The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) is the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international organisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport.


New USLA President

ILS wishes to congratulate Peter Davis for his recent election as President of the USLA. He brings experience as Galveston's chief and extensive work in the USLA, the ILS Americas Region and ILS.

We would also like to sincerely thank B. Chris Brewster for having served twelve years as USLA President and for having paved the way so brilliantly. Chris will continue to serve as President of the ILS Americas Region and will also serve as Liaison Officer for the USLA. He will remain fully involved in lifesaving in the US and internationally.

ILS Drowning Prevention Strategies

The ILS Drowning Prevention Strategies (2015) have been added to the website. This third edition of Drowning Prevention Strategies, A framework to reduce drowning deaths in the aquatic environment for nations/regions engaged in lifesaving, reviews strategies that have been introduced within member federations. The first edition was published on 10th July 2008 with the second and third editions adding and updating additional strategies following a review by ILS member organisations.

60th Anniversary Hong Kong Life Saving Society

The Hong Kong Life Saving Society (HKLSS) celebrated her Diamond Jubilee after 60 years of glorious lifesaving operations in grand style on Sunday, 8th Nov night with a sit down dinner for over 500 lifesavers in a huge hall. There were many awards and acknowledgements. The ILS President Graham FORD, and Vice-Presidents Mohamed SALEH MD and DR. Detlev MOHR PhD were there to share HKLSS's proud happiness.

The Science of Beach Lifeguarding - New book

ILS members can save 15% on a new book, The Science of Beach Lifeguarding, edited by Professor of Human & Applied Physiology, Mike Tipton, and Director of Rescue Marine Services Ltd, Adam Wooler. The book is an accessible and informative reference underpinned by the best current research. Divided into six sections, the key themes cover the context of beach lifeguarding, the physical environment in which lifeguards work, the environmental impact on potential casualties, practical lifeguarding techniques, physiological standards for lifeguards, and the importance of education in the preventative role that lifeguards play.

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International Lifesaving Caps of the World

The 'International Lifesaving Caps of the World' is a unique register featuring competition caps from all full member countries of International Lifesaving. This is the first and only international register of its kind. The register highlights the ‘national’ cap for each full member country and lists the clubs and teams in alphabetical order. Caps can be searched by country or by colour groupings, assisting referees, media and the public in identifying the country, club or team during competition.