The Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India) is the “Official” branch of the Royal Life Saving Society (Commonwealth), and a Full Member of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS).
The RLSS (I) was formed in August, 1998 by a joint Agreement between – The Royal Life Saving Society UK, the Royal Life Saving Society Australia and the Indian Maritime Foundation Pune, India.
The motto of Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India) is ‘Whomsoever you see in distress, see in him/her a fellow being’. We aim to create a first responder in every home in order to promote:
– Safer homes
– Safer workplaces and
– Safer public areas
RLSS(I) PURSUES THESE THROUGH:
- Providing educational programmes in operational safety, first aid, and resuscitation.
- Promoting public awareness in safer working conditions through publicity, education, public events, and functions.
- Promoting public awareness of safety elements in and around water bodies.
The Organisation imparts structured and disciplined training in the techniques, procedures, and knowledge required to confidently and efficiently save a life through recovery, revival & first aid. It hopes to extend this expertise among as many as possible and as early as feasible.
In July 1997, Rear Admiral P. D. Sharma and Mrs. Kavita Sharma shifted their residence to Pune, India. Having been witness to an accident that claimed 29 very young lives, when a school bus jumped the rails of Wazirabad bridge near Delhi and plunged into the river below prompted the Admiral to launch an organisation that would empower people with lifesaving skills. Some children had to swim to safety, while some stayed in the bus in shock and some who tried to swim away drowned in water. Fortunately, there was a fisherman around, who recovered the childrens’ bodies and placed them on the bank of the river. The death of the children for want of first-Aid was both an opportunity and a gap that needed immediate attention. The Admiral started Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India) on August 2, 1998, which was officially accepted by the Charities Commissioner in 2001. Since then, the Society under the leadership of Admiral Sharma has been training youth in India with skills that would empower them to help a person in distress. The Society trains youth to be first responder for accidents both on land and in water.
Meet our Leaders
Under the leadership of Rear Admiral Purushottam Dutt Sharma, Rashtriya Life Saving Society India has trained over 400,000 local youth in lifesaving skills and first-aid. Adm. Sharma is assisted by Mrs. Kavita Sharma, Vice President-Finance and Operations and other volunteers.
Rear Admiral P.D. Sharma, AVSM, NM
Rear Admiral Purushottam Dutt Sharma, AVSM, NM, IN (Retd) is the President & Founder of the Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India). Along with Mrs. Kavita Sharma, his wife, he has steered RLSS(I) with commitment during the last 20 years to its current status of being a branch of Royal Life…...Click to read more...
Mr. John Long
John in a lifetime of Social Service earned a number of awards including being a RLSS Commonwealth Vice President, an ILS Knight, recipient of the RLSS King Edward VII Cup, (the Society’s Highest Honour), the Ireland Medal, the Albert Schweitzer Medal for Humanitarian Service and the Police Long Service and…...Click to read more...
Commodore Rajan Vir (Retd.)
Commodore Rajan Vir, Born in 1930, graduated in 1948, selected as a Cadet for the Royal Indian Navy in 1949, completed his naval training with the Royal Navy and on his return obtained his “Watch-Keeping Ticket” on board INS Kistna. He served as navigation officer on three IN ships before…...Click to read more...
Mrs. Kavita Sharma
Kavita Sharma is the Founder Trustee and Vice President of Finance and Operations at the Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India). She also leads the Swimming & Lifesaving Training Centres of RLSS(I) as a Director. She has introduced the ‘World’s Largest Swim Lesson’ in India in collaboration with the World Water…...Click to read more...
Captain Mukund Sharma
After a successful sea-going career commencing with Mobil Shipping Company Mukund Sharma joined Teekay Shipping in 1990 as Chief Officer and was promoted to Master in 2006. He sailed with the fleet till 2007. Thereafter, he moved ashore with the Company where he fulfilled many functions serving them in a…...Click to read more...
Mr. Sanjay Karandikar
A true hard core sports person, Sanjay Karandikar won a BRONZE medal in Water Polo at the IX Asian Games 1982 held in New Delhi. He played for India from 1981 to 1984, travelling to Italy, Egypt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and South Korea. Sanjay captained the Maharashtra Water Polo…...Click to read more...
Mrs. Shondita Sharma
After a brief career in the travel industry with United Airlines, Shondita has been involved with special children for the last 15 years. She has a Masters in French Literature from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a Masters in Psychology from Andhra…...Click to read more...
Ms. Qaneez Shukrani
Qaneez has been actively involved in social and civic causes in public interest after shifting to Pune.From 1980 to 2012 worked in the Logistics Industry in sales, marketing, administration & operations. Presently she imparts and shares the importance of duties and responsibilities of citizens…...Click to read more...
Surgeon Capt. Bal Jog
Born in 1931 Surgeon Captain (Dr.) Madhav K Jog popularly known as “Bal” qualified from Pune University in 1953. He joined the Indian Navy as medical Officer on 2nd January 1956. While in the Navy he qualified in DVD (Skin and VD)…...Click to read more...
Capt. Tribhuvan Jaiswal
Captain Tribhuwan Jaiswal, an alumnus of the prestigious National Defense Academy, was commissioned in the Indian Navy in July 1986. In his 34 year plus career he has had extensive experience in Maritime Operations, Leadership, Management, Administration, Training and Mentoring Captain Jaiswal…...Click to read more...