Birmingham Competition 7th December 2019

All of our Bristol competitors

The fourth and final competition of 2019 was hosted by Birmingham on 7th December.  Bristol brought three teams counting towards the league results, as well as a scratch team the result of unexpected last-minute team changes just a few days before the competition, made up of two of our club members and two members from Keynsham LSC.  We were waiting for a typical few hours in isolation until our first team finally got to the start of the competition: the SERCs.

Our dry SERC was a simulated dark alley at night – not complete without a stabbing victim who deteriorated and went unconscious during the SERC.  Amongst the other casualties there was a suffering hypoglycaemic diabetic, an asthmatic, an unconscious, non-breathing adult in a tent, a drunk bystander, and a non-suffering diabetic with a head wound (who in real life is our own Gen Sec Bea whose burst eardrum stopped her competing!).  One of the biggest challenges in this SERC was attempting to find the mobile phone to contact the emergency services, which ended up being in the tent with the CPR casualty amongst the used needles and other rubbish.  Our fantastic D Team captain managed to find this which definitely helped to boost her team to get 7th in the dry SERC – an incredible achievement for a scratch team who had not met each other before 11am that day, and for Charlotte who had never captained before! 

Immediately after the dry we had the wet SERC, designed by our own Bristol alumni Sophie and featuring two more Bristol alumni casualties in the pool.  The scenario for this SERC was Jimothy’s pool birthday party gone wrong, with the added element of each team member having to wear shorts and a top into the SERC, which we were free to do with as we liked once the SERC had begun. Although there were some ‘typical’ casualties such as locked swimmers and a panicking swimmer, the challenges for this SERC proved to be rescuing them from the water – the only aid we had was a giant inflatable crocodile (and potentially our tops and shorts) which both the locked swimmers and the panicking swimmer required to be rescued to the side of the pool.  Also in the pool was a seizure casualty who went unconscious and required towing to the side, a non-panicking swimmer who could swim to the side with encouragement, and a body on the bottom of the pool representing an unconscious, non-breathing child whose role was as the missing brother of one of the party guests.  In the wet SERC, D Team came 23rd, C Team came 18th, and B Team came 15th in the overall results.  Birmingham’s SERCs tested all our teams but the A Team managed them both with expertise, winning 1st place out of all the teams in both the wet and the dry!

After the SERCs finished, we moved onto our speed events.  First we had rope throw where the different ropes we had to use challenged all the competitors, with only eight teams across the competition managing to finish the race.  After rope throw, we had manikin carry – a 4x25m sprint relay towing a full manikin.  Our final event was the swim-tow relay, requiring each team member to sprint 50m and then tow one of their team members a further 50m.  Across these two relays both C and B Team were consistent in their performance, getting 18th and 10th in manikin carry respectively, then 16th and 10th again in swim-tow. 

Once the competition was over, we had results which revealed that the A Team came an incredible 2nd in the Overall results, and 1st place in the A League! Within the Overall results, Bristol D came 19th, C Team came 20th, and the B team came 15th.  The last competition of 2019 was a successful one!

Bristol A Team (minus Cas) with their winning medals!

Bristol Competition 16th November 2019

Celebrations in the pool after a successful competition!

The third competition of the season was none other than Bristol comp, our home competition and therefore expectations were high. Weeks of planning by our club member Maisie had finally come to reality as teams started arriving into isolation, ready for the competition to begin. Bristol had a large representation at the competition, with 5 current teams and our alumni coming back to form their own team as Bristol Old Boys. The captains were called for their briefing and the competition started with the dry SERC, written by another alumni, Gaby. This was set in a factory where teams waited outside until they were called into the factory by a scream. Casualties included a non-breathing adult that needed CPR, an internal bleed and a seizure. Bristol teams were able to tackle this with ease, with Bristol A winning the SERC, Bristol Old Boys coming 2nd and Bristol D placing 6th. Next, we moved onto the wet SERC. This was set at an aerobics class that had been moved to the shallow pool due to tiling work happening in the main pool. Casualties consisted of a foot bleed, chest pains and an unconscious non-breathing builder who had been sent to fix the pool tiles halfway through the SERC. Again, this scenario was handled well by Bristol with the A team once again winning this SERC, and the Old Boys coming 4th, showing Bristol domination. Next, it was time for speeds with rope throw kicking things off. Bristol A showed the rest of the competition how it was done by winning this event making it their third event win of the day! The Old Boys showed they still had it by finishing closely behind them with 2nd place. After this, we moved onto medley. This was another strong event for Bristol teams with the A team placing 9th, the C team placing 12th and the B team placing 13th. Finally we ended with Swim and Tow. The A team didn’t falter, giving a strong performance and finishing 3rd. These strong results saw the A team win the competition and the A league, the Old Boys finishing 3rd overall, the D team coming 18th, the C team coming 20th, the B team finishing 25th and the E team finishing in 27th place. We celebrated our successes with an out of this world social at LUNA which saw Bristol dominate the dance floor. We all throughly enjoyed this competition, a huge thank you to Maisie for organising it and making it the success it was! We look forward to the next competition at Birmingham to keep up our fantastic results!

Bristol A winning 1st place overall
Bristol Old Boys with their 3rd place BOB trophies

Sheffield Competition 9th November 2019

Bristol on poolside after finishing the competition

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. 

Bristol A (and Bristol A alumni) with their 3rd place medals
Bristol B with their 2nd place medals

Nottingham Competition 26th October 2019

Bristol after finishing Swim and Tow

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!

Bristol A with their 2nd Place Medals
Bristol B with their 3rd Place Medals

Officially the 2nd best uni for Lifesaving in the UK

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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Taster session time change

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.

Welcome and Taster Events

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!