The Lifesaving Foundation has formed a drowning research partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology’s School of Health Sciences.

The long-term aim of the partnership is to establish a permanent world classdrowning research centre at WIT. The immediate aim is to reduce drowning death numbers through researching the concept of self-rescue in life threatening situations.This is being undertaken in co-operation with An Garda Síochána and An Garda Síochána Retired Members Association. Initial funding will be provided through the Doherty Police Research Fund.

Announcing the partnership WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly commended the work of The Lifesaving Foundation to date and added that the Institute looks forward to developing world-class drowning research including priority areas such as self-rescue. Professor John Wells, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, welcomed the new partnershipsaying that the Institute’s research capability combined with the Lifesaving Foundation’s drowning expertise would make for a symbiotic relationship benefitting all at risk from drowning worldwide.

The Foundation presented a large number of drowning books to WIT Library as the start of a major drowning research resource under the title of The Lifesaving Foundation Collection.

The Foundation welcomes public donations to the Garda Commissioner Eamonn Doherty Police Research Fund, Bank of Ireland, Lisduggan, Waterford City, IBAN: IE44 BOFI 9062 1664 7000 06.