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. 

Every year RLSS UK puts on National Lifesaving Sports events, but we couldn't do it without the enthusiastic support of event volunteers.  There are numerous different roles you help to support our events. 

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Perry Buoy Costume: Perry Buoy is the public cuddly face of the RLSS UK. Perry will generally make an appearance at different stages throughout events. This role involving dressing up as Perry and interacting with members of the public and children. A reasonable level of fitness is required as the costume is slightly heavy.

Perry Buoy Support: Escort Perry Buoy safely around venues and be responsible for taking donations made to the charity during the walk.

Raffle Ticket Seller: Selling raffle tickets on behalf of the RLSS UK at the event. All proceeds going towards drowning prevention.

Bucket Collector: We need enthusiastic and polite people who can communicate key drowning prevention messages to members of the general public whilst motivating them to donate to the charity. Bucket collections are an essential way of raising money for the RLSS UK.

Event Support

Runners: Support event team to ensure the smooth running of the competition. This will involve working with officials, competitors and team managers. It will also involve hosting duties, moving equipment and general event support.

Exhibition Stands: Work with the event team to man the exhibition stands. This will involve talking to members of the public, competitors and spectators, dealing with enquires, taking donations, selling programmes and raffle tickets.

Social Media Support: Be part of the RLSS UK Communications Team to support social media activities throughout the event and taking photos.

Programme Sales: Work with the event team to welcome competitors, team managers, spectators and members of the public, whilst selling programmes.

Underwater Team: Work with the Underwater Diving Team to deliver a successful and smooth event. This will include swimming and moving equipment.

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