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  • Notes:Is there anything on this that you would not want in your club?List taken from ILS
  • Notes:Lifesaving sport was primarily intended to encourage lifeguards to develop, maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. It has developed into an international competitive swimming discipline. Lifesaving competitions consist of a variety of swimming and first aid skills to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation at a competitive level.
  • Notes:Equity and fairness – Participants including athletes, coaches, officials and administrators all have rights and privileges enshrined in policy at every level. There are no restrictions relating to gender and there are established Codes of Practice /Behaviour for all involved.Inclusiveness – there are no barriers to participation in any form commencing at the local club level through to international competition.Being based on the principles of lifesaving the sports fundamental reason for being is based on the humanitarian ideal and endeavour.
  • First Aid Initiative TestThis is usually the first event of the competition, all the competitors are put into isolation, and go off to the incident one at a time, so that there can be no cheating. This is basically a Aquatic Initiative TestSurprisingly, this is similar to the first event, except this time it involves water! This time the competitors are being tested on their lifesaving skills, how effectively and safely they rescue the casualties, how well they deal with bystanders, how they look after the casualties. Again there is a time limit of ninety seconds.Swim & TowOnto what is usually the final event of the competition; the 50m swim & 50m tow (for Juniors and Masters 50-59 and 60+ the distance is a 25m swim & 25m tow). As with the rope throw, the Juniors and Seniors rescue each other in the pairs, and everybody gets to choose their casualty. This is a really competitive event, as you are usually swimming side-stroke on the tow you can see the other competitors around you. Line ThrowAfter the incidents have got the adrenaline pumping, everyone sits around and waits for all of the teams to finish them. Then onto the next event! The line throw, sounds easy... it isn't! The competitor stands on the side of the pool, with the rope stretched out in front of them and the casualty is in the water 12 metres away. At the whistle, you frantically coil up the rope and throw it out to the casualty, and pull them in as fast as you can. The world for pulling in one person is 9.60 seconds!! For Juniors and Masters in the 50-59 and 60+, the victims are placed at 10m away.For the Juniors and Seniors, they rescue their partner. For the other Competitors, they can choose their casualty – as long as they're the same gender and weigh more than 50kg.
  • The LTLD (Long Term Lifesaver Development) model, originally developed by Dr Istvan Balyi, focuses on maximising Rookie development to encourage a life-long commitment to sport and exercise.This model promotes sport as a valuable activity which is enjoyable and which contributes to a health lifestyle
  • Notes:The basic principles are:It takes 8-12 years to become an expertMost will not achieve a standard to justify this level of commitmentThere are times when people are more open to specific types of skill development
  • Notes:Rookie Festivals are the foundation or grass roots level of Lifesaving Sport. They provide a soft introduction to the demands of competitive Lifesaving.For an athlete it is the first step on the road to represent their country; for recreational lifesavers it is a chance to experience competition in a friendly environment.
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    • 1. An introduction to Lifesaving Sport
      RLSS UK 2011
    • 2. Presentation Contents
      Overview of Lifesaving Sport
      Long Term Lifesaver Development
      Rookie Festivals
      Lifesaving Sport – How to get started
    • 3. What sport stands for
      Fair play
      Respect (Laws & Rules)
      Respect (Self & Others)
    • 4. What is Lifesaving Sport?
      Lifesaving Sport truly is a sport for life.
    • 5. 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.
    • 6. 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.
    • 7. 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.
    • 8. 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
    • 9. Lifesaving Sport is based on
      Equity and fairness
      Open to all
      Humanitarian ideals and endeavours
    • 10. Lifesaving Sport
      A split personality
    • 11. 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
    • 12. 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.
    • 13. National Lifesaving Championships
    • 14. 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
    • 18. 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
    • 19. What does LTLD stand for?
      Long Term Lifesaver Development
    • 20. 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.
    • 21. 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.
    • 22. 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.
    • 23. 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.
    • 24. 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?
    • 25. Rookie Festivals
    • 26. 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.
    • 27. 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
    • 28. Rookie Festival pack
      As a tool to help any club, school or partnership in the delivery of any Rookie Festival
    • 29. What’s in it for my club?
      I’m here to do lifesaving why should we encompass sport?
    • 30. Why should your club get involved in Lifesaving Sport?
      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.
    • 31. 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
    • 32. Lifesaving Sport / Rookie Festivals
      How do we get started?
    • 33. 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!
    • 34. 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