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The RLSS Bronze Medallion
The RLSS Bronze Medallion

Lifesaving is the saving of life through the prevention of accidents, personal survival and the rescue of others. Life is a multi-faceted concept. ... An accident is something going wrong unexpectedly. ... Rescue refers to operations that usually involve the saving of life, or prevention of additional injury. ...

Lifesaving in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, lifesaving is promoted as a sport and a life skill by the Royal Life Saving Society UK. There are over 2000 lifesaving clubs based throughout the country, which teach skills such as drowning prevention, life support and personal survival. The learning of lifesaving takes place in a variety of water environments, such as swimming pools, inland water venues and at coastal locations. Often clubs coach their memebers towards acheiving RLSS awards, the flagship award being the Bronze Medallion. Training programmes exist for all ages, from young children to adults. Some lifesaving and lifeguard clubs operate as volunteer organisations, providing safety cover at locations where there would otherwise be none. Life support, in the medical field, refers to a set of therapies for preserving a patients life when essential body systems are not functioning sufficiently to sustain life unaided. ... Water (from the Old English word wæter) is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless substance that is essential to all known forms of life and is known also as the most universal solvent. ... 50 meter indoor swimming pool A swimming pool, swimming bath, or wading pool is an artificially enclosed body of water intended for recreational or competitive swimming, or for other bathing activities that do not involve swimming, e. ... A lifeguard in the most general sense of the word is an emergency service worker, who is a qualified strong swimmer, trained and certified in water rescue, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); who is responsible for overseeing the safety of users of a recreational water feature, such as a... This group of political volunteers is working to promote voter turn-out. ...

The RLSS organises both national and regional speed and skills competitions and many clubs, including university affiliated clubs, field teams at these events. A professor teaching in a university A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ...

Lifesaving elsewhere

The Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth promotes lifesaving in the Commonwealth. // Definition and linguistics The original phrase common wealth or the common weal is a calque translation of the Latin term res publica (public matters), from which the word republic comes, which was itself used as a synonym for the greek politeia as well as for the republican (i. ...

See also

Surf lifesaving is a multifaceted movement that comprises key aspects of voluntary beach patrols and competitive surf sport. ...


  • David Eaton (1995). Lifesaving: Handbook of The Royal Life Saving Society United Kingdom. RLSS UK. ISBN 0-907082-59-9.

External link

  • RLSS UK Homepage

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