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 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.

European Board of Directors has met in Cavtat/Croatia

This year’s Board of Directors (BOD) meeting of the European Branch of the International Life Saving Federation was held once again in Cavtat, close to Dubrovnik in Croatia from April 18th to 20th. The last BOD-meeting in Croatia took place in 2001; last year’s BOD-meeting took place in Belgrade, Serbia and in 2009, the BOD will meet in Cyprus. Great thanks have to be given to our Croatian Full Member for all preparatory work before and the efforts and hospitality during the meeting.


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
08/03/2019 The Netherlands ILSE Commission Meetings 2019 ILSE/KNBRD
24/05/2019 Cyprus ILSE Board of Directors Meeting 2019, Cyprus CLSF/ILSE
17/09/2019 Italy European Lifesaving Championships 2019 in Italy ILSE / FINS
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