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 of Directors Meeting 2016

The annual ILSE Board of Directors Meeting 2016 took place in Lucerne, Switzerland May 20th - 22th, 2016.
ILSE Member Schweizerische Lebensrettungs-Gesellschaft (SLRG) generously organised the Meeting in a pleasant atmosphere.

Board Members discussed in a friendly and constructive way several items i.e. about amendments of ILSE Constitution and Bye-Laws, decided about applications of the ILSE Commissions and financial matters.

Annual Meeting of ILSE Commissions

The annual meetings of ILSE Commissions took place in Stockholm and Helsinki, January 22nd – January 24th, 2016.

Statement of ILSE Member Hellenic Red Cross

The Hellenic Red Cross – Division of Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards has mobilized its volunteers and recourses to support HRC and IFRC operations nationwide. Especially at the island of Lesbos and regarding Water Rescue and Drowning Prevention, Red Cross – Division of Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards has placed teams of volunteers from all over Greece, providing assistance in a rotation system per week. Those teams patrol the beaches, report to the Hellenic Coastguard when boats are on distress away from the coast, and provide assistance/rescue when people are near the coast.


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
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
01/03/2019 The Netherlands ILSE Commission Meetings 2019 ILSE/KNBRD
01/05/2019 Cyprus ILSE Board of Directors Meeting 2019, Cyprus CLSF/ILSE
01/09/2019 Italy European Lifesaving Championships 2019 ILSE / FINS
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