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.


The ILS meets the IOC

Pictured in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Headquarters in Lausanne, are Graham Ford, the ILS President, Harald Vervaecke, the ILS Secretary General and John Martin, the ILS Event Director.

They met with Kit McConnell, the IOC Sports Director, Jenny Mann, the IOC Head of Sport Partnerships and Co-Ordination, and Mike Joyce, the IOC Sports Co-ordination Manager on 6th March 2018.

After a very positive discussion about the approach that the ILS will need to take to submit a bid for inclusion in the Summer Olympic Games programme, they then visited the Sports Department to speak with some of the key staff with whom they will collaborate as the ILS embarks on this exciting journey.

Making Sri Lanka’s waters safe

Sri Lanka Life Saving (SLLS) is actively lobbying for the implementation of the National Plan for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention, which is yet to get off ground, while also imparting basic water safety education and survival floating techniques to thousands of school children with the aim of building a safer aquatic environment in Sri Lanka.

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ISA/ILS Water Safety Course in Holland

The Holland Surfing Association successfully ran their first of multiple ISA/ILS International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Courses in Scheveningen, the Netherlands on April 7-8, 2018.

Lifeguard course in the UAE

The UAE Swimming Federation - Lifesaving Committee organised an ILS International Pool Lifeguard Course at the start of April in Dubai (UAE). The course Instructors were Mr. Obaid Al Kaabi and Mr. Mohsen Abu Mosallem. The ILS wishes to congratulate the 22 students who passed the International Pool Lifeguard tests.

The UAE Swimming Federation is organising a second course in Abu Dhabi at the Emirates Heritage Club from 1 to 6 May 2018, which will be lead by Obaid Al Kaabi and two co-instructors: Mr. Mohsen Abu Mosallem and Mr. Yahia Mohamed.

Instructors Course Sharm El Sheikh

The Egyptian Diving and Lifesaving Federation organised an ILS International Instructors Course at the end of March in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt). 40 students from Egypt, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia participated. The ILS congratulates all the new instructors and is pleased the message of lifesaving will be spread more rapidly in Africa and the Middle East.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Country / Region
29/04/2018 International Pool Life Saving Meeting (MISP) Belgium
29/04/2018 Nando's RLSS Open Water Swim 2018 Mauritius
01/05/2018 Pool Lifeguard Course United Arab Emirates
06/05/2018 Belgian Pool Championships Belgium
12/05/2018 Isola d’Ischia Open (Beach event) Italy
12/05/2018 Città di Andora (1°part) cat.Es.A/R/J/C/S Italy
13/05/2018 Città di Gorizia cat. Es.A/R/J/C/S (Pool event) Italy
18/05/2018 French RESCUE 2018 France
19/05/2018 The 31st Japan National Pool Lifesaving Championships Japan
25/05/2018 ILSE Board of Directors Meeting 2018 Portugal
25/05/2018 ILSE Board of Directors Meeting 2018 Portugal
28/05/2018 Italian Championships Open (Pool event) Italy
30/05/2018 Italian Championships Open (Beach event) Italy
01/06/2018 Italian Championships cat. Es.A/R/J/C/S (Beach event) Italy
10/06/2018 Lazio cat. Es.A/R/J/Open (Beach event) Italy
19/06/2018 3rd International Water Safety Symposium Korea (South)
23/06/2018 National Youth Criterium cat. Es.A/Ragazzi Board Race/Beach Flag (Beach event) Italy
23/06/2018 2018 Lake Garda Surf Lifesaving Cup Es.A/Rag./Open Italy
23/06/2018 Orange Cup The Netherlands
10/07/2018 Italian Championships of cat. ES.A/R/J/C/S European Cup Open (Pool event) Italy
01/09/2018 ONK Ocean A/B/M The Netherlands
16/09/2018 2° Rescue Abruzzo cat.Es.A/Open Italy
22/09/2018 Città di Andora (2°part) cat.Es.A/R/J/C/S Italy
22/09/2018 Qualification World Championships 2018 - DLRG Cup Pool Germany
12/10/2018 CIPREA 2018 - 2nd International Congress on Drowning Prevention Spain
17/11/2018 Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Australia
TBA | 01/01/2019 Military World Games 2019 China