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 ILS meets the IOC

Pictured in the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, are Graham Ford, the ILS President, Harald Vervaecke, the ILS Secretary General and John Martin, the ILS Event Director. They met with Kit McConnell, the IOC Sports Director, Jenny Mann, the IOC Head of Sport Partnerships and Co-Ordination, and Mike Joyce, the IOC Sports Co-ordination Manager on 6th March 2018. After a very positive discussion about the approach that the ILS will need to take to submit a bid for inclusion in the Summer Olympic Games programme, they then visited the Sports Department to speak with some of the key staff with whom they will collaborate as the ILS embarks on this exciting journey.

Early-bird registration period for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 closes in 10 days!

There are just 10 days until the early-bird registration period closes for national and club teams entering the ILS Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) Adelaide 2018. A number of nations and clubs have already successful registered for the Open and some for the Youth events to take advantage of the early team registration fees.

This is a reminder to all federations yet to do so, to register their national teams for the Open and Youth championships by the 19th February 2018 to get that early discount. We also ask that you urgently circulate this message to your club teams to encourage them to register for all events they are intending to enter.

2017 World Conference on Drowning Prevention Files Online

The presentations and videos from the 2017 World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP 2017) are now available online at!AstLS0HW0iL6jE1NDHhUM8OZapZs

The files will also be linked from the ILS Document Library over the next few weeks.

Warning for Volunteers Overseas

Sometimes volunteers want the opportunity to travel abroad to carry out training. Properly structured this can be commendably if it leads to sustainable projects but is not without risk. We recently learned of a group of volunteers who were subject to extortion whilst on such a trip. We recommend that, for your own safety, great caution is taken in planning or implementing any similar trips and that appropriate due diligence is carried out by, for example, making enquiry of an Embassy, High Commission or local charity group.

Enhancing Pool Lifesaving Sport Skills Across the Asia-Pacific

In mid-November 2017, 27 lifesavers from 10 Asia-Pacific countries attended the ILS Asia-Pacific Region’s Pool Lifesaving Coaching Workshop that was hosted by the Life Saving Society Malaysia (LSSM) in Penang, Malaysia.

The men and women lifesavers from Malaysia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Korea, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand participated in a two-day intensive theory and practical workshop learning details of pool lifesaving sport and refining their lifesaving skills.