Sussex Branch Dinner 2022 – Save the Date

The Birch Hotel

This year The RLSS Sussex Branch Dinner will be held on Saturday 3rd December at

The Birch Hotel,
Lewes Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH17 7SF.

Meeting at 7pm, all Sussex Branch members, partners and families are invited to the formal dinner. Dress code is smart, no jeans or trainers, ties preferred.Why not make a whole evening of it and stay the night and join us for breakfast!


Competition Time

We are excited to announce that enteries are open for our first competitoin since the pandemic!

Its a quick Life Support competition being held at K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley.

Full details and entry form here


AGM 2021

The RLSS Sussex Branch AGM 2021 has been scheduled for Saturday 24th April 2021 at 1030am. We had hoped to hold this in person, but with current Covid guidelines the AGM will be held via zoom.


Sad news

I’m afraid we have had some very sad news – following a short period of illness Terry Fitzgerald a former president of the Sussex Branch passed away in the early hours of Monday morning 7th December 2020.

Terry has been an active member of our Branch and with Hastings Voluntary Lifeguards for over 30 years. Recently Terry has been inspiring the next generation of lifesavers by teaching the Rookie and Survive and Save group. Terry always had a ‘story’ and ‘words of wisdom’ for them keeping them focused on the task in hand. Being an experienced swimming teacher too he would improve their swimming strokes often without them realising. It is a testimony to him that before coronavirus prevented us meeting the group had increased in size and these young people kept coming back.

Terry also used to help to train and assess beach lifeguards, open water awards and encourage participation in competitions. Terry was a lifesaving competitor himself but also committed time to Hastings Voluntary Lifeguards’ committee as a member, chair and president.
He shared all his knowledge, experience and skills to gift people with life skills. We know some have used these skills to help others.

RIP Terry – you won’t be forgotten.

A tribute from Hastings Voluntary Lifeguards

Terry (centre), pictured with Doug Simmonds, RLSS UK Sussex Branch Chair (left) and Paul Heskett, Hastings Voluntary Lifeguards President (right).

Club Support

As you know our AGM scheduled for this morning was postponed, as is much of life at the moment. However we still managed to hold our branch committee meeting via zoom, which was scheduled for after the AGM.

Following our meeting this morning we would like to reach out to clubs within our branch to offer any support we can. The branch feels very strongly that we must support our clubs in any way we can. Should you have any concerns or suggestions of how the branch can support clubs in this difficult time please email us.

One way in which we decided we can support clubs is to have an online get together. We have scheduled a RLSS UK Sussex Branch Club Support Meeting for Saturday 30th May at 10am for half hour. We invite all branch members to attend, whether you have a question or just want a chat. Most of the branch committee will be online and looking forward to see you. (Do not worry about you Corona-virus hair style! its effecting us all)

So we can manage this safely and securely please register your interest by completing the short form below.

Stay Safe

RLSS UK Sussex Branch


Rookie Activity Packs

Activity packs for rookies can now be downloaded from the branch website. These packs are produced by RLSS UK, a new pack will be uploaded every week day evening for the near future. They are a great way to keep rookies engaged while lifesaving activities are suspended.

Keep active & stay safe!


Competitions Postponed

Following advice from RLSS UK, Sussex Branch have reluctantly decided to cancel all Sussex Branch Competitions until further notice.

Please bear with us and stay safe!


RLSS Sussex Pairs and Rookie Pairs Lifesaving Championships 2019

You can now register for the RLSS Sussex Pairs and Rookie Pairs Lifesaving Championships 2019.

Date: Saturday 7th December 2019
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: £20 per pair
Location: Eastbourne College, Old Wish Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4JY

Full details and enter a team HERE



You can now register for the postponed 2018 RLSS Sussex Pairs Lifesaving Championships.

Date: Sunday 10th November 2019
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Cost: £20 per pair
Location: Battle Abbey School Pool, Penland Rd, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 2JG

Ladies and Mens Competitors:

Pairs to consist of ladies or men (Aged 15+) from the same affiliated RLSS Sussex Group.

Mixed gender pairs may take part in the Men’s category

Enter here


CTLSC @ 2019 European Life Saving Championships

15 members of the Crawley Town Life Saving Club travelled to the magnificent pool and beach venues of Riccione, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, to compete in the European Life Saving Championships (National, Club and Masters competitions) held over a two week period. They returned triumphant with eight European titles, thirteen gold, 10 silver and three bronze medals.

Zara Williams, representing Great Britain Open Ladies in the National Championships, retained gold in her favoured 50m Manikin Carry event, but narrowly lost out to her French arch rival Magali Rousseau, by just twelve one hundredths of a second in the 100m Rescue Medley, so having to settle for silver. On the beach, she teamed up with her Crawley Town team mate, Marina Macartney, and two other ladies to win a team gold in the Rescue Tube Rescue. Marina also took a bronze with three other GBR team mates in the Ocean relay event.  Crawley Town’s Sam Lawman took gold on his GBR debut for the Open Men with three others in the beach relay. Sam also became an unexpected TV star when the film crew of Belgium’s version of Baywatch recognised his athletic appeal.  Also making his GBR debut was Alex Jackson who won bronze in the Youth Men’s 12.5m line throw event.

Zara Williams retains gold in 50m Manikin Carry @ The European Championships 2019

Zara, Marina and Sam helped the GBR Open team to achieve 4th place in the pool (162 point behind 3rd place France) but despite closing the gap on the beach by finishing 2nd (50 points behind France) they could not make up sufficient points to gain a podium place overall. France went on to win, 101 points in front of the Italians in second, with Germany finishing third, 156 points ahead of GBR, who were closely followed by Spain, 20 points behind in a field of 20 nations. In the Youth competition GBR finished in 7th place in the pool (362 points adrift of the winners Italy) and despite winning the beach by 37 points over France, the differential was too great for a podium place, so GBR finished 5th overall out of the 15 competing nations.

The European Club Lifesaving Club Championships immediately followed the International event, but despite little rest Zara proved she is a true champion when successfully defending both her European Club titles: 50m Manikin Carry and 100m Rescue Medley. She also took gold in the 12.5m line throw, for which she is the current British record holder, with her partner Marina, before the pair teamed up with Jayne Stallion and Jade Hand in the relays achieving their highest place 5th in the 4 x25m Manikin relay. By this stage Marina had already been involved in over twenty races but still found the energy to take bronze on the last day of the Club Championships in the 90m beach sprint. Equalling Zara’s line throw performance in the men’s championship, Crawley Town’s Martin Schofield with partner Mathieu Perrillon (a French International Open competitor making his debut for Crawley Town) convincingly won gold in the 12.5m line throw when beating their German rivals from the Gelsenkirchen-Buer club by over two seconds.

Club Open Men: Martin Schofield & Matheiu Perrillon win gold!

Crawley Town’s Youth Ladies team featuring Jessica Hancock, Keira Narraway, Emily Hurst and Georgia Blenkley, made all three relay finals finishing 6th in the 4x25m Manikin Carry, 7th in the 4x50m Medley and 8th in the 4x50m Obstacle relay. Georgia also made the 12.5m line throw final with partner Emily, and Jessica finished 8th in her Individual Rescue Medley event.

Going into the Championships, Crawley Town was ranked third top Open club in Europe. However, its inability to field any Open Men’s relay teams meant their ranking has dropped to 6th best Open Pool team and 23rd Open Beach team, so dropping their overall ranking to 11th best club in a field of 33 other European teams. In the Youth Championships, Crawley Town could only field a Ladies Pool team, which gained a 15th ranking for the Pool and 20th overall, out of 30 competing teams.

Finally, Crawley Ladies Masters team of Donna Wickens, Maureen Fakley, Jennie Amos and Janet Dell, had a ball in the pool when being the oldest combined-aged Ladies team they brought home two silvers in the 4x25m Manikin and 4x50m Medley relays. Individually, Donna had the most success by winning a gold, three silvers and a bronze, followed by Janet with a gold and three silvers, with Jennie a gold and two silvers, and Maureen two silvers.

Open & Youth team: Left to right: Gary Lee, Jayne Stallion, Marina Macartney, Zara Williams, Martin Schofield, Jessica Hancock, Mathieu Perrillon, Keira Narraway, Emily Hurst, Georgia Blenkley & Jade Hand.

The 2019 European Lifesaving Championships was the warm-up for next year’s World Championships ”Rescue 2020” which is to be held at the same venue at around the same time, so if you are interested in attending please come and join the team at K2 on a Tuesday evening from 8.00pm to 10.00. Finally Crawley Town would like to thank Everyone Active at the K2 Sports Centre for their continue support and encouragement of Lifesaving Sport through Crawley Towns international competitors.

CTLSC Competition Manager