The International Lifesaving 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.


Survey on the Lifesaving World Championships

The International Life Saving Federation is willing to improve 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 2014 Member Survey:

2015 ILS Anti-Doping Rules

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirms that ILS has successfully incorporated all mandatory articles of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code into its Rules.

The new ILS Anti-Doping Rules will come into force on 1 January 2015. While monitoring the enforcement of the Rules, WADA might suggest amendments based on the practical application of these rules in the future if necessary.

The new rules can be found here:

“SOBRASA Rescue 2014” and “XIV International Symposium” in Brazil

The ILS Full Member Organization of Brazil, SOBRASA, and The Fire Department of Espirito Santo (CBMES), successfully implemented a joint event that included their annual sport lifesaving championship, a lifesaving symposium and a course for coaches/judges in Vitoria, Brazil during 18-22.11.2014.

Approximately 400 athletes, officials and distinguished visitors attended all the events.

A 1-day Lifesaving Sport Official’s Course took place for open water coaches and judges prior to the championship.

Conference Announcement and First Call for Abstracts

Join the World's leading experts in the areas of Drowning Research, Policy and Practice at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015.

The International Life Saving Federation is pleased to announce that the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 will be held in Penang, Malaysia from 4th to 6th November 2015.

The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 will focus world attention on the global burden of drowning, with a specific emphasis on the epidemic of drowning deaths in developing countries.

The WCDP2015 conference themes reflect the challenges of reducing the burden of drowning in the communities, nations, regions of the world.

The themes are:

ILS Welcomes the release of the WHO Global Report on Drowning

The World Health Organization’s first Global Report on Drowning: preventing a leading killer represents a major step forward in the global fight to reduce drowning.

Launched in Geneva (Tuesday 18th November 2014) by WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, the Report reveals that drowning claims the lives of 372,000 people each year and is among the ten leading causes of death for children and young people in every region.

The Report highlights: