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 successful at European Championships for Juniors 2009

For the second time our Dutch Member Association, the KNBRD Reddingsbrigades Nederland organised the European Championships for Juniors in Eindhoven, the event took place from 4th to 6th September 2009. Teams from 14 ILSE Member Associations (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) participated in the competitions. Winner was the team from Italy (619), followed by the teams from Germany (612) on the second and the team from Spain (501) on the third place.

DLRG mourns for Hans-Joachim Bartholdt

On 28th July Hans-Joachim Bartholdt deceased in his hometown Hannoversch Münden at the age of 81. DLRG’s long-standing President, Vice President and finally Honorary President committed himself to his organisation in an voluntary capacity until the end of his life. With Hans-Joachim Bartholdt, the lifesavers lose a great personality and a likeable person with outstanding specialist competence, while his family loses a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

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


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
08/03/2019 The Netherlands ILSE Commission Meetings 2019 ILSE/KNBRD
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
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