Lifesaving Sport

Welcome to the NEW Lifesaving Sports Area, this area has been set up to help you easily navigate everything lifesaving sport related! 

The Royal Life Saving Society UK is a National Governing Body for Lifesaving Sport - a sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation. 

Our aim is to provide an inclusive range of opportunities to increase participation in lifesaving activities.

We recognise the importance of equipping as many people as possible with valuable lifesaving skills to help save as many lives as possible and to help reduce the drowning toll in the UK.

Pool Address

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP

(Sat Nav users use: S1 1AA)

Tel: 0114 223 3400

Venue Facilities

  • 50m Olympic sized International Competition Pool
  • Diving pool
  • Spectator and competitor seating
  • Café Bar

Car Parking

There is limited on-site parking at Ponds Forge, with dedicated disabled spaces on the top level. This is a pay and display car park. Alternative parking is available just across the road at Castle Gate Q-Park, Broad Street. Please collect a discounted car parking ticket from Main Reception at Ponds Forge.

Alternativelyyou may wish to use Nunnery Square Park and Ride just off the Sheffield Parkway A57.

No parking spaces can be reserved for competitors, coaches or spectators.

Personal Belongings

Athletes are encouraged to use lockers to safely store their belongings.  RLSS UK and Ponds Forge will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items left unattended.

Dress Code

Other than when taking part in the competition, appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn at all times whilst on Ponds Forge premises.

Mobile Phones and Cameras

Ponds Forge has a strict policy regarding mobile phones and in certain areas the use of such equipment is prohibited. Please adhere to any instructions, which are posted throughout the complex.

Anyone who intends to take photographs using a camera, video or mobile phone, appropriate documentation should be completed, and identification wristbands worn.  This applies to competitors and spectators.


Other than competitors immediately prior to their own event, only Officials and Team Managers will be allowed on the poolside.

First Aid / Medical

During the Championships, in an emergency first contact a member of the Ponds Forge staff.

There will not be a doctor present at these Championships. Pool staff will administer first aid where necessary. The closest hospital to Ponds Forge is:

Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield, S5 7AU. Tel: +44 (0) 114 243 4343

Food and Drink

There will be provision to buy food from the cafe.

Event layout

Travel and Accommodation

Travel and overnight accommodation (if required) is for you or your Team Manager to arrange.