Drowning is preventable when appropriate strategies are identified and effectively implemented. There are many different circumstances in which drowning occurs, one of which involves emigration, including emigration of refugees seeking to escape war, persecution or natural disaster. Drowning tragedies involving emigrants in the Mediterranean Sea have recently attracted significant attention, but it is important to remember that drowning has always been a hazard for emigrants worldwide, wherever states are separated by water.
Royal Life Saving Society - Australia released their 21st edition of the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report. The latest Report found that 271 people died as a result of drowning in Australian waterways in the 2014/15 financial year. This figure represents a 6% reduction on the 10 year average of 288 drowning deaths and an increase of 2% (or five deaths) on the 266 lives lost the previous year.
After three days of tough competition Australia have managed to preserve their place as the champions of the International Surf Rescue Challenge finishing just eight points ahead of their rivals the Black Fins (New Zealand).
“It was a fantastic event at Maroochydore Beach and while there was competitive rivalry between the countries there was also great comradery and friendship shown,” Graham Ford President of Surf Life Saving Australia and the International Life Saving Federation said.
The 2nd course of Canine (K9) water rescue Instructor took place in the city of Jurkalne, Latvia at the Baltic Sea. This event was a result of a mutual cooperation between the International Lifesaving federation, the Belgian Lifesaving Federation and the Latvian Kennel Club. The person responsible for the course was Inguna Tihomirova, a Latvian K9 Water rescue Instructor. She invited 20 candidate instructors from 6 different countries. Latvia (9), Lithuania (1), Ukraine (1), Estonia (2), Belarus (1) and Russia (6).
For the 10th time the Danish Swimming Federation is hosting the unique event TrygFonden Copenhagen Swim on Saturday the 29th of August. Approximately 3000 swimmers have entered to complete the 2km route in the beautiful settings of Copenhagen. If you are in or around Denmark, make sure to visit this festive event in the heart of Copenhagen.
From 14.30 onwards on Monday 3rd and 4th August European Lifesaving Championships 2015 will be streaming the Finals of the European Championships National Teams live from the Welsh National Pool in Swansea.
You can watch all the action using the following link: http://t.co/9rKgDNHrsx
International Life Saving Federation (ILS) President Mr Graham Ford is pleased to announce that the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 is to be co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).
WCDP2015 is to be held in Penang, Malaysia from 4-6 November 2015. This will be the first time that the global drowning prevention community will meet since the publication by WHO of the Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer in November 2014.
The ILS Sport Commission at their recent meeting held on 22/24 May, 2015 in Leuven Belgium appointed the following groups: Championships Officials Panel and Officials Assessment Panel.
The ILS Sport Commission has appointed the following persons to the positions of Chief Referee and Deputy Chief Referee for the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships to be held in Noordwijk-aan-Zee (Ocean events) and Eindhoven (Pool events) from 1st to 18 September, 2016.