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Commonwealth Drowning Prevention

Royal Life Saving Society

Drowning is one of the biggest causes of preventable death in the world today, accounting for 360,000 fatalities every year.

The Royal Life Saving Society – Commonwealth Drowning Prevention is working to eliminate drowning in the Commonwealth. With active Member Branches in 30 Commonwealth Nations, we aim to reduce the incidence of drowning around the world by developing community-based drowning prevention strategies and lifesaving education programmes, and providing advice and education to Governments, NGOs and individuals on the development of water skills.

The Royal Life Saving Society will facilitate drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport activity under the brand of The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS).  The RLSS will also foster and facilitate exchanges and sharing between RLSS Members and Companion Organisations.

Recent News

RLSS Youth Trustee – call for nominations

14 January 2022

The Royal Life Saving Society are seeking to appoint a Youth Trustee.  The term of our current Board ends in May 2022 and we are looking to recruit a Youth Trustee to our Board from June 2022, for a two-year period.  Full details on the position can be found in the Youth Trustee Position Outline.  If […]


70th Anniversary of the Mountbatten Medal

15 December 2021

2021 is the 70th Anniversary of the Mountbatten Medal, which has honoured gallant rescues by RLSS award holders since 1951. To mark this occasion, we have produced a booklet on the Mountbatten Medal, which includes the citations for all recipients. We also have recollections from five of the recipients, not only of the rescue but […]


Help us celebrate World Drowning Prevention Day

19 July 2021

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on global drowning prevention on 28 April 2021. The resolution recognises the scale and impact of drowning prevention globally and calls for coordinated multisectoral action to prevent drowning. A key element of the resolution is the establishment of a new UN-recognised World Drowning Prevention Day where […]