Lifesaving interventions

With the causes of drowning varying widely, there is no single solution.

We’ve been working with our partners to find solutions that work for them - solutions that fit the skills and materials available in low-resource communities. We now have six tried-and-tested interventions that can either protect people from the risk of drowning, or rescue them safely from the water.

An Aquatic Survival trainer teaches children in the sea on Zanzibar

Photo: Mike Lavis

An Aquatic Survival trainer teaches children in the sea on Zanzibar
Our next step is to work with countries where these interventions will be most effective - but anyone can benefit from and add to our open-source materials.

From understanding the problem to measuring the impact of a particular project, research underpins every new intervention. This section also looks at some of the ways research guides what we do.
Flood rescue training in a river in Bangladesh
Flood rescue
As world sea levels rise and extreme weather becomes more common, countries and communities need to become more resilient to floods.
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2016 Future Leaders participants outside the RNLI College in Poole
Future Leaders in Lifesaving
With great leaders, organisations can develop and thrive without needing ongoing help.
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RNLI trained lifeguard patrolling Cox's Bazar beach in Bangladesh
In countries like Bangladesh, where a growing middle class are boosting domestic tourism, the need for beach lifeguard services is increasing. 
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Tanzania Sea Rescue volunteers onboard their inshore lifeboat
Maritime search and rescue
When disaster strikes on the water, many low- and middle-income countries lack the resources, training and coordination to reach people in time.
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Bhasa project researcher Bithi outside a home in Barisal, Bangladesh
Where existing data is poor, we need research to understand a country’s drowning problem - and to design interventions to tackle it.
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Bangladesh class room and students, teacher showing low cost equipment Bottle Ring
Sustainable lifesaving equipment
Drowning overwhelmingly affects countries with the fewest resources to prevent it. Many communities and organisations struggle because they don’t have access to the rescue equipment they need.
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Children swimming in a river on Zanzibar
Swim survival and water safety
Learning to swim is a rite of passage enjoyed by many children in developed countries, particularly those in coastal communities. Children in low-and middle-income countries may miss out on this lifesaving learning.
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