Regional Lifesaving Championships 2014

Created on Sunday, 06 July 2014 Written by Paula Richardson

11 NSVL members took part in the Regional Lifesaving Championships at Chester le Street Leisure Centre on Sunday 6th July.

The competitors faced a dry incident, which included a non-breathing casualty and hypothermic casualty, and a wet incident which involved non-swimmers, injuries on poolside and an unconscious casualty.  Competitors needed to use their initiative to prioritise casualties, ensure an ambulance was called and recover as many casualties as they could to poolside.  A special mention must go to Emily Mulligan, who was moved up from 'Senior Pairs' to the 'Individual Ladies' category on the day and did a great job of managing the incidents on her own, and also to Jack Walder who was paired with a competitor from another club right at the last minute. 

A rope throw followed and our practise and tips from our coach Nick Golder paid off, with seniors throwing 12m to a casualty down to 8m for Rookies.  Our 'Junior Boys', Nat Walder and Jarvis Elson-Veale, and 'Rookie Boys', Sam and Flynn Matthew, showed good accuracy and throwing skills, all recovering their casualties within the 90 second limit.  

Cordelia Moor and Megan Johnson shone in the Swim and Tow event, swimming 50m to pick up a casualty and towing a further 50m.  Daire Truemann and Eloise Pegg were definitely our most determined pair, putting their all into the swim and checking out the competition on either side to check they were winning!

All of our competitors did us proud and we hope they enjoyed the day.  Thank you to Nick and Paula for organising the competition and overseeing training, to parents who came to support and to Rachel, Sasha and Adam for helping with training and acting as casualties on the day.

If you are interested in taking part in competitions speak to Nick or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Drowning Prevention Week 2014

Created on Saturday, 21 June 2014 Written by Paula Richardson

NSVL are proud supporters of Drowning Prevention Week, which was launched by the Royal Life Saving Society UK in 2012 to promote water safety and reduce incidences of drowning. This year, the official Drowning Prevention Week runs from 21 to 29 June 2014.

Accidental drowning causes more than 400 UK deaths every year, is the third highest cause of death in children and claims the lives of at least 360,000 people worldwide each year.

Drowning Prevention Week will see schools, leisure centres, organisations, businesses and lifesaving clubs across the country holding activities to help raise awareness of how to be safe in, on or around water. 

NSVL will host visits from 2 Scout groups through the week, providing water safety advice, demonstrating basic lifesaving skills and what to do if a friend is in trouble in the water.  


If someone is in difficulty in water:

•Shout for help and ensure the emergency services are on their way (call 999 or 112)

•Without endangering yourself, see if you can reach out to them, extend your reach with a stick, pole, item of clothing, lie down or stay secure. 

•Throw something buoyant to them such as a ring buoy, part filled plastic container, ball or anything that will float. 

•Keep your eye on them all the time and shout reassurance urging them to use their arms and legs to bring themselves to safety

Please share this message with friends, family and colleagues - you never know whose life it could save.  If you would like a water safety talk at your school or organisation, or simply more advice on staying safe near water, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

For more information on Drowning Prevention Week:

•Visit our website at

•Follow us on Twitter - @dpw_RLSSUK

•Visit our Facebook page - /drowningpreventionweek 


Beach session information

Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 Written by Paula Richardson

Thank you to those junior members who have expressed interest in the summer sessions.

The Rookie programme is planned this year by Katie, Jennifer, Taylor and Brodie who in successfully delivering the sessions, will achieve their Assistant Instructor Qualification.   

Supervision will be in place, led by Malcolm Dunn (National Trainer Assessor - NTA) with the support of additional NSVL NTA members, instructors and beach lifeguards.

The Survive & Save programme is to be planned by Paula Richardson assisted and delivered by NSVL Survive & Save Instructors (with support as above).

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Presentation Evening 2014

Created on Sunday, 25 May 2014 Written by Paula Richardson

We held our annual Presentation Evening on Friday 23rd May to celebrate our members' achievements over the last year.  There was a great turn out, with over 80 members and their families coming along.  

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Billingham Forum Lifesaving Competition

Created on Sunday, 26 January 2014 Written by Paula Richardson

Lifesavers from NSVL took part in the Billingham Forum Lifesaving Competition on Saturday 25th January.  For most of our lifesavers this was their first time at a Lifesaving competition, so it was an opportunity to have a go at something new and try their hand at speed lifesaving events including obstacle swims, manikin carries and manikin tows.  

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