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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

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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