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 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.

ILSE and FIN Salvamento mourn for Angelo Lattarulo


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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