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.


Rescue 2014 SERC Reference Guide

The ILS Sports Commission has designed SERC Marking and Weighting Judge Guidelines to be used as a reference guide during Rescue 2014.

The purpose of this document is to provide coaches, competitors, judges, and officials with:

  • A broad understanding of the principles of judging the Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) event.
  • The structure and content of judging sheets aligned to the priorities and principles of rescue outlined in the current edition of the ILS Competition Manual.

ILS Competition Manual - Technical Bulletin 2: Manikin Carry

New changes have been implemented in the ILS Competition Manual related to carrying and towing the manikin.

These can be found on ILS Competition Manual - Technical Bulletin 2 - Manikin Carry - June 10, 2014 and have been added to the Rules and Regulations page.

The rationale for the rule changes were to decrease the number of disqualifications and improve the performance of Competitors and provide rule clarification for Competitors, Coaches and Officials.

2018 Lifesaving World Championships

The host for the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships will be appointed by the ILS Board of Directors at its September 2014 meetings.

The Lifesaving World Championship is the most important competitive event of the International Lifesaving Federation, organised every two years. It must satisfy many requirements and the goals of ILS.

The bid documents were:

World Conference 2015 website online

The website of the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 (WCDP2015), held in Penang, Malaysia is online at .

Upcoming Events

Date Event Country / Region
14/09/2014 Rescue 2014 France
15/09/2014 ILS Board of Directors Meeting 2014 France
15/11/2014 BeNe Cup 2014 Netherlands
30/11/2014 UAE National Lifeguard Championship 2014 United Arab Emirates
16/01/2015 RLSSA Australian Pool Life Saving Championships 2015 Australia
17/03/2015 The 6th International Conference on Swimming Pool and Spa Netherlands
TBA | 29/10/2015 ILS Board of Directors Meeting 2015 Malaysia
TBA | 03/09/2016 ILS General Assembly 2016 Netherlands
TBA | 03/09/2016 ILS Board of Directors Meeting 2016 Netherlands