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Members of the lifesaving club
Member of the lifesaving club rescuing a dummy in the pool
Lifesaving club annual club photo
Lifesaving club cheering on the side of the pool
Lifesaving club training - diving off the blocks into the pool


What is lifesaving? Lifesaving is one of the most unique and interesting sports you will find at Birmingham; with a mixture of real-life first aid skills, simulated emergency response scenarios AND swimming… with a twist!

We are one of the most successful university lifesaving clubs in the UK. We offer some of the best student coaching with our teams high level of expertise and dedication bringing us many successes over the years. These achievements include finishing 2nd at the National Championships every year since 2015. We have also placed in the top 3 of the A League every year since 2014, as well as placed in the top 2 of the B League every year since 2013.

Our club socials are incredibly popular and are often the highlights of our members year. Anything from camping trips to day outs to theme parks, alongside our weekly socials, there is always something to look forward to. This year due to COVID-19 we will have to see what we are able to do within the government and University guidelines, but we will still be able to have fun!

We will be training 3 times a week in the pool, as well as having some dry side First Aid Training. Please note: this may be held virtually at least for the first term.

Through being a member of our club, you have the opportunity to progress in RLSS Survive and Save awards as well as complete the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) at a discounted price. This qualification allows you to work as a lifeguard all across the UK. In addition to this, we also offer NPLQ training hours.

Facts about UoB Lifesaving

– We are one of only 19 universities that offer Lifesaving
– We are the most successful club in BULSCA since its creation back in 2002
– We are the only club to have won the BULSCA A League 3 consecutive times
– We had several of our members qualify and compete at the World Lifesaving Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2016

How to get involved


To discover more and get involved, come and meet current club members at Sport & Fitness Fair on Tuesday 21 September in the Sport & Fitness Arena from 10am-5pm. This is the best place to find about trials and taster sessions. You will be asked to register your interest using the ‘Register Interest’ form above, and then you will receive confirmation of the dates of trials and taster sessions in a follow-up email. If you would prefer, you can also fill in the form before Sport & Fitness Fair, but you will not receive any further information until the evening of Tuesday 21 September.

If you have any questions for the club before Sport & Fitness Fair, please contact the club directly via the red contact us button or their social media pages.

Following trials and taster sessions, if you would like to join the club you must purchase a membership online. To purchase a membership, please click the yellow join us button.

Please note, on top of the club membership fee there is a £16 fee that covers personal accident insurance when training or competing for the University, access to free cross-training sessions such as circuits and yoga, as well as a contribution to the costs of affiliation to various national governing bodies. This fee is only payable once so if you did decide to join a second club then you would not need to pay a second fee.

Key contacts

Club Captain: Hannah Percox