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. 

The RLSS Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships took place at the at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre in Ontario, Canada from 13 - 17 September 2023.

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Read our updates from the competition below:  

18 September 2023

Our home nation teams got dressed up ready to enjoy the Closing Banquet and medal ceremonies...

At the end of the competition, Team England came overall 2nd, Team Wales came overall 4th and Team Scotland came overall 8th in the Commonwealth - a truly remarkable result! Congratulations to you all.

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17th September 2023

Team England dominated the wet SERCs with both national (Watson, Bentley, Sadberry, Waterfall) and development (Dickerson, Goodwin, Lee, Russell-Ross) teams being crowned champions!

A rush of Gold medals then followed in the dry SERCs for the national men (Waterfall), national women (Watson/Robson) and development men (Lee). 

In the national men, Team England cinched all 3 medals with Wheeler and Cusselle following up Waterfall with a Silver and a Bronze. Postlethwaite and Carter both also won Bronze in their development categories. Amaia and Kiran then kept the medals coming with a Silver and Bronze for Kiran. The team finished the competition in style with Silvers for the national men, national women and development women in the medley relay - and even a Bronze for the development men.

16 September 2023

Team England have their first Commonwealth Champion as Amaia came first in the development 50m Manikin Carry with an incredible 38.84 performance! The medals kept on coming throughout the day with Silver in the 4x50m Manikin Carry Relay for the national Men, Woman and development Women teams. The development Boys take home Bronze.

The 200 Super also proved to be a spectacle in the women’s National with Emily Robson winning the silver and Heather Watson touching in third to get her second individual medal of the competition. Team England are now raring to go for day 3!

15 September 2023

A fantastic first day of competing for Team England with Jack picking up a Silver in the Men's 100 Tow, Heather picking up a Bronze in the Women's Tow and medals for both in the Obstacle Relays; a Bronze for the boys and Silver for the girls. The development team will also be bringing home a few medals and there have been loads of new PBs set - well done guys!
Congratulations are also in order to Team Scotland with Abi, Sam, Harris and Lewis all achieving 3rd place Bronze Medal for the 12m Line Throw!
Team Northern Ireland are celebrating a successful day 1 with 25 PBs, 15 finals and 3 silver medalist events!
Team Wales put on a fantastic performance with one of each; a Bronze, Silver and Gold medal!

14 September 2023

Athletes enjoyed an 8am Opening Ceremony followed by a Sports development panel and clinic, 5 course lunch and last but not least one final pool session before the racing starts tomorrow!

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We also need to say a big thank you and well done to the amazing officials that are representing RLSS for Commonwealths 2023...

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commonwealths 2023 officials

13 September 2023

On the official first day of training for the Championships, Team England finalised their relay orders and perfected their changeovers. They also enjoyed some sunny dry sercs in the afternoon on the hotel terrace. 

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12 September 2023

Some Team England photos from the last few days. Lots of training to get used to the Canadian equipment, followed by lots of fun exploring the beautiful waterfront of Windsor, Ontario.
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Congratulations are in order to Mia, Odhran and Anna who have been appointed as Team NI's National Team Captains for the Ladies, Men and Development teams.

Team NI Captains - Commonwealth 2023

11 September 2023

RLSS UK would like to wish the very best of luck to our home nation athletes competing in Canada! We will use this page to share any updates we receive.

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Team England arriving in Canada

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Team Northern Ireland before heading to Canada

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Team Scotland arriving at the WIATC

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Team Wales at their last training session before Commonwealths '23!