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 World Championships 2018 - advice about the format of the Oceanman, Oceanwoman and Mixed Ocean Lifesaver Relay events

The ILS Sport Commission is now publishing Technical Bulletin#2 July 2018 concerning the format and conduct of the Oceanman, Oceanwoman, and Mixed Ocean Lifesaver Relay events at the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018. This confirms that an 'M' shape course will be used in the National Teams Open and Youth heats and finals, in the finals of the Interclub Teams Open and Youth Championships, and in the finals of the Mixed Ocean Lifesaver Relay events. Furthermore in the finals of the Oceanman and Oceanwoman events for all National Teams and Interclub Championships an Eliminator format will be used. The Masters Oceanman and Oceanwoman events will use the standard course and format. The bulletin contains further information and the 'M' shape course diagram.

LWC2020 in Italy!

Following the official allocation of the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC)2020 from the ILS Board in September 2016 to Italy, the Italian Swimming Federation is glad to announce that the forthcoming edition of the LWC will take place in Riccione (ITA) between Mid-September and Mid-October, exact dates to be confirmed later.

Sanyo Bussan International Lifesaving Cup 2018

THE 11th SANYO BUSSAN INTERNATIONAL LIFESAVING CUP 2018, now internationally known as Sanyo Cup was held at Momochi Beach, Fukuoka, 23rd-24th June.

Welcoming 8 teams from 7 countries/regions, Australia, Hong Kong, Great Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, and Japan (Japan-A/Japan-B), have shown exciting and spectacular races for the two days. Japanese competitors raced very closely with Lifesaving Sports leading countries such as Australia and New Zealand at some events.

Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 gains a very important new patron

The ILS is very pleased to confirm that the honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, has accepted the role of Patron to the Lifesaving World Championships, LW2018, to be held in Adelaide this November.

A Surf Lifesaver himself, Mr Turnbull said “As someone who has long been involved with the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, I understand the importance of the work that our surf lifesavers undertake”.

“We should all be grateful that the time we spend on the beach, whether by ourselves or with family is often under the watchful and dedicated eye of a Surf Lifesaver who has chosen to dedicate their time to water safety” said Mr Turnbull.