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  • ILS Europe Board Meeting 2016

    The annual Meeting of the ILSE Board of Directors takes place in Lucerne, Switzerland from May, 20th – 22th, 2016.

  • The '125' Human Banner Challenge

    Human banners are a novel way to draw attention to a cause, an organisation or a product in a fun, simple and low-cost way that gets people directly involved.

  • Water Safety USA Launches

    Organizations Come Together to Decrease National Drowning

    Huntington Beach, CA, April 12, 2016 - Water Safety USA has been established by a consortium of national governmental and nongovernmental organizations concerned with water safety and drowning prevention. Water Safety USA aims to empower people with resources, information, and tools to more safely enjoy and benefit from our nation's aquatic environments. Water Safety USA will work to align safety advice from member organizations and magnify the reach of that advice in an effort to collaboratively improve water safety.

  • Sports Rules Updates

    A number of updates were posted in the Sports Rules Section of the website (

  • Today 23 years ago...

    Today 23 years ago the Fédération Internationale de Sauvetage Aquatique (FIS) and World Life Saving (WLS) were merged into a single, worldwide lifesaving organisation known as the International Life Saving Federation (ILS).

    On the same day FIS and WLS agreed on a draft ILS Constitution and draft Bye-Laws and elected an interim Board of Directors tasked to set up the final merger between FIS and WLS under the Presidency of Kevin Weldon, AM (Australia - Surf).

  • Annual Meeting of ILSE Commissions

    The annual meetings of ILSE Commissions took place in Stockholm and Helsinki, January 22nd – January 24th, 2016.

  • New ILS Members: El Salvador, Jamaica, Phuket and Israel

    ILS welcomes the member organisations from El Salvador, Jamaica, Phuket (Thailand) and Israel into ILS Membership.

  • Dr Matthew Sill Medical Fellow 2016/2019

    ILS established a Medical Fellowship in honour of Dr. Ian Mackie, MD in order to continue his contribution to the international lifesaving community. The Fellowship provides 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.

  • Lifesaving World Championships Handbook & ILS Competition Rule Book

    In the 2015 update of the ILS Competition Manual, the ILS Sport Commission separated content that addresses the Lifesaving World Championships specifically from content that addresses the
    rules, procedures and standards for lifesaving sport competition generally.

    This resulted in two new publications: the Lifesaving World Championships Handbook and the ILS Competition Rule Book, which can be found here.

  • New USLA President

    ILS wishes to congratulate Peter Davis for his recent election as President of the USLA. He brings experience as Galveston's chief and extensive work in the USLA, the ILS Americas Region and ILS.