- Royal Life Saving Society UK
The Royal Lifesaving Society UK, also known as Lifesavers, is the governing body for
lifesavingand lifeguarding in the United Kingdom. The society was founded in 1891 and has more than 13,000 members in 50 branches and 1,400 active lifesaving and lifeguarding clubs throughout the UK and Ireland. It has had Royal Patronagesince 1904. Her Majesty the Queen is the Society's Patron. HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO is the extremely active Commonwealth President of the Society.
The RLSS is part of [http://www.lifesavers.org.uk/commonwealth.htm Royal Lifesaving Society Commonwealth] and
International Life Saving Federation.
Lifesaving in the United Kingdom
lifeguarding are promoted as a sport and a life skill by the Royal Life Saving Society UK There are over 1400 lifesaving clubs based throughout the UK and Ireland, [cite web|url=http://www.lifesavers.org.uk/about.htm|title=Welcome to Lifesavers: About|publisher=Lifesavers, The Royal Life Saving Society UK|accessdate=2008-05-01] which teach skills such as drowningprevention, life supportand personal survival. The learning of lifesaving takes place in a variety of waterenvironments, such as swimming pools, inland water venues and at coastal locations. Often clubs coach their members towards achieving RLSS awards, the flagship award being the Bronze Medallion. [cite web|url=http://www.lifesavers.org.uk/courses/lifesaving_openwater_awards.htm|title=Courses, Awards and Qualifications|publisher=Lifesavers, The Royal Life Saving Society UK|accessdate=2008-05-01]
Subsequent awards include the
Award of Merit, which is followed by Open Water exams of the Bronze and Silver Crosses. The final award of lifesaving is that of Distinction, an award that demands a very high level of skill from the participant [http://www.lifesavers.org.uk/courses/lifesaving_openwater_awards.htm] . Training programmes exist for all ages, from young children to adults. Some lifesaving and lifeguard clubs operate as volunteerorganisations, providing safety cover at locations where there would otherwise be none.
The RLSS organises both national and regional speed and skills [http://www.lifesavers.org.uk/comp/index.htm competitions] and many clubs, including
universityaffiliated clubs (organised through [http://www.bulsca.co.uk the British Universities Lifesaving Clubs Association (BULSCA)] ) field teams at these events.
The RLSS offers a range of certificate courses for pool and beach lifeguards. These awards are recognised through out the UK and Ireland and are awarded under the auspices of the Institute of Qualified Lifeguards [http://www.lifesavers.org.uk/iql/index.htm] .
*Lifesaving in the UK
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* [http://www.lifesavers.org.uk Lifesavers UK homepage]
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