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.


100 years Reddingsbrigade Netherlands

On 16 September 1917, the Dutch Founding Meeting of the Dutch Federation for Rescue of Drowning Victims (Reddingsbrigade Netherlands) took place on the initiative of five rescue brigades from Den Bosch, Amsterdam, Breda, The Hague and Haarlem.

Lifesaving World Championships 2018 - Very successful Co-Ordination Committee meeting in Adelaide

Members of the ILS Sport Commission and the ILS Event Director travelled to Adelaide for a very successful Co-ordination Committee (CoCom) meeting with the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC)from 8th to 11th September 2017.

Nominations from Technical Officials for LWC Adelaide 2018 are now closed

The online application process for Technical Officials to nominate to be considered for appointment at the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 has now closed. There were 350 applications. Having checked and removed duplicates there are now 330 applications from 26 countries that will go forward to the appointment process. Member federations will soon be receiving lists of those who have applied from their federation to seek endorsement that their application is valid, they are in good standing, and that they are suitable for the positions for which they have applied.

WHO to co-sponsor WCDP2017

We are delighted to announce that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted to co-sponsor the ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention, to be held in Vancouver – Canada from 16 to 20 October 2017.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. As of 2015, the WHO has 194 member states: all of them Member States of the United Nations except for the Cook Islands and Niue. A state becomes a full member of WHO by ratifying the treaty known as the Constitution of the WHO.