSS UK athletes better able to compete on a world stage.

The appointed volunteer will help SGG develop a plan for Open Water that supports the Lifesaving Sport Participant Pathway.

Requirements of the Role:

Help create a plan for Open Water in line with the RLSS UK Participant Development Pathway.

Assess the demand/opportunities for Open Water Sport then:

  1. Develop the people skills required to support the development of Open Water activity (Organisers, Officials, Coaches, Safety Teams)
  2. Co-ordinate/organise opportunities/events for RLSS UK athletes
  3. Advise on and promote relevant RLSS UK Awards as entry routes to participation in open water.
  4. Support delivery of the RLSS UK Participant Development Pathway (LSPDP).

 

In addition, the Open Water Adviser will be required to:

  1. Liaise with the SGG strand leaders to share best practice and align development plans
  2. Build relationships with RLSS UK stakeholders inside and outside the Society e.g. staff, volunteers
  3. Actively promote the Society’s aims and its work
  4. Work with RLSS UK Performance Director and elite coaching team to maintain best practice and integrate the LSPDP.

 

Person Specification

The SGG would particularly welcome applications from people with knowledge, skills and experience in the following areas:

Organising Open Water events.

Open Water Coaching, Officiating, Safety Management

An understanding of Lifesaving Sport in the open water environment

Links with associated/complimentary sports and activities

Partnership Building and the ability to work successfully with staff and volunteers

 

Other Information:

The Sport Governance Group (SGG) will meet quarterly with Strand Leaders.

The Society holds an annual conference in July each year and there are other meetings and events that may require attendance.

The Open Water Sports Adviser will be reimbursed all out of pocket expenses incurred in fulfilling the role, in line with the RLSS UK expenses policy.

Application

Applicants must apply in writing in the form of a CV to Teresa Myatt c/o RLSS UK, Redhill House, 227 London Road, Worcester, WR5 2JG or via email: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is: Monday 27th November 2017

Click here to download the Addendum 1 – 4 Strands of RLSS UK Lifesaving Sport Activity

Are you a lifeguard? Come and join us!

We lifeguard at numerous events all over the UK throughout the summer season. From festivals to rowing events, Colwick Park Lifeguards are a close-knit volunteer organisation who are looking for new volunteers! We pride ourselves on offering free food and accommodation (you’ll have to bring your own tent to the festivals!) at the majority of our events.

At the festivals, not only will you be working with a great team on shift, you will be able to spend your own time as you wish with your free wristband provided by us! We are a fun, friendly group that you could be a part of! 

If you are interested in joining us, contact our Vice Captain via email at [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Upcoming Events

1–4 June – Big Church Day Out, Cheshire
4 June – Race for Life, Nottingham
23 June – Henley Royal Regatta Qualifiers, Henley
27 June – 2 July – Henley Royal Regatta, Henley
30 June – 3 July – El Dorado Festival, Herefordshire
19–24 July – 
Secret Garden Party, Huntington
26–31 July – Port Elliot Festival, Cornwall
3–7 August – 
Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
4-6 August – Riverside Festival, Nottingham
17–20 August – 
WeWork Summer Camp

In order to prevent drowning, it is important that our key messages reach young people. Young people present a large at risk group. Our education volunteers attend schools in their local communities to spend time with young people and make sure that they are water smart.

We can provide you with all of the material and support that you need in order to deliver engaging and informative sessions that will keep the young people across your community safe and well. The materials are well laid out, comprehensive and easy to deliver.

How do I approach local schools? Click here to download a letter to send into your local schools. The letter should be sent to the Head Teacher.

Would you like to help us educate young people? We are looking for volunteers to go into schools so if you’d like to help click here to apply.

Contact us via email [email protected] for more information.

A key part of RLSS UK’s work is the delivery of practical lifesaving training in lifesaving groups across the UK and Ireland. These groups spend a considerable amount of time training people in the community so that they have the correct skills to keep themselves safe, survive if in a water-based emergency and act sufficiently should they see anybody in danger in the water. These skills and the environment that the groups operate in produce skilled and rounded young people that grow up to be ambassadors for water safety.

These groups are always looking for support, whether it is with: training, finance, organising events, equipment, fundraising or just a few extra pair of hands. We have all of the training and support that you need to get involved.

Contact us via email [email protected] to find out how to get involved with a group near you.

In order to keep children and young people safe RLSS UK targets parents so that they too are water smart and can take responsibility for their children’s safety and education. We have designed an engaging and easy to deliver programme that gives parents all they need to be able to act should their child be involved in a drowning incident, a choking incident or require emergency CPR.

You could give up a short amount of your time to deliver the Save a Baby’s Life workshop. This is a two hour workshop that is based around the practical application of lifesaving skills and you could be part of a network of volunteers. We will provide you with all the training and support you need to be ready to go save lives.

Contact us via email [email protected] for more information.

RLSS UK organises a number of events throughout the year, including sporting events – the National Lifesaving Championships and the Speed Championships. Outside the specialist support such as officiating and IT, many events require general support to help ensure smooth operations. Typical duties include reception/registration, hospitality, sales and promotions and brand ambassadors.

We are always looking for keen volunteers who love speaking to people and being positive ambassadors for the charity. If you don’t mind giving up some of your time to help the smooth operation of RLSS UK events we would love to hear from you, email [email protected]

As well as a number of dedicated Volunteer Lifeguard Units providing regular patrols, we support various open water and beach events and we are always looking for a range of volunteers to cover public information stands and/or provide safety cover at events. As part of the RLSS UK safety team you will make a significant contribution to safety provision throughout an event. Event safety often involves long hours but ultimately is very rewarding. You will be provided with full onsite training and induction so that you feel confident and competent to provide cover at the event site.

As an event safety volunteer you need to hold an appropriate supervisory qualification. Do you have an interest in open water and beach lifeguarding and want to gain the relevant qualifications? Contact us via email [email protected]