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.


Dr Wernicki awarded Paragon Award for Aquatic Safety

Dr Peter Wernicki, Chair of the ILS Medical Committee has been awarded the 2015 International Swimming Hall of Fame paragon award for Aquatic Safety. The Paragon Awards are presented annually to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming. This year’s awards will be presented on Friday, June 20, 2015, at a ceremony in Santa Clara, California, USA.

Flood drowning prevention cartoon video Sobrasa and ILS Americas

Produced by Sobrasa and ILS Americas in English (versions in Portuguese and Spanish also) the “Flood Drowning Prevention Cartoon Video” is an effort to spread the flood drowning prevention message to children in a funny, uniform, easy to distribute and interesting way in Brazil and other countries of the world. By targeting children, we believe we can educate a new generation and create a trickle-up effect, whereby children educate parents.

Application Forms for Chief Referees and Deputy Chief Referees

The ILS Sport Commission is calling for applications from all interested and suitably qualified and experienced Referees for the positions of Chief Referee and Deputy Chief Referee for the various Championships at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships, to be held in Noordwijk aan Zee (Ocean events) and Eindhoven (pool events), the Netherlands, September 2016.

Applications close on 25th April, 2015 and appointments will be made by the ILS Sport Commission at their May, 2015 meeting.

Attached is the application form, draft programme and cover letter.

The applications for Technical Officials and other positions will go out in June/July, 2015.

Kind regards

Jelle Meintsma
Secretary: ILS Sport Commission

Closing date extended for submitting abstracts WCDP2015

The closing date for submitting abstracts for WCDP 2015 has been extended to 21st February 2015

Please take note that Abstract deadline for the first round abstract deadline has been extended until Friday 21st February 2015.

We encourage all those interested in presenting at WCDP2015 to submit prior to this closing date as first round abstracts will be prioritised, and any additional round may be restricted to targeted thematic areas.

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