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.

European Lifesaving Championships 2017

European Lifesaving Championships for National Teams and Youth took place September
2th – 9th, 2017, in Belgium, Ostend and Bruges, hosted by Vlaamse Reddingsfederatie RedFed and Ligue Francophone Belge de Sauvetage LFBS,
which are elements of ILSE Member Belgium Life Saving Federation BLSF.

Here you will find the results:

DLRG with topic Swim Ability and Closing of Pools in the German Parliament

Water Safety Awareness Week of IWS

Last week ILSE Member Irish Water Safety launched a national campaign to highlight water safety:
'Water Safety Awareness Week'


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
11/09/2018 Ireland European Lifesaving Championships Youth 2018 IWS
28/09/2018 Finland Conference 'Learn to swim and Coach' Finland FSL
12/10/2018 Spain 2nd International Congress on Drowning Prevention CIPREA 2018 RFESS
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