Water Safety At Home

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the Drowning Prevention Charity and the UK’s leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education.

Around 400 people needlessly die from drowning in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life-changing, through near-drowning experiences. Putting these figures into context one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK.

RLSS UK is the leading provider of training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding, water safety and life support skills in the UK, and also the governing body for Lifesaving Sport.

RLSS UK Members and Volunteers are an essential and valued part of the ongoing delivery of water safety education and lifesaving skills, ultimately helping to reduce the number of people drowning.

RLSS UK Member Benefit

Benefit Individual Membership Club Membership
RLSS UK Membership Card, enabling you to show you are a member of the UK’s drowning prevention charity, providing others with confidence that you’re working to recognised best practice standards Yes Yes
Regular Membership Communications, keeping you fully up to date with information, events and news. Including quarterly Lifesavers Magazine, Membership Newsletters and an annual copy of the RLSS Direct Catalogue Yes Yes
RLSS UK Member Liability cover (£10 million limit of indemnity.  Individual members – cover stands when acting in own capacity and/ or as part of club activity. Club officers/ members/ volunteers – cover stands during club activity only.* Yes Yes
Access to expert lifesaving, lifeguarding and water safety advice and guidance. Yes Yes
Knowledge that you’re supporting drowning prevention and that any profits from RLSS UK Membership go directly to funding RLSS UK’s charitable objectives. Yes Yes
Individual membership – additional benefits

  • Online membership services – MyPage and RLSS UK MyApp
  • RLSS UK Member Personal Injury cover
  • Eligibility to participate in RLSS UK national lifesaving competitions
Yes No
Club membership – additional benefits

  • Increased local support to RLSS UK clubs and local communities, with four regionally based Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinators joining the RLSS UK team
  • Directors and Officers Liability cover (protection for club officers) and Employers Liability cover.
  • Opportunity to become registered as a Duke of Edinburgh Centre
No Yes

*Cover operates whilst the RLSS UK Member is participating in recognised RLSS UK activity anywhere in the World (apart from those countries where travel is not advised, www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice). For cover to apply, the RLSS UK Member must be a permanent resident in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, the Channel Islands or the Republic of Ireland.

Individual Members – Gift Aid it

If you haven’t already, please do Gift Aid your RLSS UK membership fees (for example, complete the Gift Aid declaration on the back of your membership renewal letter and return in the freepost envelope provided).

Gift aid is a government scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax from the HM Revenue & Customs (at no cost to the donor). If an individual is a UK taxpayer and makes a RLSS UK Gift Aid declaration, RLSS UK can reclaim basic rate tax on their RLSS UK membership fees and donations (25p for each £1 given). For example, this means that RLSS UK can turn a £20 membership fee into £25 (at no additional cost to the member). It is a key way for RLSS UK to raise additional income via the HMRC, and this can then be reinvested into charity products, campaigns and our valued network of deliverers, supporters and volunteers. The RLSS UK team are working on new Gift Aid forms and processes to make it easier for members to Gift Aid their membership.