Charter Centenary

14 July 2024 marks the centenary of the Royal Life Saving Society’s Royal Charter. In celebration, we have traced the roots of the Charter’s development, from the key figures who conceived and brought it to fruition, to the impact the Charter has made to our mission of Commonwealth Drowning Prevention and have produced a commemorative…

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Call for Officials – 2025 Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships

The 2025 RLSS Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships, hosted by RLSS UK, will be taking place from 10th to 13th July 2025 in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. We are now seeking applications for officials for these Championships but please note that the closing date for completed applications is 17th July 2024. It is anticipated that the Key…

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RLSS Director Announcement

The Royal Life Saving Society are pleased to announcement the appointment of the following volunteer Directors who will each deliver strands of our Strategic Action Plan 2024 to 2026.  These appointments are for a 2-year period commencing May 2024. We are delighted to confirm that Norman Farmer AM ESM will continue in the role of…

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Deputy Commonwealth President Designate Announcement

In a review of the Society’s succession plans, it was agreed to introduce the roles of Deputy Commonwealth President Designate and Immediate Past Deputy Commonwealth President, both roles are non-voting members of the Board of Trustees and Commonwealth Council.  The DCP Designate will be appointed in the year before the end of the current DCP’s…

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Board of Trustees

We are delighted to confirm the RLSS Board of Trustees for the period 2024 to 2026 as follows: Ms Alexandra Ash, Australia, Asia Pacific Regional Trustee Mr Sanath Wijayaratne, Sri Lanka, Asia Pacific Regional Trustee Ms Geh Cheow Mei, Malaysia, Asia Pacific Regional Trustee Mr Dylan Tommy, South Africa, Europe/Africa Regional Trustee Dr Hellen Nkatha…

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2024 King Edward VII Cup

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that the 2024 recipient of the King Edward VII Cup is Dr W Clive Patrickson from Australia. Clive first joined The Royal Life Saving Society in 1979 where he was personally responsible for coordinating all educational programs, publications and internal volunteer management for the…

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Our Patron King Charles III

We were dighted to receive notification that His Majesty King Charles III has accepted the Patronage of The Royal Life Saving Society.  This news is wonderful for the Society recognising the valuable drowning prevention work of the Society and its 32 members throughout the Commonwealth. It will also maintain the link between the reigning monarch…

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RLSS Board Nominations – 2024

In accordance with the provisions of our Supplemental Charter, Bye Laws and the Society’s Regulations, the term of our current Board of Trustees ends in May 2024.  We are looking to appoint or reappoint Trustees and the closing date for nominations is 29th February 2024. We are looking for Regionally Elected Trustees and a Youth…

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RLSS Scholarship for WCDP 2023

Earlier in 2023, the RLSS launched a scholarship programme that would support a youngster from one of our member organisations to attend and present at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention which was held in Perth, Australia earlier this month. Geh Cheow Mei from Malaysia was awarded a scholarship after her abstract ‘A study to…

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Kalya Kandegoda Gamage is awarded 2022 Mountbatten Medal

On Monday 24th July, Kalya Kandegoda Gamage from Sri Lanka was awarded the 2022 Mountbatten Medal, for saving the life of his younger brother.   The Mountbatten Medal is awarded annually for the most gallant rescue or rescue attempt undertaken in the previous year, by an individual who has taken Royal Life Saving Society training,…

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