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  • Volunteers rescue migrants along Greek coastlines

    The Hellenic Red Cross – Division of Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards has mobilised its volunteers and resources to support the organisation and the International Federation of Red Cross operations nationwide. The Water Rescue and Drowning Prevention section of the Red Cross has placed teams of volunteers from all over Greece, providing assistance in a rotation system per week, especially on the island of Lesbos. Those teams patrol the beaches, report to the Hellenic Coastguard when boats are on distress away from the coast, and provide assistance/rescue when people are near the coast.

  • The new ERC Guidelines on Resuscitation

    On October 15th 2015, the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) launched the new European Guidelines for CPR, based on new scientific evidence published since the last revision five years ago.

    The full 2015 Guidelines and posters for lay people and healthcare professionals are available for free at

  • Preventing the Drowning of Emigrants

    Drowning is preventable when appropriate strategies are identified and effectively implemented. There are many different circumstances in which drowning occurs, one of which involves emigration, including emigration of refugees seeking to escape war, persecution or natural disaster. Drowning tragedies involving emigrants in the Mediterranean Sea have recently attracted significant attention, but it is important to remember that drowning has always been a hazard for emigrants worldwide, wherever states are separated by water.

  • Royal Life Saving - Australia National Drowning Report 2015

    Royal Life Saving Society - Australia released their 21st edition of the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report. The latest Report found that 271 people died as a result of drowning in Australian waterways in the 2014/15 financial year. This figure represents a 6% reduction on the 10 year average of 288 drowning deaths and an increase of 2% (or five deaths) on the 266 lives lost the previous year.

  • The International Surf Rescue Challenge 2015

    After three days of tough competition Australia have managed to preserve their place as the champions of the International Surf Rescue Challenge finishing just eight points ahead of their rivals the Black Fins (New Zealand).

    “It was a fantastic event at Maroochydore Beach and while there was competitive rivalry between the countries there was also great comradery and friendship shown,” Graham Ford President of Surf Life Saving Australia and the International Life Saving Federation said.

  • International K9 water rescue team instructor course in Latvia

    The 2nd course of Canine (K9) water rescue Instructor took place in the city of Jurkalne, Latvia at the Baltic Sea. This event was a result of a mutual cooperation between the International Lifesaving federation, the Belgian Lifesaving Federation and the Latvian Kennel Club. The person responsible for the course was Inguna Tihomirova, a Latvian K9 Water rescue Instructor. She invited 20 candidate instructors from 6 different countries. Latvia (9), Lithuania (1), Ukraine (1), Estonia (2), Belarus (1) and Russia (6).

  • Copenhagen Swim 2015

    For the 10th time the Danish Swimming Federation is hosting the unique event TrygFonden Copenhagen Swim on Saturday the 29th of August. Approximately 3000 swimmers have entered to complete the 2km route in the beautiful settings of Copenhagen. If you are in or around Denmark, make sure to visit this festive event in the heart of Copenhagen.

  • European Lifesaving Championships 2015 Live Streaming

    From 14.30 onwards on Monday 3rd and 4th August European Lifesaving Championships 2015 will be streaming the Finals of the European Championships National Teams live from the Welsh National Pool in Swansea.

    You can watch all the action using the following link:

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    ILS announces WHO co-sponsorship of World Conference Drowning Prevention 2015

    International Life Saving Federation (ILS) President Mr Graham Ford is pleased to announce that the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 is to be co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    WCDP2015 is to be held in Penang, Malaysia from 4-6 November 2015. This will be the first time that the global drowning prevention community will meet since the publication by WHO of the Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer in November 2014.

  • Cyprus International Certificates

    The ILS Rescue Commission has approved the Cyprus Life Saving Federation's application for accreditation of awards. The equivalency table is posted at