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.


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.

2019 World Conference on Drowning Prevention Bid Open

The ILS Board of Directors is seeking bids to host the 2019 ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP 2019). The ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) is one of the most important events on the calendar of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS).

The bidding documents can be found here.

Dr Matthew Sill Medical Fellow 2016/2019

ILS established a Medical Fellowship in honour of Dr. Ian Mackie, MD in order to continue his contribution to the international lifesaving community. The Fellowship provides young lifesavers and lifeguards with a link to the ILS Medical Committee continuing Dr. Mackie's belief in the importance of the link between medical issues and their practical application by lifesavers and lifeguards.

There were a number of exceptional candidates and the selection committee had a very difficult selection decision to make. ILS is proud to announce the appointment of Irish Water Safety volunteer Dr Matthew Sills as the Dr Ian Mackie Fellow for the next four years.

Lifesaving World Championships Handbook & ILS Competition Rule Book

In the 2015 update of the ILS Competition Manual, the ILS Sport Commission separated content that addresses the Lifesaving World Championships specifically from content that addresses the
rules, procedures and standards for lifesaving sport competition generally.

This resulted in two new publications: the Lifesaving World Championships Handbook and the ILS Competition Rule Book, which can be found here.