Who we are

The Royal Belgian Swimming and Life Saving Federation (KBZRB-FRBNS) was founded in 1902. Lifesaving was strongly incorporated in the Federation at the beginning and Belgium was even a founding member of the Fédération Internationale de Sauvetage Aquatique (FIS) on 27 March 1910.

With the raising attention given to swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming, diving, etc, attention on lifesaving was more and more deemed to die in the KBZRB. This was the reason to create independently first the Flemish/Dutch Life Saving Association (VRC) on 9 November 1985 and later the Walloon/French (LFBS) and German (DRV) associations and at last the Belgian Life Saving Federation in 1989.

The KBZRB changed its name into the Royal Belgian Swimming Federation (KBZB) and passed all responsibilities, awards and rights concerning lifesaving onto the Belgian Life Saving Federation.

About

The BLSF counts over 7,000 individual members in over 75 clubs. Over 150 community swimming pools, 50 diving clubs and 70 swimming clubs are member of the BLSF. Every year teachers train over 1,800 lifeguards and organise refreshing courses for over 5,000 lifesavers. Over 5,000 certificates are issued per year. Six people are working full-time in the Federation's regional branches.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is composed of representatives of the two regional bodies set up as official non profit associations, as follows:

President: Landrain Luc (LFBS).
Vice-President: Dr. Vervaecke Harald, PhD (VRC)
Secretary General: Van Den Broeck Luc (VRC)
Deputy Secretary General: (LFBS)
Members: Flor Bosmans (VRC), Jean-Louis Carlier (LFBS), Didier Clerens (LFBS), Wim Nuyens (VRC), Verhelst Philippe (LFBS), Rik Voorhelst (VRC)

Regional Federations

The Belgian Life Saving Federation is grouping three regional federations:

Walloon/French:
Ligue Francophone Belge de Sauvetage (LFBS) asbl

Flemish/Dutch:
RedFed - Vlaamse Reddingsfederatie

German:
Deutschsprachige Rettungsverein (DRV)

Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors of the BLSF is composed as follows:

President: Landrain Luc.
Vice-President: Dr. Vervaecke Harald, PhD
Secretary General: Van Den Broeck Luc
Deputy Secretary General: Didier Clerens

Recognition

The Belgian Life Saving Federation is a founding member of the Fédération Internationale de Sauvetage Aquatique (FIS) in 1910 and of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) in 1993. The BRF-FBS is a full and voting member of ILS.

Members of the BRF-FBS are involved in ILS as follows:

Dr. Harald Vervaecke PhD, Vice-President of the BRF-FBS is the Secretary General of the ILS.
Rik Voorhelst, Board Member is a Member of the Board of Directors of ILS-Europe.
Frans Kenis is a Member of the Sports Commission of ILS.
The BRF-FBS is a full and voting member of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC). The BRF-FBS and its regional bodies are all recognised by the Regional Ministries of Sports.

What we do

Education

The three regional bodies have nearly the same lifesaving education programme. They prepare children and youngsters to bronze, silver and gold awards in lifesaving, in survival swimming, in escape from sinking car tests and in resuscitation techniques.

Once 17 years old, boys and girls can follow the official lifesaving courses and prepare themselves for the legally recognised pool, open water and surf/beach lifesaving certificates. When they have reached this level, they can follow different types of specialisation certificates such as pool lifeguard, beach lifeguard, rescue diver, boat rescuer, ...

Each year, the lifeguard must follow a refreshing course in order to maintain his lifeguard status. All educational programmes of the Federation are recognised by the three respective Regional Governments. The National Government has officially recognised the ILS certificates, which means that foreigners can work with these certificates in Belgium.

Lifesaving Sport

The Belgian Life Saving Federation and its Regional Branches also manage lifesaving competitions.

They organise championships at club, province and national level in swimming pools and beach/ocean/open water.

The Federation has four types of trainers levels, in accordance with the European Educational Standards for Coaches, namely:
Club trainer,
Trainer B,
Trainer A and
Top Trainer.

For referees, the Federation created three levels of refereeing namely:
Club referee,
National referee and
International referee (according to ILS standards).

Contact

Administrative Seat:
Gemeenteplein 26
3010 Kessel-Lo (Leuven)
T: +32 16 353500
F: +32 16 350102
E: haraldvervaecke@hotmail.com

Social Seat:
Place des sports 1
1348 Louvain-La-Neuve
Belgium
T: +32 10 457545
F: +32 10 456465
E: d.ulweling@lfbs.org