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About us

Israel Life Saving Federation (ILSF) is a nonprofit, community-based volunteer organization based on the world's leading water-safety model - Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA). Our goal is to prevent drownings across Israel through education and practical courses catered to all age groups from as young as 7 years old.

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Education

Israel Life Saving Federation is dedicated to preventing drownings by raising awareness of and teaching water safety and life-saving skills for all people over the age of 7. Our surf rescue classes are open to children, teens and adults on several beaches along Israel's coast during the swimming season. ILSF is also lobbying Israel's government to improve water safety education in schools.

Surf life saving

Our water safety volunteers are active members of the water safety teams at many of Israel's premiere swimming competitions, and also keep the participants in our own courses safe while they learn. Our volunteers hope to be able to offer their services to all of Israel in the near future - ILSF is working with the Interior Ministry to make civilian surf rescue beach patrols a reality in Israel, as they are in many other countries.

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Sport and fitness

Surf life saving is an international movement and sport. Israel Life Saving Federation is hosting the Maccabiah's first-ever surf life saving competition in July 2022, and will be hosting international delegations from around the world.

Community building

ILSF is a non-profit organization committed to reducing drownings and saving lives across all sectors of Israeli society. We seek to work with all communities and ethnicities in Israel in order to change perceptions of what constitutes safe beach behavior. The organization is dedicated to building national and local communities of volunteers and leaders who can advance aquatic rescue, marine environment education, water sports competitions and leadership programs. ISLF prioritizes diversity.

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Did you know?

Israel’s beaches stretch 350km over 4 different seas:

  • The Mediterranean Sea

  • The Sea of Galilee (Kineret)

  • The Dead Sea

  • The Red Sea

 Only 17km of beach are supervised 

Most beach drownings occur on  undeclared beaches and 60% of drownings occur when lifeguards are off duty.

 
 
Sign up for our classes and events 
  • ADULT VOLUNTEER WATER-SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE - DOR & JISR AL ZARKA BEACH
    May 13, 8:00 AM GMT+3 – May 20, 4:00 PM GMT+3
    Dor Beach and Jisr Al Zarka Beach, Dor Beach, Israel
    Course for adult volunteers who want to learn surf lifesaving techniques participate in surf lifesaving sports and volunteer with the ILSF in its many activities. Course covers water safety training. Course will include two Friday sessions.
  • Surf Rescue Course Ashkelon
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, May 23
    Ashkelon
    May 23, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Ashkelon, Dlila Beach, Ashkelon, Israel
  • BRONZE MEDALLION TRAINING AND BEACH FITNESS
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, May 27
    Location is TBD
    May 27, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Location is TBD
    Ongoing surf lifesaving training and beach fitness sessions in Herzliya and Tel Aviv on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Sessions are intended for volunteers who wish to take the Bronze Medallion training certification but are open to the public. Leave us your details and we'll send you updates and let
  • ADULT VOLUNTEER WATER-SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE - HERZLIYA
    Jun 10, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel
    Course for adult volunteers who want to learn surf lifesaving techniques participate in surf lifesaving sports and volunteer with the ILSF in its many activities. Course covers water safety training. Course will include two Friday sessions.
  • Teen Surf Rescue Course Herzliya
    Jun 21, 8:30 AM GMT+3 – Jun 26, 11:30 AM GMT+3
    Herzliya, HaTsedef St 3, Herzliya, Israel