The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) is the world's non-profit association of aquatic Lifesavers and aquatic Lifesaving organizations.

The International Life Saving Federation of Europe (ILSE) is the European branch of ILS. ILSE is an umbrella organisation, representing federations working in the field of Water Safety in Europe. Our members are representing more than 5 millions of Lifesavers and Lifeguards all over Europe. If you need specific information about Lifesaving in a particular nation, please contact our members or refer to the relevant website.

Through our own work and that of our member federations, we lead the global effort to reduce injury and death in, on or around the water. We aid in the global exchange of lifesaving information, promote the best lifesaving practices, help to establish lifesaving organizations in areas of Europe where they are needed, act as the European federation for lifesaving sport and work with other international bodies with similar goals.

ILSE European Lifesaving Championships 2019 in Riccione, Italy

The European Lifesaving Championships 2019 will take place in Riccione (Italy). ILSE Member Association Federazione Italiana Nuoto FINS organises the Championships. From September 17th to October 1st, 2019, Riccione will be the capital of the Lifesaving European Championships 2019. Competitors, officials, coaches, team managers, spectators will meet in Riccione to live this amazing experience.
All needed information are available at the official website

Annual ILSE Commission Meetings 2019

The annual Meetings 2019 of the ILSE Commissions took place in Heemskerk, The Netherlands, hosted by ILSE Member Reddingsbrigade Nederland.

The Meeting weekend started with the Best Practice Seminar, organized by the ILSE Management and Administration Commission. Several speakers and representatives of ILSE Members presented the newest information about Water Safety and actual items. The Best-Practice-Seminar was followed by the meetings of the 4 ILSE Commissions.

LEN and ILSE signed ‘Memorandum of Understanding’

President of FIN Italy and LEN, dottore Paolo Barelli, and President of ILSE, Dr. Detlev Mohr, signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’.


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
17/05/2019 Cyprus Annual ILSE Board of Directors Meeting ILSE
17/09/2019 Italy European Lifesaving Championships 2019 in Italy ILSE / FINS
02/10/2019 Portugal National Congress on Drowning Prevention in Portugal FEPONS
26/10/2019 Norway International Conference on baby and toddler Swimming in Norway NLS
01/03/2020 Spain Annual Meeting of ILSE Commissions 2020 ILSE / RFESS
15/05/2020 Bad Nenndorf (Germany) Annual ILSE Board of Directors Meeting ILSE / DLRG
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