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.

2nd Seminar of the ILSE EU Project “Safer Europe by higher qualified Lifeguards”

The 2nd Seminar of the ILSE EU Partnership Project “Safer Europe by higher qualified Lifeguards” was organised in the DLRG Headquarters in Bad Nenndorf 19 – 22 January 2012.

All 13 ILSE Member Associations participating in this project have sent their experts. In addition 14 persons from Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Poland (University of Bydgoszcz) and Slovenia participated very active in the seminars as observers, so that alltogether we had 65 participants from 18 countries in the three parts seminar.

SLSGB became winner at the European Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships 2011

Surf Life Saving GB was again the host of this year’s European Inshore Rescue Boat Champs on Sunday 2nd October in Bournemouth on the south coast of England. The official opening ceremony was attended by The Worshipful The Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Chris Rochester and President of the International Life Saving Federation of Europe, Dr Klaus Wilkens who gave a stirring address and kindly closed the championships for us at the end of the day.

First EU Partnership EQF Seminar “Safer Europe by higher qualified Lifeguards” in Constanta

ILSE organises a project for the promotion of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and the improving of the standards of the qualification for lifeguards with a support out of the EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme. The ILSE Member Associations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Spain and United Kingdom participate in this project and are supported by their national EU Agencies. The Seminars are open to all other ILSE Associations, which can send their participants to the seminars on their own expenses.


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
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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