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 Board has met in Paralimni (Cyprus)

The ILSE Board of Directors came from 8th till 10th of May 2009 to Paralimini (Cyprus) for its annual meeting in the spring. The meeting took place in a very good atmosphere. The Board of Directors decided unanimously

European Championships for Juniors

The European Championships for Juniors took place from September 9th to 13th 2008 in the remarkable swimming pool of Eindhoven and at the broad beach of Scheveningen in The Netherlands.

"The event was perfect organized by the Dutch Lifesaving Federation KNLRB. 13 teams took part. The spectators have seen exciting high level and fair competitions. Seven European Records for Juniors were broken." The Italian team was the winner in the pool (591 points), followed by Germany (580 points) and Spain (455 points).

2008 ILSE General Assembly in Berlin

The General Assembly of ILSE was organised in conjunction with the RESCUE 2008 World Championships in Lifesaving (see and the ILS General Assembly in Berlin/Germany on 18th July 2008.

After 34 years of duty, the Senior Vice President Bertil Werner (Sweden) stepped back from his position. The Secretary General, Dr. Dirk Bissinger (Germany) left to take over a new position within ILS.


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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