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.


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.

Cyprus International Certificates

The ILS Rescue Commission has approved the Cyprus Life Saving Federation's application for accreditation of awards. The equivalency table is posted at

Referees/Technical Officials Lifesaving World Championships

The ILS Sport Commission is calling for applications from suitable qualified and experienced Referees/Technical Officials who wish to be considered to officiate at the various Lifesaving World Championships to be in Eindhoven (pool) and Noordwijk-aan-Zee (ocean and beach) in the Netherlands in September 2016. Details are set out in the attached notice and application form.

Applications should be sent to ILS Sport Commission, to arrive not later than the by 1st September, 2015 by:

  • E-mail:
  • Postal Mail: The Secretary: ILS Sport Commission, P O Box 572, Underberg 3257, South Africa
  • Fax: +27 (0)31 312 5612, Attention: Jelle Meintsma

Officials Panels

The ILS Sport Commission at their recent meeting held on 22/24 May, 2015 in Leuven Belgium appointed the following groups: Championships Officials Panel and Officials Assessment Panel.