After only a month of training, 16 Bristol lifesavers, including 7 new recruits headed to Nottingham where the first competition of the season was held. We had an early start but that didn’t damper our spirits as when we arrived the mood was high and excitement filled the isolation room. The captains left for their briefing of what the day was to entail and the competition started with the first Freshers team, Bristol C heading out to start their SERCs. They were closely followed by Bristol D and Bristol B, the second Freshers team. With their SERCs completed, Bristol B, C and D watched the other university teams puzzle through the wet scenario, getting tips and enjoying the casualties background stories. A highlight was the love story between 2 casualties that eventually went on to become engaged! Soon, it was time for Bristol A to take part, masterfully completing the dry SERC, consisting of casualties that had taken part in a meeting that had been interrupted by a criminal who had injured someone before falling unconscious themselves. Casualties also included a diabetic, a choking person and even a baby that needed CPR. Next, they headed for the wet scenario. They found swimmers who had headed to a lake that had got themselves into difficulty, including locked swimmers, a hypothermic casualty and someone with a spinal injury. Luckily the Bristol Lifesavers were on hand to help and managed to put their skills into use. A special mention to Bristol A and B who managed to retrieve the Body on the Bottom. With these completed, the speeds started. First up was rope throw. Teams threw a rope 12 meters to their team member who would retrieve it, be pulled in and do the same thing to the next member until all were out safely. Shoutout to Bristol D who smashed their rope relay, managing to get 3 people to the side. Next, manakin carry. Teams swam with an orange manakin, passing them onto the next team member until all had swam. We were pleased to see that all our teams did an excellent job of this, especially our Freshers who tackled this tricky event for the first time. The finale was Swim and Tow. Teams took turns in towing each other, competing for the fastest tow. Special mention to Bristol B, who were neck and neck with a Warwick team, for overtaking them at the last second for a victory! Bristol then headed for the results and a well deserved social. Bristol A came 2nd overall and Bristol B came 3rd in the B league with Bristol C and D also doing us proud with their fantastic results. Finally, we participated in a ceilidh, which was energetic but an amazing way to end a successful competition. We thoroughly enjoyed competing at Nottingham and can not wait until Sheffield where Bristol will continue to excel!