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.

Annual Meeting of ILSE Commissions

The annual meetings of ILSE Commissions took place in Stockholm and Helsinki, January 22nd – January 24th, 2016.

Statement of ILSE Member Hellenic Red Cross

The Hellenic Red Cross – Division of Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards has mobilized its volunteers and recourses to support HRC and IFRC operations nationwide. Especially at the island of Lesbos and regarding Water Rescue and Drowning Prevention, Red Cross – Division of Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards has placed teams of volunteers from all over Greece, providing assistance in a rotation system per week. Those teams patrol the beaches, report to the Hellenic Coastguard when boats are on distress away from the coast, and provide assistance/rescue when people are near the coast.

Stop the dying in the Mediterranean Sea!

We – the members of the International Life Saving Federation of Europe (ILSE) – are devastated to see the pictures of thousands of refugees that have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Our thoughts are with all the victims and their families.

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30/06/2016 Spain ILSE General Assembly 2016 ILSE/RFESS
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