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Competitive Lifesaving

Rescue Series

Every two years the ILS organises the Lifesaving World Championships.

Sports Calendar

Other national and international lifesaving sports events are listed on the Sports Calendar.

Competition Events

An overview of the various Competition Events at lifesaving sports events.

Results & Records

Find the Results of National Teams, FIS World Championships, World Games, European Championships, European Surf Lifesaving Championships, European Junior Championships.

Records can be found at

Rules & Regulations

The ILS Competition Manual and rules on Anti-Doping and Event Sanctioning.

Lifesaving Sport Rankings (Stillwater events only)

For Lifesaving Sport Rankings in Stillwater events, visit the Lifesaving Rankings website.

This database has been created by Ruben van Erk, ( a web-developer from the Netherlands and contains the latest rankings based on the times recorded in all major international and national competitions for stillwater lifesaving sport. To ensure that your events are included, use the link within the website to request that your competition is added.


  • LWC2020 in Italy!

    Following the official allocation of the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC)2020 from the ILS Board in September 2016 to Italy, the Italian Swimming Federation is glad to announce that the forthcoming edition of the LWC will take place in Riccione (ITA) between Mid-September and Mid-October, exact dates to be confirmed later.

  • LWC2018 Programmes online!

    The ILS Sport Commission is pleased to confirm that the detailed competition programmes for the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) Adelaide 2018 have now been published as today marks the day 6 months from the first event on 16th November 2018. Please go to the LWC 2018 Website to view the different programmes for each championships

  • Lifesaving World Championships 2018 - Very successful Co-Ordination Committee meeting in Adelaide

    Members of the ILS Sport Commission and the ILS Event Director travelled to Adelaide for a very successful Co-ordination Committee (CoCom) meeting with the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC)from 8th to 11th September 2017.

  • Chief Referee and Deputy Chief Referee nomination form for LWC 2018

    Applications are invited from experienced and suitably qualified persons, who wish to be considered for appointment to one or more position of Chief Referee and/or Deputy Chief Referee at the Lifesaving World Championships - Adelaide 2018, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia from 15th November to 2nd December, 2018.

  • LWC Adelaide 2018 Meeting

    The team at LWC Adelaide 2018 were honoured to have Graham Ford (President of International Life Saving Federation (ILS) / Surf Life Saving Australia) in South Australia this afternoon to meet with John Baker (President | Surf Life Saving SA / Chair | LWC Adelaide 2018 Executive Committee) and the LWC Adelaide 2018 team.

  • LWC2016 Survey

    The International Life Saving Federation wishes to keep improving the World Championships and therefore your opinion is very valuable to us. We issued a survey to identify what worked well and where improvements can be made for future World Championships.

    Please follow this link to the Survey Monkey Rescue 2016 Member Survey:

  • LWC2016 British team announced

    GBR One Team is pleased to announce the selection of athletes for the Youth and Open National Teams who will compete at the 2016 World Championships.

    The 24 athletes were selected following a 6-month declaration process taking account of pool and ocean results and a national trial.

  • Argentinian Team at LWC2016

    The Equipo Profesional de Salvamento Acuatico (Argentina) confirms the Argentinian Team for the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships: Full list here.

  • Teams on Social Media

    There's just over three months to go until the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships in The Netherlands!

  • 29/8: Updated LWC 2016 Officials Appointments

    The Referees & Technical Officials preliminary appointments for the Lifesaving World Championships 2016 in Eindhoven & Noordwijk (The Netherlands) can be found underneath:

    ==UPDATE August 29th, 2016 (V8): there were very few changes