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Drowning Prevention

World Conference on Drowning Prevention

Every two years, the International Life Saving Federation brings together its member organisations and the world's leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers to present and discuss the latest research and thinking in drowning prevention, lifesaving, rescue, water safety, lifesaving sport and related fields at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention (WCDP). Various other conferences of interest to the ILS community are listed on the Conferences Calendar

World Drowning Report

The World Drowning Report aims to define the current global drowning problem, to identify the current state of drowning mortality data collection, to provide strategies to enhance and encourage better data collection and to provide opportunities for global learning from case profiles of countries with well- developed reporting systems and mechanisms.

World Drowning Report

Drowning Prevention Strategies

The ILS Drowning Prevention Strategies, a framework to reduce drowning deaths in the aquatic environment for nations/regions engaged in lifesaving, reviews strategies that have been introduced within member federations.

ILS Drowning Prevention Strategies (v2015)

Dr. Ian Mackie Medical Fellowship

ILS established a Medical Fellowship to provide young lifesavers and lifeguards with a link to the ILS Medical Committee continuing Dr. Mackie's belief in the importance of the link between medical issues and their practical application by lifesavers and lifeguards.

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Brazilian National Drowning Prevention and lifesaving Pool Conference

The First National Drowning Prevention and lifesaving Pool Conference was held in Brazil, São Paulo, July 2013, with attendance of 130 lifeguards and swimming teachers.

The motivation for such a pioner event was mainly two:

1. Although drowning resulting in death on pool is only 1.6% of all, it represents 50% of all death by drowning from 1 to 9 years old and was the main reason to celebrate the life on the event – to prevent it.

2. Gather the pool lifeguard together, professionals that usually work alone and isolated from any organization or lifeguard service. It was decided on this event, that Sobrasa will be organizing it every year from now on (next is at Minas Gerais – August 2014).

Moving forward towards accountable tourism

Santa Fe, Cebu, Philippines. With the goal of adopting the best practice standards in water safety and lifeguarding, the Municipality of Santa Fe, under the administration of Hon. Mayor Jose B. Esgana, initiated an International Certification on Water Safety and Lifeguarding from 02 July 2013 until 13 July 2013.

Drowning Prevention Tips – Cartoon Video

The ILS Americas Region and SOBRASA, the Brazilian Lifesaving Federation, are pleased to announce the production of a new drowning prevention video cartoon for kids.