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.


Call to Bid for the 2022 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 2022 Lifesaving World Championships (LWC 2022).

The World Championships typically involve between 4,000 and 5,000 competitors and officials and last some 12-14 days.

Interested parties can find the Bidding Documents here:


RESCUE13 International lifesaving meeting, held in Martigues, France since 2005, welcomes each october top athletes from France, Belgium and Spain and has recently become the final leg of The Euro Beachflags Tour.

70 years service commemorated

Jack Dearlove MBE celebrated his 90th Birthday on 6 May 2017. At the occasion, Jack was presented a 70-years’ service medal and plaque by Alan Whelpton, ILS past President and Life Governor, on behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) to commemorate 70 years of service.

ILS Welcomes Bloomberg Philanthropies Investment in Drowning Prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that drowning claims the lives of more than 60,000 children under the age of five and more than 360,000 people globally.

Chief Referee and Deputy Chief Referee nomination form for LWC 2018

Applications are invited from experienced and suitably qualified persons, who wish to be considered for appointment to one or more position of Chief Referee and/or Deputy Chief Referee at the Lifesaving World Championships - Adelaide 2018, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia from 15th November to 2nd December, 2018.