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 www.drowningpreventionweek.org.uk

•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).

Read more: Beach session information

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.  

Read more: Presentation Evening 2014

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.  

Read more: Billingham Forum Lifesaving Competition

Beach Lifeguard Course, February 2014

Created on Sunday, 05 January 2014 Written by NSVL

Beach Lifeguarding is a fun, rewarding and challenging job.  The RLSS UK National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) is recognised by beach operators across the UK and Ireland and covers all the skills involved with rescue, resuscitation, first aid and beach supervision.  Many of those who have completed the NBLQ course with NSVL have gone on to work on local beaches in North Tyneside, Sunderland and Hartlepool, as well as further afield.  

NSVL will run a Beach Lifeguard course from 22nd February, subject to numbers.  Those interested must be able to attend a pre-course swim test on Saturday 15th February, 6:30pm at Tynemouth Pool.  Applicants must be able to swim 400m in 8 minutes or less.

Date/times: Saturdays from 22nd February, times to be confirmed.  

Location: NSVL Beach base/Tynemouth Pool

Cost: £160 

Contact: Joe Welsh ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

This course is subject to numbers so please let Joe know ASAP if you are interested or would like further information and pass on to anyone you think may be interested. More information on the content of the course can be found in the Beach Lifeguard section.

Visit the Beach Lifeguard section for information on what's involved, pre-requisites and frequently asked questions.  To register complete the course application form at the bottom of this page and return to Joe Welsh.

**NSVL must point out that recruitment for 2014 Beach Lifeguard jobs starts in January, therefore we cannot guarantee eligibility to apply.  Please contact RNLI directly for more information on jobs.**


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