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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

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

12 April 2021

10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021 All Members of the Royal Life Saving Society wish to express deepest sympathy on the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  We are grateful for the support and encouragement which His Royal Highness has provided to Her Majesty in her role of RLSS Patron since 1952.  A tribute to the contribution of the Royal Family can be found here:  


John Taylor OBE

4 September 2020

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of John Taylor OBE, RLSS Chief Commonwealth Secretary from 1986 to 1992 (Deputy Chief Commonwealth Secretary from 1981). John passed away peacefully at his home in Cornwall on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. The Society sends its sincere condolences to his wife Ruth and […]


RLSS releases Fatal Drowning in Commonwealth Countries Fact Sheet

13 July 2020

Today sees the launch of the first Fatal Drowning in Commonwealth Countries Fact Sheet which provides an evidence-based estimate of fatal drowning in the Commonwealth.  The report has been led by Dr Aminur Rahman, the Drowning Prevention Director for the Royal Life Saving Society who is based at our member branch in Bangladesh (Centre of […]