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Established more than 130 years ago, RLSS UK is recognised worldwide as an expert in lifeguarding and water safety. 

Every year we certify more than 60,000 regulated qualifications and non-regulated vocational training awards, and more lifeguards qualify with us than with any other awarding body! Why? Because we're at the cutting edge of water safety, lifesaving, lifeguarding, and life support skills. We rigorously review our qualifications, and we sit on many industry panels to evolve and develop national safety standards. We are also at the forefront of supporting companies to manufacture and distribute innovative and compliant lifesaving equipment, and the RLSS UK Shop offers official uniform and training, First Aid, and safety equipment for the leisure industry.

We work with an impressive list of national leisure providers and partners - ranging from hotels, spas, and competition pools to leisure centres and aqua parks. We develop bespoke training services for many sectors - including the cruise and holiday industries and are experts at delivering clear and practical consultancy support to any business or individual with liabilities to visitors and staff around water, including events, construction, and outdoor recreation.

Our trusted brand gives peace of mind to businesses and the millions of customers who access the facilities we support.

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Sunderland was the host port for The Tall Ships Races 2018. More than 50 ships travelled from across the world to reach the city and take part in the celebrations.                                                                    

Sunderland City Council commissioned the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) to undertake a review of its water safety signage and Public Rescue Equipment (PRE) in preparation of the event.

As the largest free festival of entertainment to be held in the UK in 2018, a packed programme of activity was delivered across the city over five days, stretching from Port of Sunderland to the north banks of the River Wear, as well as the twin coastal resorts of Roker and Seaburn, with beach sporting activities and spectacular viewing points as the ships arrived and departed.

RLSS UK’s review gave an independent assessment of the levels of signage and safety equipment based within Sunderland Port, an area opened up to the public for the first time to allow visitors access to view the ships visiting the city.

The council also wanted to review its signage and PRE at both Roker and Seaburn beaches, following the death of a local teenager from drowning at Roker Beach in summer 2017. 

“The review provided a good assessment of our existing levels of safety equipment and water safety signage generally across Sunderland Coastline but also gave assurance to the event planning teams in respect of Tall Ships,” says Trina Murphy from Sunderland City Council.

“The report gave us the required amount of intelligence we needed to support our decision-making around water safety.”

"Sunderland City Council works with RLSS UK and other partners on water safety initiatives in the city, so it made sense to engage the charity for the project, says Murphy."

Huge crowds turned out to see the ships and enjoy more than 200 live performances, as well as watch the parades at the memorable event, which showcased Sunderland at its best.

“I would have no hesitation in working alongside RLSS UK again. We experienced a friendly, professional and courteous service which met fully with our requirements,” added Murphy. 

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