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.


LWC2016 Survey

The International Life Saving Federation wishes to keep improving the World Championships and therefore your opinion is very valuable to us. We issued a survey to identify what worked well and where improvements can be made for future World Championships.

Please follow this link to the Survey Monkey Rescue 2016 Member Survey:

Lifesaving 2016 great success

The last few weeks Eindhoven and Noordwijk were the place to be, during the World Championships Lifesaving 2016. Around 3700 Lifeguards competed in several categories for the medals. The organisation looks back on a great event!

Jolanda van Dalen, Chair of the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships is very satisfied about the championships. ‘We have succeeded to organise World Championships which were well appreciated by the participants and by the team and technical officials. I am so proud at all volunteers. They have done an outstanding job.’

New ILS Board - 2016 to 2020

The ILS Board of Directors 2016-2020:

2019 ILS World Conference on Drowning

The 2019 ILS World Conference on Drowning will take place in Durban, South Africa, 8 to 10 October, preceded by the ILS Commission and Board of Directors meetings that will start on 4 October.

Durban or the eThekwini Municipality is KwaZulu-Natal’s largest city. It is South Africa’s second most populous area and has the busiest port. It is the most popular domestic tourism destination due to its warm subtropical climate, attractions and beaches. The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 3.5 million making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. It is known as South Africa’s surf city, with a significant municipal lifesaving service and many private lifesaving clubs.

Dave Thompson Knight in the Order of Lifesaving

Dave Thompson, member of Surf Life Saving Australia and Chair of the ILS Sport Commission became Knight in the Order of Lifesaving in 2015. He received his award at a special celebration organised for him during the ILS Gala Dinner on 5th September, at the occasion of the ILS Elective General Assembly and Lifesaving World Championships in the Netherlands.

Dave Thompson was a Member of the ILS Sport Commission from 2004 to 2008 and became Chair of the ILS Sport Commission from 2008 to 2016. In The Netherlands he was re-elected Chair of the Sport Commission for the 2016-2020 period.

Dave Thompson was instrumental in the organisation of the Lifesaving World Championships in Geelong and Lorne in 2006, in Adelaide in 2012 and sits in the Organising Committee of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships. He lifted the Lifesaving Sports to higher levels.

As the Chair of the Sports Commission he was a pioneer in the introduction of the Youth in the Lifesaving World Championships.