About RLSS (I)
The Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India) was founded on 2 August 1998 through an understanding signed between representatives of the Royal Life Saving Society (Commonwealth), the Royal Life Saving Society (Australia), the Indian Maritime Foundation and RLSS (I). They are a branch of the Royal Life Saving Society (Commonwealth) and a Full Member of the International Lifesaving Federation. All programmes conducted under RLSS (I) are as per ISO 9001:2008 quality management guidelines. Today, RLSS (I) has expanded to become a PAN India Organisation and currently functions in 18 states. Most state programmes are self-funded by ways of the training courses conducted by the state chapters.
RLSS (I) already is working with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs in Kerala. This partnership is unique in the fact that it is the first partnership in India in which a state has the taken the initiative and step forward towards taking action for the cause of drowning prevention. RLSS (I) setup 20 portable swimming pools in 10 districts in the state and train children in the Swim N Survive Programme.
Children are taught the basic skills of survival in addition to other life skills which develop them as better people in the local community. The Swim N Survive programme addresses challenges around Health, Hygiene, Sanitation and Livelihoods.
RLSS (I)’s achievements are as follows:
- Trained over 150,000 people in lifesaving, lifeguarding and first aid
- Trained over 50,000 children in Swim N Survive. In the past 3 to 4 years this number has averaged at 10,000 to 12,000 P.A
- Worked in partnership with Speedo, UK Sport, International Inspiration, Australian Sports Commission, Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and JRD Tata Trust to name a few.
- RLSS (I) are the premier survival swimming training organisation and official sports promotion body for lifesaving in India. RLSS (I) have put in place curriculum and training systems as part of its Swim N Survive program in India. This program has received international repute and is looked at being replicated globally.