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.


Registrations for the ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2019 are now open

The ILS is pleased to confirm that the Registration site for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) 2019, that will be hosted by our colleagues from Lifesaving South Africa in Durban from 8th to 10th October 2019, is now live. Registrations can be made by following the link to the WCDP 2019 Website:

The WCDP 2019 will take place at the Albert Luthuli International Conference Centre in Durban, South Africa.

Lifesaving Sport Rankings (Stilwater events only)

The ILS is pleased to provide a link to the Lifesaving Sport Rankings website that has been created by Ruben van Erk, a web developer from the Netherlands. This database shows the rankings based on the times recorded in each event at major international and national stillwater competitions around the world. Visit the Competitive Lifesaving page for further details:

Reminder - WCDP 2019 Abstract Submissions close on 15th January 2019

This is a reminder to all who are intending to submit an abstract to be considered for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP) 2019. There is now less than one week to go as the system closes at midnight GMT on 15th January 2019.

To ensure that you submit your abstract in time, please visit and ensure that you select the "Create New User Account" option, even if you are already registered as a delegate.

Seasonal greetings to all ILS Members

On behalf of the ILS Board of Directors, the ILS HQ offers seasonal greetings to all members of the ILS family. As 2018 draws to a close, we thank all members for their hard work in reducing drowning in the world, and we look forward to continuing to be successful in the new year of 2019.

New members join the ILS family

During the recent meetings of the ILS Board of Directors held in Glenelg, Adelaide, Australia in November 2018, many new member federations were accepted into the ILS family as new members in various categories on 21st November 2018:

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