The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) facilitated to successfully conduct a IRB (Inflated Rubber Boat) Driver and Female lifesaving development programme by Life Saving Victoria (LSV) in Australia at Mirissa from 24 to 27 September 2017. This IRB driver & Female Life Saving training is a tailor made capsule programme designed to uplift the knowledge and efficiency of the Life Savers. This initiative started as a combined training between SLCG, Sri Lanka Life Saving (SLLS) in collaboration with LSV since 2015 and this year training capsule specifically focused on Drivers for IRBs and the Female training.

The IRB driver training programme has now become an annual event in the SLCG’s training calendar with participation from Sri Lanka Army, Air Force, Police and civilian Swimming Clubs. The Female Lifesaving development program conducted for the first time in Sri Lanka and out of twenty-seven (27) candidates, fifteen (15) were selected to follow a fully funded training module by the Government of Australia.

Seventy-three (73) participants from the sister services, Sri Lanka police, Civil Security Department and the SLLS received their certificates on completion of the successful training module. The Director General of the SLCG, Rear Admiral GDAS Wimalathunge was the Chief Guest at the Certificate Awarding Ceremony. The programme was attended by the officials for the SLLS too. LSV, SLLS and SLCG remain committed to uplift the lifesaving capacity and capability in the island through these training programmes.