National Lifesaving Championships – Regional Heats

This is the new home of the regional heats for this year’s’ National Lifesaving Championship.

Important Dates for 2017

Monday 5 June 2017
Deadline for entries to reach Redhill House

Saturday 1 July to Tuesday 26 September 2017
Window for Regional Heats

Saturday 30 September 2017
Deadline for Regional Results to reach Redhill House
Trophies to be returned to Redhill House

Sunday 26 November 2017 
National Lifesaving Championship Final at John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds



Following an extensive period of review, 2016 saw the first in a series of minor modifications to the National Lifesaving Championships.  The 2017 Championships will continue this journey, focusing on equability, accessibility and sustainability.

The aim – to have a more equitable, more sustainable, more prestigious event that:

  • Encourages participation
  • Encourages skill improvement
  • Promotes lifesaving sport
  • Promotes drowning prevention
Equitability Sustainability
Individual / Pair direct entry

Individual / Pair entry fee

Individual / Pair entry fee
Accessibility X Factor
Individual entry

Removing barriers for pairs entry

Local extensions / improvements

Area of focus 2017

Individual and Pairs entry

As announced in March 2016 (via Relay, Club, Newsletter, Membership Newsletter, RLSS UK website and social media) individual entry is being introduced for the 2017 Championships. Individuals and pairs will be able to enter the championships, going straight to the Regional Heat paying a single entry fee.

As an entry system, this will be more equitable, with any lifesaver from any part of the country able to enter the Championships even if they are the only member of their branch who is participating (competitors will still need to enter under the branch in which they normally reside).

This should encourage participation from those Branches where traditionally there are few, if any entries, and ensure that local and national events have a long and sustainable future.

Removing barriers for pairs entry

With the increasing numbers of leisure centres, swim schools and schools being involved with drowning prevention, the slight widening of what is acceptable as an affiliated group for pairs to belong to is being trialled for the 2017 Championships.

Funding model

Traditionally Branches and Regions have used local charitable funds to host the Branch and Regional Heats.

From 2017, competitors will enter directly to the Regional Heat and pay an individual entry fee, a proportion of which will be designated to the Regional Heats.  This should alleviate some of the financial pressure from Regions.

RLSS UK will continue to supply the certificates, medals and Referee. Branches within the regional areas will continue to be responsible for the venue, officials and equipment.

As part of the funding model, RLSS UK is looking at various other funding streams and exploring options to make the competition more sustainable.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs here.

For all Nationals communications please email [email protected].



The College of Referees is pleased to present the rules for the National Lifesaving Championship 2017.

Significant Changes:

Rule Changes

  1. The Swim and Tow shall be a non-contact tow using a tow from the Survive and Save Manual.
  2. Survive and Save Sport is no long accepted as a prerequisite.


Organisational Changes

  1. The order of the events at this year final shall be as follows – Dry Initiative Test, Wet Initiative, Line Throw and Swim and Tow. Regionals have the option to alter the order of events to match the final.
  2. RHO’s are required to make sure that results of the wet and dry initiatives are displayed/posted before the end of the heat. This ensures competitors have fair opportunity to appeal.
  3. Team Mangers will be permitted to take the marking sheets of their competitors, once the referee has confirmed the results.


National Lifesaving Championship Rules 2017

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs here

If you have any technical queries about these rules please contact the College of Referees [email protected].



The Royal Life Saving Society are delighted to announce the entries for the 2016 Lifesaving National Championships will open 1st April 2017.

Entry Deadline Monday 5 June 2017


Championships and heats shall be held in the following categories:

  • Junior Girls (12 – 14 years)
  • Junior Boys / Mixed (12 – 14 years)
  • Senior Girls (15 – 17 years)
  • Senior Boys (15 – 17 years)
  • Ladies’ Individual (16 +)
  • Men’s Individual (16 +)
  • Masters Ladies (Age Groups: 30-39 years; 40-49 years; 50-59 years; 60 +)
  • Masters Mens (Age Groups: 30-39 years; 40-49 years; 50-59 years; 60 +)


Entry Requirements

All competitors for the Championships must be in current individual category membership and hold one of the awards (as listed in the rules) by midday on 1 June 2017. All competitors must remain in membership throughout their participation in the competition.

Entry Fee

£15.00 per person


If anyone is in doubt of their membership status, please contact the RLSS UK Membership team on 0300 3230 096.  For more information about RLSS UK membership please click here.


Competitors shall, at the date of entry, fulfil the following conditions:

Masters, Individuals and Seniors- hold a current: RLSS UK Survive & Save Bronze Medallion, Beach or Stillwater Award (or higher), or RLSS UK Beach Lifeguard qualification or RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard qualification, including RLSS UK Assistant Beach Lifeguard.

Juniors – hold a current RLSS UK Survive & Save Bronze Medallion, Beach or Stillwater Award (or higher), or Rookie Silver Level 3.

Dive starts

Competitors who wish to dive will need to have completed the dive start check list with the guidance document.

Entry Forms

Click here to complete the online entry form

Click here to download the National Lifesaving Championship 2017 Entry Form

Deadline for Entry: Monday 5 June 2017

Official & Volunteers


Officials and volunteers (timekeepers and causalities especially) are required for all Regional Heats if you are interested in helping out please contact the Regional Heat Organiser (RHO).  Contact details for RHO’s can be found in the regional heat details section.

For questions about rules please contact [email protected].


  • Referee
  • Deputy Referee
  • Technical Officials
  • Timekeepers
  • Casualties
  • Runners
  • Marshalls

Regional Heat Organisers


Please ensure that you have confirmed:

  • Your Name and Contact Details (for the website and distribution to competitors in your Region)
  • An address for posting the certificates and medals to (collection at conference is an option)
  • The date, time and venue of your heat


Please click here for the guidance for Regional Heat Organisers.


All RHO’s are required to return:

  • The results of the regional heat
  • A list of those moving forward to the final (space in the score if used)
  • A copy of the initiatives used


RHO Pack

Regional Heat Organisers Pack Contents

  1. Briefing Sheets – to support constancy with casualties
  2. Past SERCs – to support training and provide ideas
  3. Templates
    a. Initiative Test Templates
    b. Certificate template(s) (optional)
    c. Competitor Letter of Invitation (optional)
  4. Invitation for casualties
  5. Risk assessment Template
  6. Allocation of additional places
  7. Announcers prompt card
  8. Draw generator – random draw generator
  9. Event checklist
  10. Event planner
  11. Event budget template
  12. Protest Form
  13. Risk assessment example
  14. Score Sheets (printable and excel)
  15. Role of the College of Referees
  16. Safeguarding photo
  17. Application formsa. Casualtiesb. Timekeepers
  18. Suggested tweets
  19. Press Release


Regional Heat Organisers Pack [Zip file download to be provided]

If there is anything else which may be of use please contact [email protected].


All Ireland

RHO: Noel Mulhair
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Saturday 23 September 2017
Time:  2.30pm
Venue: National Aquatics Centre, Dublin

East Midlands

RHO: Jeremy Johnson
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Saturday 9 September
Time: 16:00 – 19:00
Venue: Queen Street Bath Derby


RHO: Ali Pugh
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Sunday 9 July 2017
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Venue: Ipswich High School

North East

RHO: Rebecca Leighton
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Sunday 17 September 2017 
Time: 9:30 – 13:00
Venue: Chester le Street Pool, County Durham

North West

RHO: Lynn Billingham
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Liverpool Aquatics Centre


RHO: Ella Hunt
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Sunday 3 September 2017
Time: 11:30
Venue: Castlemilk, Glasgow

South East

RHO: David Flood
Contact: [email protected]
Date: 3 & 17 September 2017
Time: TBC
Venue: St Joseph’s Williamson School, Rochester


RHO: Jo Young
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Gosport Leisure Centre

South West

RHO: Sue Hutchings
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Sunday 3 September 2017
Time: 4-7pm
Venue: Bovey Tracey Swimming Pool 


RHO: Aled Bowen
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Saturday 9 September
Time: 12:00
Venue: Llanelli Leisure Centre Park

West Midlands

RHO: Teresa Myatt
Contact: [email protected] 
Date: Saturday 23 September 2017
Time: 17:30
Venue: Droitwich Leisure Centre


Alexander Blandford
Contact: [email protected]
Date: Saturday 23 September 2017 
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity Sports Centre, Bridgewater


RHO: Louise Wells
Contact: [email protected]
Date: 3 September 2017
Time:  Registration 0900, Start 1000 – Finish 1600
Venue: John Charles Sports Centre, Leeds