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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 29 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

COVID-19 Update

20 March 2020

The RLSS Commonwealth Drowning Prevention has adopted the recommended working practices in the United Kingdom in response to COVID-19 and our office will close today, Friday 20th March 2020.  We will continue to work remotely, therefore the best way to contact us is via email Each of the members in the RLSS family will […]


Call for nominations – RLSS Youth Trustee

4 March 2020

The Royal Life Saving Society are looking for a Youth Trustee.  The term of our current Board ends in May and we are looking to recruit a Youth Trustee to our Board from June 2020, for a two-year period.  Full details on the position can be found in the Youth Trustee Position Outline.  If you […]


Are you interested in lifesaving and drowning prevention research and achievements?

1 April 2019

If so, the RLSS Diploma Committee currently has a vacancy for a volunteer committee member ( The key responsibilities will be to facilitate the necessary planning for the award and to review applications for the award. The RLSS Diploma recognises significant contributions to our life saving knowledge. It is one of the Society’s oldest and […]