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Drowning Prevention

World Conference on Drowning Prevention

Every two years, the International Life Saving Federation brings together its member organisations and the world's leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers to present and discuss the latest research and thinking in drowning prevention, lifesaving, rescue, water safety, lifesaving sport and related fields at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP). Various other conferences of interest to the ILS community are listed on the Conferences Calendar

World Drowning Report

The World Drowning Report aims to define the current global drowning problem, to identify the current state of drowning mortality data collection, to provide strategies to enhance and encourage better data collection and to provide opportunities for global learning from case profiles of countries with well- developed reporting systems and mechanisms.

World Drowning Report

Drowning Prevention Strategies

The ILS Drowning Prevention Strategies, a framework to reduce drowning deaths in the aquatic environment for nations/regions engaged in lifesaving, reviews strategies that have been introduced within member federations.

ILS Drowning Prevention Strategies (v2015)

Dr. Ian Mackie Medical Fellowship

ILS established a Medical Fellowship to provide young lifesavers and lifeguards with a link to the ILS Medical Committee continuing Dr. Mackie's belief in the importance of the link between medical issues and their practical application by lifesavers and lifeguards.

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Asia-Pacific Drowning Prevention Development Through Collaboration

Norman Farmer ESM, President Asia-Pacific Region

Last week in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, more than 40 administrators and lifesavers from 15 Asia-Pacific countries gathered to share, learn and collaborate on drowning prevention capacity and capability building.

WCDP2017 Registration Open and Call for Abstracts Released

With the 2017 ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) one year away, delegates can now register online at This conference is a flagship educational event on the calendar of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS). It is a bi-annual opportunity to bring together the world’s foremost experts, research, systems and information on drowning prevention, rescue, lifesaving and water safety.

Rip Current Article Reply

The online scientific journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences has published a peer reviewed reply to an article on rip currents authored by USLA Statistics Coordinator Rick Gould and B. Chris Brewster (President of the USLA).

The article is in reply to an earlier article the journal had published on rip currents which Gould and Brewster say misinterpreted and thus misreported statistics on rip currents. As they note, rip currents are the cause of over 80% of rescues at surf beaches in the US and in some areas over 90%.

Creating a drowning chain of survival

A paper “Creating a drowning chain of survival” was published in Resuscitation Journal authored by David Szpilman, Jonathon Webber, Linda Quan, Joost Bierens, Luiz Morizot-Leite, Stephen John Langendorfer, Steve Beerman, Bo Løfgren. If you have personal interest in it, RESUSCITATION allows to send you an authors copy by request.

Creating a drowning chain of survival. Resuscitation (2014),

World Conference 2015 website online

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

Bangladesh Anchal and SwimSafe (BASS) research project

The CIPRB launched its “Bangladesh Anchal and SwimSafe (BASS)” research project at IMCI conference hall, EPI Bhaban, Mohakhali, Dhaka on 31 May 2014 at 10.00 am. The project is financially supported by the Grand Challenge Canada (Canadian Government).

Considering the emerging health problems, University of British Columbia, The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC) and International Drowning Research Centre-Bangladesh (IDRC-B) of CIPRB has jointly designed BASS research project to prevent unwanted childhood deaths in Bangladesh.

Drowning Prevention Grants Announced

ILS welcomes the announcement that The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), with funding provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is launching the Saving of Lives from Drowning Grants Initiative to fund 2-3 projects focusing on innovative interventions for drowning prevention in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Malaysia announced as host of WCDP2015

The International Life Saving Federation is excited to announce that the World Conference on Drowning Prevention will be held in Penang, Malaysia in October 2015.

The ILS Bid & Oversight Committee Chair John Martin said “ILS is happy and proud to have received three outstanding bids, the professionalism of all bids was beyond expectations.”

Lifesaving Society Korea donated PFDs to Philippine Lifesaving Society for drowning prevention training.

Drowning prevention equipment donation ceremony conducted in Manila on Oct 14th 2013. Lifesaving Society Korea (LSK) has collected PFDs and lifesaving equipment from its affiliated members for donation to Philippine Lifesaving Society (PLS). Collection has conducted during the summer in South Korea in 2013 with the assistance from Korea Coast Guard. All PFDs and other training equipment will be used for drowning prevention program such as “Swim to Survive” and “Bronze Medallion”. LSK will continue donation program to developing nations with large numbers of drowning.

For details, please contact Lifesaving Society Korea at