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.

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.

Stop the dying in the Mediterranean Sea!

We – the members of the International Life Saving Federation of Europe (ILSE) – are devastated to see the pictures of thousands of refugees that have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Our thoughts are with all the victims and their families.

European Championships Youth and Masters 2015

The European Championships Youth and Masters 2015 are currently taking place in Torrevieja (Alicante)/Spain.
16 National Teams take part at the Youth Championships and show fair competitions. Athlethes, officials and spectators enjoy the sunny weather and friendly atmosphere.
You will find the results on the official website of the hosting ILSE Member Real Federación Española de Salvamento y Socorrismo (RFESS)


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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