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.

2008 ILSE General Assembly in Berlin

The General Assembly of ILSE was organised in conjunction with the RESCUE 2008 World Championships in Lifesaving (see www.rescue2008.com) and the ILS General Assembly in Berlin/Germany on 18th July 2008.

After 34 years of duty, the Senior Vice President Bertil Werner (Sweden) stepped back from his position. The Secretary General, Dr. Dirk Bissinger (Germany) left to take over a new position within ILS.

European Board of Directors has met in Cavtat/Croatia

This year’s Board of Directors (BOD) meeting of the European Branch of the International Life Saving Federation was held once again in Cavtat, close to Dubrovnik in Croatia from April 18th to 20th. The last BOD-meeting in Croatia took place in 2001; last year’s BOD-meeting took place in Belgrade, Serbia and in 2009, the BOD will meet in Cyprus. Great thanks have to be given to our Croatian Full Member for all preparatory work before and the efforts and hospitality during the meeting.

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Date Country / Region Event Organised by
12/05/2017 Spain ILSE Board of Directors Meeting 2017 ILSE / RFESS
25/05/2017 Alicante (Spain) ELC 2017 for Masters ILSE/RFESS
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03/09/2017 Belgium European Championships 2017 ILSE / BLSF
14/09/2017 Scharbeutz/Germany ELC 2017 for IRB ILSE/DLRG
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