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Keynsham Lifesaving Club are pleased to announce that we’ll be resuming COVID-secure training on the 9th May. During this term, we’re offering new and existing members the opportunity to complete the Royal Life Saving Society’s Water Smart Award - all ready for summer.


You’ll learn essential water safety skills, including how to spot hazards and stay safe in open water. We’ll teach you how to react if you see someone in difficulty in the water, and how to rescue them safely. You’ll get to try sample some lifesaving competition events, learn communication skills, and use specialised rescue equipment such as torpedo buoys, throw-bags and paddle boards.


The sessions will start in the familiar surroundings of the swimming pool then, as you progress, you’ll have the chance to put your skills into practice in a controlled open-water environment down on the River Avon. You’ll be guided and supported every step of the way by our team of expert instructors.


Course Details

The course will take place over seven sessions. The first four sessions will take place in the swimming pool at Keynsham Leisure Centre, Keynsham, Temple St, BS31 1HE. The final three sessions will take place at Bristol Avon Sailing Club, Mead Lane, Saltford, BS31 3ER, as follows…


  • Week 1: 9 May, 3-4pm, Keynsham Leisure Centre
  • Week 2: 16 May, 3-4pm, Keynsham Leisure Centre
  • Week 3: 23 May, 3-4pm, Keynsham Leisure Centre
  • Week 4: 13 Jun, 3-4pm, Keynsham Leisure Centre
  • Week 5: 20 Jun, Session 1 = 6pm-6:50pm / Session 2 = 7pm-7:50pm, Bristol Avon Sailing Club
  • Week 6: 27 Jun, Session 1 = 6pm-6:50pm / Session 2 = 7pm-7:50pm, Bristol Avon Sailing Club
  • Week 7: 4 Jul, Session 1 = 6pm-6:50pm / Session 2 = 7pm-7:50pm, Bristol Avon Sailing Club


The course costs just £45 per person, which includes all tuition and the cost of the Water Smart Award.



No previous experience of lifesaving or open-water swimming is required; however, participants must be at least 8 years old and have a good level of water fitness (participants should be able to complete a continuous swim of 100m on their front and 100m on their back, and be able to surface dive and tread water for 2 minutes).


If you'd like to know more, please download this letter. It contains full details about the course, outlines the COVID-secure measures that we've put in place, and includes important information to ensure your safety.


Note 1: Existing members - please ensure that your online membership form is up-to-date (in particular details of any medical conditions, and your emergency contacts) before you book.


Note 2: Due to space constraints and to ensure your safety, the open water weeks will be split into two separate sessions. Please indicate below which session you wish to attend...



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Description Date Start time End time Availability Places
Bookings Price Book
Water Smart Course - Summer Term 2021 09-05-2021 closed 9 show £45
Week 5 - Session 1 20-06-2021 18:00 18:50 closed 3 show £0
Week 5 - Session 2 20-06-2021 19:00 19:50 closed 8 show £0
Week 6 - Session 1 27-06-2021 18:00 18:50 closed 3 show £0
Week 6 - Session 2 27-06-2021 19:00 19:50 closed 8 show £0
Week 7 - Session 1 04-07-2021 18:00 18:50 closed 3 show £0
Week 7 - Session 2 04-07-2021 19:00 19:50 closed 8 show £0