New and emerging lifesaving organisations

Utilising the Sport of Lifesaving to establish a 'community base' within lifesaving organisations - the essentials, a model, the process and the benefits

G. McLennan, Utilising the Sport of Lifesaving to establish a 'community base' within lifesaving organisations - the essentials, a model, the process and the benefits, in World Conference on Drowning Prevention, Porto, Portugal, 2007.

1. Background

Competition in lifesaving has been in existence for as long as organised lifesaving has been. It has been known purely as “competition” and not, by all participants, branded as a sport.

It is now establishing itself as a identifiable “sport” within the wider sports community and therefore needs to continue to take the opportunities and benefits that sport offers.

Some of these benefits include:

SwimSafe: A community-based water safety and swim-learning program suitable for developing countries

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