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Important Club Updates

Retford & District Lifesaving Club Management team would like to explain important changes to the way the club operates on a Saturday morning. 


The Lifesaving club is an independently established community club affiliated to the Royal Life Saving Society. We have, for over 40 years, provided the Lifesaving lessons at Retford Leisure Centre through a partnership agreement with Bassetlaw District Council, the owner/operator of the centre. Responsibility for the operational management of the centre now sits with BPL as the current managers of the centre.

How will this impact on club members? 

Previously, as a member of the club you were required to make two forms of payment:

  • One to the leisure centre to access the pool, payable every session – thereby negating the need to hire the pool
  • One as an annual club fee to cover affiliation fees, insurance and purchase of small items used to run the club

On the whole, this has worked well for all parties for a very long time and aligned with our aim to keep lifesaving activities accessible to all as cheaply as possible. As you might expect, what members pay does not cover the full operating costs of the club, the club management group undertake other fundraising activities to pay for equipment and entry fees to major competitions.  The main advantage to members is that you ‘pay as you go’. We believe this has enabled more people to access Lifesaving lessons than otherwise would have done so.


The forced temporary closure of the club and Leisure Centre has led BPL to review existing arrangements. While they support the continuation of Lifesaving lessons, the traditional payment methods are no longer their preferred approach. 

We were asked to consider paying the pool hire directly and becoming a wholly independent unit. We have resisted this option because we know that in time it would lead to a significant increase in costs to you as club members and would take us down the route many other Lifesaving clubs have found themselves in, where they have become uneconomic and are closing.

A key objective of the centre is to become a cash free operation, which will save money for the centre in the long term. The downside is that we have had to give up the concept of a ‘pay as you go’ club in preference to a monthly Direct Debit.  

The need for cashless payments has been driven by the Covid secure commitment the centre has given. Although cashless payment was coming our way at some point in the future it has hit us much sooner than we would have thought. 

In agreeing to this change we think we have secured the future of the club and the partnership agreement. Overall, regular users should not pay any more. The same however cannot be said for those casual users.  

BPL have set a fee of £18 to be paid by direct debit to access Lifesaving lessons. You may cancel and re-start this process on a month by month basis. The direct debit can only be set up by talking to a member of staff at the centre, we the club are not in control of any aspect of this process.  We trust this new arrangement will be acceptable to the majority, but we appreciate it will not suit all members. A significant new benefit is that all those who pay by direct debit will have free access to public swimming sessions at the centre.  

On a year by year basis we have between 50-60 paid members and regularly get 35-40 attending each week. The club has been growing our members over that last few years and hope to grow further with your support.

Thank you for your continued support.

Pete, Dave and Theresa

Speed Championships 2018

After being postponed due to snow, the 2018 Speed Lifesaving Championships were a successful competition for the Retford Lifesavers team! The action happened at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018, so it was quite a distance for our athletes to travel. However it proved worthwhile, with several of our members getting personal best times, and even National Records.

A full list of the results from the weekend, alongside other news and photos from the official event photographer, can be found on the RLSS UK website here!

Meanwhile, the date and venue have been set for Speeds 2019: 16th and 17th March, back at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Archive: Speeds 2017 | Speeds 2016

Speed Championships 2017

The RLSS UK hosts an annual National Speed Lifesaving Championships, which brings together the best lifesaving sport athletes from around the country to compete for National Champion in a range of events. Each year, several members of Retford Lifesavers represent their club at the largest lifesaving sport event in the UK.

For 2017, the competition was held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. The events took place 25th – 26th February. Retford Lifesavers took our largest ever team, with over 20 individual competitors. It was also our most successful Speed Championships ever, bringing back 13 national medals including 5 gold, as well as a whole heap of PB swims. We even broke a national record for the 10m Line Throw and had a club member selected to join the RLSS UK’s Performance Squad. These achievements placed Retford Lifesavers 9th overall, which is a fantastic achievement. Full results can be found on the RLSS UK website >

The National Speed Lifesaving Championships in 2018 will take place on 3rd and 4th March at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow.

Follow the action on Facebook and Twitter using #RADLSpeeds, #Speeds2017 and #LifesavingSport. Link to this page:

Archive: Speeds 2016



Retford and District Lifesaving Club often run training courses and events throughout the year. The RLSS UK’s National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is an industry-standard programme that delivers both theoretical and practical training to enable candidates to work safely within the leisure industry.

Retford Lifesavers will be running a NPLQ course in January and February 2017. The course will include the use of a Spinal Board and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Any candidates wishing to apply for the course must complete the application form below.

The course costs £250, and will run on the following dates. Full attendance is required to complete the course. Exact timings are still to be confirmed:

  • Friday 27 January 2017, 18:30 – 22:00hrs
  • Saturday 4, 11, 18, 25 February 2017, 08:00 – 18:00hrs
  • Assessment: Saturday 25 February 2017

Candidates must be aged 16 or above prior to assessment, and a good level of physical fitness is required for the course. Completed application forms, as well as any enquiries or questions about the course, should be emailed to David Morton, the course leader.