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Fancy trying out a new sport that you’ve probably never seen in action before? Are you a first aider or swimmer wanting to spice things up? Want to learn skills that might save someone’s life one day? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then UB Lifesaving is the sport for you!

Lifesaving is one of the most unique and interesting sports you will find at Birmingham. Our training involves a mixture of real-life first aid skills plus water-based rescuing, simulated emergency scenarios AND swimming… with a twist! We are one of the most successful university lifesaving clubs in the UK, competing across the nation in leagues, offering some of the best student coaching and expertise. We welcome everyone to the club, regardless of ability, and we are here to develop your abilities to rescue,
perform first aid and swim with confidence and happiness.

We will be training 4 times a week in the pool, as well as having dryside first aid-based sessions. In addition, we plan to offer an optional strength and conditioning session once a week. 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 to our members for free. The highlight of our year is BULSCA Lifesaving Student Championships. This is a whole weekend of competing at the highest level against universities from all over the country. A lot of our training is geared towards this competition as there are a lot of fun speed events that we don’t do in normal competitions – it is such a fun and exciting opportunity and often the highlight of the year for our members.

Our socials are also incredibly popular with all the members of our club. Anything from camping trips in the summer to ice skating and of course Sports Night at the guild. There is always something to look forward to and get involved in with us. Think this sounds good? Could be a bit of you? Drop us a line on our social media or contact us via email.


Club Captain: Lizzie Hickman

Training Officer: Tom Park


50M Pool

Birmingham's first 50m pool, right here on campus!



Teams compete in 7 BULSCA competitions including a Lifesaving Student Championship. We also hope to take a team to the National Speed Lifesaving  championship hosted by the RLSS.

Membership Price

As part of signing up to a Sports Club you are agreeing to the Sport and Fitness Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, Sports Club Code of Conduct and other UB Sport policies. Click here to head to Sports Club Benefits to read them.

£120 full year membership includes:

  • BULSCA Affiliation and Championship Fee
  • RLSS Membership Fee
  • Travel to competitions
  • Sport related equipment provided
  • Maximum 26 weeks x 8hrs per week training

Extra – not compulsory

  • Club related social Activity like Pub Quiz, Bingo
  • Brum Comp
  • BULSCA National Championships
  • Opportunity to attend MPLQ course (cost associated)
  • Individual club clothing purchased – varied on price

*This is an approximate list of what the club membership may include. This can change at any point, so please confirm with the club directly on what this membership includes.

Trials and Tasters


Thursday 21 September – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – S&F Meeting Room

Thursday 21 September – 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Pool

Friday 22 September – 6.15 pm – 7:15 pm – Pool

Friday 22 September – 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm – S&F Meeting Room

Sunday 24 September – 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm – Pool