Could you save a life? Warwickshire leisure sites will teach you how.

15 May 2017

Everyone Active is offering free Royal Life Saving Society UK Save A Life courses at its Warwickshire sites to help equip residents with lifesaving skills.

Everyone Active centres in Stratford Upon Avon, Shipston, Studley and Southam have already ran the RLSS UK Save A Baby’s Life course to both members and non-members earlier this year, with participants agreeing that they’d learnt a lot and felt more confident in caring for a child.

RLSS UK’s Save A Life series comprises of four, two hour workshops that can be taken individually and are tailored for infant, child and adult care. Each workshop covers basic life support (CPR), as well as diagnosis and treatment of both choking and drowning. There is an additional element that trains participants to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator).

Funding support was thanks to Southam Lions and the Stratford Town Trust, course materials were provided by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) and venue, trainers and administration all handled by Everyone Active.

Everyone Active’s Health and Safety Trainer, Martin Walters said: “We’re delighted so many people opted to take up our first course and hope they’ll come back for more and bring their friends!

“At Everyone Active we’re passionate about our centres being the hub of the community, bringing people together through fitness, education and fun! Not only are these courses providing valuable lifesaving skills, they’re completely free and open to anyone to get involved.”

Everyone Active has also raised £100 for RLSS UK, in support of its vital drowning prevention work.

Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management, welcomed Everyone Active’s commitment.

He said: “Our passion for lifesaving skills and water safety means we recognise that our courses have to be as accessible as possible. We are thrilled that Everyone Active centres are running the Save A Life Series and will be well attended, equipping people with valuable lifesaving skills.”

Further courses are planned at participating centres across the year –

RLSS UK Save A Child’s Life:

Stratford Leisure Centre         18th May          11:00am – 1:00pm
(T: 01789 268 826)                 19th May          5:00pm – 7:00pm

Studley Leisure Centre           18th May          5:00pm – 7:00pm
(T: 01527 857 161)

Shipton Leisure Centre           19th May          10:30am – 12.30pm
(T: 01608 662 354)

Southam Leisure Centre         20th May          10:00am – Midday
(T: 01926 817 788)

RLSS UK Save An Adult’s Life:                       July – September

RLSS UK AED (defibrillator) Training:            October- December

For more information on the free courses contact your local Everyone Active leisure centre or find your local centre at www.everyoneactive.com/centre-finder

IQL UK is the trading subsidiary of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity.

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 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. IQL UK also offers the National Pool Management Qualification and First Aid at Work qualifications as part of its portfolio.

Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and the charity aims to prevent drowning and promote water safety education through campaigns and its lifesaving programmes.

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 drownings that occur each year and support families affected by drowning. This year’s week runs from June 16-26.

For more information and interview/spokesperson opportunities contact Claire Huggins by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 323 0096.