The concept underlying the Honours system is that length of service and meritorious work should each be recognised separately. There are, therefore, two series of Honours – Service Honours and Merit Honours. Each series is independent of the other and each has different criteria of eligibility. Individuals may, and often will, hold both Service and Merit Honours and could receive one of each in a single year. It should be emphasised that both Service Honours and Merit Honours have equal value and are awarded in recognition of valuable work done to support the aims of the Society.

Merit Honours

Merit Honours are awarded, to individual members, members of affiliated clubs/organisations and ATCs in membership, for meritorious contribution to the Society. Only in exceptional circumstances would this be awarded to a nominee younger than 16 years of age.

There is no length of service requirement for Merit Honours, although it would be difficult for a nominee to fulfil the criteria for one of the higher Merit Honours without having contributed to the work of the Society for a significant number of years.

Service Honours

 Service Honours can be awarded to individual members, members of affiliated clubs/organisations and ATCs in membership, for years of continuous service to the Society.

Definition of service is teaching or assessing or assisting with the organisation, management or promotion of a group or club, or other significant contribution to support the charity to achieve its drowning prevention aims. The nominee should show a consistently high level of commitment to the Society.

Service should not comprise simply of membership of the Society or a club, or obtaining lifesaving awards, or for taking part in competitions.  Service may be taken from the age of 14 years, if appropriate, providing the relevant criteria are met (it would not be possible, therefore, to nominate someone who is under 18 years of age).

Special Trophies and Awards

Nominations for any of the trophies must have the support of the Branch Management or Branch Honours Committee and be signed by the Branch Chairman (no other signature is acceptable unless the nominee in question holds both of these office, and in this case the Administrator or designated officer must sign and note the office held by the signatory).

The citation for trophies and special awards must relate to work carried out in 2017 ONLY. Nominations are encouraged to be explicit as possible stating specific facts in order to provide the greatest opportunity to be picked for the specific award.

Nominations should be submitted to Headquarters on a ‘Merit Honours Nomination Form for 2018’.

Citations for all nominations must not contain more than 250 typed words.

The Stanley Peck Trophy

This trophy is awarded to a person who does most to carry out the objectives of the Society in their local area, in any capacity.

The Brian Morrissey Cup

The award is to be made for the work undertaken on a Society Community Programme. Nominations can be for an individual, club or group.

The Ken White Trophy

Nominations can be made for any fundraising work on behalf of the Society at National, Regional, Branch or Club or local level. The citation should recognise the level of commitment and enthusiasm given throughout 2017.  It is not necessarily recognition of the amount of funds raised.

Nominations can be submitted for a Club or Individual


The Clive Holland Trophy

  1. This trophy is to be awarded to an RLSS UK affiliated club who has done the most to carry out the objectives of the Society in their local area.

    It might recognise club development; growth in numbers of members or awards; collaboration with other groups; innovative use of programmes; development of lifesaving sport locally; community involvement or service or a mixture of all or any of these.  We are looking for a Club which shows considerable impact in the promotion of the Society and its aims.

  2. Specific examples relating to people’s activity on behalf of the Society, for which the nominated Club has been directly responsible, must be given, such as details of the Club’s programme of activity, impact of the programme such as number of awards taken, newspaper articles pertaining to the group and its involvement and impact in the community; letters of thanks may be included.

Young Lifesaver of the Year Certificate

The Trustees are committed to their aim to create opportunities for young people to become involved in all aspects of the Society’s work, the National Honours Committee continues to recognise the contribution of young people in their local area.

  1. Each Branch is required to nominate a young person aged between 14 and 24 at 31 December 2017).  A brief citation is required, to enable your Branch Honours Committee to make its final decision on the onename to be submitted to the National Honours Committee for ratification.
  2. There is no specific criteria; Branches however should consider the contribution of each and every young person nominated, whatever their role or involvement for whichever club or group, before they make their final decision.
  3. The one successful nomination within each Branch should be forwarded to the National Honours Committee and the recipient will be invited to the Honours Ceremony to receive their Certificate.

Young Leaders Trophy

A young person aged between 14 and 24 who has demonstrated outstanding personal leadership in contributing to meeting the aims of the Society.

The National Honours Committee will promote one individual from the published list of ‘Young Lifesaver of The Year Certificates’ to be honoured with the Young Leaders Trophy.