NFLSC was founded in 1979 by Carol Watson. The Club ran at Tiverton Road Swimming Pool and was named ‘Swim to Survive and Save’. It soon became very popular both with adults and children and after a few years had outgrown Tiverton Road Pool. The Club moved to Northfield Swimming Pool and soon became known as Northfield Life Saving Club. Work commitments forced Carol to step down and the running of the Club was taken over by a Team of four Ron Brotherton, Malcolm Miles, Gill Turner and Gaile Walls who ran it for the next 25 years. Changes to structure and membership were put in place to ensure the long term viability of the Club. Due to the popularity of the Club conditions as to ability to swim were also put in place – we no longer taught children to swim. These conditions still apply today.
The ethos of the Club is enhanced by social events as well as lifesaving. These include taking the members away for camping weekends, days out, outdoor activities, family dances, discos, and other events as they arise.
Over the years many members of the Club have been awarded National Honours by the Royal Life Saving Society for their work and commitment to lifesaving.
In 2002 Northfield Swimming pool closed down for refurbishment for 18 months. This meant the Club had to change night and move to Linden Road Pool which was very small. It also meant a loss of a number of members. However, as positive as ever, the Club used this period to assist all Staff to gain their relevant teaching qualifications. When Northfield Pool reopened everyone worked together to pull the Club back to where it had been.
12 months later the Team of four stepped down and a new Team, Ken Milner, Rose Link, Sharon Jones, Sue Hodgkinson and Vicky Parker took over. The Club logo was updated, membership numbers regained their original standing and the Club was the first to be awarded the RLSS Club Mark Award.
Current Senior teachers and committee members are Ken Milner, Vicky Parker, Jonathan Stanton, Derrick Beckett and Sharon Jones.
Northfield Life Saving Club is the only dedicated lifesaving Club running in Birmingham. It is still run entirely by volunteers and its future and popularity are as strong today as when it was first established.