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To the website of Commonwealth Lifesaving - The Royal Life Saving Society.

Commonwealth Lifesaving is dedicated to the prevention of drowning and is working to eliminate drowning in the Commonwealth

We have member branches active in 28 Commonwealth nations, who fulfill the Royal charter to reduce drownings around the world. In this effort the Royal Life Saving Society provides advice and education to Governments, NGO's and individuals on how to develop water skills.

Please note this website is currently under construction. Please bear with us while the upgrade is taking place. If you have any urgent enquiries please do not hesitate to email us directly on commonwealth@rlss.org.uk 

Recent News

Support from Ministry of Tourism and Leisure for RLSS Cameroon

Our congratulations go to Justin Bakinga, President of our Cameroon branch for his perseverance and determination in gaining recognition for drowning prevention from government authorities in Cameroon.  After 6 months of hard work, RLSS Cameroon has received accreditation from the regional delegate of the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure in Littoral.

In addition, the Ministry has provided a letter of support addressed to all hotels, leisure centres and restaurants that have a public swimming pool urging them to enrol their untrained and unqualified swimming pool staff to a course that will be organised by RLSS Cameroon in September 2015.

Aquafutures International Conference 2015 - The Future of the Aquatics Industry

Registrations are now open for the Aquafutures International Conference & Trade Show 2015.  This event is run by the Queensland branch of Royal Life Saving Australia and will take place at the Sea World Resort, Gold Coast from 14th-16th August 2015.  The Conference will bring together an eclectic range of industry leaders focussing on four key areas: Active Learning - Rescue, Facility Management, Water Quality and Social Media. 

The Programme is available here and includes registration details

Earybird offer - register as an Aquafutures Earlybird Full Conference Delegate by 31st May 2015 and receive a FREE RLSSQ Pack - full of goodies

For more information contact aquafutures@rlssq.com.au

Retired Commonwealth Secretary to receive Honorary Ireland Medal

The Lifesaving Foundation will present a special Honorary Ireland Medal to retired RLSS Commonwealth Secretary, John Long in recognition of his significant service and contribution to saving lives from drowning.

Presentation of the Medal will be made by Ireland's Police Commissioner at a special function being held at the Police College in June.

Further details on this award can be found here

RLSS UK in Partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

RLSS UK has gone into partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.  The DofE scheme is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-24, regardless of gender, background and ability.  The DofE Awards will be used to help bring more young people into, as well as keeping them involved for longer, in lifesaving activity.  This will lead to more rounded citizens with good quality water safety education and skills.  As a National Operating Authority RLSS UK can now administer the DofE Awards meaning it can be used as a powerful too in increase engagement.

On Tuesday 13th January 2015, RLSS UK staff and volunteers attended a private reception at St James Palace in order to collect their DofE Operating Licence from Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex.  This was followed by a DofE Gold Award presentation which highlighted how the programme effectively encourages and motivates a generation of young people.

2014 Recipients of the Queen's Young Leaders Award Announced

Last year saw the launch of the Queen's Young Leaders Award which recognises 60 inspirational young people each year from 2014 to 2018.  This years recipients have been announced.  60 winners from 35 countries are the first to be recognised as exceptional leaders in their communities with this prestigious Award.  The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen, in June, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

If you know of anyone who might be worthy of a nomination in 2015, please let us know.

Inaugural Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Report for Sri Lanka Launched

The Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka and Life Saving Victoria recently hosted the launch of the inaugural Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Report for Sri Lanka.  Developed in collaboration with Life Saving Victoria and the World Health Organization, the report analyses the prevalence of drowning related deaths in Sri Lanka and the need for water safety.

Chief Guest at the event, High Commissioner of Australia, Her Excellency Robyn Mudie commended the progress made and the planning, cooperation and collaboration that is so evident in the way organizations across Sri Lanka have banded together to further this common cause.  Emphasizing the commitment Australia has to sharing their knowledge and experience to help Sri Lanka, she went on to say that  Australia would continue to contribute in many ways to increase Sri Lanka's crisis preparedness.  Her Excellency also cited "the altruism that characterizes Sri Lankan people" and stated that this, coupled with a strong approach to drowning prevention by all relevant agencies in Sri Lanka, will ensure that the findings and recommendations of this report are put into play to ensure that is impact is felt for years to come.

Sri Lanka has one of the highest drowning rates internationally, ranking 12th highest in a comparison of 61 countries, and 10th highest when compared to 35 Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).  On average, 855 people drown in Sri Lanka each year, a drowning rate of 4.4 deaths per 100,000 persons (from 2001-2006 and in 2009).  Given issues with reporting, these figures may indeed to even higher.  The impact of these deaths on family, friends, rescue and response teams and the entire community is immeasurable.

The report combines statistical data with information gathered during focus groups with rescuers and responders to drowning incidents from each of the provinces in Sri Lanka.  In addition, organizations that were involved in drowning prevention activities in Sri Lanka in the past 10 years (2004-2014) were are surveyed.

The full report can be viewed here

RLSS 2014 Newsletter

The latest edition of the RLSS Newsletter - A Commonwealth Conversation can be viewed here

WHO releases the first Global Report on Drowning

The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) is shocking. The worldwide loss of 372,000 lives to drowning each year is both disturbing and unacceptable. 

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) welcomes the report for putting the issue firmly on the global health agenda, and wholeheartedly supports its recommendations for improved data, national water safety strategies, tailored programmes and global partnerships.

Read the full statement here.

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