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North Worcestershire Lifeguard Club

Competitive Lifeguarding

We are a highly competitive club, offering the chance to compete at all levels. We enter a range of events from local galas to World Championships... 

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We teach lifesavers from age eight to eighty in both pool and open water lifesaving. To be able to act in an emergency to save lives, both in and out of water...

In the Community

Safety is not just something we learn at the pool. Our aim educate our community about staying safe and how to deal with injuries or medical emergencies at home, work or play...

Welcome to North Worcester Lifeguard Club

Although North Worcester Lifeguarding Club is a relatively small club, we have historically performed at the very top level of the sport. Many members of our team have “been there and done it”. We welcome all who come to join us at our club. We aim to turn bystanders into lifesavers and train them to perform at the highest level in the sport.

The club was founded 1970 by Brian Head, Nigel Thompson, Patrick Bell, Derek Butts Charlie Harrison, Norman and Ian Hamblett. They were sponsored by Ashfords frozen foods of Stourbridge (Ashfords also sponsored the National Championships which were held at the NEC Birmingham in 1977/78)

They were based at the old baths in Stourbridge (before the Crystal). When the pool closed they moved location to Haden Hill in 1976.

The club patrolled Swan Pool in West Bromwich every Sunday afternoon, offering Voluntary lifeguard cover to the public. They trained both here and at Arrow Valley Lake in Redditch, honing their skills both as lifeguards and as competitors for the RLSS national Championships.

The national championships were a different format in those days comprising an incident, three speed events (4x75M torpedo buoy relay, 4x800M swim, reel and line) and a “team march”.

The ladies won the national championships in 1972.

Brian Head, one of the original founding members, went from swimmer to club coach to national coach at three World Championships. He was also club, branch and RLSS national chairman for many years.

Members of the club were on the organising committee for the national championships for 1977-1981 (held at the NEC Birmingham).

1984 was a major year for the competitive side of the team with the men, girls and boys cadets (as they were called then) teams all winning the national championships, the ladies just missed out by coming second.

However the ladies managed to win again in 1992, the only time the national championships were held outside England (Dublin, Ireland).

Individual team members have been frequent competitors at the national individual finals and we have also been extremely fortunate to have members of the club selected for national teams for both world and European competitions.

With the demise of the outdoor nationals many competitions are now pool/speed based, the club has struggled as we are not connected to a swimming club, it should be noted that many of our competitors in previous years were also very accomplished swimmers at competitive clubs.

Many members have competed and medalled in the pool nationals, both RLSS and surf, particularly in later years in the masters.

In particular mention should go to Nic Penn and David Lane have been European champions in the rope throw, John Arnold, Nic, Dave and Ro Webb who have won world medals and John also coached both the GB and Irish national squads.

Teams from the club have also won the national SERC (simulated emergency response competition) on three occasions.

We are still making history for the club, as our very young squad have recently won the Winter League against our nearest 4 clubs in the Midlands region.

2020 is our 50th Anniversary year and we are planning a few celebrations!