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 European Youth Lifesaving Championships 2023 took place in Poland with Pool events taking place in Gorzów Wielkopolski (20-22 August) and Ocean events taking place in Międzyzdroje (24-26 August).

The athletes representing team GB are:

Farli Abram-Bridges (Woolacombe SLSC) Kiran Gammon (Woolacombe SLSC)
Maisy Hawkins (Gyllyngvase SLSC) Terry Miller (Polzeath SLSC)
Anya Hocking (Gyllyngvase SLSC) Owen Pope (Newquay SLSC)
Amaia Lopez (Crawley Town Lifesaving Club) Freddie Postlethwaite (Ripley Rascals)
Heather Watson (Ripley Rascals) Luke Waterfall (Ripley Rascals)
Annabelle Williams (Portreath SLSC) Cai Williams (Sker & Pink Bay SLSC)
Eve Hickman (Rest Bay SLSC) Joshua Eyre (Holywell Bay SLSC)

You can watch a livestream of the event and view live timesheets via the links below:

View Results

27 August 2023

RLSS UK would like to congratulate all of the incredible athletes that have represented the Youth Team GBR at Europeans 2023. Great Britain finished 5th in the overall aggregate points and will bring home 2x Bronze, 9x Silver and 2x Gold medals.

We now look forward to the Open Championships in Belgium this September!

European Youth Team 2023

26 August 2023

A fast and furious final day on the beach as Team GBR delivered yet again!

In the Ski event, our four GBR competitors cruised into the final, and Terry cruised THROUGH the final coming away with a Gold medal! It was a brilliant 2nd, 3rd and 4th place for the others securing more medals and points for the team.

Again, in the Ocean Man / Ocean Woman events; all four athletes qualified for the finals and Team GBR picked up points for placing 3rd (Bronze), 4th, 5th and 7th - well done team!

The final race of the Championships was the Ocean Man / Woman Relay... and what a race it was! RLSS UK sends a huge congratulations to both teams who finished in second place and will bring home some Silver medals.

Thank you to all of the world-class athletes who have represented GBR Lifesaving in this competition. It has been amazing to follow along and we are in awe of your skills! Time to now enjoy the medal ceremony and closing party - Congratulations!

25 August 2023

The second Beach day was even better than the first...

In the Beach Flags, all four competing Team GBR athletes qualified for the final 16. From there, RLSS UK's Luke and his team mate Annie placed in 9th position and cheered on team mates Farli and Cai who came away with silver medals!

Well done to all GBR athletes competing in the highly competitive Rescue Tube Relay - the girls (including Rascals' Heather) finished in 11th place overall and the boys 8th (including Rascals' Luke). 

Team GBR secured 7th, 5th, 4th and 3rd places in the Board, taking away a Bronze medal and lots of points for the tally - congratulations!

In the Mixed Ocean Taplin Relay, the team led from the front and delivered an incredible performance securing the first Gold medal of the Championship for GBR! 

With one final day of competition left - the team are clearly ready to give their everything!

Europeans Youth 2023

Europeans Youth 2023

Europeans Youth 2023

24 August 2023:

On the first beach day, Luke Waterfall secured a B final spot alongside two of his GBR team mates in the competitive Beach Sprints securing valuable points.

Both the boys and girls teams reached the A finals in the Beach Sprint Relay and came away with silver medals! What a great achievement - congratulations to Luke and the rest of team GBR!

Fellow GBR athletes experienced success in the Sea Swim and Board Rescue events, adding more points to the team's building tally plus another silver medal (boys) and bronze medal (girls) from the Board Rescue finals.

All in all an incredible start to the beach campaign - well done team GBR!

Beach Sprint - Europeans 2023

Europeans 2023

Europeans 2023

22 August 2023:

Team GBR faced a difficult programme of events on the second pool day, but they certainly did not disappoint...
In the 100m Rescue Medley, RLSS UK athletes Amaia and Luke qualified to the B finals where they delivered some fantastic swims with Amaia finishing 2nd and Luke 4th. 
The 100m Carry with Fins was an amazing moment for Rascals athlete Heather as she made her first ever individual A final ranked in 7th place and holding this position in the final! Her team mate Luke Waterfall also qualified for the B finals.
Both teams achieved some fast changeovers in the 4 x 25m Manikin Carry Relays and qualified for the A final as a result. In the final, the girls improved their seeding from 8th to 6th, knocking off 4 seconds on their heat time!
In the 50m Manikin Carry, RLSS UK's Amaia and Luke secured their spots in the B finals, adding a few more valuable points to the Team GBR tally.
Next up was one of the toughest pool events; the 200m Super Lifesaver. Amaia, Heather, Luke and Freddie took on the challenge and all secured finals - Luke's first international final as an individual! In the finals, the standard really stepped up - but so did our athletes - Heather finishing in 11th, Freddie in 12th and Luke in 7th.
The day's finale was the fast and furious Medley Relay where our incredible team secured A final spots and ultimately placed 6th and 7th. Tomorrow is transfer day to the beach venue and we can't wait to see what’s in store for Team GBR!
Europeans Team GBR 2023
Heather Europeans 2023

21 August 2023:

After a lovely couple of days enjoying the Cap presentation, Opening Ceremony and Preliminaries, Team GBR made a great start at the first full day of Europeans.

Congratulations to RLSS UK athlete Amaia Lopez for her 200m Obstacle performance and securing her place in the B final.

The Obstacle Relay saw some tough competition resulting in both teams going into the A final placed 7th. The boys improved their ranking in the final to 6th whilst the girls held their 7th place.

In the Line Throw heats, RLSS UK athletes Heather & Amaia and Luke & Freddie qualified in first place for the A final after exceptional performances. Both teams placed 4th in the final, banking some good points for team GBR.

Freddie, Luke and Heather (RASCALS) all swam well in the 100m Tow heats with Luke making it into the B final ranked 12th. He improved his place to 11th in the finals, collecting more valuable points for the team.

The Mixed Pool Lifesaver Relay team was made up of RASCALS and Crawley Town athletes Heather, Luke, Freddie and Amaia who secured a spot in the A final and finished with a fantastic 4th place!

Well done team, and good luck for tomorrow!

Freddie Team GBR 2023

Youth Europeans GBR 2023

Luke Waterfall Team GBR 2023

For more information, visit the official competition website: European Youth Lifesaving Championships