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Saturday, January 14, 2017

History And Emergence Of The Kenya Lifesaving Federation

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In April 2004 Kenya Lifesaving And Lifeguards Association (later changed to the Kenya Lifesaving Federation) was registered with the Government of Kenya. By 2006, the organization became a member of the International Lifesaving Federation, the world governing body for the lifesaving and water safety.

The Kenyan representatives remain very active in all Federation activities including the world lifesaving championship and the World Water Safety conferences.

In 2008, the Kenya Lifesaving Federation held its inaugural National Lifesaving Championship in Kenya at the St. Austin's Academy and became recognized as the official branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society and has remained a member of the Royal Lifesaving Society as it continues to organize lifesaving events and championships in Kenya.

In 2010, athletes from Kenya made their appearances at the world lifesaving championships in Alexandria, Egypt, Rescue 2010. In 2012, the Federation held its first National Beach Lifesaving Competitions at the Nyali beach – Mombasa with the following goals:

a) To find the best methods and means of aquatic life saving, resuscitation of the apparently drowned and emergency care.
b) To teach lifesaving and establish educational exchanges of aquatic life saving techniques and operations.
c) To exchange practical, medical and scientific experiences in the field of aquatic life saving.
d) To encourage the conducting of training schools available to the whole of the aquatic life saving district.
e) To extend the teachings and activities of the Kenya Lifesaving Federation to all places throughout the district and to communicate and act in co-operation with other national and international humanitarian bodies.
f) To promote uniformity concerning equipment, information, symbols and laws for control and regulation within the aquatic environment.
g) To promote and organise life saving sports and to regularly organise international aquatic life saving competitions in order to stimulate the interest of members to improve their ability and willingness to save people who are in danger in the aquatic environment.
h) To encourage the convening of national congresses for the purpose of creating links of friendship, solidarity and collaboration between Members and other international bodies which pursue the same humanitarian goals.
i) To encourage measures to prevent the pollution of waters and beaches and other elements, which are dangerous to the public and users of the aquatic environment.
j) To enter into financial transactions for the purchase of fixed or movable assets, or for other purposes which the Kenya Lifesaving Federation consider appropriate for its operation.
k) To take such other actions as the Kenya Lifesaving Federation considers will advance its mission statement goal.

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