Our 125th Anniversary

2016 is the 125th Anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Life Saving Society in 1891. To mark the anniversary year, the Society has established a number of programmes including:

Survival Swimming—a challenge to all Commonwealth nations to implement and ensure the widespread take up of survival swimming, a proven method of preventing drowning.

Recognition of Service to the Society – our Commonwealth President has graciously established the H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, 125th Anniversary Certificate of Merit to honour individuals who have given distinguished service to the Society. In addition, a unique 125th Anniversary Service Certificate has been created for Member Branches to honour individuals whose past performance or future promise, contribute to the drowning prevention mission of the RLSS.

Gathering and Sharing our History – the collection and documentation of Commonwealth and Member Branch history, particularly from the past twenty-five years, thereby strengthening the record of milestones and achievement we leave for others.

Celebration and Educational Events – bringing together senior and emerging leaders of the Commonwealth lifesaving family to share learning and develop skills and expertise.

Our President, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, has sent a special message to members and volunteers in recognition of the 125th Anniversary, which you can see here. We are also delighted to have received a message of support from our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, which can be seen here.

Many Member Branches will be taking part in the celebrations and running their own events and activities, which we will be featuring on this site.

Our Shared Legacy is an occasional series of articles for the 125th anniversary which you can see here.

The 125 Human Banner Challenge is a fun activity which all Member Branches, Clubs and Societies can participate in! See here for more details.

Tell us your RLSS 125 story: let’s hear about your experiences of the RLSS – whether you work with us or have been saved by our volunteers! See here to enter.

The RLSS 125 Picture Challenge: what’s the most creative way you can show the numbers ‘125’? Enter the challenge here.