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Rules & Regulations

The following is a listing of all lifesaving competition sports regulations.

World Life Saving Championships & ILS Sanctioned Competitions

In the 2015 update of the ILS Competition Manual, the ILS Sport Commission separated content that addresses the Lifesaving World Championships specifically from content that addresses the rules, procedures and standards for lifesaving sport competition generally.

This resulted in two new publications: the Lifesaving World Championships Handbook and the ILS Competition Rule Book.

The 2015-2019 edition of the ILS Competition Rule Book governs ILS championships and ILS sanctioned competitions during this period of time. As necessary before the next edition, changes to or clarifications regarding rules, standards or procedures for ILS competition will be published as bulletins.

For ILS world championships, consult the Lifesaving World Championships Handbook in conjunction with ILS Competition Rule Book.


Bulletins


Records

Most member nations of ILS organise National Lifesaving Championships both pool and beach-surf events. Records can be set if the event organisers comply with the ILS Event Sanctioning rules.


Policies


World Games Rules

ILS publishes specially adapted rules for the World Games.

  • World Games 2009 Rules
  • World Games 2005 Rules Supplement

European Championships Rules

The competition rules of the European Region in ILS are very similar to the ILS Competition rules except for the elements that are typically linked to Regional conditions. The latest rulebook can also be found on the ILS-Europe website.