RLSS (I) awareness programmes are fun and educational activities that provide students with a practical approach to familiarizing themselves with the concept of safety both on land and in water. The programmes teach and empower students to live safer lives and assist in a rescue. RLSS (I) aims to catch them young, while educating children about the importance of safety in day to day living. These programmes are specially designed to develop alertness among children and parents to recognize and understand dangers.
For this purpose, the Society offers education packages through the following programmes :
Swim N Survive
Earn While You Learn
Swim with a Buddy
First Aid is the temporary help given to a sick or injured person before professional medical help can be provided. This timely assistance is most critical to victims, and in most cases, is life saving. A first-aiders immediate response in the first fifteen minutes after the incident is a determining factor of what will happen to the victim in the next one hour.
India loses over 110,000 lives to road accidents every year. Most of the victims are in the age group between 18 – 45 years who are on the road come hail, rain or storm. The Planning Commission estimates that this great loss of human resources costs the nation about Rupees 55,000 Crore per year. A large number of accidents could be prevented if drivers and commuter were more aware of the hazards and rules of safe travel. If this was added to a large force of first responders then a large number of mishaps could be put in under check.
Swim N Survive:
Learning swimming and water safety is vital for every child. Unfortunately the drowning statistics for children are unacceptably high and we need to provide children with a level of protection by equipping them with water safety skills and knowledge. Swim N Survive is a swimming and water safety initiative of RLSS (I) that seeks to increase these skills of children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity. Swim N Survive encompasses two main levels – Josh and Himmat. Within each program there is a series of activities and competencies that are linked to ensure a progression of ability through the key life stages of a child and parent.
Keep Watch is a public education programme of Rashtriya Life Saving Society – India, aimed at improving awareness about water environments and safety to prevent deaths due to drowning among children less than
5 years of age.
According to the International Life Saving Federation, “the best scientific evidence available has taught us that 1.2 million people around the world die by drowning every year that is more than two persons per minute. From that more than 50 percent are children.”
Swim With a Buddy:
Dolphins are expert swimmers, but they still swim together and keep an eye out for each other in the water. Swim With a Buddy is about getting people to go out for a swim with a partner so that they can be safer in water.
RLSS (I)’s LIfesaving programme prepares volunteers to assist those involved in aquatic accidents, by teaching them the knowledge of basic rescue techniques, the skills to perform them and the judgment to act aptly, so that they can be prepared for emergencies.
A lifeguard is a professional, who operates in a team to ensure his venue is safe and popular to clients and visitors. He is a leader, manager, counselor, coach and a PR person for his facility. He prevents accidents and makes a facility safe, a sport engaging and the environment enjoyable and entertaining. RLSS (I) Lifeguard training programme teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies
Earn While You Learn:
The programme aims to educate and empower the youth from below poverty line by creating job opportunities. In pursuance of this cause the Society takes pride in the fact that over 700 youth and their families have been given an opportunity in the form of scholarships and jobs as lifeguards to improve their socio -economic standing.