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. 

Travelling with athlete’s areas to consider


  • When, Where, Who, Risk Assessment

Communications with parents/athletes

  • Pick up times and meeting times
  • Destination and venue
  • Competition details
  • Kit and equipment
  • Emergency procedures – home contacts
  • Remote supervision
  • Consent form
  • Media release & photography forms
  • Medical forms
  • In-loco parents
  • Code of conduct


  • What type
  • Catering, special diets, allergies, water provision
  • Suitability for groups – accessibility
  • Room lists


  • Journey time and stopping
  • Supervision
  • Suitability and accessibility
  • Private cars, driver checks, insurance and seatbelts

Supervision and Staffing

  • Number of staff and athletes
  • Who: male, female and specialists
  • Responsibilities
  • Emergency procedures
  • First aid provision
  • Specific medical details and medication
  • Reporting procedures 


  • Liability – accidents


  • For the trip
  • Socialising 


  • Payment schedule – deposit, stages and payment


  • Check – rooms, meal times, phones, valuables
  • Check venue
  • Information on medicationArrange group meeting(s)
  • Timetable for everyone
  • Confirm procedures with staff
  • Confirm athletes known how to contact the Team Manager
  • Rules, codes of conduct