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.


The best attended World Conference on Drowning Prevention ends in Vancouver

With 805 delegates from 60 countries, the ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention was the best attended ILS conference ever. The conference, hosted by Lifesaving Society Canada in Vancouver from 17th to 19th October was a huge success and certainly lived up to its overall theme of Share Globally, Prevent Locally. We thank Lifesaving Society Canada for their excellent hospitality and organisation at WCDP 2017, and now the responsibility has been passed from Lifesaving Society Canada to Lifesaving South Africa who will host the next WCDP in Durban in October 2019.

Royal Life Saving Bahrain

At the ILS Board of Directors meetings in conjunction with the World Conference of Drowning Prevention 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, the Royal Life Saving Bahrain, for the occasion represented by HRH Shaikha Nayla EBRAHIM HAMAD AL KHALAFI, has been accepted as a Full Member organisation in ILS.

ILS Competition Rulebook 2015-2019 Revised Edition 2017 published along with the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Handbook

The ILS Sport Commission is pleased to confirm that the ILS Competition Rulebook 2015-2019 Revised 2017 Edition is now published in preparation for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018.

To accompany the revised Competition Rulebook, the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Championships Handbook, which sets out the entry criteria and event programmes, is also published.

Both documents are now available in preparation for the forthcoming launch of the online Registration system for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 which will be announced soon.

Programme for the ILS Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 confirmed

Following the recent CoCom meeting in Glenelg, Adelaide in September 2017, the ILS Sport Commission and the Local Organising Committee of the Lifesaving World Championships 2018 have now confirmed the overall programme for the whole event, which will see a total of 10 separate Lifesaving World Championships conducted from 16th November to 2nd December 2018. Work now begins on detailed programme planning for each event.

Preparations underway for the 1st ILS-Africa Conference & Championships

ILS Africa Region's President Dr Mohamed Hamed Saleh travelled to Morocco last week to meet Mr Mohamed Ali Gharbal, the President of The Royal Moroccan Federation of Diving and Lifesaving (RMFDL).

Together, they visited the Al Moggar Hotel where the First African Conference on Drowning Prevention (ADPC) and the First Lifesaving African Championship Delegates will be lodged. Furthermore, they both participated at a press conference with journalists and media professionals in Agadir. Next on their schedule will be a field visit.