Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team


The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Lifesaving Team is the elite team in Lifesaving Sport, competing at world level. Team members will have the opportunity to compete in the World Lifesaving Championships, the pinnacle of competitive Lifesaving Sport.


Call for GBR Ocean, Beach and Pool Specialist Coaches

GBR Lifesaving is seeking applications of interest from skilled and experienced ocean, beach and pool specialists. Our plan is to create a group of experienced, knowledgeable people who can provide specialist coaching and competition experience to the GBR Team and the GBR squad 2016-2018

Coaches will be selected from the group to travel to International events including:

Worlds – Lifesaving 2016, European Championships 2017 and Worlds – Rescue 2018.

We recognise that many of the voluntary coach specialists within lifesaving have busy professional and personal lives and may not be able to commit to every event. Furthermore, we are keen to develop younger coaches who have previously competed as athletes for GBR, both to ensure succession planning and to capitalise on international experience gained which is invaluable to our developing athletes

We will be developing a GBR athlete squad after Lifesaving2016 and all future GBR Teams (2017 onwards) will be selected from the squad.

We are looking for a number of individuals who will join GBR and who could either:

contribute and support the athletes selected for this years Team going to Lifesaving2016, and contribute towards the development of a GBR squad

contribute to the development of a GBR squad and support squad training. This option may suit specialist coaches who can’t commit to international travel but are wiling and able to contribute to squad training

We would anticipate that all GBR selected coach specialists would attend the GBR athlete trial 18 & 19 June, Portreath Cornwall, to observe the athletes race.They will not be expected to select the Teams

If you would like to apply, please view the role description below and submit a one-page letter covering the points with a CV to by 3pm Friday 3 June 2016.

Announcements will be made by Monday 6 June latest.

We are looking for dedicated voluntary support to:

Lead and inspire athletes at squad training camps and at International competition
Develop training programmes for training camps
Travel to International competition, if selected (all expenses will be paid)
The individuals will:

Hold a coaching qualification, or be willing to undertake a training course (particularly relevant to the younger specialists who may wish to apply)
Provide evidence of recent relevant coaching experience, including named teams and athletes
Report to the One Team Manager and One Team Steering Group
Hold or be willing to undertake a safeguarding qualification and training in safeguarding
Have International competition experience as an athlete or coach
Be a current member of at least one National Governing Body and be in good standing with the NGB (RLSS, SLSGB or SLSA Wales)
Have knowledge & understanding of ILS & ILSE rules
Have excellent independent references which can be verified


The GB & NI Lifesaving Team is selected on the basis of the best athletes available who are eligible for selection, and will be invited based on their potential to bring home a medal at the World Championships.

When selecting the team, potential is key – so an athlete with the best potential may take preference over athletes with similar scores at individual events. The events which will contribute to selection are:

  • SLSGB Surf League, Selection Trial & National Championship
  • RLSS UK National Speed Championships
  • SLSGB British Life Saving Pool Championships
  • SLS Wales National Stillwater Championships
  • ILS recognised Pool and Ocean Championships (athletes to supply results)


To be eligible for the GB & NI Lifesaving team, athletes must have a current full membership of either SLSGB or RLSS UK, and must declare their availability for selection. Athletes who compete exclusively in Ocean or Pool events will not automatically be excluded from the selection process for the GB & NI squad or the final team.

There is a compulsory team selection event where potential GB & NI Lifesaving Team to assess athlete ability and potential, where the final team will be selected. Final Team selection is determined by the Team Manager and Assistant Manager, and verified by the RLSS UK and SLSGB Performance Directors.

RLSS UK Performance Squad Final

The RLSS UK Performance Squad represents the top performing lifesavers and those who truly excel at Lifesaving Sport. Our squad nurtures talent to develop potential and performance, providing a pathway to excellence.

The squad is led by a range of top coaches with different specialisms, all of whom are committed to developing and inspiring lifesaving athletes.

Entry to the Performance Squad is through the RLSS UK National Speed Championships, where potential squad members are scored based on their placement throughout six events. There are also selection opportunities throughout the year at the discretion of the Coach Team.

GBR High Performance Lifesaving is pleased to announce the GBR Lifesaving Squad 2017

The purpose of the new GBR Lifesaving Squad is to support the selected Squad athletes over the year to develop athletic ability and performance, and support some of the best and most promising lifesaving athletes in the country.

Invitation and selection to the Squad does not pre-determine or give favour to the Squad athletes for GBR Team selection for international competition. However, athletes who embrace and utilise the Squad programme and use it to further enhance and develop their training programme will be able to use their increased technical ability when declaring for Team selection and participating in the GBR Team Trial.

Click here to download the GBR Squad Selection Criteria

Click here to download the GBR Lifesaving Squad 2017