Royal Lesotho Lifesaving Association

The RLLA was started by the Lesotho Durham Link in 2004. LDL is an organisation based on the Anglican Church, which promotes youth activities, canoeing, lifesaving etc, and also hosts conferences. It operates a back-packers’ hostel. Its office is beside Maqalika Lake, in Maseru.

Our policy has been to train lifesavers, not lifeguards. This is because Lesotho has no legislation at all on pool safety, so jobs as lifeguards in Lesotho are unlikely to be available, and their qualifications would probably not be recognised in South Africa.

Most drownings occur in village dams and rivers which are completely unsupervised. We hope, over time, to build up a group of young people with the skills to rescue someone if need arises, while at the same time raising public awareness of water safety.

Since 2011, we have awarded 155 Basic certificates, 32 Intermediate, 17 Bronze Medallions and 7 Bronze Crosses.

We receive no financial support from the government. Schools are limited by the government in the fees which they can charge, so we can not ask for more than a token subscription on M250.00 per year. If adults come forward and request training we would ask for M50.00, but this seldom happens. We therefore rely on donations or support in kind from friendly companies, diplomatic missions or other lifesaving organisations.

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