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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.


  • Survey on the Lifesaving World Championships

    The International Life Saving Federation is willing to improve 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 2014 Member Survey:

  • World’s largest lifesaving event returning to Adelaide

    Adelaide has won the right to host Rescue 2018, the Lifesaving World Championships. The international event is one of the first to be secured through the State Government’s $6 million Major Events Bid Fund, which was promised during the State Election and delivered in this year’s Budget.

  • USLA sends Youth National Team to Rescue 2014

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2014) — The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), the professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers, announced the participation of its Youth National Team in Rescue 2014, Life Saving World Championships, held in Montpellier and La Grande Motte, France from Sept. 16-21.

  • Rescue 2014 Programmes

    Detailled Rescue 2014 programmes are now online! Please check the Rescue 2014 website at

  • Marcel Hassemeier from Germany elected as IWGA Athlete of the Year

    Marcel Hassemeier from Germany, four time gold medalist in Life Saving at The World Games in Cali, was elected as IWGA Athlete of the Year.

    Marcel Hassemeier (23) won the voting with 21.871 votes. He was the most successful athlete of The World Games 2013 by achieving four gold medals and one silver medal in Life Saving.

    Thank you everyone who voted for Marcel!

  • Sanyo Bussan International Surf Rescue Challenge 2013

    Japan Lifesaving Association has hosted International Surf Rescue Challenge 2013 (ISRC 2013) at Onjuku Beach, Chiba prefecture 19th -23rd September, sponsored by Sanyo Bussan. This event is based around a comprehensive competition program conducted over three tests, which includes swim, board, surf ski, and beach events. An overall point score maintained with the winner.

  • The 30th NPS All-Women Lifeguard Tournament

    The 30th NPS All-Women Lifeguard Tournament is set for Wednesday, 30 July 2014. It is presented by the U.S. National Park Service, which is one of the branches of the United States of America Department of the Interior.

    The tournament will take place at Sandy Hook, in New Jersey. The closest international airport is Newark International Airport, in the metro New York City area. The driving distance -- airport to tournament site -- is about 72 kilometres.

  • Lifesaving at the 2013 World Games

    The World Games are held in the city of Cali in Colombia from 25 July to 4 August 2013.

    Lifesaving is on the programme of the World Games since 1985. The World Games in Cali are be the biggest World Games ever staged. The organisation of such an event is a mammoth task and the whole lifesaving family is very grateful to Colombia, the City of Cali and the Cali Local Organising Committee (CLOC) who made even impossible things possible.