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 Commissions met in Agia Napa (Cyprus)

The ILSE commissions meet regularly in January – this year in the Atlantica Aeneas Resort in Agia Napa at Cyprus from 14th to 16th of January 2011. The meetings of the 56 representatives of the member federations took place in a very good and constructive atmosphere. ILSE President and Vice-President of ILS Dr. Klaus Wilkens awarded Danny Bryant (SLSA Great Britain), Ortwin Kreft and Hemut Stöhr (both DLRG Germany) with the “Knight in the Order of Lifesaving”.

Lifesaving Session at the 3rd European Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in Budapest June 2011

The 3rd European injury prevention conference is a major international event bringing stakeholders in the prevention of accidents and injuries from Europe and other continents to exchange, debate and discuss the latest results in injury research, policies and practices.

A special breakout session about water safety, the prevention of drowning and lifesaving will be part of the EuroSafe Conference.

IRB Team of Saunton Sands SLSC became European Champion 2010


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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