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World Conference on Drowning Prevention

The ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) is one of the most important events on the calendar of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS). The World Conference on Drowning Prevention is a global conference offered by the ILS.

The purpose is to bring together the world's foremost experts, research, systems and information on drowning prevention, rescue, lifesaving and water safety for exchange, debate and further development that will lead to reduction of death and injury in all aquatic environments worldwide.

The next ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention will take place in:

The previous ILS World Conferences on Drowning Prevention took place in:

  • 2015: Penang - Malaysia: The 2015 ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention was organised by the Life Saving Society Malaysia during November 2015 in Penang, Malaysia. The presented papers can be found on: World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015. The website is at: http://wcdp2015.org

  • 2013: Potsdam - Germany: The fourth ILS World Conference took place in Potsdam - Germany. It was organised by the German Life Saving Federation (DLRG) under the guidance of its President, Dr. Klaus Wilkens PhD. The presented papers can be found on: World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2013. The website can be found on: http://wcdp2013.org

  • 2011: Da Nang - Vietnam : The third ILS World Conference took place in 2011 in Da Nang - Vietnam. It was organised by the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia under the guidance of Justin Scar (RLSS-Australia). The presented papers can be found on: World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011. The dedicated website is at: http://www.worldconferenceondrowningprevention2011.org

  • 2007: Porto - Portugal : The second ILS World Conference took place in 2007 in Porto - Portugal. It was organised by ASNASA in collaboration with ISN. The Conference was called "World Water Safety Conference". The presented papers can be found on: World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2007

  • 1997: San-Diego - USA : The first ILS World Conference took place in 1997 in San Diego - USA. The Conference was called "World Medical & Rescue Conference" and was organised by the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) under the guidance of its President B. Chris Brewster.