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  • 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

  • Officials Panels

    The ILS Sport Commission at their recent meeting held on 22/24 May, 2015 in Leuven Belgium appointed the following groups: Championships Officials Panel and Officials Assessment Panel.

  • Referees 2016 Lifesaving World Championships

    The ILS Sport Commission has appointed the following persons to the positions of Chief Referee and Deputy Chief Referee for the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships to be held in Noordwijk-aan-Zee (Ocean events) and Eindhoven (Pool events) from 1st to 18 September, 2016.

  • Drowning: Prevention, Rescue, Treatment

    Since the first edition of the Handbook on Drowning in 2005, many epidemiological data have confirmed the burden of drowning in several parts of the world. Studies have increased the understanding of effective drowning prevention strategies, rescue techniques and treatment options. Much has been learned about submersion and immersion hypothermia, SCUBA-diving injuries, the life-saving preparations of water-related disasters and how to deal with forensic investigations.

  • 2015 CLERC

    A report from Radio-Canada on day one of the 2015 Canadian Lifeguard Emergency Response Championships (CLERC) in Gatineau:

    More information at: