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 and SLS mourn for Claes Thorell

With great regret and sadness we have to take note of the passing away of our friend Claes Thorell, on Friday 8th August 2014 at the age of 77 years.

The former President and honoured Member of SLS Claes Thorell was a longstanding Member of ILSE Rescue Commission. The ILSE General Assembly of ILSE in Berlin/Germany in 2008 elected him as Member of Board of Directors of International Life Saving Federation of Europe. He held this office until 2012.

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

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.


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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