About Royal Life Saving
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) is the Drowning Prevention Charity and world largest provider of water safety and drowning prevention education.
Around 300 people needlessly die from drowning in Australia every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences.
In Australia we have an impressive heritage, we are the oldest life saving organisation in Australia and have offices in every state.
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 Swimmers 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.
HRH The Queen remains our Commonwealth Patron, and HRH Prince Michael of Kent is the Commonwealth President (an active role).
The Queensland Branch of the Society was established in 1907 and is over 100 year sold.
The core purpose of the branch is to prevent drowning and one way of the ways we do this is through life saving clubs that are affiliated with us.
Local Life Saving Clubs
All the Clubs affiliated with Royal Life Saving are traditional clubs run by volunteers which were formed to provide a community service.
They are family orientated clubs that aim provides services to the community in a fun way.
Each Club has training officers that train members in safe operating procedures and rescue skills.
Members are also able to learn advanced skills including Oxygen Resuscitation, Rescue Boat Operations, and Managing Critical Incidents.
How do I join a Cub ?
Very easily, contact your local club and ask about joining.
To contact you club, you could email the club, telephone or drop in (on the weekend during summer).
You will need to complete some paperwork (such as a membership application form and other things), pay the clubs membership fee and thats it.
Your Club Captain (the person who manages the patrol operations) will talk to you about beach patrols, and your clubs trainers will talk to you about training courses.
What will I have to do ?
Members of life saving clubs are asked to volunteer their time to help the club in some way.
Most clubs have different types of membership from fully active life saver, to beach based members (no swimming skills necessary)
and we even have roles for those those with mobility impairments.
You could also help by being a support person or committee member.
Most people who are members of clubs join to be a life saver on the beach.
This involves attending some training sessions (to learn safe practices and life saving skills) and then performing volunteer patrols.
Patrol arrangements vary from club to club (and even patrol to patrol), but all clubs work with your availability so you can do patrols when you are free.
Being on patrol is actually enjoyable, it is often a fun social atmosphere where you can socialise with members and public whilst you are performing beach surveillance.
I am not certain if I want to join, what do I do ?
We suggest you go and have a chat with you local club, and find out more information.
They fully understand people being hesitant, and will not pressure you to join.
More questions ?
If you have more questions, please contact one of our clubs directly.
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