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. 

Junior competitions are often referred to as Rookie Lifeguard Festivals. They allow children 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.