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 President Dr. Detlev Mohr honoured two committed supporters of ILSE

Dr. Detlev Mohr took the occasion of EC 2015 to award two long-standing supporters of ILSE in the field of lifesaving sport: He awarded Vice President John Martin and Chair of ILSE Sport Commission Bob Dekkers the title of Ambassadors of the European Order of Lifesaving for more than 15 years of distinguished voluntary service to lifesaving in Europe.

‘Half-time’ European Championships 2015

‘Half-time’ European Championships 2015
for National Teams and Interclubs in Swansea and Aberavon
16 National Teams took part at the European Championships 2015 in Swansea/Wales.

Meeting of the ILSE working group 'Disaster Operations and Civil Protection'

The first meeting of the new formed ILSE working group ‘Disaster Operations and Civil Protection’ took place from July 23rd – 26th in Bad Nenndorf, Germany. The Head of the working group Hans-Hermann Höltje (Germany) welcomed the group members from Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Serbia and the United Kingdom. He also welcomed the Honorary Life-President Dr. Klaus Wilkens and the Chair of ILSE Rescue Commission Ortwin Kreft.

Main topics and discussion points of the Meetings were:


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
03/09/2017 Belgium European Lifesaving Championships 2017 ILSE / BLSF
14/09/2017 Scharbeutz/Germany ELC 2017 for IRB ILSE/DLRG
17/10/2017 Canada WCDP 2017 ILS
09/03/2018 Serbia Annual Meeting of ILSE Commissions ILSE/RCS
25/05/2018 Portugal Annual Meeting of ILSE Board of Directors ILSE/FEPONS
11/09/2018 Ireland European Lifesaving Championships Youth 2018 IWS
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