6th International Drowning Prevention and Rescue Conference
The Lifesaving Foundation will be holding their 6th
International Drowning Prevention and Rescue Conference from Monday 29th
September to Thursday 2nd October 2014 at Balbriggan, Co Dublin,
Ireland. The Conference will open with a
Survival Swimming Seminar titled “Essential Content in the Teaching and
Learning of Water Competencies” and this theme will be supported by various
swimming survival related presentations on the following days. On the final day of the Conference the
programme is devoted to presentations based on the 2014 second edition of the
handbook “Drowning: Prevention, Rescue, Treatment”; the Handbook on Drowning
was first published in 2006 and has been a reference source on all aspects of
drowning since its publication.
To view the full brochure on this Conference please clickhere. If you are interested in attending
please note that there is a non-resident daily attendance option of €120. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend
but would like to view the conference DVD you can place an order at a cost of €50.
If you would like any further information on this Conference please email John Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org
SwimSafe Program featured on UNICEF film at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
If you were watching the Opening Ceremony of the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow you might have seen the UNICEF film on the
swimming project in Bangladesh (to view film click here). This is the
SwimSafe program that is a partnership between the Centre for Injury Prevention
and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB), The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC), the
Bangladesh Swimming Federation, UNICEF and Royal Life Saving Society –
Australia. Through this program more than
150,000 Bangladeshi children have been trained since 2005.
It’s fantastic to see this program highlighted at an event
that will be viewed by many millions around the world and raise the profile of drowning
prevention. For more information you can
visit the global drowning fund website.
Queen's Young Leaders Programme Launched
On Wednesday 9 July at a reception at Buckingham Palace,
their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales,
launched the search for the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme which will run for
the next five years.
Exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth will be recognised for
their achievements in transforming their own lives and the lives of others,
receiving support, training and an award from Her Majesty The Queen.
For further information please visit https://www.thercs.org/youth/queens-young-leaders-programme-2014/ or http://www.queensyoungleaders.com/
Nominations and applications are sought from each of the 53 Commonwealth
countries – if you know of anyone who you might like to nominate please let us
10 days to go until the Commonwealth Games start in Glasgow!
With just 10 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the Queen's Baton Relay is well on its way to Glasgow. Back on 9th October 2013, the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay set off on its journey around all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The international sector of the journey lasted 248 days and covered more than 190,000 kilometres.
On 14th June the Queen's Baton Relay arrived in Scotland and up until the 23rd July will travel the length and breadth of Scotland being carried by 4,000 baton bearers who were chosen by a panel from the Commonwealth Games organisers for their contribution to work in sport and local communities.
Bryan Finlay of RLSS UK Scottish Region was nominated to be a bearer for his commitment and dedication to lifesaving activities not just locally within Scotland but for all his work for RLSS UK. Bryan has served on the RLSS UK's Management Board for several years. Bryan was the Queen's Baton Bearer on the leg through Loanhead, south of Edinburgh on 16th June 2014.
The Baton carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, currently Queen Elizabeth II. The Relay began at Buckingham Palace in London and arrives in Glasgow at the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games.
Kenya Lifesaving Federation holds National Lifesaving Championships
Lifesaving sport is a relatively new sport in Kenya and in
June our Member Branch, the Kenya Lifesaving Federation (KLF) held their National
Lifesaving Championships at St Austins Academy. Nine clubs were represented with over 100
competitors taking part. A total of 79 races
took place during the day which included manikin carry and tow, obstacle swim,
line throw and manikin and medley relay events.
Although the majority of participants were young the levels of skill
shown by many were above average and shows how lifesaving sport is developing
within the country as more coaches and competitors become aware of the sport.
Teams taking part in the Championships were: Kabarak
University, Loreto Convent Valley Road, St Austins Academy , Kenya Lifesaving
Federation - Nairobi branch, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Falcon Lifesaving Club, Nakuru County Lifesaving
Unit, Loreto Convent Msongari and Hydra Sport Swimming Club
One of the barriers to
participating in lifesaving sport is the cost of the equipment but KLF are a
superb example that when developing lifesaving sport you can use improvised
equipment; modified “swim noodles” are used as rescue tubes and 20 litre, 5
litre and 1 litre jerry cans as manikins
At the end of the Championships the
top three teams were:
1st Loreto Convent Valley Road
2nd Nakuru County Lifesaving Unit
3rd St Austins Academy
At the end of the Championships KLF thanked all participants,
coaches and officials for the support and passion they share in promoting
lifesaving skills and lifesaving sport in the country.
Our congratulations go to all at KLF on hosting such a successful
Rashtriya Life Saving Society holds first ever seminar on lifesaving in India
Our congratulations go to the Rashtriya Life Saving Society (RLSS India) who in
partnership with the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
held the first ever seminar on lifesaving in India titled “Saving Lives and
Building Communities” at the beginning of June 2014.
The objectives of the seminar were to create a structured
process to support lifesaving activity and educate safety consciousness amongst
the population, discuss global methods to reducing deaths by drowning with a view
to adopting some of these methods, to seek views of corporate organisations on
possible Corporate Society Responsibility (CSR) roles in saving lives and the
impact it has and will have, and to look at policy and standards to be set by
the Government to add value to life in India.
Rear Admiral PD Sharma opened the seminar recounting on how
RLSS(I) was formed, how it has progressed over the years and its ambitious
plans for the future with an objective to add value to life and the stigma of ‘life
is cheap in India’ long forgotten.
John Long, Commonwealth Vice President and former
Commonwealth Secretary of RLSS Commonwealth attended the seminar and in closing
stated “India has moved form a time where safety was seen as a second priority
and more and more stakeholders are seeing it as a mandatory tool to achieve
effectiveness at home, in transit and at work.”
If you would like to view a full report on the Seminar please email email@example.com
From left to right: Shri SK Jain, Cmde Rajan Vir, R
Adm PD Sharma, Prof Dr SB Mujumdar, Mrs Dianne Montalto and Mr John Long
41 Members of Parliament sign up to RLSS UK’s pledge plea
Representatives from RLSS UK travelled to the Houses of
Parliament in Westminster, London this week ahead of its annual national campaign,
Drowning Prevention Week, which runs from 21-29 June 2014.
Throughout the afternoon they ran CPR workshops and water
safety advice sessions and MPs from across the UK were invited to find out more
about the charity and its work, as well as sign up and “pledge to support the
delivery of water safety education to all under 18 year olds in the UK”.
A question was also raised in the House on drowning
prevention and water safety during an adjournment debate that evening tabled by
Sharon Hodgson, MP.
RLSS UK President, Peter Moyes, said: “We were overwhelmed with the support offered
by MPs during our session and can’t thank them enough for pledging to help us
in our efforts, not only during Drowning Prevention Week but all year round and
especially to get water safety education taught in all schools.
“Tragically, more than 30 people drowned in
just seven weeks during last summer’s heatwave. Around 400 people accidentally
drown in the UK every year - one every 20 hours - and thousands more have near
deaths could have been avoided and we are thrilled to now have the help of the
41 MPs to add to the work of RLSS UK staff and volunteers who work tirelessly
to reduce drownings and save lives.”
MP, Nadhim Zahawi who has been working with RLSS UK and supported them in
organising the event said “I am very proud to have hosted RLSS UK in Parliament
today; it’s fantastic that so many MPs have pledged their support.”
“RLSS UK does brilliant work to educate people
in lifesaving skills and water safety across the country and I am sure that my
colleagues will be promoting this vital work throughout their constituencies
during Drowning Prevention Week and beyond.
Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, where two girls – 15-year-old
Tonibeth Purvis and 14-year-old Chloe Fowler - tragically drowned in the River
Wear last summer, worked with the RLSS UK to secure the debate in the House of
Commons to press Ministers on this issue.
added: “After the tragic death of Tonibeth and Chloe last summer I was keen to
help the RLSS UK put their case to the Government. With the warm weather upon
us and the school holidays approaching, I was pleased to be able to press
ministers on how we can prevent more tragic accidents from occurring this year,
and into the future.
am hoping that this message will have been heard loud and clear in Whitehall,
and that Ministers will give serious consideration to the very sensible calls
made in the RLSS UK Manifesto.”
Roberts, the mother of student Megan Roberts, who tragically drowned in the
River Ouse in York on April 3rd this year, has been working with
RLSS UK on a number of projects over the past few months. She also attended the
event and added: “I am working with the RLSS UK as my daughter’s life meant so
much and I want to do something in respect to her and to prevent further
was great to talk to MPs today and hopefully raise the importance of the
charity’s work and the importance of water safety education.”
(Left-Right) RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving, Adrian Lole, RLSS UK President Peter
Moyes, Sharon Hodgson MP, Nadhim Zahawi MP,
Jackie Roberts and RLSS UK CEO Di
Steer with signed pledges at Westminster