Greek Lifesaving Sport Union
noun - The Greek Lifesaving Sport Union is a not-for-profit organization in Greece that will be established by Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D. and start in January 2020.
The objectives are twofold:
- to promote water safety
- to promote lifesaving sport
Anyone can become a member without registration fees.
There are 3 types of member:
- Associate for organizations
- Basic for individuals
- Honorary for distinguished individuals who have contributed to the fields of applied lifeguarding, lifesaving sport, and aquatics.
Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D. (Δρ Στάθης Αβραμίδης) is a prolific author and advocate in the field of water safety. He has served and popularized aquatics and water safety since 1988 as athlete, academic, water safety and media professional. He is an officer in the Greece National Public Health Organisation and Teaching Staff of Applied Lifeguarding-Lifesaving Sport, University of Athens.
He is an Associate dealing with water safety (Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) and Federal Director of Sport Lifesaving (Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity and Sport Fishing) in Greece. Also, worked as Advisor of Accident Prevention and Health Education at the Secretary General of Public Health, at the Hellenic Ministry of Health. In the past, he was a Lecturer of Aquatics/Visiting Research Fellow (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK 2003-2012). He was also the Co-Chairman of the International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival.
He is a qualified Senior Tutor/Instructor of internationally recognized organizations (ILSF, STA, Singapore STA, RLSS Australia, RLSS UK, SLSA GB, CLSF, ASA, NUCO) with lifesaving experience and education from 13 countries. He trains physical education, lifesaving, lifeguarding, fire awareness, baby swimming, water safety, spinal injury management, defibrillation, first aid, and survival at sea. He worked as lifeguard, instructor, coach, and first aider in aquatic events (nationals, European, Mediterranean, World and Olympics).
He appeared in television and radio many times, as invited guest speaker on water safety issues, extra actor/model in television series/shows and interviews. He presented the radio program "Lifeguarding without a teacher" (91.2FM Radio, Athens 2003) and the television program "Prevention and Rescue" (Aroma Elladas Magazino, Athens 2013). Stathis is Honorary Member of the International Drowning Prevention Alliance.