The National Lifesaving Championship (Nationals) is the premier lifesaving competition in the UK. Lifesaving sport was primarily intended to encourage lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives. This competition plays an important role in promoting the technical skills, knowledge and decision making abilities of lifesavers.
Nationals attract lifesavers of all ages, from all regions and brings them together in the mutual pursuit of excellence. Each participant has the knowledge and skills to help prevent drowning and promote an active and healthy lifestyle through lifesaving activity.
Lifesaving competitions consist of a variety of competitions to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation. This competition has four elements to test the skills of competitors:
Life Support Initiative Test
Competitors will have 90 seconds to respond to a dry simulation to demonstrate emergency first aid and casualty care.
Aquatic Initiative Test
Competitors have 90 seconds to respond to an Aquatic Initiative Test, which will test their assessment of the situation, their lifesaving skills and after rescue treatment.
Swim and Tow
Competitors enter the water, swim to their team mate who they then tow to the designated finishing point. The Swim and Tow shall be a non-contact tow using a tea towel (to represent an item of clothing) of a minimum size of 500 x 300mm. The towel is to be in the competitor’s possession at the start of the event.
The competitor has to coil a rope, throw it out to a team mate and pull them back in.
Competitors work their way through the Regional qualifiers to represent their area in the National Final.