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.


Sports Rules Updates

A number of updates were posted in the Sports Rules Section of the website (

SERC Coaches, Competitors and Technical Officials Guide April 12, 2016
The purpose of this document is to provide coaches, competitors, judges and technical officials with a broad understanding of the principles of judging the Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) event as well as the structure and content of judging sheets aligned to the priorities and principles of rescue outlined in the current edition of the ILS Rule Book.

Water Safety USA Launches

Organizations Come Together to Decrease National Drowning

Huntington Beach, CA, April 12, 2016 - Water Safety USA has been established by a consortium of national governmental and nongovernmental organizations concerned with water safety and drowning prevention. Water Safety USA aims to empower people with resources, information, and tools to more safely enjoy and benefit from our nation's aquatic environments. Water Safety USA will work to align safety advice from member organizations and magnify the reach of that advice in an effort to collaboratively improve water safety.

Today 23 years ago...

Today 23 years ago the Fédération Internationale de Sauvetage Aquatique (FIS) and World Life Saving (WLS) were merged into a single, worldwide lifesaving organisation known as the International Life Saving Federation (ILS).

On the same day FIS and WLS agreed on a draft ILS Constitution and draft Bye-Laws and elected an interim Board of Directors tasked to set up the final merger between FIS and WLS under the Presidency of Kevin Weldon, AM (Australia - Surf).

The International Life Saving Federation was finally constituted on Saturday 3 September 1994 in Cardiff (United Kingdom).

Annual Meeting of ILSE Commissions

The annual meetings of ILSE Commissions took place in Stockholm and Helsinki, January 22nd – January 24th, 2016.

The participants first met in the cold, but sunny City of Stockholm and started with a Viking Line ferry ship in the direction of Helsinki. On Board the annual Best Practice Seminar took place, this year with the topic of safety of bigger events on and near water like water sports, racing or show event. The meetings continued in the winter atmosphere of Helsinki. Many of the participants took the chance to dive into the icy water and to experience how to feel in such a situation when the ice is breaking and how difficult it is to leave the water without any help from outside. ILSE will inform about the results of the meetings.

New ILS Members

ILS welcomes the member organisations from El Salvador, Jamaica, Phuket (Thailand) and Israel into ILS Membership.