The International Lifesaving 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.


ILS Welcomes the release of the WHO Global Report on Drowning

The World Health Organization’s first Global Report on Drowning: preventing a leading killer represents a major step forward in the global fight to reduce drowning.

Launched in Geneva (Tuesday 18th November 2014) by WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, the Report reveals that drowning claims the lives of 372,000 people each year and is among the ten leading causes of death for children and young people in every region.

The Report highlights:

Japan Lifesaving Championships

The 40th Japan National Lifesaving Championship was held at Katase Nishihama Beach from 11th - 12th October 2014 and was organised by the Japanese Lifesaving Association (JLA). 1,285 competitors from 57 teams who have won their way through the branch competitions gathered from all around Japan for the National Titles. The big swell from the recent typhoon hit the event making the races exciting.

With the men’s board race, 7-8 athletes were all catching the same big wave. The gold medal went to the first one to stand up and make a sprint with the board. Surf Skis were flying up high vertical in the sky. New champions rose in many events showing that the new generation is arriving. At the same venue, a Junior Lifesaving Programme ( CPR and beach flags demo) was also held.

World’s largest lifesaving event returning to Adelaide

Adelaide has won the right to host Rescue 2018, the Lifesaving World Championships. The international event is one of the first to be secured through the State Government’s $6 million Major Events Bid Fund, which was promised during the State Election and delivered in this year’s Budget.

Premier Jay Weatherill said the championships would bring thousands of people from more than 50 countries to Adelaide, and is expected to generate above $18 million for the state’s economy. This great event is the world’s largest lifesaving sport competition, with the athletes putting their important skills to the test”.

Release of the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2014

The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2014, which has been launched in Parliament House, Canberra on Tuesday September 30th, outlines the tragic loss of life to drowning in communities across Australia, in waterways of all types. 266 lives were lost to drowning in Australian waterways between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014. Royal Life Saving says this is a “moderate but promising” 10% improvement on the 2012/13 report (which had an adjusted total of 295 drowning deaths).

The key findings include:

New ILS Members

ILS Welcomes 4 new member organisations:

The National Lifeguard Association of Costa Rica "Asociacion Nacional de Guardavidas de Costa Rica" (Facebook page)
was approved for Full Membership in ILS.

New Corresponding Members: