The Royal Life Saving Society - UK

The Royal Life Saving Society - UK

Charity information

The Royal Life Saving Society - UK

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.

Each year, around 400 people lose their lives in drowning incidents, with many more suffering injuries through near-drowning accidents.

Founded 1891

  • Mission statement

    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 a leading cause of accidental death of children in the UK.

    We have a huge challenge facing us to help save lives and reduce the number of UK and Irish citizens drowning.

    RLSS UK 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 lifesaving 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.

    RLSS UK are in a period of huge change and growth, and as a Society we have great ambitions to ensure that drowning prevention becomes a part of every day life - from introducing water safety education in schools, to running informative campaigns that highlight potential dangers to key target groups, encouraging people to make wise decisions about their activities and behaviour in, on, or around the water.

  • Aims

    The Royal Life Saving Society - UK aims to:

    • Deliver drowning prevention education to all under 18's across the UK and Ireland.
    • To achieve a 30% increase in the number of people involved in lifesaving activity to build safer communities.
    • Be the 'go to' organisation for drowning prevention comment and advice.
    • To be a World leader in lifeguarding and lifesaving qualifications.
    • Leverage UK and Ireland lifesaving knowledge and resource to actively influence the reduction of global drowning incidents.
  • Overview

    Established: June 1891

    Registered Charity Number: 1046060

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 51

    Part time staff: 24

    Volunteers: 9000

    Phone number: 07469 119 278

    Address: River House, High Street, Broom, Warwickshire B50 4HN

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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