An introduction to Lifesaving Sport RLSS UK 2011
Presentation Contents Introduction Overview of Lifesaving Sport Long Term Lifesaver Development Rookie Festivals Lifesaving Sport – How to get started
What sport stands for Ethics Fair play Honesty Health Excellence Character Education Courage Community Fun Joy Teamwork Dedication Commitment Respect (Laws & Rules) Respect (Self & Others) Solidarity
What is Lifesaving Sport? Lifesaving Sport truly is a sport for life.
What is Lifesaving Sport? Intended to encourage lifeguards to develop, maintain and improve their essential physical and mental skills. Skills to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation at a competitive level. Now an international competitive swimming discipline.
What is Lifesaving Sport? Governed by International Life Saving federation (ILS). Recognised as a tier two Olympic Sport meaning that it is part of the World Games. Lifesaving is unique because it is the only sport in which skills are learned for humanitarian purposes and only then applied to competition.
What is Lifesaving Sport? Lifesaving is a rapidly growing sport, both in the UK and Worldwide. It has established tiers of competition from local to international level. There are World Championships, Commonwealth Championships, European Championships and it is part of the World Games.
What is Lifesaving Sport The application of lifesaving skills Speed, strength, coordination and team work Pathways for athletes and officials with the development of a pathway for coaches. It involves many thousands of volunteers
Lifesaving Sport is based on Equity and fairness Open to all Inclusiveness Humanitarian ideals and endeavours
A split personality Internationally Competitive Lifesaving is separated into two clear divisions: Pool and Open Water Competitions. Pool Lifesaving : 10 speed based, one skill based Races are mainly time related, the focus being on speed. Open Water Lifesaving: Speed based Incorporates weather conditions and knowledge of a changeable environment
A split personality Nationally there is an extra element known as a Traditional Lifesaving Competition. Traditional competitions focus on skill over speed, designed to test a competitor’s ability in events which simulate scenarios a real lifesaver would face.
National Lifesaving Championships The National Championships have four elements: Life Support Initiative Test Test of First Aid skills Time limited Aquatic Initiative Test Test of lifesaving skills Time limited
National Speed Lifesaving Championships These events are based on speed and include various actions with a variety of equipment; manikin, fins, rescue tubes and obstacles. 100m Manikin Carry with Fins 100m Manikin Tow with Fins Obstacle Swim 100m Rescue Medley 200m Obstacle Swim 200m Super Lifesaver 4x25m Manikin Relay 4x50m Medley Relay 4x50m Obstacle Relay 50m Manikin Carry Line Throw
What does LTLD stand for? Long Term Lifesaver Development
LongTermLifesaverDevelopment Developed by Dr Istvan Balyi. Maximises Rookies development. Encourages a life-long commitment to exercise. Prepares Rookies for a life in sport (many people enjoy working hard to improve, even without aspirations to be elite performers). LTLD provides a model to work from.
LongTermLifesaverDevelopment Promotes lifesaving as a valuable activity. Promotes a healthy lifestyle. Provides opportunities to improve skill and achieve potential. Provides a framework for parents, teachers, instructors and coaches to work together.
LongTermLifesaverDevelopment Don’t worry! All RLSS UK Rookie awards and activities are based on LTLD. It really is the framework which junior lifesaving and Lifesaving Sport is based on.
What do I have to do? As long as you follow RLSS UK programmes in conjunction with the extra guidance, you will be following LTLD.
Why Sport? Do you have a healthy Rookie section, but relatively few teenagers and adults? Do you find that your Rookies often drop out in their adolescent years? Are your more competent Rookies running out of awards to complete?
How do Rookie Festivals fit in with Lifesaving Sport? Rookie Festivals are the foundation of grass roots level of Lifesaving Sport. A soft introduction. The first step on the competition pathway. Chance to experience competition in a friendly unthreatening environment.
Why run a Rookie Festival? To have fun To promote water safety To promote lifesaving To keep children / rookies interested To attract members To mix with other clubs / branches To learn new skills Rookie games teach Rookies to think
Rookie Festival pack As a tool to help any club, school or partnership in the delivery of any Rookie Festival
What’s in it for my club? I’m here to do lifesaving why should we encompass sport?
Why should your club get involved in Lifesaving Sport? Competition:- provides high profile opportunities to attract new participants to lifesaving programmes inspires young people raise public awareness improves personal fitness and well being Competing in such competitions is a great way to motivate and encourage skill development.
Why Chose Lifesaving Sport? It’s fun & never stops being a challenge Provides variety in club training Being able to compete Develops fitness Builds confidence Make friends all over the country Lifesaving is for everybody All ages, sizes and body types
Lifesaving Sport / Rookie Festivals How do we get started?
How to get started At your lifesaving / Rookie session Have ago at some of the skills / events during your normal lifesaving session. Visit another club who have already started using Rookie Festivals and / or Lifesaving Sport skills. Run an intra club Rookie Festival (divided up your group into teams and run the rest of session as a festival). Enter a local Rookie Festival. Run your own inter club Rookie Festival. Join the Rookie Facebook group and talk to like minded people N.B. Don’t forget festivals can be run for adults as well!
How can I get involved? At your club Have ago at some of the events at your club Run a Rookie Festival (even if it’s for all ages) Enter a local competition Visit another club who have sport nights