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.


2nd International course for K9 water rescue team instructor from 4 th to 15th August 2015 in Latvia

The 2nd course of Canine (K9) water rescue Instructor took place in the city of Jurkalne, Latvia at the Baltic Sea. This event was a result of a mutual cooperation between the International Lifesaving federation, the Belgian Lifesaving Federation and the Latvian Kennel Club. The person responsible for the course was Inguna Tihomirova, a Latvian K9 Water rescue Instructor. She invited 20 candidate instructors from 6 different countries. Latvia (9), Lithuania (1), Ukraine (1), Estonia (2), Belarus (1) and Russia (6).

Karel Mennes from Belgium, an International K9 water Instructor was invited to teach the course. He used the ILS approved programme and teaching methods. The instructor worked in assistance with Yuri Malev, K9 Instructor from the Ukraine.

Copenhagen Swim 2015

For the 10th time the Danish Swimming Federation is hosting the unique event TrygFonden Copenhagen Swim on Saturday the 29th of August. Approximately 3000 swimmers have entered to complete the 2km route in the beautiful settings of Copenhagen. If you are in or around Denmark, make sure to visit this festive event in the heart of Copenhagen.

European Lifesaving Championships 2015 Live Streaming

From 14.30 onwards on Monday 3rd and 4th August European Lifesaving Championships 2015 will be streaming the Finals of the European Championships National Teams live from the Welsh National Pool in Swansea.

You can watch all the action using the following link:

ILS announces WHO co-sponsorship of World Conference Drowning Prevention 2015

International Life Saving Federation (ILS) President Mr Graham Ford is pleased to announce that the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 is to be co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WCDP2015 is to be held in Penang, Malaysia from 4-6 November 2015. This will be the first time that the global drowning prevention community will meet since the publication by WHO of the Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer in November 2014.

Invitation to bid for the rights to host the 2020 Lifesaving World Championships

The ILS Board of Directors invites the Full Member organisations of ILS or Host Cities/Groups/Agencies/Organisations, preferably in cooperation with an ILS Full Member, to submit a Bid Lodgement to host the 2020 Lifesaving World Championships, abbreviated “Rescue 2020”.

The Lifesaving World Championship is the most important competitive event of the International Lifesaving Federation, organised every two years. It must satisfy many requirements and the goals of ILS.

15 June 2016 is the deadline to submit a Bid Lodgement.