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 Meetings of the ILSE Commissions

The meeting 2018 of the ILSE Commissions took place in Belgrade, Serbia,
March 9-11, organised by ILSE Member Red Cross of Serbia.

The meeting weekend started with the annual Best Practice Seminar: several speakers and experts of ILSE Members presented the newest information about drones in water rescue services and informed about the efforts, chances and problems to integrate refugees. The presentations were followed by a workshop to install and use national drowning statistics.

Campaign Drowning Prevention in Czech Repuclic

President David Smejkal of ILSE Member Water Rescue Service of Czech Red Cross informs about a campaign to prevent drownings in Czech Republic, focused on childs.
Czech Red Cross is official partner for the last two years and is looking forward to continuing this project in 2018 as well.
Here you will find some more information about the campaign.

Videos about correct behavior on ice to prevent drowning

ILSE Member Svenska Livräddningssällskapet SLS from Sweden created videos to warn the civil population about hazards on ice and snow in winter time. The videos inform about the correct behavior before a person venture out on the ice and in cases of accidents.

Both videos were translated into English language realized with support of the International Life Saving Federation ILS. Here you will find the links to the videos. We would like to ask all ILSE Member Associations to publish the video links.


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
11/09/2018 Ireland European Lifesaving Championships Youth 2018 IWS
28/09/2018 Finland Conference 'Learn to swim and Coach' Finland FSL
12/10/2018 Spain 2nd International Congress on Drowning Prevention CIPREA 2018 RFESS
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