|Title||International Water Safety and Lifesaving Education by ILS|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Farmer, ESM, N|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
Ã‚ÂSince formation of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) in 1994, there has been much work and effort contributed by dedicated volunteers from ILS Member Organisations in the development and implementation of a range of international education tools.
In 1996, the ILS introduced Following formation, ILS identified possible career paths, or lines of work for lifesavers and lifeguards and established a set of International Certificates to identify various achievement levels within each path. Each Certificate requires mastery of ILS-specified core knowledge and skill competencies. The International Certificate concept serves two purposes:
Twenty two (22) member organisations have either access to or have had their own lifesaving certificates certified as at least meeting the ILS standards. The list of ILS lifesaving certificates is increasing each year.
In 2000, the ILS introduced the International Water Safety and Swimming Education Guidelines as an international education standards framework. This framework is essentially a learn to swim and water safety programme formatted with achievement levels. Each level requires mastery of ILS specified core knowledge and skill competencies. The International Water Safety and Swimming Education Guidelines concept serves two purposes:
The ILS has also been active in developing a number of Position Statements including Use of International Certificates for Employment Purposes. The latest position statement titled “Swimming and Water Safety Education” will be released at WWS 2007.
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