Noah Winders receives 2022 Russell Medal

Yesterday, Noah Winders from Ireland was awarded the 2022 Russell Medal, for his part in saving the life of a teammate. RLSS’s Russell Medal is awarded for the most outstanding resuscitation or attempted resuscitation performed during the previous calendar year by a person under 21 years of age. Noah was playing basketball at school when…

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RLSS hosts ‘Accelerating Action on Global Drowning Prevention’ event in London

Today, the RLSS hosted an event at Marlborough House, home of the Commonwealth Secretariat, on Accelerating Action on Global Drowning Prevention.  The event was run in partnership with the RNLI, and included presentations from both organisations, as well as Dr David Meddings, Drowning Prevention Lead at the World Health Organisation as Key Speaker.  We were…

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WHO Executive Board Recommends World Health Assembly Adopt Resolution on Drowning

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board has adopted decision EB152/CONF./2 “Accelerating Action on Global Drowning Prevention” which recommends to the World Health Assembly the adoption of a resolution to address the global drowning burden. The 76th World Health Assembly (the decision making body of the WHO) will be held 21-30th May 2023. The resolution…

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2023 Year of Youth Officially Launched

On Monday of this week, The Commonwealth officially launched its ‘2023 Year of Youth’. The next 12 months will be giving centre stage to young people and youth-related issues such as climate change, access to education, skills, employment, and political, social and economic participation. The Commonwealth agenda will encourage organisations to empower the 1.5 billion…

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International Migrants Day

Today, 18th December is International Migrants Day, and, on this day, we remember all those who have drowned using migration routes. We applaud the actions of those individuals and organisations whose work seeks to prevent such tragedies. This day provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the Vancouver Declaration on Drowning Risk Reduction of…

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2023 Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships – Call for Officials

The Royal Life Saving Society and Lifesaving Society Canada invite applications for volunteers to officiate at the 2023 Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships to be held in Windsor, Ontario, Canada from 13th to 17th September 2023. If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and return it to commonwealth@rlss.org.uk by 31st October 2022 Key…

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In Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Patron of the Royal Life Saving Society 21 April 1926-8 September 2022 All Members of the Royal Life Saving Society wish to express deepest sympathy on the passing of our Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty assumed the role of RLSS Patron on 3 June 1952 following the…

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Implementation of a sustainable drowning prevention programme in Sri Lanka

In May 2022, Sri Lanka Life Saving in partnership with their local member club, Puttalam District Life Saving Club, delivered a train the trainer programme in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka.  This was the initial stage of a project supported by the Royal Life Saving Society with funding from Speedo International. The purpose…

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