The activities of Royal Life Saving Society in Uganda started around the time of independence of the new country from British colonial rule in 1962, by the then senior superintendent of Police Mr. John Beaden, a British police officer. Beaden was duly attached to Uganda Police at the Police Training School in Kibuli Surburb, Kampala, where Life Saving was part of the programme by 1963. A major achievement he accomplished was to build a swimming pool in Kibuli which was used for the training of the Uganda Police Force in marine and water safety.In 1965, Mr John Beaden left Uganda and left Jerome Dralega in charge of the Swimming and Life Saving of Uganda Police Force.The political unrest, uncertainty and civil strife that followed the military takeover of the Government of Apollo Milton Obote in January 1971 by Gen. Idi Amin made the projects Beaden had established to be halted. All marine training and safety units were disbanded and their activities came to a standstill between 1971 - 1982.In 1983 John Long who was part of Common Wealth Police was seconded to Uganda Police. Since Jerome had earlier requested for Life Saving Support from the Commonwealth Office UK which coincided with John's coming to Uganda he was able to give support to Jerome in reviving of Marine Life Saving activities in the country, under the regime of Milton Obote, who had been reinstated as president following the elections of 1980.
The growth we’ve seen in our volunteer program has led to new organizational opportunities, improved efficiencies and an increased pool of donors to support marine safety in Uganda. Most importantly, our volunteer program has created a community of people that rally together to provide an ecosystem of providing a service to others in need.Volunteers get to work where, when, and how it suits them, while Royal Life Saving Society gets the skilled resources they need. Royal Life Saving Society's volunteers have overtime shown they need to know the impact of their contributions. It is one way in which in which they can assess whether they are helping or not. Through establishing and redesigning RLSS Uganda's website, efforts are continuously being made to avail as much information as possible on all activities, approaches and values. For any volunteer issues, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1965 Mr John Beaden left Uganda and Left Jerome Dralega in charge of Swimming and Life Saving.The activities during Amin regime and civil strife from 1971-1982 made activites to come to a standstill.