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.


ILS Signs Partnership Agreement with IOC-recognized International Surfing Association

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced a key strategic partnership with the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) to establish a universally recognized, global standard water safety course and certificate for Surfing and Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) coaches and instructors.

The ISA has teamed up with ILS to offer the International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course around the globe.

Portuguese Lifesaving Federation launches the 'Drowning Observatory'

The "Drowning Observatory" is a system created by the Portuguese Lifesaving Federation, to better account the drowning deaths in Portugal.

Currently, the world average death from drowning is one death every 1,5 minutes (372,000 per year), but this figure is much higher because it is not being properly accounted.

By better accounting the drowning, it will be possible to better understand the problem and to create prevention strategies for it.

ILS Surf Lifesaving Sport Receives a Boost in Phuket, Thailand

The ILS Asia Pacific Region held a Surf Lifesaving Sport Coaching Workshop in Phuket Thailand from 7 to 10 December 2016.

The aim of the workshop was to stimulate and facilitate increased lifesaving sport activity through focusing on coaching to build local capacity in beach/ocean lifesaving sport knowledge, skill and networks which with ongoing guidance and assistance will lead to an improved sporting opportunities and also contribute to a reduction in drowning death and injury across the Asia Pacific Region.

LWC Adelaide 2018 Meeting

The team at LWC Adelaide 2018 were honoured to have Graham Ford (President of International Life Saving Federation (ILS) / Surf Life Saving Australia) in South Australia this afternoon to meet with John Baker (President | Surf Life Saving SA / Chair | LWC Adelaide 2018 Executive Committee) and the LWC Adelaide 2018 team.

World Games Teams Announced

The following national teams will participate at the World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland:
New Zealand - Italy - France - Australia - Germany - China - Spain - Belgium - Japan - Poland (host nation).

Upcoming Events

Date Event Country / Region
24/02/2017 2017 NSW Championships Australia
25/02/2017 RLSS UK National Speed Lifesaving Championships United Kingdom
11/03/2017 2017 International “Floodfighter” Emergency Management, Flood and Water Rescue Master Class Hosted by Charlotte Fire Department, USA United States of America
12/03/2017 Trofeo “Lido delle Rose” ES.A/R/J/C/S Italy
02/04/2017 Luca Lerario cat. ES.A/Rag. Italy
10/04/2017 Stage de formation des entraineurs Morocco
17/04/2017 Stage de formation des entraineurs Morocco
21/04/2017 2017 World Masters Games New Zealand
22/04/2017 Italian Championships (Open) Italy
22/04/2017 2017 World Masters Games - Surf Life Saving New Zealand
14/05/2017 Trofeo Città di Andora – Prove Oceaniche (1^ stage) Italy
15/05/2017 Stage de formation des entraineurs Morocco
25/05/2017 2017 European Life Saving Championships for Masters Spain
27/05/2017 Trofeo Nazionale “Isola d’Ischia” (Open) Italy
03/06/2017 2017 Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships Canada
08/06/2017 Italian Championships (Beach Event) of cat. Es.AR/J/C/S Italy
10/06/2017 Italian Championships (Beach Event) Open Italy
12/06/2017 Italian Championships (Open) Italy
16/06/2017 Drowning Prevention Week United Kingdom
13/07/2017 Italian Championships of cat. ES.A/R/J/C/S Italy
20/07/2017 World Games 2017 Poland
08/08/2017 RLSS Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving South Africa
21/08/2017 Stage de formation des entraineurs Morocco
03/09/2017 2017 European Life Saving Championships for National Teams and National Teams Youth Belgium
14/09/2017 2017 European Life Saving Championships for IRBs Germany
23/09/2017 Trofeo Città di Andora – Prove Oceaniche (2^ stage) Italy
17/10/2017 World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2017 Canada
20/10/2017 African Championships Morocco
30/11/2017 International Surf Rescue Challenge 2017 (ISRC) New Zealand
04/04/2018 Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Australia