The Free Lifesaving Society publishes free survival swimming and lifesaving training materials
to teams worldwide, especially in developing countries where they are needed most.
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If you're in charge of a lifeguard team, run weekly staff training.
Make it fun and challenging to keep your team motivated.
Did you know that the biggest danger to your life at the beach isn't sharks, or jellyfish, or stingrays?
Drowning is an international epidemic, killing more people each year than malaria, yet it is barely recognised.
Women seem to be smarter when it comes to water safety.
Around 80% of casualties are men, which is why we focus on educating them via this website.
Most drownings occur in the world's poorest countries, which have either very limited lifesaving services, or none at all.
In some areas drowning is the leading cause of child death.
Statistics (May 2012) show that drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death of children in England,
mainly because many youngsters do not know how to swim.
According to a report by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA),
of those who cannot swim, around 200,000 school leavers,
over a third (39%) have never been offered lessons at school.
Lifesaving is a sport for everyone and a lot more fun than swimming up and down.
It is a valuable community skill that could save lives.
But many lifesaving clubs focus on competitions or passing exams
rather than training for real life survival.
Find out more.
Japanese police statistics show that 86% of people who drown are fully clothed.
They were unprepared.
Swimming in clothes presents different challenges than swimming in a bathing suit.
You should practice this with a instructor who guides you through any necessary adjustments.
Bad swimming skills don't always show until clothes put up some resistance and slow you right down.
Only correct swimming skills will keep you going.
Help your community.
Promote survival swimming and lifesaving through a local swim and rescue team.
Free Lifesaving Teams are fun, simple and agile.
Many survival and lifeguard teams are very small, often just put together by the team leader.
Some are part of hotel staff or a leisure centre, others are just a group of friends who love swimming.
Keep to an easy organisational structure, free from committees, governing bodies, and other such overheads.
You don't need a complex swimming club structure.
Run it all from your computer with email and social media, like twitter and facebook.
This website serves as lesson support system for your lifeguard teams and water safety classes.
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Drowning is preventable.
Your support may save lives.
After a few months of preparation,
the Free Lifesaving Society was launched in Hong Kong in 2009
to provide free training materials to developing countries.
Now we have friends and teams around the world.
We share technical expertise and training programmes
to help communities and countries reduce loss of life through drowning,
help establish independent lifesaving teams,
provide teaching assistance,
and support the global exchange of free lifesaving information and resources.
Some new concepts here may seem unusual at first,
but give them a try and see what works for you and your team.
Learn proven training methods for survival swimming and lifesaving.
By working together with other organisations and businesses,
we all can have more vision and more ideas about lifesaving.
You can do that through your sponsorships, or your business, and your partnerships with us.
When we all do that together,
we can create a better and safer world to live in.
You can help by creating content for this website which is read by over 68,000 people every month (July 2012).
Take a look around to find pages that need improvement.
Please contact us with detailed suggestions
and we make the requisite changes where possible.
We're motivated by our mission for openness, innovation and opportunity on the Internet,
rather than politics or business concerns like the price of books and videos.
The text of this website is licensed under the Creative Commons License so you can use it
for your training classes wherever you are.
You to have free access to our training resources without license fees or such.
It is free to download and use for non-commercial use.
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- to share, copy, distribute and transmit our text
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We wish to say a big "Thank you" to all the readers who have sent us their encouragement and support,
plus free photos and information from their survival swimming or lifeguard training.
We also thank our sponsors who help fund the Free Lifesaving Society:
VITAMINBIZ Herbalife Independent Distributors
are our sports and nutrition sponsors.
Their advice on health and sports nutrition keeps our teams going.
England's Medieval Festival organisers,
the Malcolm Group Events Ltd,
make a generous contribution every year to fund further development of this web site.
provides us with free web-hosting and maintains the content management system we use.
Thank you all very much!
Without your help this web site might not have happened.