University of Nottingham Lifesaving is a laid-back and welcoming club, which caters to members of all abilities.
Our training has a broad focus, with fitness, SERCs and First Aid skills, and speed training all being covered in our tri-weekly training sessions. All of our members are encouraged to attend competitions and put their skills into practice throughout the year, although this is by no means compulsory. We also hold regular social events, from our weekly post-training burgers at the Student Bar, to trips to clubs, the cinema, and even Alton Towers.
For members who want to gain a deeper understanding of First Aid, as well as dry and wetside rescue skills, the UoN Lifesaving Club further offers training in the Survive and Save Award up to Silver level, a student-led RLSS qualification.
This is consistently popular amongst new members, with 100% pass rate from those who took the examinations during the last academic year. Furthermore, despite being one of the smaller clubs that competes at BULSCA events, the 2016-17 academic year saw the club’s A and B team come third and fourth in their respective leagues; our highest ranking in years. One of our members also set a new record for the individual rope-throw event at the 2017 Student Championships in Swansea; a great achievement for both himself and the club as a whole.
Finally, the UoN Lifesaving club maintains close relations with the RLSS branch in Nottinghamshire, enabling us to occasionally get guest coaches to come to the club and further enhance our skills. We also have close ties to the Colwick Park Lifeguards, who provide chances to volunteer at festivals throughout the year, for those qualified (the aforementioned Silver Survive and Save Award is considered adequate for this). This gives members the chance to put their skills into practice in a real-world environment, as well as promising free access to these events.