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 and Bulgarian Red Cross mourn for StoyanSaev

With great regret and sadness we have to take note of the passing away of our friend and Honoury Life-Member of ILSE Professor Dr. StoyanSaev MD, on Tuesday11th August 2015 at the age of 86 years.
The former Vice President of ILSE (1994 - 2003) and Board Member of FIS (1989 - 1994) was Chairman of the Bulgarian Red Cross. The ILS awarded him the Grand Knight in the order of Lifesaving in 1994.
In his professional career Professor Dr. StoyanSaev MD was lecturer at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Education.

ILSE President Dr. Detlev Mohr honoured two committed supporters of ILSE

Dr. Detlev Mohr took the occasion of EC 2015 to award two long-standing supporters of ILSE in the field of lifesaving sport: He awarded Vice President John Martin and Chair of ILSE Sport Commission Bob Dekkers the title of Ambassadors of the European Order of Lifesaving for more than 15 years of distinguished voluntary service to lifesaving in Europe.

‘Half-time’ European Championships 2015

‘Half-time’ European Championships 2015
for National Teams and Interclubs in Swansea and Aberavon
16 National Teams took part at the European Championships 2015 in Swansea/Wales.


Upcoming Events

Date Country / Region Event Organised by
11/09/2018 Ireland European Lifesaving Championships Youth 2018 IWS
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
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