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A little history of the RLSS UK and what the RLSS UK aim to achieve
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the drowning prevention charity and the UK’s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education.
Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Putting these figures into context one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK. Add to this the fact that around 75 UK citizens drown in foreign waters every year – we have a huge challenge facing us to help save lives and reduce the number of UK citizens drowning.
Here at the RLSS UK we have an impressive heritage. We have built up years of experience and we are proud to boast a strong force of loyal members and volunteers who work with us to promote water safety and educate in life saving skills. Our roots were established back in 1891 as the ‘Life Saving Society’, and in the early 1900s, with support from the Royal family, we were granted permission to adopt the ‘Royal’ to our title – a badge that we are still immensely proud of today.
We have used our extensive knowledge of water safety and training to develop a comprehensive range of vocational qualifications and a series of awards and programmes which have the ultimate aim of preventing drowning and stopping unnecessary loss of life – including the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, the premier lifeguard training programme.
Our core purpose is to ‘prevent drowning’ and our value proposition is to ‘deliver a year on year reduction in the rate of British and Irish citizens drowning’ through the identification of seven challenging ambitions we intend to focus our attentions on having the maximum impact possible on these facets of the work we undertake.
View the RLSS UK Business Plan
To achieve a 30% increase in the people engaged and involved in Lifesaving activity to build safer communities.
To be a world leader in lifeguarding and lifesaving qualifications.
Be the ‘go to’ organisation for Drowning Prevention advice and comment.
Deliver drowning prevention education to all under 18 year olds in the UK.
To be one of the top 8 countries in world Lifesaving Sport.
Service a diverse range of new sectors by applying a flexible approach to meet market demands.
Leverage UK and Ireland Lifesaving knowledge and resource to actively influence the reduction of global drownings.
RLSS UK instructor
All the way from Holland via main land Spain Jinke has a wealth of knowledge about water safety and the issues we face. Jinke Joined us at the tender age of 13. working her way through the RLSS UK rookie lifeguard scheme, excelling in all disciplines, Jinke then moved on to youth leadership award where she organised rookie club meetings and helped in the organisation of the Lanzarote music marathon kids races and Ocean Lava triathlon kids races.
At the age of just 16 Jinke chose to take a lead role in the Teaching of Lifesaving to the population of Lanzarote . she completed the RLSS UK national beach lifeguard award and also the RLSS UK rookie lifeguard instructor course with flying colours Her instructor from International lifeguard rescue commented on her ability as she is excellent with a full understanding of the courses taken and an attidude and maturity way beyond her years.
Jinke is a key part of our weekly RLSS UK rookie lifeguard sessions , through her own experience and knowledge she is able to clearly teach, guide and motivate the younger members of our community. We are very proud of Jinke and the work that she does.
The casual factors that lead to a drowning event and the Actions needed are:
ACTION : EDUCATE AND INFORM
ACTION: PROVIDE WARNING DENY ACCESS
ACTION : INCREASE SURVIVAL SKILLS
ACTION: PROVIDE SUPERVISION
spot the dangers
always go with a friend
learn how to help in an emergency