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.

Italy became new European Champion 2011 in Alicante / Spain

Twenty National Teams took part at the European Championships for the Open Class in Alicante (Spain). Italy could win with only 6 points difference to France, which became second. The third place claimed Germany 30 points behind the winner.

Under 62 Interclub teams became Rane Rosse Aquasport (Italy) with 502,5 points the best club team and European Champion of Interclubs.

Italy best team at European Championships for Juniors 2011 in Copenhagen

“…The European Junior Lifesaving Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark was a tremendous success. The host federation - Danish Swimming in cooperation with Sport Event Denmark, Surf Lifesaving Denmark, Team Bade and Wonderful Copenhagen held a most effective, professional and welcoming competition, which ran without fault or complaint from any participant or official…” reported Frank Nolan, ILSE Senior Vice President.

The overall winners of the EJC 2011 Denmark was the Italian Team before Spain and Germany.

ILSE Board Meeting in Dublin

The ILSE Board Meeting 2011 was organised by the Irish ILSE Member, the Irish Water Safety, in a very harmonic atmosphere in the Bewleys Hotel in Dublin, 24th – 26th June 2011. It was a great honour, that the Lord Mayor of Dublin welcomed the delegates and attended the dinner in the Fire Restaurant of the Mayor’s Mansion House in downtown Dublin.

Nineteen of the twenty Board Members, the four Commission Chairmen and the three Advisors were present. It was the first time that the Board was nearly complete.


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