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. 

Athlete at Crawley Town Life Saving Club and Brighton Surf Life Saving Club – and now Swansea

Jack Sadberry’s lifesaving journey began in 2013 at Brighton Surf Life Saving Club where he describes “practicing tube rescues in the shore dump, on a steeply shelving pebble beach - a completely different environment to where most Lifesaving sport competitions take place.”

Whilst based in Brighton, Jack split his training between Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (training Ocean events), Crawley Town Life Saving Club (training Pool events) and the Shiverer’s Swimming Club Performance Squad, which has provided him with a fantastic rounded skillset. Having relocated for University, Jack is now enjoying being a part of Swansea University’s Swim Team.

Over his years competing, Jack has represented both England and Great Britain in international events. He describes the World Lifesaving Championships 2022 as his most memorable competition to date – when the GBR Youth team won gold in the 4x50m Medley Relay, beating favourites Australia. In addition to his Gold in the Medley, Jack also took 2 x Bronze medals home from Worlds 2022.

Jack Sadberry’s international experience continued in 2023 where he described feeling “privileged to be chosen to represent the England Open Team at the Commonwealth Life Saving Championships” in his first year as an open age group competitor. The Championships were held in Ontario, Canada where Jack won Silver in the 100m Tow with Fins.

Whilst his competitive streak is undeniable, when asked what was the best thing about getting involved with Lifesaving Sport, Jack inspirationally said:

“As a Lifeguard it makes you fitter, faster and more proficient in basic rescue technique. It provides real life practical value which could help make the difference in challenging rescues.”

Jack is a real advocate for Lifesaving Sport and would love to see more people finding their local club and getting involved. He said:

“It’s a healthy, fun, and challenging sport, with the widest selection of events: on the Beach, in the Surf and in the Pool - so there will be an event that suits you. For lifeguards it helps build confidence by making you better able to meet the physical demands of your role”.

2024 has already got off to a great start for Jack as he broke his own British record at the Welsh championships in Swansea, lowering his time from 47:87 (2023) to 47:13 in the Men’s 100m Manikin Carry with Fins - we can’t wait to see what he’ll achieve next!