Drowning claims an estimated 372,000 lives around the world each year, over one-third of which are children. This is a conservative estimate – the actual number is likely to be much higher. More than 90% of these drownings happen in low- and middle-income countries.
Despite the scale of the problem, it is barely recognised – a silent epidemic. It’s hard to believe that this is not yet a global priority. We are working to change that.
Working in partnership with others, we are expanding our international work to provide communities with the knowledge, equipment and skills to try to reduce this staggering loss of life.
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Our lifesaving programmes will drastically improve the chances of people surviving in and around water.
One size doesn’t fit all. We’re equipping communities most at need with lifesaving knowledge and skills relevant to them.
Making a difference
Where we’re working
Drowning is one of the biggest killers in many low and middle income countries. Yet hundreds of thousands of deaths are going unnoticed.
The silent epidemic
Our five-step plan
Just days after we helped establish a lifeguard service in Bangladesh, lifeguard Sukkur saved the life of this young girl.
We’re working with partners to produce a range of free training resources for new and developing lifesaving organisations.
One life saved
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As a world-class maritime search and rescue organisation, sharing our expertise is vital in saving lives worldwide.
Our short films bring our international work to life. Our news stories raise awareness. And our FAQs aim to answer your questions and concerns.
Here to help
Thousands of people drown needlessly each year. We have the expertise to help change that. And with your support, we can work harder.
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