Lifesaving Sport

Welcome to the NEW Lifesaving Sports Area, this area has been set up to help you easily navigate everything lifesaving sport related! 

The Royal Life Saving Society UK is a National Governing Body for Lifesaving Sport - a sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation. 

Our aim is to provide an inclusive range of opportunities to increase participation in lifesaving activities.

We recognise the importance of equipping as many people as possible with valuable lifesaving skills to help save as many lives as possible and to help reduce the drowning toll in the UK.

Junior competition is often referred to as a Rookie Festival.  They allow children, Rookies the opportunity to showcase their lifesaving skills in a friendly competitive environment. 

What is a Rookie Lifeguard National Festival?

Rookie Lifeguard National Festivals are an exciting way for Rookies to test their lifesaving skills in a fun and competitive environment. Aimed at Rookies from under 8 up to 14 years old, these Festivals are a great opportunity to invite Rookies from local Lifesaving clubs to come and join in the fun and compete against each other.

National Rookie Festivals are events which follow a standard structure, a standard set of rules and are flexible enough to allow clubs, schools, branches and regions to run their own local “National Rookie Festival”. They are designed to engage, motivate and develop young lifesavers.

How do I deliver a Rookie Lifeguard National Festival?

RLSS UK want to ensure we make running a Rookie Lifeguard National Festival as easy as possible, so we have developed several resources which help explain the process of organising a Festival!

This includes information from choosing a venue and advertising your Festival, to what equipment and help you will need on the day.


Festival Packs are available free for Rookie Instructors.  They can be downloaded from your RLSS UK account Resource area. 

Rookie Instructors will also find additional games, activities and award bolt-ons in the RLSS Direct resource area.