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.

ILS Junior Competition Rule Book project

The ILS Sport Commission has undertaken a project to develop and publish an International Life Saving Federation Junior Competition Rule Book. All member federations are asked for their input to ensure it is reflective of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) programs and best-practices for Life Saving Sport Athletes. Please access the survey through the following link:

If you do not currently have a program, you will be directed to the comments section; we welcome your input regardless! Thank you for your participation and commitment to Life Saving Sport. Deadline for submission: February 27, 2019.

Honour for ILS Sport Commission Chair

The ILS is pleased to announce that Dave Thompson has been awarded the title of Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to surf life saving at the local, national and international level.

As ILS members will know, aside from his extensive work within Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), Dave has been the Chair of the ILS Sport Commission since 2008, and a member of the Commission since 2004. He is also a Knight in the Order of Lifesaving and a Life Member of SLSA. The ILS wishes to congratulate Dave on this significant honour.

Also honoured were Alan Inwood (AM) a Chief Referee at previous ILS Lifesaving World Championships, and Steve Strange (OAM), a key Results Official at the last Lifesaving World Championships.

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.

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