More than 200 lifesavers from across the UK and Ireland are set to test their skills at the 2014 National Lifesaving Championships.

Competitors have fought their way through a number of qualifying heats to take part in the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s (RLSS UK) prestigious event, set to be held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield next month (November 1).

The competition attracts the best from the world of amateur lifesaving who battle it out over a series of tests including a life-like emergency situation, a speed swim and tow race and a line throw rescue race.

Lifesavers are all members of the RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity, and range in age from 12 to 70-years-old. On the day they are awarded with points based on their performances in each event and the top scorer in each age group is crowned National Lifesaving Champion.

Royal Life Saving Society UK’s CEO, Di Steer, said: “This event is a fantastic demonstration of the passion, enthusiasm and of skill of lifesavers from across the country.

“Although this event is all about the fun, social and competitive sides of lifesaving, it is important to remember that each and every one of these competitors has the skills and knowledge to save a life in an emergency situation.

“We wish all participants the best of luck and are looking forward to Lifesaving Championships 2014!”

Lifesaving Championships 2014 welcomes spectators and will take place on Saturday, November 1st between 8am and 3.30pm when winners will receive their medals.