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. 

Lifesaving Sport relies heavily on a dedicated team of volunteers to officiate. Please apply below if you are interested in volunteering and have the appropriate skills and qualifications. 

Role Descriptions


  • Referee or Deputy Referee (FW) (Saturday and Sunday): To ensure the smooth running of the competition and that all competitors can compete on a fair and equal level. This will involve working with officials, volunteers, team managers and competitors.
  • Technical Official (Saturday and Sunday): Several roles are available for suitably qualified officials – Event Director, Starter, Finish Judge, Lane Judge, Turn Judge, Competitor Liaison.
  • Recording Team (FW) (Saturday and Sunday): Ensure the smooth running of the event by assisting with administration and recording of times.
  • Timekeepers
  • Runners
  • Marshals
  • Under water and equipment team (Saturday and Sunday): Join the underwater team to ensure the smooth running of the event. This will involve scuba diving those individuals who are PADI or BSAC qualified are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Starter

The closing date for entries is 1700hrs on Tuesday 2 January 2024

Any questions, contact us via email [email protected].