The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is excited to announce that a world-leading provider of life-like manikins and training aids, Ruth Lee Ltd has become a new RLSS UK water safety partner.

Ruth Lee Ltd. have been manufacturing manikins for over 25 years, and have used the skill and knowledge that they have developed in that time, to create a range of realistic manikins and training aids. Their present customers include: Fire & Rescue Services, the NHS, the Ministry of Defence, airports, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), coastguards, offshore operators, cruise ship companies, and a multitude of international search and rescue organisations who use the manikins to ensure that the individuals that are training for rescues, get the most authentic experience possible.

“The Ruth Lee swimming pool manikin is a revolutionary innovation in how lifeguard training is conducted. It provides a more realistic experience for trainees with the ability to practice a variety of techniques, without needing to switch between different equipment or live volunteers, this ultimately leads to greater confidence, when carrying out a real rescue,” says Jo Talbot , RLSS UK’s Commercial Director.

“We are really excited that Ruth Lee Ltd has joined us as a Water Safety Partner. Our Water Safety Partners are instrumental in ensuring RLSS UK provides our members, qualification holders and the leisure community, with the most current and innovative water safety products, ensuring we can constantly enhance the lifesaving skills of as many people as possible.”  

RLSS UK has endorsed the Ruth Lee swimming pool manikin for use within qualification assessments. RLSS UK Trainer Assessors conducting assessments for the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC), and Emergency Response Pool (ER Pool), can now use the Ruth Lee Rescue manikin for candidates to demonstrate deep water recovery, as well as other skills. Qualification guidance and syllabus will be updated in the forthcoming months.

"We have been making water rescue manikins for more than 25 years and we're 100 per cent committed to creating the best training manikins for rescue professionals and volunteers, around the world. We are delighted to be joining RLSS UK as a Water Safety Partner, having worked closely with the team to develop our Pool Rescue manikin. We have a shared vision of reducing the number of deaths due to drowning,” explains Paul McDonnell, Managing Director of Ruth Lee Ltd.

“We strongly believe that making rescue training as realistic as possible, greatly improves the skills of lifeguards, and we hope that our manikin goes a long way to helping trainers to set up a full simulated rescue scenario, which thoroughly tests the skills of their teams."

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