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Lifesaving World Championships

Every two years the International Life Saving Federation organises the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC).

The Lifesaving World Championships include:

  • The World Championships for National Teams - Open Category.
  • The World Championships for National Teams - Youth Category.
  • The World Championships for National Teams - Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB).
  • The World Championships for Interclub - Open Category.
  • The World Championships for Interclub - Youth Category.
  • The World Championships for Interclub - Masters.
  • The World Championships for Interclub - Surfboats.
  • The World Championships for Interclub - Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB).
  • The World Championships for Extra Events such as March Past, Long distance Races,etc.

The World Championships typically involve between 4,000 and 5,000 competitors and officials and last some 12-14 days.

Upcoming LWC

LWC 2018
will take place in Adelaide - Australia. The pool events in Marion and the beach/ocean events in Glenelg.
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LWC 2020
will take place in Italy.
LWC 2022
Bid launch date: 01/03/2017. Closing date: 15/07/2018. Selection of the winning Bid will be at the ILS Board of Directors meetings in Adelaide, Australia in November 2018 (LWC 2018)

Past LWC


LWC 2016

The Netherlands: The pool events in Eindhoven and the beach/ocean events in Noordwijk aan Zee.


LWC 2014

France: The pool events in Montpellier and the beach/ocean events in La Grande Motte.

LWC 2012

Adelaide - Australia: The pool events in Marion and the beach/ocean events in Glenelg and in Christies Beach.

LWC 2010

Egypt: The pool events in Alexandria and the beach/ocean events in Mamoura Beach.

LWC 2008

Germany: The pool events in Berlin and the beach/ocean events in Warnemunde Beach.

LWC 2006

Australia - Melbourne: The pool events in Geelong and the beach/ocean events in Lorne.

LWC 2004

Italy: The pool events in Livorno and the beach/ocean events in Viareggio.

LWC 2002

United States: The pool events in Orlando and the beach/ocean events in Daytona Beach.

LWC 2000

Australia: The pool events in the Olympic Park Pool and the beach/ocean events in MAnly Beach.

LWC 1998

New Zealand: The pool events in Auckland and the beach/ocean events in Muriwai Beach.

LWC 1996

South Africa: The pool events in Durban and the beach/ocean events in Durban.

LWC 1994

Great Britain: The pool events in Cardiff and the beach/ocean events in Newquay.

LWC 1992

Japan: The pool events in Shimoda and the beach/ocean events in Shimoda.

LWC 1990

Germany: The pool events in Lubeck and the beach/ocean events in Travemünde.

LWC 1988

Australia: The beach/ocean events in Southport (Queensland).

LWC 1986

Canada: The beach/ocean events in Vancouver. At this event, the term "Rescue" was used for the first time.