What We Do

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) is a charity registered in the UK with the Charity Commission (number 306094) and is governed by Royal Charter. 

We take a leadership role in the 32 Commonwealth countries in which we have a presence. Our accreditation with the Commonwealth Secretariat, as a Civil Society Organisation, gives us access to Commonwealth networks and helps us as we work together with various other organisations across different sectors to support communities in developing lifesaving education initiatives and drowning prevention programmes. 

On behalf of and in support of our members we advocate for drowning prevention at an inter-governmental level, build the capacity of our member organisations and the drowning prevention and lifesaving sector and provide a collaborative network and opportunities for sharing and development.

Our motto is ‘Quemcunque miserum videris hominem scias’ which means ‘Whomsoever you see in distress, recognise in them a fellow human being‘. 

In December 2023, our Board of Trustees adopted our new Strategic Action Plan for the period 2023 through to the end of 2026.  The Plan has five main strands:

  • Supporting the World Health Assembly Resolution – “Accelerating action of global drowning prevention”
  • Member Capacity Building and Sustainability
  • Resource Sharing
  • Sport Development
  • Youth Development

A copy of the Strategic Action Plan can be found here