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Together we can stop drownings in Israel

There were 248 drownings during Israel's 2021 beach season, 40 of them fatal. Israel Life Saving Federation seeks to prevent drownings throughout Israel through education and advocacy.

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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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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 hosted the Maccabiah's first-ever surf life saving competition in July 2022, with 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.

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