As more and more British holidaymakers plan to take a domestic break this year, the UK’s largest provider of holidays and holiday home ownership has signed a multi-year contract with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) to ensure the safety of guests using its aquatic facilities.

Bourne Leisure operates Butlin’s, Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels - some of the most recognised and popular brands in the UK holiday market - and owns and operates 54 parks, resorts and hotels. Swimming pools and water-based activities are a vital component to Bourne Leisure’s offering, not least at Butlin’s Bognor Regis, where the £40 million Splash pool complex opened last year.

The complex can accommodate almost 1,000 people at a time. And with attractions including the world’s first Helter Skelter water slide, External Seaside Garden Rapids, a wave pool as well as a wide range of slides and water features, the quality of the site’s lifeguarding team is paramount.

“Our partnership with RLSS UK helps us to maintain our facilities to the gold standard, both in terms of our operational practices and the training we provide to our team members. RLSS UK’s nationally and internationally recognised qualifications assure our customers that we employ highly qualified and competent lifeguards, and the ongoing support we receive from the charity helps to ensure we operate a safe environment,” says Paul Hart, Manager of the Splash complex.

Continuing the successful relationship between the two organisations, which has spanned more than 20 years, this new three-year partnership includes mystery visits to all 54 parks, management training and upskill for Trainers to be able to deliver vital first aid training.

“We are delighted to further develop our relationship with Bourne Leisure, which has become an institution for generations of British holidaymakers. At a time when demand for domestic breaks is soaring, we can work closely together to ensure a safe and fun experience for all guests enjoying Bourne Leisure’s water activities,” says Jo Talbot, Commercial Director, RLSS UK.