Lifesaving Sport

The Royal Life Saving Society UK is the National Governing Body for pool-based Lifesaving Sport - a sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Lifesaving Sport is the only sport whose skills are first learned for humanitarian purposes.

As showcased in our new promotional video, Lifesaving Sport is a competitive and dynamic international sport, with a variety of fun and challenging activities that take place in and out of the water at swimming pools and the beach. It is also an important vehicle to engage young people in lifesaving and support drowning prevention. 

The National Lifesaving Academy (NLA) Sport Awards are structured into two levels that progressively build up the athlete’s fitness and skills and prepare them for competition.

Stage I: Introduction to Lifesaving Sport

This award teaches athletes the basics of Lifesaving Sport, from surface diving to towing with a rescue tube. It is designed to be accessible to as many people as possible. It requires minimal equipment investment for those lifesaving and swimming clubs who want to try something new with their members. It’s also an ideal award to work towards in a secondary school swimming environment or as part of activities run as part of holiday clubs in leisure centres and swimming pools.

Stage II: Event Awards

The Stage II Sport Awards are a collection of awards that aim to teach the specialist skills required for different Lifesaving Sport events. Currently, athletes can choose to work towards awards in Manikin Carry, Manikin Tow, Line Throw, and Obstacles. Each award tests the athlete’s lifesaving sport skills and their knowledge of the rules of that event.