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Organisation Membership

The International Life Saving Federation is an International, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that is composed of national, not-for-profit, non-governmental lifesaving organisations as full and voting members and other organisations as non-full and non-voting members.

  • FULL MEMBERSHIP (voting member)

    Full membership may be granted to a lawfully incorporated national non-profit organisation that is a leader or provider of drowning prevention, lifesaving and/or lifesaving sport activities in its Nation. Subject to the payment of the annual fee, designated representatives of Full Members have attendance and voting rights at Elective and Extraordinary General Assemblies, the right to nominate candidates to the Board of Directors, Commissions and Committees and such other rights and responsibilities as are set out in the Constitution and Bye-Laws. Only Full Members may compete in the ILS World Championships.

  • ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP (non-voting member)

    Associate membership may be granted to a lawfully incorporated national non-profit organisation that is a leader or provider of drowning prevention, aquatic lifesaving and/or lifesaving sport activities in its Nation. Subject to the payment of the annual fee, designated representatives of Associate Members may attend and, subject to the consent of the relevant meeting Chair, address an ILS meeting, but do not have the right to vote. Associate Members must pay 50% of the membership fees of a Full Member.

  • CORRESPONDING MEMBERSHIP (non-voting member)

    Corresponding membership may be granted to a lawfully incorporated non-profit organisation that is a leader or provider of drowning prevention, aquatic lifesaving and/or lifesaving sport in its Nation. This status is not appropriate for Regional Branches of Full, Associate or Corresponding Members in a Nation. It may only be granted to Organisations that are independent of existing ILS Full, Associate or Corresponding members. Subject to the payment of the annual fee, designated representatives of Corresponding Members may attend and, subject to the consent of the relevant meeting Chair, address an ILS meeting, but do not have the right to vote. Corresponding Members must pay 10% of the membership fees of a Full Member.

  • PARTNER (non-voting member)

    Partnership status may be granted by the ILS Board of Directors to international corporations, non-profit organisations, government bodies, and educational and research institutes with a global interest in aquatic lifesaving, drowning prevention and/or lifesaving sport. Subject to the payment of the annual fee, designated representatives of Partners may attend and, subject to the consent of the relevant meeting Chair, address an ILS meeting, but do not have the right to vote. Partners must pay 10% of the membership fees of a Full Member.

  • INSTITUTIONAL MEMBER (non-voting member)

    An Institution Member of ILS is one that supports the Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals of ILS and actively participates in drowning prevention activities. The Institution Member may be a private organisation, a semi-government or government agency or a not-for-profit organisation. Subject to the payment of the annual fee, designated representatives of Institutional Members may attend and, subject to the consent of the relevant meeting Chair, address an ILS meeting, but do not have the right to vote. Partners must pay 10% of the membership fees of a Full Member.

Procedure

If your national lifesaving organisation wishes to join the International Life Saving Federation, you are invited to send the following in digital format to the ILS Headquarters:

  1. The application form
    in English
    or in Spanish duly completed (all questions must be answered).
  2. A copy of the Statutes (Constitution) of your organisation.
  3. A high resolution copy of your organisation's logo (in colours and in black/white, formatted as JPEG, GIF, PSD or PNG).
  4. The payment of the appropriate membership fee. If the application is not approved by ILS, the fee will be reimbursed, less bank costs.

No applications can be considered until the above three files and the payments of the fee are received.

Fees are payable to:

ILS, Gemeenteplein 26, 3010 Leuven, Belgium

Bank account details:
BNP Paribas Fortis, Diestsesteenweg 99, 3010 Leuven, Belgium.
IBAN account number BE91 0012 4219 9376
BIC or swift code: GEBABEBB

We welcome your organisation in the worldwide lifesaving family.

Fees

Member Fee in 2017 Fee in 2018 Fee in 2019 Fee in 2020
Full Member of Category A 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
Full Member of Category B 1,800 1,800 1,800 1,800
Associate Member of Category B (50%) 900 900 900 900
Corresponding Member of Category B (10%) 180 180 180 180
Full Member of Category C 450 450 450 450
Associate Member of Category C (25%) 225 225 225 225
Corresponding Member of Category C (25%) 45 45 45 45
Partner (20% of Full Member cat B) 360 360 360 360
Institutional Member (20% of Full Member cat B) 360 360 360 360
  • The normal rates are of category B, unless your organisation belongs to a nation that is listed as a low income nation (see list below) in which case you pay the category C rates.
  • New Full Members of category C pay the reduced fee of 150 Euro/year during the first 4 years. Upon request of the Region, this period of reduced fees can be extended.
  • Category A is for Full Member organisations that choose to be upgraded and pay a higher membership fee to financially support ILS.

The following nations are included in the Category C list:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea North, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia Federal States, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Marianas Islands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau Islands, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa (Western), Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.