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DLRG with topic Swim Ability and Closing of Pools in the German Parliament

28 June 2017 - 9:27am

Three weeks ago ILSE Member DLRG published its annual report in a press conference: https://www.dlrg.de/fuer-mitglieder/meldung-im-detail/neuigkeit/990/News...
Presentation: https://www.dlrg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/DLRG.de/Ak-Layout2013/FuerMitg...
Report: https://www.dlrg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/DLRG.de/Ueber_uns/Geschaeftsbe...

Main topic was the result of a representative survey in the German population about the swim ability with a terrible result. The swim ability is decreasing – also in the group of children in primary schools and youth. Over weeks it was topic in the media – newspapers, radio stations, TV. Still a campaign is running in one of the broadcast stations of Berlin:
http://www.berliner-rundfunk.de/aktion/die-berliner-rundfunk-91-4-schwim... . Together with a Health Insurance Company they are organizing swimming courses for adults for free.

This huge media interest was the reason for a hearing in the German Parliament (German Bundestag). Vice President of DLRG, Dr. Detlev Mohr, got the opportunity to speak in the Sports Committee of the German Parliament (http://www.bundestag.de/en/committees/a05 ; agenda of the meeting on 2017-06-17 https://www.bundestag.de/blob/510714/d4d75c7ba6ceb31202cd42a33daa8e62/71... ).

One hour later there took place in the Plenary Session of the German Bundestag an one-hour-discussion to the topic swim ability and closing of pools. DLRG Vice President Ute Vogt (she is member of the Parliament for the SPD) could speak in this discussion. All speakers mentioned the DLRG Survey and offered their opinion why the situation became so worse.

For those who are able to understand German, the speaches could be of interest:

Zusatztagesordnungspunkt 2:
Aktuelle Stunde auf Verlangen der Fraktion DIE LINKE:
Kindern das Schwimmenlernen ermöglichen – Auswirkungen von Privatisierungen und Schwimmbadschließungen

Jan Korte (DIE LINKE)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121845#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Barbara Woltmann (CDU/CSU)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121847#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Özcan Mutlu (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121851#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Mahmut Özdemir (Duisburg) (SPD)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121852#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Dr. Frank Steffel (CDU/CSU)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121857#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Dr. André Hahn (DIE LINKE)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121858#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Ute Vogt (SPD)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121862#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Britta Haßelmann (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121870#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Eckhard Pols (CDU/CSU)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121871#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Jeannine Pflugradt (SPD)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121874#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Josef Rief (CDU/CSU)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121875#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...
Erich Irlstorfer (CDU/CSU)
https://www.bundestag.de/mediathek?videoid=7121878#url=L21lZGlhdGhla292Z...

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Water Safety Awareness Week of IWS

27 June 2017 - 11:14am

Last week ILSE Member Irish Water Safety launched a national campaign to highlight water safety:
'Water Safety Awareness Week'
http://www.adworld.ie/2017/06/22/irish-water-safety-watson-creative/
https://www.watersafety.ie/

ILSE Member RFESS, Spain

8 June 2017 - 5:02pm

Isabel Garcia Sanz, President of ILSE Member Real Federación Española de Salvamento y Socorrismo (RFESS), Spain, and Vice President of ILSE, has been elected as Vice President of the Spanish Olympic Committee for 2017-2021.
ILSE congratulates Isabel Garcia Sanz and wishes a successful period of office.

ILSE Board of Directors Meeting 2017

24 May 2017 - 9:21am

The annual ILSE Board of Directors Meeting took place May 12th – 14th, 2017, in Malaga, Spain, in a pleasant and well organised atmosphere.
ILSE Board of Directors confirmed the efforts of ILSE Education Commission to build twinning projects between Members of Education Commission and dormant ILSE Members to start a dialogue and renew their work in ILSE.
Board agreed the proposed Guidelines for Pool Safety Risk Assessments and enabled ILSE Rescue Commission to promote the safety standards in pool facilities.
Chair of ILSE Sport Commission, Bob Dekkers, presented the ongoing work for European Lifesaving Championships Youth, which will take place in Ireland in 2018.

Board agreed the Strategic Development Plan, worked out by Management and Administration Commission for the ongoing period of office and decided to implement a workshop in addition to the annual Best-Practice-Seminar of MAC.

Several applications for funding by ILSE Support Programme were discussed, some of the supported projects are:
- research-project Lifesaving drones in Sweden
- ongoing development of web-based Risk Assessment System and
inclusion of Risk Assessment Pool Safety
- workshop on ‘the future of European Lifesaving and lifeguards certifications’
President Dr. Detlev Mohr thanked Isabel Garcia, Presidencia of ILSE Member Real Real Federación Española de Salvamento y Socorrismo (RFESS), and her team, especially Marta Cuetos, Secretaría Deportiva of RFESS, for the excellent and successfull organisation of the meetings and a surprising evening in Malaga.