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 2010 in Antwerp

The Belgian Lifesaving Federation LFBS organised the European Championships for Juniors in Antwerp and Lille, the event took place from 2nd to 4th September 2010. Teams from 14 ILSE Member Associations (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) participated in the competitions. Winner was the team from Italy (584), followed by the teams from Germany (550) on the second and the team from Spain (433) on the third place.

ILSE Board Meeting in Copenhagen

ILSE Commissions met in Bad Nenndorf (Germany)

The ILSE commissions meet regularly in January – this year in the DLRG Headquarters in Bad Nenndorf at 17th and 18th of January 2010. The meeting took place in the well equiped meeting rooms in a very good atmosphere. President Dr. Klaus Wilkens and Secretary General Dr. Detlev Mohr informed the 50 representatives of the member federations about new strategies and programs of the European Union like the European Qualification Framework and the European Year of Volunteering.

For more information about the topics of the discussions in the commissions please read the full article.


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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