Three new members have been elected to make up the BULSCA Judges Panel.

The Judges Panel is in charge of reviewing SERCs to ensure they are of the highest quality for our competitions.

Each member has written a short piece explaining their lifesaving experience and what they want to bring to the role.

Best of luck for the upcoming season!

Welfare Officers 2020/21

 

Two welfare officers have been elected for the 2020/21 season. They have both written profiles explaining who they are and what they wish to bring to the role. 

If you want to contact our welfare officers, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best of luck for the upcoming season!

Introducing the committee for the 2020/21 season. 

Please visit the contacts page if you wish to contact any members of the committee.

 

Chair:

Secretary:

Treasurer:

Club Development Officer:

Club Recruitment Officer:

Communications Officer:

Data Manager:

Championships Coordinators:

Drowning Prevention Week 2020

Drowning Prevention Week (DPW), this year is running from 12-19th June. The aim of the campaign is to help everybody across the UK and Ireland to be a lifesaver and take charge of their own destiny to enjoy the water, safely.  

Created by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK, the campaign is now its 7th year and over that time the charity has gained an ever-increasing amount of support to educate individuals and families, at a time of the year that is most crucial. Across the UK and Ireland there is a spike in fatal drowning incidents during the summer months. The RLSS is increasingly concerned this summer as the impact of COVID-19 is far reaching and has resulted in reduced beach lifeguard services and supervised venues.

Due to the current lockdown, drowning prevention workshops cannot be delivered in the usual way. Therefore, the RLSS have been providing free online resources for people to access as well as launching a social media campaign to try and get 700 photos shared using the hashtags #DPW and #BeALifesaver. This is to represent the 700 people who drown each year across the UK and Ireland.

 

What has BULSCA done?

As mentioned previously, courses could not be run. However, the BULSCA committee along with lifesavers from the University of Birmingham Lifesaving Club and University of Warwick Lifesaving Club took photos of themselves holding one of nine posters produced by the RLSS. These were then collated and two posters were produced and shared using the hashtags #DPW and #BeALifesaver.

The first poster contains only the BULSCA committee members:

The second poster contains the lifesavers from the University of Birmingham Lifesaving Club, the University of Warwick Lifesaving Club and the BULSCA committee:

A massive thank you to everyone that took a photo in support of Drowning Prevention Week!

If you would like to find out more, please go to https://www.rlss.org.uk

 

 

 

Due to the national lockdown, the BULSCA AGM will take place online this year. This page will be updated and information will be sent out over email closer to the meeting.

Date: Saturday the 9th of May 2020
Time: 10:00am
Location: ~~the internet~~     (Likely using conference calling web service 'Jitsi Meet'*.)

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

All BULSCA committee positions for 2019/2020 are up for election. These roles are Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Club Development, Data Manager, Championships Coordinator, Communications Secretary and Club Recruitment. You are free to put yourself forward at the AGM. Please get in touch with the BULSCA Secretary to arrange your attendance to the meeting.

This year's BULSCA Awards have now closed and the results will be announced at the AGM before being announced on our social media accounts.

This year's mid-season general meeting minutes can be found here.

The proposals and competition bids received are listed below.
The BULSCA committee's discussion of the proposals and their recommendations can be found here.

Proposals received for discussion:
1 - League Structure Reform 1
2 - League Counting Team Application
3 - Competition Results and Awards Reform
4 - League Structure Reform 2 
5 - League Structure Reform 3 
6 - Officials Uniform Update

Competition bids (in order received):

1 - Loughborough Competition Application
     Loughborough Finance Application

2 - Birmingham Competition Application
     Birmingham Finance Application

3 - Bristol Competition Application
     Bristol Finance Application

4 - Warwick Competition Application
     Warwick Finance Application

5 - Southampton Competition Application
      Southampton Finance Application

6 - Sheffield Competition Application
      Sheffield Finance Application

7a - Nottingham Competition Application
      Nottingham Finance Application

7b - Nottingham Freshers Competition Application
      Nottingham Freshers Finance Application

  

*Jitsi Meet is an end-to-end encrypted, open-source piece of conference calling software that can be used through a browser on a laptop without using an app, or with an app on a mobile device. Read more here: https://jitsi.org/

We are thrilled to announce our official BULSCA Championships 2020 sponsor - Camp Canada!

Camp Canada is the leading Canadian summer camp agency. Every year they send thousands of young adults from around the UK to work at a summer camp in the heart of Canada. Roles at camp include camp counsellors and activity specialists. As an activity specialist, you can spend you summer by the lake working as a lifesaver with campers, earning money, making lifelong friends, and then you will have up to 6 months to explore one of the most breathtaking and diverse counties in the world.

Find out more at: www.campcanada.co.uk/bulsca

 

 

On the 30th and 31st of March, University Lifesavers from across the country (and continent) came together for the annual BULSCA Lifesaving Championships. This is the only University Lifesaving competition to span an entire weekend, with individual speed events being held on the Saturday and the usual team SERCs and relay events taking place on the Sunday. University clubs can enter a squad of 6 males and 6 females, as well as individual competitors for Saturday and individual teams for Sunday. The Squad members competed across the weekend for the lowest number of points (eg 1st wins 1 point, 2nd wins 2 points etc), which are accumulated to result in the overall scores and winning squads of Saturday, Sunday and the overall weekend. Tie breakers are decided with the highest number of 1st places, then 2nd places etc.

For the first time, we welcomed a team from the University of Athens, who travelled from Greece to participate in the competition. We’d like to thank and congratulate them for their efforts and results from the weekend, and hope that they enjoyed themselves enough to return in the future!

 

The Championships Coordinator, Tom Sharp, did an amazing job – another huge thank you to him for putting on a great competition which ran with very minimal issues. Thank you to the other BULSCA committee members for their input with the event organisation, the scorers who never have an easy job and the many judges and helpers who worked very hard on both days to ensure the competition ran as timely as possible. A final thank you to the head referee, Michael Jacklin and deputy referee, Felix Ng. Without this fantastic team of people working behind and in front of the scenes, we all couldn’t have had the enjoyable weekend that we did!

 

 

The order of events from Saturday are listed below, with the podium results:

 

In the women’s 4x10m Line throw relay, University of Sheffield won with a time of 1:33.83, Lougborough University in 2nd with 1:37.23 and University of Birmingham came in 3rd place with a time of 1:44.51.

 

Men’s 4x10m Line throw relay:

1st University of Swansea with a time of 1:11.73 2nd University of Birmingham with a time of 1:12.35 3rd was the University of Athens with a time of 1:22.58

 

 

Women’s 12.5m line throw: 1st Isobel Briggs (individual) with a time of 15.26 seconds; 2nd Victoria Huntingford (individual) - 15.68 seconds; 3rd Emma Smith (pictured below) from the University of Birmingham - 17.90 seconds.

 

 

Men’s 12.5m line throw: (Pictured Below) 1st Adam Ridsdale (center) from the University of Bristol, with a time of 10.92 seconds and setting a new student record; 2nd Alastair Sanders (right) from the University of Birmingham, 13.04 seconds; 3rd Mike Ducker (left) from the University of Warwick, 15.40 seconds.

 

 

Women’s 200m Obstacle: (Pictured below) 1st Keelan Fitton (center) from Loughborough University, 2:29.09; 2nd Rhianna Field (right) from Loughborough University, 2:35.60; 3rd Emma Smith (left) from the University of Birmingham, 2:40.51.

 

 

Men’s 200m Obstacle: 1st Rhys Wydenbach (pictured below, left) from the University of Swansea, 2:17.80; 2nd Mark Ward (pictured below, right) from Loughborough University, 2:18.82; 3rd Alex Davies from the University of Swansea, 2:21.30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s 4x50m Obstacle relay:

1st Loughborough University, 2:11.01 2nd University of Birmingham, 2:21.45 3rd University of Warwick, 2:28.81

 

 

Men’s 4x50m Obstacle relay:

1st Loughborough University, 1:56.97 2nd University of Swansea, 1:57.06 3rd University of Bristol 2:02.43

 

 

Women’s 50m Manikin carry: 1st Emma Henderson from the University of Ulster, 36.77 seconds; 2nd Jayne Stallion (individual), 38.84 seconds; 3rd Elizabeth Scammel (pictured below) from Loughborough University, 39.89 seconds.

 

 

Men’s 50m Manikin Carry: (Pictured below) 1st James Blaby (individual, center), 30.77 seconds; 2nd Samuel Kirkland (left) from Loughborough University, 32.34 seconds; 3rd Rhys Wydenbach (right) from the University of Swansea, 34.40 seconds.

 

 

Women’s 100m manikin carry with fins: 1st Emma Henderson from the University of Ulster, 58.45 seconds; 2nd Jayne Stallion (individual), 1:00.52; 3rd Elizabeth Scammell (pictured below) from Loughborough University, 1:00.62.

 

 

Men’s 100m mankin carry with fins: (Pictured below) 1st Samuel Kirkland (right) from Loughborough University, 50.19 seconds; 2nd Oba Wayiaki (not pictured) from the University of Warwick, 57.50 seconds; 3rd Mike Ducker (left) from the University of Warwick, 57.77 seconds.

 

 

Women’s 100m Rescue Medley: (Pictured below) 1st Alice Quinn (left) from Loughborough University, 1:26.89; 2nd Keelan Fitton (right) from Loughborough University, 1:28.19; 3rd Victoria Huntington (individual, not pictured), 1:34.53.

 

 

Men’s 100m Rescue Medley: (Pictured below) 1st James Blaby (individual, center), 1:02.83; 2nd Rhys Wydenbach (right) from the University of Swansea, 1:14.85; 3rd Mark Ward (left) from Loughborough University, 1:16.23.

Mixed 200m Pool Lifesaver Relay:

1st Loughborough University, 2:15.91 2nd University of Warwick, 2:31.89 3rd University of Birmingham, 2:40.31

 

 

Women’s 200m Super lifesaver: 1st Emma Henderson from the University of Ulster, 2:35.14; 2nd Jayne Stallion (individual), 2:43.00; 3rd Elizabeth Scammel (pictured below) from Loughborough University, 2:43.17.

 

 

Men’s 200m Super lifesaver: (Pictured below) 1st James Blaby (individual, center), 2:16.91; 2nd Samuel Kirkland (right) from Loughborough University, 2:19.22; 3rd Mark Ward (left) from Loughborough University, 2:36.45.

 

 

Women’s 4x25m Manikin Carry relay:

1st Loughborough University, 1:36.98 2nd University of Warwick, 1:57.88 3rd University of Birmingham, 2:09.00

 

 

Men’s 4x25m Manikin Carry relay:

1st Loughborough University, 1:24.37 2nd University of Swansea, 1:31.33 3rd University of Birmingham, 1:33.47

 

 

Women’s 100m manikin tow with fins: (Pictured below) 1st Jayne Stallion (individual, not pictured), 1:04.86; 2nd Emma Reilly (right) from the University of Warwick, 1:08.07; 3rd Emily Goodwin (individual, left), 1:08.65.

 

 

Men’s 100m manikin tow with fins: 1st Jason Grice (pictured below) from the University of Bristol, 1:02.08; 2nd Callum Briggs (individual), 1:02.33; 3rd Oba Wayiaki from the University of Warwick, 1:01.50.

 

 

Women’s 200m Medley relay:

1st Loughborough University, 2:02.17 2nd University of Birmingham, 2:10.16 3rd University of Warwick 2:13.48

 

 

Men’s 200m medley relay:

1st Loughborough University, 1:44.28 2nd University of Swansea, 1:49.33 3rd University of Birmingham, 1:51.96

 

 

For the overall speed points for the women’s squads, the University of Birmingham came in third with 36 points, the University of Warwick in second with 31 points and the squad from Loughborough University in first with 18 points. For the men’s squads overall, the University of Birmingham came third with 40 points, Swansea University second with 30 points and Loughborough University first with 30 points. With combined points, the University of Warwick squad came third with 81 points in the speeds, University of Birmingham second with 79 points and University of Loughborough first with 49 points.

University of Birmingham Women's Squad Loughborough University Women's Squad University of Warwick Women's Squad
Univeristy of Birmingham Men's Squad Loughborough University Men's Squad University of Swansea Men's Squad
Squad from Univeristy of Warwick Squad from Loughborough University Squad from University of Birmingham

 

The day’s participants were treated to a meal and evening at JC’s bar on the University of Swansea campus for those who wanted it, and after a night’s rest the teams reconvened on Sunday morning for day 2 of the Championships. At the start of the day, all teams were required to go straight into isolation while the SERCs were set up and judges and casualties briefed.

Fortunately the weather was dry and pleasantly sunny, as the dry SERC was set outside in the sport centre car park. The SERC was an incident involving a driver who had hit a pedestrian due to being distracted by a mobile phone. As a result, the driver went into shock, the pedestrian who was hit was suffering from a head bleed, a bleeding broken leg, internal bleeding indicated by stomach pains and unconsciousness and there was a bystander who as left panicking at the situation which unfolded in front of them. The team could find the travel first aid kit in the boot of the car, and use live communications on a mobile phone to score their phone marks.

Loughborough A won the dry SERC, with Birmingham A in second and Loughborough B in third. Warwick A scored the most marks from the overall Judge, Sheffield A had the best phone call and Loughborough A scored the most marks from judges 3 and 4, who were judging the treatments given to the casualty who was hit by the car. Loughborough A also scored the highest number of marks for the panicking bystander and shocked driver, the only team to score 10 points in all treatment sections for both of these casualties.

     
1st Loughborough A 2nd Birmingham A 3rd Loughborough B

 

After finishing their dry SERC and repacking their first aid kits into their original containers, the teams were escorted into the pool to complete their wet SERC. In the wet SERC, the team were taking a walk around a lake with a travel first aid kit in a bag given to them before the start, where there was a triathlon taking part the same day. When the team decided to stop for a picnic, they were presented with the scenario in which they had 2.5 minutes to score marks. The top 4 places overall for this event were closely contested, with 2 points between 1st and 2nd place, and only 1 point differentiating 3rd and 4th place. Loughborough A came 1st, Bristol B 2nd and Warwick A 3rd. Birmingham A scored the most marks from the overall judge, with Birmingham 2 A scoring the second highest number of marks from this judge by only half a point. However, the captain from Athens B scored the best Captaincy mark. The communications device was live in this SERC too, where the team used a radio to contact the central safety management team for the triathlon to give information about the casualties and request and ambulance. Loughborough A scored the most phone marks.

As the team entered the SERC into the ‘picnic area’, they were presented with their first 2 casualties: someone suffering from a heart attack, in which Bristol D scored the most points for, and a triathlete who had climbed onto the lake bank, vomited and gone unconscious; Sheffield B scored the most points for this casualty.

In the ‘lake’, there were 2 hypothermic, non-panicking swimmers, a seizing casualty in a kayak and a swimmer with a grazed shoulder entangled with a buoy in an area in line with the picnic area. Further down the lake there were 2 panicking swimmers who were locked, another panicking swimmer holding onto a rescue board, a confused swimmer with a head bleed and an unconscious body on the bottom of the pool, who was attached to the leash of the rescue board.

1st Loughborough A 2nd Bristol B 3rd Warwick A

 

In the rope throw relay, 13 out of the 25 competing teams got all 4 team members in. Birmingham B finished in the fastest time with 1:34.56, Birmingham A were fractionally close behind in second with a time of 1:34.67. Warwick A finished in third with a time of 1:37.15.

The final event of the day was the swim and tow relay. Loughborough A finished 1st with a time of 6:04.44, Loughborough C 2nd with 6:32.53 and Loughborough B 3rd with 6:36.60.

With the Sunday event results combined, Birmingham A were third overall, Warwick A second and Loughborough A first.

The weekend was finished with a results presentation of the weekend’s events and overall winners. Well done to all competitors from over the weekend! The full results with all placings of speeds events, and spreadsheet of the Sunday results can be found over on the Championships Results Page.

With the combined results from both days of the championships, the overall winners were the squad from Loughborough University! The squad from the University of Birmingham were second overall and, after winning the tie break with the University of Warwick, the squad from the University of Bristol were third overall!

Warwick University held the 4th BULSCA League competition of the academic year on Saturday 9th February. 25 teams of 4 competed, with the order of the day as standard - teams competed their way through a dry and aquatic SERC, rope throw relay, medley relay and swim and tow relay.

 

In the dry SERC, Bristol A scored the highest number of points, Warwick A second most and Birmingham A third most points. Bristol B scored the highest marks from the overall judge, followed by Keynsham A, Birmingham B and Warwick A.

 

In the wet SERC, the Birmingham/Loughborough hybrid team came in 1st, Bristol A in 2nd and Birmingham B in 3rd, who also scored the highest number of points from the overall judge. Only 5 teams successfully made a phone call, with Birmingham/Loughborough A scoring the most points for the phone. 

 

Bristol B came first in the rope throw relay, with a time of 1:37.92. Warwick A and Birmingham A tied in 2nd place with a time of 1:39.87. A total of 8 teams finished the relay with all 4 team members in without penalty. 

 

In the medley relay, Loughborough dominated the podium with their A team in first with a time of 1:50.07, B team in second with 1:55.56 and D team in third with a time of 1:56.87.

 

In the swim and town relay, Loughborough A came in first again with a time of 6:12.16, Warwick A followed in second with a time of 6:34.81 and Loughborough B in third with a time of 6:39.63.

 

The final league results as follows...

 

B League:

1st - Loughborough B 2nd - Loughborough C 3rd - Birmingham B

4th - Bristol B

5th - Sheffield B

6th - Bristol C

7th - Loughborough E

8th - Warwick B

9th - Loughborough D

10th - Birmingham C

11th - Loughborough F

12th - Warwick C

13th - Birmingham D

14th - Nottingham B

15th - Birmingham F

16th - Birmingham E

 

A League:

1st - Bristol A 2nd - Birmingham A 3rd - Loughborough A

4th - Warwick A

5th - Nottingham A

6th - Sheffield A

 

Overall top 3:

1st - Bristol A

2nd - Birmingham A

3rd - Loughborough A

The full results, with all overall places can be found on the results page.

 

Thank you to Warwick for organising another great competition, and thank you to all judges and helpers who helped make the day run smoothly!

Date: 27th April 2019
Registration/Isolation: Sir John Beckwith Centre of Sport, Loughborough, LE11 3GE
Competition Organiser: Samuel Flint (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Entries close: 21st April 11.59pm

Schedule

11:45 – Registration Opens
13:15 – Registration and Isolation Close
14:00 – Captains Briefing
14:15 – SERCS Start
17:30 – SERCS finish
17:45 – Rope throw start
18:30 – Pool lifesaver start
19:15 – Swim and Tow start
20:30 – Social start
21:00 – Food
21:30 – Results
02:00 – Social ends
 
Swim event – Pool Lifesaver

Max Team Number: 32
Team Entry Cost: £35
Food (Fish, Sausage or Veggie option & Chips): £5
Social: £3
Social: Union Building, Ashby Road, Loughborough, LE11 3TT
Accommodation: St Mary’s Church, 97 Ashby Road, Loughborough, LE11 3AB
Helpers Sign Up – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KyR1Yu4gu86r3Q8t4wgpuW6eLwouUIkwPGWJytgkqpY/edit
Judges Sign Up - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1B6DcS7GFpID1YrWNDJQsIVnfuIcK5TnkbUORnOramoY/edit

Competition Entry:

Please find the link for entry below:

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GDPR - This data will be used for the Southampton University Lifesaving Competition on 23/02/2019. Information provided by teams will only be used by members of BULSCA Committee as well as the competition organisers. If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

The second BULSCA league competition was held by the University of Sheffield on November 24th. Lifesavers from across the country reunited once more, the newer members with more confidence this time round, after a successful fresher's competition! The order of the day was as standard: the teams wait in isolation until it is their turn to complete the dry and aquatic SERCs. When all the teams have had opportunity to treat fictional casualties to the best of their ability, it was time to re-visit the rope throw relay before the speed event, which was the medley relay, and finish the competition with the swim and tow.

 

With the best marks from the overall judge, Warwick A came first in the dry SERC, followed by Loughborough D in second and Loughborough C in third, which both of these teams scored some of the highest awarded marks for the choking and unconscious breathing casualties.

 

Bristol A scored the most points in the wet SERC, with the highest scores from the Overall judge and for the unconscious non-breathing casualty. Loughborough A scored the second highest amount of points, with scores for their rescue and treatments of the locked swimmers and unconcious breathing casualties among the highest awarded. In third place was Loughborough F, who had the highest scores awarded for the treatments of the unconscious breathing casualty and the casualty with a head bleed.

 

In the rope throw relay, 7 teams successfully got all 4 competitors in without penalty. In the medley relay, the first swimmer swims 50m, the second swims 50m with fins, the third swimmer swims 50m with a torpedo buoy which they hand to the 4th swimmer at the end of their leg, before holding on the the tube part of the buoy for the fourth swimmer, who for their leg must tow the third swimmer using the torpedo buoy for 50m whilst wearing fins. Loughborough A and B came in 1st and 2nd place respectively, with Warwick A in 3rd. The final relay of the day as usual was the swim and tow relay, in which Loughborough A stormed ahead, finishing in 1st place, followed by Warwick A in 2nd and Loughborough C in 3rd.

 

A League positions:

1 - Loughborough A

2 - Bristol A

3 - Birmingham A

4 - Warwick A

5 - Nottingham A

6 - Sheffield A

7 - Plymouth A

 

B League positions:

1 - Birmingham B

2 - Loughborough D

3 - Bristol B

4 - Loughborough B

5 - Warwick B

6 - Loughborough C

7 - Sheffield B

8 - Nottingham B

9 - Birmingham C

10 - Loughborough E

11 - Warwick C

12 - Sheffield C

13 - Birmingham D

14 - Warwick D

 

Overall top 3:

1 - Loughborough A

2 - Bristol A

3 - Birmingham A

 

The full results, along with a breakdown of times and marks, can be found HERE!

 

This competition really showcased the supportive community that is BULSCA, with all of its members from every University encouraging and cheering on teams to complete the swim and tow, which was longer than normal due to the pool being 33m in length instead of 25m and tested the competitors' endurance to the max! The organisers, judges and helpers did a fantastic job on the day, working together to ensure that the competition ran almost exactly to time, with the last race finishing with only 1 minute to spare! As always, many many thanks to everyone who helped, judged, competed and organised and a big well done to all of the teams!

 

 Loughborough A - 1st in A league and 1st overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bristol A - 2nd in A league and 2nd Overall 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Birmingham A - 3rd in A league and 3rd overall

 Birmingham B - 1st in B league

 Loughborough D - 2nd in B leag

Bristol B - 3rd in B league

With the first league competition of the year fast approaching, clubs will be well underway with training up new and old members to ensure that everyone is prepared to compete, and prepared to have lots of fun doing so! After the University Welcome and Sports Fairs (read about those HERE), clubs hold several taster sessions in the fist couple of weeks of term. These sessions are designed to give potential new members an idea of what we do in Lifesaving, and what they can learn over the year if they decide to join. For the clubs, it is one of the best opportunities they have in the academic year to showcase Lifesaving as a sport, a social group and a valuable life skill and encourage new members to join the club and attend sessions regularly. 

Taster sessions vary from club to club, but generally include 'a little bit of everything' and try to provide everyone who attends some new first aid and lifesaving knowledge, even if they decide not to join for the year! Skills can include rescuing someone who is panicking by using a reach rescue, where the lifesaver remains on the side of the body of water and uses an aid (such as a pole or stick) to pull the panicking swimmer to the side, or throwing rescue, where a buoyant aid can be thrown to a swimmer in the water which they can then grab a hold of and use to assist themselves to safety. In terms of first aid skills on land, the recovery position is a quick and easy skill to teach, but also extremely useful to know in day to day life! This also teaches students how to assess if an unconscious person is breathing, and when it is appropriate to call for an ambulance.

It is never too late to join a Lifesaving Club near you! Find your University and Lifesaving contact HERE!

Some photos from Lifesaving taster sessions across the country:

Warwick:

 

 

Bristol:

 

Birmingham:

 

Loughborough:

 

Sheffield:

 

Over the last month, BULSCA Lifesaving clubs across the country have attended their University Welcome Fairs and Sports Fairs. These events are an opportunity to provide information to new and returning students about Lifesaving, answer their questions and persuade them to give the sport a go! Whether its sport, first aid only or just a new social group to meet up with, Lifesaving has something for everyone!

Each Lifesaving Club within BULSCA has something different to offer their members, but usually all are able to provide an opportunity to work towards gaining and maintaining a lifesaving and/or lifeguard qualification, such as the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and awards from the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) Survive and Save series. These awards have enabled many students to go on to work at summer camps in the USA, securing part time work as a lifeguard whilst studying during term time (or a full time lifeguarding job during the holidays) and also provides paid and volunteering opportunities at large sporting events and music festivals.

Many clubs get involved with community outreach work within their local area and also within the Universities themselves, by collaborating with other student clubs and groups. There is a range of outreach work that can be carried out, whether it is teaching someone how to save a baby's life or how to carry out basic first aid at work. For some members, their main focus is on the community side of Lifesaving and spreading the knowledge of how to help another person in an emergency situation. 

Finally, the key focus for most clubs is the sporting element. At BULSCA competitions, club members compete in teams of 4 to showcase their first aid and rescuing abilities as a cohesive team before having a bit of fun with a variety of speed based swimming events, with a lifesaving twist of course! Attending competitions is a great way to meet people from other Universities, expand friendship circles and results in a fun weekend for all involved. Many members choose not to compete, but instead come along to the competition as a helper - usually to act as a casualty in a SERC (Simulated Emergency Rescue Competition) and socialise with the rest of the Lifesaving community.

 

Here are some of the stalls put together by clubs at their University Fairs, if you are a University Student and interested in Lifesaving, follow the links to the club pages or visit them on Facebook! Clubs not listed here can be found on our Find A Club page.

     
Southampton Warwick Bristol
     
Birmingham Sheffield Oxford
     
  Loughborough