History of the Lifesaving Society

The Lifesaving Society's motto is “Whomsoever you see in distress, recognize in him a fellow man.”

The Lifesaving Society's mission is “To prevent drowning and other water-related incidents in Canada.”

Join Us in Celebration of 125 Years of Preventing Drowning in the Commonwealth

As you are probably aware, the Saskatchewan Branch of the Lifesaving Society is a Member Branch of the Royal Life Saving Society and one of over 25 independent organizations throughout the Commonwealth which represent arguably the oldest and most respected drowning prevention charities in the World. 2016 sees the 125th Anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Life Saving Society, and we will be joining in with our Commonwealth colleagues in celebrating the occasion. 
The Saskatchewan Branch will be organizing activities during the year to celebrate the Anniversary and we will keep you in touch with details of how you can participate.


About the Royal Life Saving Society

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), which is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2016, was established in England in 1891. It is a volunteer organization and charity dedicated to the prevention of drowning, and has independent, self-governing branches active in 27 Commonwealth countries.
The RLSS works with affiliates, partners and volunteers to reduce drowning though public education and awareness, lifesaving and lifeguard training, survival swimming and swimming instruction, risk management, lifesaving sport, research into the causes and prevention of drowning, and advocacy for sound drowning prevention standards. 
HM Queen Elizabeth II is the Society’s Patron, and HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO is the 
Commonwealth President. It is governed by the Commonwealth Management Committee, which comprises elected Branch Presidents representing Asia Pacific, Americas/Caribbean and Africa/Europe. The Society is affiliated to the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS), which is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the world authority on the global effort to prevent drowning.

About Drowning Prevention

The World Health Organization’s 2014 Global Report on Drowning notes that drowning is among the ten leading causes of death on children and young people, with the under 5’s at disproportionately higher risk. Around 373,000 people down worldwide every year, with 90% of deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries, many of them in the Commonwealth.
Visit www.lifesavingsociety.sk.ca or www.rlssscommonwealth.org.uk for more information.

It would be great if you could join us in celebrating 125 years of Commonwealth Drowning Prevention, and help us share the message within your colleagues and friends.
Twitter:@rlsscw (remember to tweet with the #rlss125)
Facebook: RLSS Commonwealth
YouTube: Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth
To find out more about Commonwealth Drowning Prevention, please visit www.rlsscommonwealth.org

History of the Lifesaving Society

The Lifesaving Society has a long and proud history of teaching lifesaving to Canadians.Its roots trace back to the late 19th century in London, England where it began as The Swimmer’s Life Saving Society. In 1894, Arthur Lewis Cochrane brought to Canada the lifesaving skills he learned in his homeland, and he passed them along to students at Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario. In June 1896, eighteen of his students were the first recipients of our distinguished Bronze Medallion award, the first award created by the Society. Under the patronage of King Edward VII in 1904, Society became The Royal Life Saving Society. Today, it is simply called the Lifesaving Society. In the 1950s, the Lifesaving Society was the first Canadian organization to adopt mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing as the method of choice over manual methods of artificial respiration. CPR training followed in the 1960’s.  In the 1980s, the Society initiated a project to design an economical CPR training manikin now known as ACTAR 911®.