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. 


Saturday 23 March 2024

7:15 Warm Up
8:30 Racing Starts 

  • 50m Manikin Carry
  • Super Lifesaver
  • Pool Lifesaver Relay
  • 100m Obstacles
  • 200m Obstacles
  • 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay
  • 10m Line Throw
  • 12.5 Line Throw
  • Line Throw Relay
Sunday 24 March 2024

7:15 Warm Up
8:30 Racing Starts 

  • 100m Manikin Carry
  • 4 x 25m Manikin Relay
  • Rescue Medley
  • 100m Manikin Tow
  • Medley Relay

Please note that all 12-14 and 60+ events will be held in the 25m pool except Obstacles and Relays.
They will use RLSS UK Manikins and Torpedo Buoys.


Please click the button below to read the full rules and procedures document for Speeds 2024.

2024 Rules and Procedures

Significant changes in Rules
  1. Section 1.2 Gender is a new section so the “Transgender Inclusion Policy Position – Competitive Lifesaving” can be incorporated into the  rules:
  2. Section 1.3 The 19+ has been changed to 19/29. To allow people to only be eligible for one medal.
  3. Section Re-added a line stating the 12-14 years shall use a half-filled manikin.
  4. Section 1.4  Eligibility Tables updated to reflect 2024 events and ILS additions.
  5. Section 1.4.2 Merged medals into Eligibility Section.
  6. Section 1.4.2  Updated internal referencing errors.
  7. Section 1.5.4  Expanded age-groups for line throw pairings to allow 12-14 and 15-18 to compete in the age categories above, if paired with someone in that category.
  8. Section 2  Reference changed from letters to numbers to match the rest of the document.
  9. Section 3.1 These now reference the ILS 2023 ILS Competition Rulebook FINAL June 2023  and ILS Competition Rule Book 2023 Bulletin 01 May 2023.
  10. Section 3.2 Added reference to new ILS events.
  11. Section 4.1.1 Updated Line Throw Relay to reflect changes in the backline from the ILS events.
  12. Section Re-wording of AOE Referee to better reflect lifesaving terminology and process.
  13. Section 5 A new sub-section detailing how results are declared final and ready for presentation.

Entry Requirements

  • Individual RLSS UK Membership - click here for details on becoming a member.
  • It will be a requirement that each participating club provides the services of a volunteer to act as a timekeeper for the duration of the championship and a manikin. It is strongly advised that volunteers acting as timekeepers have achieved the RLSS UK Timekeeper Award.
    • To access the Timekeeper Award, please either login to your RLSS UK Account (powered by tahdah) or create your account if you are new to RLSS UK. When you have successfully logged in, visit your Online Learning area to gain the Timekeeper Award, you can click here for a step by step guide.

To check if your membership and award status login to your RLSS UK Account (powered by tahdah)

Information Webinar and Q&A

29 February 2024, 7.30pm

Join us for an online webinar as the event organisers and Chief Referee share key information about the National Speed Lifesaving Championships 2024 and its new venue of Sandwell Aquatics Centre (Commonwealth Pool). We expect the webinar to last for an hour and there will be time for questions and answers. Everyone is welcome to join so we hope to see you there.

In the best interests of the competitors, managers are requested to attend this meeting to ensure that they understand the championship conditions and to be provided with information relating to the operation of the event.

Webinar Joining Link


All entries need to be paid in full on entry. The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Monday 4 March 2024

Book now for Speeds 2024












200m Obstacle Swim

100m Obstacle Swim

50m Manikin Carry

50m Manikin Carry
(With Half Filled Manikin)

100m Rescue Medley

100m Rescue Medley (With Half Filled Manikin)

100m Manikin Carry
with Fins

100m Manikin Carry with Fins (With Half Filled Manikin)

100m Manikin Tow with Fins

50m Manikin Tow with Fins

200m Super Lifesaver

100m Manikin Lifesaving Relay

12.5m Line Throw

10m Line Throw

Relay Events




Open (15+)





4 x 25 Manikin Relay

4 x 25 Manikin Relay
(With Half Filled Manikin)

4 x 50m Obstacle Relay

4 x 50m Medley Relay

4 x 10m Line Throw

4 x 50m Pool Lifesaver

4 x 50m Rescue Tow Relay