The second competition of the season took place in Sheffield. As this is the furthest competition away, it meant another early start on Saturday to take on the long drive up. When teams had arrived and had settled into isolation, we felt confident that we could match or even beat our fantastic results from the previous competition. The captains left for their briefing and the day started with Bristol B heading out to tackle the SERCs, followed by Bristol A. The dry scenario took place in a lab at the University of Sheffield where a disaster had occurred. Casualties included an amputated finger, a chemical burn and a tour guide that went unconscious if not treated. Both Bristol teams excelled in this situation, with Bristol B winning the dry SERC and Bristol A closely following with 3rd place! Next, the wet SERC. This took place at a lake where swimmers, including a family had got themselves into difficulties. Casualties in this SERC included a head bleed, an unconscious non-breathing child and someone who had heatstroke. Again, this situation was no problem for Bristol lifesavers, with Bristol A producing another 3rd place and Bristol B just behind in 6th place. After some successful SERC solving from both teams, it was time to move onto speeds and Bristol lifesavers showed no signs of weakness. Bristol A won the rope throw with an impressive time of 1 minute and 27 seconds! Bristol B also showed a strong performance with all team members successfully throwing their ropes to their casualties. After this came the medley relay, the first time this event had been tackled this season. This consists of 4 different elements. The first of these is a 50m sprint, followed by a 50m swim with fins, then a 50m sprint with a torp which the third swimmer transfers to the fourth swimmer who swims with fins and the torp while towing the third swimmer. To make this complicated event even harder, due to the longer length of the Sheffield pool, each length was elongated to 33m, adding an extra 16m to each section of the relay. This didn’t phase the Bristol lifesavers who mastered this event, with both teams coming in the top 10! Finally, we competed in swim and tow. Again, the length of the Sheffield pool made this a taxing process yet the teams rose the the challenge, with Bristol A finishing 3rd and Bristol B finishing 9th. The day had been a huge success for both teams and they were both rewarded for their efforts. Bristol B managed to place 2nd in the B league while Bristol A came 3rd in the A league and overall! With the competition at its end, it meant an evening of celebrating with the other BULSCA teams at Pop Tarts before returning back to Bristol, feeling pleased and proud of the performance they had shown.
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!
After Bristol’s Lifesaving teams most successful season to date we are now officially ranked 2nd in the BULSCA league for 2018-2019. We have had an incredibly successful year, we now say goodbye to some of our older members but look forward to welcoming the a new cohort to take Lifesaving in Bristol to new heights. As Bristol’s most successful watersport, we are hoping to expand both our dry and wet training sessions to allow us to reach even better results in both the A and B league.
But first we look forward to going to the sports awards ceremony and our annual weekend away to London.
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Our free taster sessions will are being held half an hour later than previously advertised due to pool timetabling changes. They will be at 15:30-17:00 in the University Pool and 17:30-18:30 in the Student’s Union, meet us in the foyer! Hope to see lots of you there, tell anyone who is interested in attending our taster sessions about the time change.
We would like to welcome the new students to the university and invite all to come and try our sport. We will be offering taster sessions in the university pool on the 27th of September at 3pm as well as a first aid related taster session hosted in the Stephenson room of the union between 5 and 6pm. You do not need to buy membership to come and try and cake will be provided. We hope to see you there!