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 Board Meeting 2013

The annual Meeting of the ILSE Board of Directors took place in Sibenik, Croatia, 3rd – 5th May 2013. ILSE President Dr. Detlev Mohr welcomed the participants of the Board Meeting in the Solaris Beach Resort Hotel Jure.
Several Board Members gave a report about current activities of their national Association. The ILSE Board of Directors elected Ortwin Kreft (DLRG/Germany) as the new Chair of ILSE Rescue Commission.

The next ILSE Board Meeting will take place in Vienna/Austria 23rd - 25th May 2014.

ILSE and ANSPSR mourn for Gheorghe Oancea

With great regret and sadness we have to announce the passing away of our friend and Member of ILSE Board of Directors, Gheorghe Oancea, on Tuesday, 16th July 2013 at the age of 63 years.

He was the President of ANSPSR since the foundation in 1998. On the General Assembly of ILSE in Nottwil/Switzerland in October 2003 he became Member of Board of Directors of International Life Saving Federation of Europe.

We would like to thank him for his longstanding efforts and commitments to the International Life Saving Sport.

ILSE calls for EU-funded accident and injury data system

On the occasion of the 15th European Consumer Day, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee on 14 March 2013 in Brussels, ILSE in a coalition with 27 other European umbrella organisations launched a Joint Call urging European Institutions and the Member States to create an EU-funded accident & injury data system under the co-ordination of the European Commission.

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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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