Emerging Leaders Workshop, Vancouver 2017

Do you know of individuals who would benefit from the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from others by participating in the RLSS Emerging Leaders Workshop and WCDP 2017. We are looking for young people in the Commonwealth, aged 18-35 years, who have demonstrated commitment to drowning prevention and who are or have the potential to be a drowning prevention leader in their country or community.

Sixty percent of the Commonwealth’s population are under 30 years old. These people are not only the future of a successful Commonwealth; they are already active participants in shaping that future.  As the Royal Life Saving Society strives to achieve our vision that “No person in the Commonwealth should drown”, it is essential that we provide these young people with the leadership skills they need to face the challenges of achieving that vision.  In support of that objective, we are delighted to announce our second Emerging Leaders Workshop in conjunction with the World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.

Participants from our first Emerging Leadership Workshop, held alongside WCDP 2015, in Penang, Malaysia, are already putting their skills to good use. Yasin, from Uganda, ran a primary school programme teaching water safety messages to approximately 40,000 children in and around Kampala.  Motlatsi, from Lesotho ran a public awareness campaign on local radio.  Vanessa, from St. Lucia, has piloted a Swim to Survive programme and she is ready to launch it for all Grade 3 students on the island.  Hannah, from the UK, received a scholarship for a PhD focused on water safety and drowning prevention at Federation University in Australia; she says that attendance at WCDP 2015 and the Emerging Leaders Workshop gave her the confidence to apply.

This opportunity is restricted to individuals who have not previously attended WCDP and will be particularly useful to young people in communities that face cultural, economic and/or societal barriers to implementing drowning prevention programmes. Attached are further details on the workshop and the application form.  Places at the workshop are limited.  Applications will be considered as they are received, the final closing date is 30th June 2017.  Financial assistance may be available to support participation.

We look forward to meeting the successful participants in Vancouver.