Time to take the plunge in aid of drowning prevention

06 April 2017

Time to take the plunge in aid of drowning prevention

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), makes a welcome return to Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall for its annual Ragley Crawl Open Water Festival next month.

Now in its third year, the festival’s increasing popularity is a testament to the rise in open water swimming participation, an opportunity to support the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity and is an easy introduction to the sport.

Former Olympian and RLSS UK Ambassador, Greg Whyte is leading the charge at the event on Sunday 21 May, and wants to encourage all swimmers to give it a go.

He said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the RLSS UK Open Water Festival again this year and with four competitions over the course of the day, there’s something for everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to give open water swimming a go, this is the perfect opportunity to jump right in!”

With two half-mile challenges, a tougher one mile swim and a Rookie Raid for the kids, the charity event sets itself as the ideal place for the beginner to try open water swimming for the very first time, and for the seasoned athlete to test themselves.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for swimmers of all levels, to try open water swimming in some truly prestigious surroundings,” said RLSS UK’s Technical Director, Adrian Lole.

“First and foremost, the event is designed to be a great day out for swimmers, their families and their friends, but it also gives people the chance to fundraise for and support RLSS UK in our drowning prevention work and our moves towards increasing secure, open water swimming locations across the UK.

“As leaders in water safety and lifesaving education, the work we do ensures that open water swimming, one of the UK’s fastest growing sports, remains both accessible and safe,” he added.

All participants will have the chance to take advantage of an on-site sport massage service, as well as the support of RLSS UK qualified lifeguards, throughout the event. There will be a variety of family activities, stalls, RLSS UK merchandise and refreshments, all in aid of the charity’s drowning prevention work. RLSS UK is pleased to confirm that the entry charges for all four swim events have been held at 2016 prices:

  • The One Miler (16+ years only) £22 per person
  • The Ladies Half-Miler (12+ years only) £22 per person
  • The Family Friendly Half-Miler (12+ years only) £22 per person
  • The Rookie Raid (8-12 years only) £6 per person

 

All fees include entry to the house and grounds of Ragley Hall for swimmers and two accompanying supporters, valid for those who arrive at the venue before 9:30am.

Anyone who arrives after 9:30am will be charged the standard entrance fee to Ragley Hall and Ragley Estate for the day.

The event follows a triathlon organised by Evesham Vale Triathletes.

For more information about access to Ragley Hall Park and Gardens visit www.ragley.co.uk

Press call – Representatives from the media are invited to attend an interview and photo opportunity at the Open Water Festival at Ragley Hall on Sunday 21 May. Please confirm your attendance by contacting Porcha Treanor or Claire Huggins on 0300 323 0096 or email [email protected] or [email protected]k.  

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the drowning prevention charity.  Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and the RLSS UK aims to prevent drowning through water safety education.

Through its trading subsidiary, 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.

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. The next campaign will run from 16 – 26 June, 2017.