Life Saving Training School


Sri Lanka Coast Guard Life Saving Training School – Balapitiya was established in year 2012. Since the establishment of the school more than 2500 qualified life savers have been trained including tri forces and civilians. Apart from the training annual open sea swimming championship marks an important milestone in the Sri Lanka Coast Guard as it is also added to the Coast Guard annual event calendar. This competition organized with the aim of enhancing the skills and competency of the young generation in swimming and waterborne activities while supporting National Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Programme launched by the Presidential Secretariat.

This school is the only life saving training school of Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Sri Lanka as well.


Whoever you see in distress recognize him as a fellow being


To enable Coast Guard personnel to carry out lifesaving duties as life savers, produce qualified lifesaving instructors and to reduce drowning and water related accidents.


To develop and recommend best practices in drowning prevention, aquatic life saving, recovery and emergency care.

Teach life saving and establish educational exchanges of aquatic life saving techniques and operations.

Exchange medical and scientific experiences in the field of aquatic life saving and drowning prevention.

Promote and organize lifesaving sports and aquatic life saving competitions in order to stimulate the interest of competitors to improve their ability and willingness to save people who are in danger in an aquatic environment.

Encourage the conduct of training and development of standards available to the whole aquatic life saving world for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sports.

Promote uniformity concerning equipment, information, symbols and laws for control and regulation within the aquatic environment.


The Life saving Training School inaugurated its training by starting a Basic Level life saving course on 12th November 2012 with 12 numbers of trainees. At present, the School is facilitated with one classroom which can accommodate 30 trainees, multi-media equipment and training material for the proper conduct of life saving courses. Qualified instructors and examiners conduct all life saving courses adhering to standard procedures and guidelines. Theoretical and practical knowledge is given to trainees by using available resources to perform duties as confident life savers. Swimming training is conducted at SLNS Nipuna swimming pool and sea swimming practices are conducting at the Balapitiya beach. All life savers are trained at the Madampe River as well to build confidence to carry out duties in any environment.

Not only Coast Guard personnel but members of the tri forces and civilians are also provided training at LSTS Balapitiya. The Mobile Training Team of the school conducts one day and two days lifesaving awareness programs all over the country.


Basic and Resuscitation level life saving certificate

Intermediate level life saving course

Bronze medallion life saving course

Silver medallion life saving course

Train the trainers course

Stroke training course for non-swimmers

Life saving refresher course