Retford & District Lifesaving Club Management team would like to explain 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.

Membership Costs. 

To become a member of the club you are required to make two forms of payment:

  • One to the leisure centre to access the pool, payable via direct debit. (see below).
  • 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.  

BPL have set a fee of £18 to be paid by direct debit to access Lifesaving lessons.

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 arrangement will be acceptable to the majority, but we appreciate it will not suit all members. A significant 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.