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Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V.
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Abbreviation DLRG
Formation October 19, 1913; 104 years ago (1913-10-19)
Founded at Leipzig, Deutschland
Type NGO
Headquarters Bad Nenndorf, Germany
Membership (2016)
Official language
Key people
Hans-Hubert Hatje (President)
Parent organization
International Life Saving Federation
Website www.dlrg.de
Rescue boat of the DLRG
A German lifeguard
A rescue station of the DLRG

The Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V. (DLRG) (German Life Saving Association) is a relief organization for life saving in Germany. The DLRG is the largest voluntary lifesaving organization in the world.[1]


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 people about the dangers of swimming and how to avoid them
  • Teach and train rescue swimming
  • Basic and advanced training in First Aid
  • Help and technical safety support for water related activities
  • Providing lifeguards at public places
  • Perform rescue related exercises and water sports competitions
  • Environmental protection at, on and in waters.
  • Cooperation with German civil defense, especially concerning floods.


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


On 28 July 1912, a pier in Binz on the island Rügen, Germany collapsed under the load of 1,000 people waiting for the cruise steamer Kronprinz Wilhelm. Sailors of the German navy were able to save most people, but 16 people died because they could not swim, including two children. This catastrophe led to the foundation of the "Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft (DLRG)" (German lifesaving organization) on 19 October 1913 in Leipzig.

With almost 560,000 members in approximately 2,100 local groups, the DLRG is the largest voluntary water rescue organization in the world. Including donors, over one million people support the work of the DLRG.

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