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

 

 

The first league competition of the year was held on Saturday 10th November, and the long awaited results have been finalised! The fist competition, otherwise know as the Fresher's competition, was organised by and held at the University of Bristol. At the Fresher's competition, fresher's teams are encourage to compete and count towards the BULSCA B league - these teams must consist of at least 3 members who are new to lifesaving and must have at least one male and one female member.

 

The day started as normal - with teams heading to isolation and judges and helpers collating at the Student's Union where the SERCs and speed events were held. After everything was set up, the first teams were sent up to officially begin the competition season! The dry SERC was set at Leigh Delamere Service Station on the M4, and included an unconscious non-breathing casualty with a hidden grape inside their mouth, unconscious breathing casualty, someone with glass in their hand, a hypoglycaemic diabetic, a panicking casualty and a Costa manager who broke their wrist. The phone proved a challenge to find in this scenario, with only 7 out of the 36 teams successfully obtaining the phone off Heidi and making a phone call! Loughborough D came out on top with the highest number of points in this SERC, followed by Loughborough F in 2nd and Sheffield A in 3rd place.

 

After the dry SERC, teams made their way down to the aquatic SERC. This SERC was set in a marine lake, where the team were called in as back up lifesavers to help with the safety cover for the public using the lake. Another volunteer lifesaver was able to help with the casualties once they were on land, which included locked swimmers, 2 non-panicking swimmers, one suffering from a heart attack, an asthmatic and a swimmer panicking about his friend, who was an unconscious non-breathing casualty under the water. There was a lifeguard hut in the SERC, where the teams would be able to find a landline phone, mobile phone, first aid kit and the other lifeguard who was unconscious and not breathing. After excellent prioritisation and scenario control, Bristol C achieved 3rd place, Loughborough A received the highest 'overall' judge marks and came in 2nd and Bristol A came in 1st place after demonstrating their range of skills all-round. 

 

The third event of the day was the rope throw relay, which proved to be a challenge for many, with only 4 teams managing to get all 4 members in without penalties. Warwick A showcased their throwing skills after coming 1st in this race, followed by Birmingham A in second and Loughborough A in third. The final speed event of the day was the obstacle relay, where lifesavers must dive under a gate in the middle of the lane, but is otherwise a 4x50m sprint! Loughborough A fulfilled their need for speed, coming in first place, followed by Swansea B in 2nd and Loughborough B in 3rd.

 

The results were announced after everyone was fed and bedazzled ready for the sparkly social to conclude the opening BULSCA competition weekend. As mentioned previously, the fresher's teams were the counting teams for the B league in this competition, and the results are as follows:

1 - Sheffield B

2 - Loughborough B

3 - Loughborough G

4 - Birmingham E

5 - Loughborough C

6 - Loughborough E

7 - Birmingham B

8 - Loughborough F

9 - Bristol B

10 - Loughborough D

11 - Birmingham C

12 - Warwick B

13 - Southampton B

14 - Birmingham D

15 - Swansea B

16 - Plymouth B

 

The A league results are as follows:

1 - Loughborough A

2 - Bristol A

3 - Warwick A

4 - Birmingham A

5 - Nottingham A

6 - Sheffield A

7 - Southampton A

8 - Plymouth A

9 - Swansea A

 

The top 3 from each league received medals - congratulations to all and special congratulations to the freshers who competed, we hope to see you back at the next competition!

 

With all teams and all results taken in to account, the overall top 3 teams received a spectacular holographic plate to commemorate their achievements;

1 - Bristol A

2 - Loughborough A

3 - Bristol C

 

The full results and break-down of SERC marks/ speed times can be found HERE! Another congratulations to all teams who competed, it's great to see all returning lifesavers again and amazing to welcome so many new faces to the BULSCA community! Also many many thanks to all the helpers and officials, who it would have been impossible for the day to run so smoothly without, and to Bristol for organising and running a fantastic competition and all round great weekend. 

 

Bristol A - 1st Overall, 2nd in the A league                                           Loughborough A - 1st in the A league, 2nd Overall

Bristol C - 3rd Overall

 

 

 

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  

This year, we presented three BULSCA awards for the first time! The aim of the awards, which will be presented annually, is to recognise exceptional performance, commitment and enthusiasm towards Lifesaving sport. The three awards are:

  • BULSCA Club of the Year - awarded to the club which has shown commitment to promotion of Lifesaving both within the University and wider community.
  • BULSCA Volunteer of the Year - awarded to an individual who has shown unrivalled commitment to Lifesaving and promoting Lifesaving activities within their club, branch and region. This individual has made a significant impact in Lifesaving.
  • BULSCA Lifesaver of the Year - awarded to the BULSCA Lifesaver who has shown exceptional achievement in the field of Lifesaving.

Individuals within BULSCA were given the opportunity to nominate fellow Lifesavers and clubs for each award. Nominations were reviewed and voted on by either the committee, or the clubs themselves, and the awards were presented to the winners at the end of Loughborough competition, marking the end of another successful competitive season of BULSCA Lifesaving. 

 

Winner of the BULSCA Club of the Year award: University of Sheffield Lifesaving Club

 

 

Winner of the BULSCA Lifesaver of the Year award: Harry Withers, University of Birmingham Lifesaving Club

 

 

Winner of the BULSCA Volunteer of the Year award: Jared Wray, University of Bristol Lifesaving Club

Another year of exciting competition is over, with some great SERCs and exiting swim and tow races.

Congratulations to all teams and competitors who took part this year, and of course to all competition organisers, judges and helpers who make BULSCA competitive seasons possible!

 

A League Final Scores and Positions:

1st: Loughborough University - 68 points

2nd: University of Birmingham - 65 points

3rd: University of Bristol - 54 points

4th: University of Warwick - 46 points

5th: University of Sheffield - 42 points

6th: University of Southampton - 31 points

7th: University of Nottingham - 25 points

8th: Swansea University- 16 points

9th: University of Plymouth- 12 points

10th: Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) - 6 points

 

Loughborough A team with the A League and Loughborough competition trophies.

 

B League Final Scores and Positions:

1st: Loughborough University - 68 points

2nd: University of Birmingham - 64 points

3rd: University of Bristol - 51 points

4th: University of Sheffield - 43 points

5th: University of Warwick - 37 points

6th:  University of Nottingham - 24 points

7th:  University of Plymouth - 13 points

8th:  University of Southampton - 12 points

Loughborough B team with the B League trophy.

 

The annual RLSS UK Conference was held last weekend, 30th June – 1st July at Hinckley Island in Leistershire. Three members of the BULSCA committee attended with sponsorship from the Avon and North Wiltshire and Wessex RLSS UK branches, and were able to represent both their branches and BULSCA. A few things were presented and shared at the weekend which may be relevant to BULSCA clubs and members, which have been noted down and will hopefully be of use! Once power point presentations are made available to attendees, we will do our best to share these with you also.

 

Lifesaving awards review

RLSS UK is conducting a big review on the awards that they offer, as well as introducing the new Water Smart Award. Feedback showed that a national water safety standard, accreditation for existing awards, a dry side award and an award for under 8’s were all things that society members would like to see in terms of awards from RLSS UK.

Following the development of the Water Smart Award, as discussed later, the next stage of the review will focus on the future of Survive and Save programmes. Each strand is being re-written to make them standalone, the programmes will be simplified, perhaps renamed and will be moved to online processing, which will be easier and quicker than the current procedure. The timed swim will be removed from the Bronze Medallion, costs will be reviewed and medallion and beach/open water courses will allow candidates to have reduced time off NPLQ/ beach/open water equivalent course. One aim of this is to retain lifesavers and lifeguards within clubs once qualifying, ultimately increasing membership and participation in lifesaving. There will be a transition period once the review has been completed to accommodate any refurbishments to current programmes.

 

Water Smart Award

The Water Smart Award addresses the need for a national water safety standard, and is something that RLSS UK feels should be achieved by everyone in the UK and Ireland. The award has been approved by the Approval and Appraisal group, which consists solely of volunteers and may provide a good fundraising opportunity for BULSCA clubs. The audience for the award includes anyone who is seeking to raise water safety awareness, from the clubs themselves, leisure centres, schools and community groups such as Scouts and Cadets, the course is easy and straightforward. There is no specific age guidance, but the award is delivered according to candidate ability and provides a base level of water safety knowledge. Joshua has composed an overview of the course which outlines the main details.

 

 

Club 2020

RLSS UK is looking at rolling out a new bench mark for clubs. Clubs view their success differently from one another and Club 2020 aims to support individual clubs with their individual goals and paths to success, without the tight regulations such as those with IQL. It will ensure that clubs have the correct products and resources to enable adaptation within their respective communities, and assist in overcoming each clubs challenges and identifying their opportunities.

‘Affiliated Club’ level is the minimum operating level which the RLSS expects of its clubs, where they can then move on to becoming an ‘Accredited Club’ once it can be shown that the club is running a safe environment for its members. There are further levels which clubs are able to achieve, each with set requirements such as appointing a trained safeguarding officer and having a constitution, and other requirements which can be adapted to suit the club and its aims. The BULSCA committee is in talks with headquarters on how this will apply to University Lifesaving clubs, as there are some small differences between them and other community clubs.

The Club 2020 matrix will assist in the creation of new Lifesaving clubs.

 

Membership Review

Andrea Roberts is currently working on reviewing RLSS UK membership and would like as many people to have an input as possible. As part of the review, Andrea would like opinions on what members use their RLSS UK membership for, why it is important for them and what more they would like to see from the RLSS as a member. If you are interested in participating in the discussion, there is a Facebook group where you can get involved in the discussion.

 

Creating PR Opportunities to promote your activity

It is useful for clubs to have contacts with their local media outlets, as well as local RLSS UK branches and other community clubs within the area in order to improve recognition of both the work and activity the club carries out and also spread the message of drowning prevention further by working with others.

Events and campaigns will raise awareness as well as increase involvement in activity. Ensure your Universities and Student Unions know what you’re getting up to! If your activity is more community focused, let your other local media know and perhaps reach out to other clubs within your area to widen involvement. Don’t be afraid to contact your local branch or RLSS UK HQ for some help with producing an article, or accessing contact information for local media. If you are running a campaign within your University and/or local area, ensuring a consistency in messaging will help to gain traction and assist in increasing the reach of your messaging.

 

 

If you have any questions about RLSS conference, please do not hesitate to contact the BULSCA committee. As mentioned previously, we will endeavour to provide presentations which were delivered if possible when they are made available to us, however we hope that this article provides the most relevant information to BULSCA clubs.

Loughborough comp 2018 report

 

The 28th April 2018 saw the final league competition of the year held by Loughborough University Lifesaving Club. 25 teams entered from 9 different clubs, this was the last chance for teams to gain points towards the A and B league tables!

The competition began with a very dark dry SERC, which was set at night time with one member of the team entering the scene carrying a first aid kit 40 seconds after everyone else. Casualties included unconscious breathing and non-breathing, an asthmatic, choking, fractured foot, someone with another fracture and bruising, a bleeding knee and someone stuck up a. Only one team, Birmingham A, was awarding marks for treatment of the bruises.

Loughborough A scored the winning number of marks, Loughborough D came second and in third place was Birmingham C.

Effective communication was weighted very heavily, which was to be expected considering that the ability of sight was more or less removed. Both teams from Sheffield proved that they like talking to each other, as they each scored the highest mark awarded for this element.

As always, the wet SERC followed shortly after with the added bonus of a first aid kit upgrade (full as apposed to the travel sized required for the dry). Set at a hotel beach, the team entered on a sandbank where a casualty with a bleeding hand was sat. After swimming across to the beach they would find an unconscious non breathing child hidden behind an umbrella along with said first aid kit, a bag containing various items and a folded towel in which a phone could be found (or thrown into the water in the case of Bristol B) if unravelled. Casualties in the water included an asthmatic, body on bottom, a seizing casualty, non-swimmer, weak swimmer and a guy chilling on a big floaty rubber ring, complete with sun glasses.

6 out of 25 teams made a phone call, with 112 being the magic number; Birmingham A scored the most marks for their phone call. Overall, Loughborough C scored the most marks, Loughborough A came in second and Birmingham A followed closely behind in third place.

7 teams were successful with getting all of their casualties in during the rope throw; Birmingham A took first place with a time of 1:25.53, almost 10s fast than the prior competition! Loughborough B came second and Loughborough A third in this event.

The second speed event, medley relay saw Loughborough A as the winners, achieving a time of 1:44.19, followed by Loughborough E in second and Loughborough B in third.

The final league event of the season was the trusty swim and tow, everyone’s most anticipated relay! Teams should know the drill by now: float a couple of lengths, swim a couple of lengths and tow a person a couple of lengths – not in that order for the first swimmer who gets a diving start. Loughborough A came first with a time of 6:03.29. Loughborough C came in second and Loughborough B were third.

But the competing portion of the day was not quite finished! Some extra pool time allowed for a friendly 4x50m freestyle relay and a judges rope throw whooo! Ben proved that he still has it, despite his rope throw record being beaten at champs earlier this year, with a winning time of between 11-12 seconds. Second place in judges rope throw was about 15 seconds.

Announcement of the competition results followed fish and chips. Medals were awarded to the top three teams in their respective A an B leagues, with Bristol A and Loughborough C taking home bronze medals, Loughborough D and Birmingham A taking silver and finally taking the gold medals were Loughborough A and Loughborough B. In terms of overall results, Loughborough A came first, Birmingham A second and Loughborough B third. Loughborough A were also awarded their competition trophy (because they were the winners).

The final A and B league results were also announced, as this was the last competition of the year! The league trophies were presented to the overall winning A and B league teams from the whole year. Loughborough took away both trophies, proving a very successful competition, and year, for them – congratulations! The final league results for the year can be found on the website under ‘competitions – League results’.

Of course, the day was topped off with celebrations by all at an excellent social complete with wavy garms.

Congratulations to George and the rest of Loughborough for hosting another fantastic competition which was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance!

Congratulations to everyone who has competed, helped, bodied and judged at any one or all of the competitions this year – you’ve all worked hard and it definitely goes to show when the standard of competition and running of competitions is so high! Congratulations to everyone who is graduating this year, we hope to see you back in future competitions fulfilling a different role to competitor! Good luck to everyone with any exams you may have, see you next year along with your new freshers (some of whom will have been born in 2000…)!