The International Life Saving Federation is a Full Member with voting rights in the IWGA.
Since the Summer Olympic Games comprises only 26 International Federations, some member federations of the General Association of International Sports Federations decided at the GAISF Congress in 1980 in Monte Carlo (Monaco) to organise World Games for non Olympic sports.
For that purpose, the International World Games Association (IWGA) was created. The World Games are organised every four years (one year after the Olympic Games) in sports or sports disciplines, which are not (yet) in the Olympic programme.
The World Games (summer only) are held every four years and include over 30 sports.
Lifesaving Sport is on the programme of the World Games since 1985.