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.

Call for bids to host competitive events

The European Championships are the most important competitive event on the sports calendar of ILSE. The ILSE Board of Directors is now seeking bids to host the following events:

• European Championships 2015
• European Championships 2017
• European Championships for Masters 2015
• European Championships Inflatable Rescue Boats IRB 2015

ILSE Board Meeting 2014

The annual ILSE Board of Directors Meeting took place 23rd - 25th May 2014 in Vienna/Austria in a pleasant and well organised atmosphere. ILSE Board Members discussed about several topics regarding the Water Safety in Europe. Further main tasks were the plannings of the European Junior Championships and European Championships in 2015 and 2016.

Successful ILSE Commission Meeting in Stratford upon Avon

The annual meetings of ILSE Education, Rescue, Sport and Management and Administration Commissions took place connected with EU Partnership Seminar 2nd project from 16th – 19th January 2014 in Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom. RLSS UK arranged a perfect set-up in Shakespeare’s Stratford and got an outstanding feed-back for its hospitality. 65 Commission Members and participants at the EU Partnership Seminar of 17 ILSE Member Associations were present to discuss lifesaving topics according to the agendas in a very friendly and constructive atmosphere.


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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