Water Safety

France - Montpellier - Rescue Board Training Day - 15.09.2014

As part of the Lifesaving World Championships Rescue 2014 which took place in Montpellier, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation organized a Rescue Board Training Day for developing nations on 15th September 2014.

The Fédération Française de Sauvetage et de Secourisme (French Federation of Lifesaving and First Aid) joined forces with the International Lifesaving Society to encourage emerging countries, lacking financial resources, to take part in these Championships.

The goals were to foster, namely, the integration of developing countries, to teach new lifesaving techniques and to give the opportunity to lifesavers to test their skills against international athletes.

50 participants from Argentina, Brazil, India, Iran, Malaysia, Czech Republic and Sri Lanka were mentored by Stéphanie Barneix and Alexandra Lux, two first-rate lifesaving champions.

Lifesaving sport is the perfect combination of swimming and rescue. Originating in Australia, it is a fully-fledged sporting discipline characterized by the diversity of its events. Some take place in swimming pools whilst others are organized in open water. The coastal events take place in the sea or on a body of water with or without a craft.

From swimming to kayaking, from individual racing to relays, from obstacle courses to the manikin tow, all events have been carefully prepared to fight against drowning.

Organised every two years, the Lifesaving World Championships took place 13 - 28 September 2014 in Montpellier and La Grande Motte, France.

Life Saving World Championships

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