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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

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 […]


70th Anniversary Celebration of the Mountbatten Medal

3 June 2021

3rd June marks the 70th anniversary of the launch of the Mountbatten Medal in 1951. On that day HRH the Princess Elizabeth, in her role as Vice Patron of the Society, attended the RLSS Diamond Jubilee Council Meeting and unveiled the Mountbatten Medal Honours Panel.   This mahogany display was donated to the Society by Lord […]


King Edward VII Cup Presentation

10 May 2021

We were honoured last Thursday, 6th May 2021, when our Patron, HM The Queen held a virtual presentation of the 2020 King Edward VII Cup to Dr Stephen Beerman from Canada. The Queen congratulated Dr Beerman for over 40 years of work drawing attention to drowning as a major public health issue, from undertaking research […]