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.

Meeting of ILSE working group 'Disaster operations'

ILSE Working group 'Disaster operations' met last weekend in Bad Nenndorf, Germany.
14 experts from 8 ILSE Member countries discussed how to enhance the co-operation and interoperability in case of a flooding within the ILSE and exchange expertises, training methods and operational procedures.

The next meeting will take place in November 2018.

Annual Meetings of the ILSE Commissions

The meeting 2018 of the ILSE Commissions took place in Belgrade, Serbia,
March 9-11, organised by ILSE Member Red Cross of Serbia.

The meeting weekend started with the annual Best Practice Seminar: several speakers and experts of ILSE Members presented the newest information about drones in water rescue services and informed about the efforts, chances and problems to integrate refugees. The presentations were followed by a workshop to install and use national drowning statistics.

Campaign Drowning Prevention in Czech Repuclic

President David Smejkal of ILSE Member Water Rescue Service of Czech Red Cross informs about a campaign to prevent drownings in Czech Republic, focused on childs.
Czech Red Cross is official partner for the last two years and is looking forward to continuing this project in 2018 as well.
Here you will find some more information about the campaign.


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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