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.


Call to Bid for the 2022 Lifesaving World Championships

The ILS Board of Directors invites the Full Member organisations of ILS or Host Cities/Groups/Agencies/Organisations, preferably in cooperation with an ILS Full Member, to submit a Bid Lodgement to host the 2022 Lifesaving World Championships (LWC 2022).

The World Championships typically involve between 4,000 and 5,000 competitors and officials and last some 12-14 days.

Interested parties can find the Bidding Documents here:

Lifesaving at The World Games 2017

National Team Athletes and Officials from Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland and Spain are preparing to partake in the Lifesaving events at The World Games 2017, held in Wroclaw, Poland from the 20th until the 30th of July.

The Opening Ceremony of the 10th edition of The World Games will take place on 20 July 2017 in the Municipal Stadium of Wroclaw.

Do not hesitate to have a look at the sports programme and venues location at

JLA and Surf Life Saving Australia

Surf Life Saving Australia welcomed a delegation of 8 from the Japan Lifesaving Association including President Mr Takuya Iritani and ILS Board member Ms Chiharu Aizawa for 4 days, to share knowledge and information to achieve a world free from drowning.

Congratulations to ILS President Graham Ford

ILS President Graham Ford AM was awarded Life Membership of Surf Life Saving Australia 25th February 2017. Graham was Bronte Club President for 11 years and is in his 7th year as President of Surf Life Saving Australia and 5th year as the President of the International Life Saving Federation which represents 130 countries and has 30 million life saving members world wide.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Country / Region
02/04/2017 Luca Lerario cat. ES.A/Rag. Italy
10/04/2017 Stage de formation des entraineurs Morocco
17/04/2017 Stage de formation des entraineurs Morocco
21/04/2017 2017 World Masters Games New Zealand
22/04/2017 Italian Championships (Open) Italy
22/04/2017 Campionati Italiani Assoluti Italy
22/04/2017 2017 World Masters Games - Surf Life Saving New Zealand
14/05/2017 Trofeo Città di Andora – Prove Oceaniche (1^ stage) Italy
15/05/2017 Stage de formation des entraineurs Morocco
25/05/2017 2017 European Life Saving Championships for Masters Spain
27/05/2017 Trofeo Nazionale “Isola d’Ischia” (Open) Italy
03/06/2017 2017 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships Canada
08/06/2017 Italian Championships (Beach Event) of cat. Es.AR/J/C/S Italy
10/06/2017 Italian Championships (Beach Event) Open Italy
12/06/2017 Italian Championships (Open) Italy
16/06/2017 Drowning Prevention Week United Kingdom
13/07/2017 Italian Championships of cat. ES.A/R/J/C/S Italy
20/07/2017 World Games 2017 Poland
08/08/2017 RLSS Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving South Africa
10/08/2017 Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving Australia
21/08/2017 Stage de formation des entraineurs Morocco
03/09/2017 2017 European Life Saving Championships for National Teams and National Teams Youth Belgium
14/09/2017 2017 European Life Saving Championships for IRBs Germany
23/09/2017 Trofeo Città di Andora – Prove Oceaniche (2^ stage) Italy
17/10/2017 World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2017 Canada
20/10/2017 African Championships Morocco
30/11/2017 International Surf Rescue Challenge 2017 (ISRC) New Zealand
04/04/2018 Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Australia
17/11/2018 Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Australia
TBA | 01/01/2019 Military World Games 2019 China