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.


Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 – 365 days to go – let the countdown begin as Registrations are now open!

Today marks exactly 365 days until the start of the Lifesaving World Championships that will take place in Adelaide - Australia in November 2018. Lifesavers from all over the globe will descend on South Australia for the 16-day event from 16th November to 2nd December 2018. The organisers are expecting this to be the biggest and best ever held with thousands of competitors, volunteers and officials from around the world participating.

New Members

During the recent meetings of the ILS Board of Directors held in Vancouver in Octobre 2017, several new member federations were accepted into the ILS family as new members in various categories.

World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2021 - call for bids

The ILS is pleased to issue the invitation to bid for the rights to host the 2021 World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP).

The WCDP is one of the most important events on the calendar of ILS.

It should be noted that, depending on the number of bids received, the WCDP 2023 event may also be awarded.

The best attended World Conference on Drowning Prevention ends in Vancouver

With over 1,200 participants from 60 countries, the ILS World Conference on Drowning Prevention was the best attended ILS Conference ever. The Organising Committee noted 805 registered delegates, over 150 exhibitors, over 75 volunteers and workforce and over 150 accompanying persons. The conference, hosted by Lifesaving Society Canada in Vancouver (British Columbia) from 17th to 19th October was a huge success and certainly lived up to its overall theme of Share Globally, Prevent Locally. We thank Lifesaving Society Canada for their excellent hospitality in Vancouver. Now, the responsibility has been passed from Lifesaving Society Canada to Lifesaving South Africa who will host the next WCDP in Durban in October 2019.

Royal Life Saving Bahrain

At the ILS Board of Directors meetings in conjunction with the World Conference of Drowning Prevention 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, the Royal Life Saving Bahrain, for the occasion represented by HRH Shaikha Nayla Bint Ebrahim Bint Hamad Al-Khalifa, has been accepted as a Full Member organisation in the ILS.