Logo of the DLRG
The Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. (DLRG) (German Life Saving Society) is a relief organization for water rescue in Germany. The DLRG is a non-profit, independent organization based on volunteers.

Table of contents
1 Tasks
2 Qualifications
3 History


The most urgent goal of the DLRG is the creation and promotion of all activities used to fight drowning. Additional tasks are:

  • Teach swimming and self-rescue to the public
  • Educate the public about the dangers of swimming and how to avoid them
  • Teach and train rescue swimming
  • Basic and advanced training in first aid
  • Help and support for water related activities
  • Providing lifeguards
  • Perform rescue related exercises and competitions
  • Environmental protection at, on and in waters.


The DLRG trains interested members as qualified technical personnel in the following ranges:


28 July 1912, a bridge between Binz and Rügen, Germany collapsed under the load of 1000 people waiting for a cruise steamer Kronprinz Wilhelm. Sailors of the German navy were able to save most people, but 17 people died because they could not swim, including seven children. This catastrophe caused the foundation of the "Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft (DLRG)" (German lifesaving organization) on October 19 1913 in Leipzig.

With 570,000 members in approximately 2,000 local groups, the DLRG is the largest voluntary water rescue organization of the world.