World Life Saving Championships

The ILS World Life Saving Championships are the world championships for life saving sport events. They are sanctioned by the International Life Saving Federation (ILS), conducted every 2 years, and commonly marketed and known as the ‘Rescue’ series, for example – Rescue 2008.

The World Life Saving Championships incorporate - National Teams World Championships, Interclub Teams World Championships, Masters World Championships, Surfboats World Championships and IRB World Championships. Additional championships can include additional events such as March Past, Long distance Race. The World Championships typically attract between 3,000 and 5,000 competitors and officials, and are conducted over a period of 12 to 14 days.[1]


Prior to the amalgamation of WLS and FIS in 1993 to create ILS, both WLS and FIS conducted World Championship events in Life Saving Sports. Founded in 1971 WLS conducted ocean and beach based world championships for National Teams in South Africa in 1974 and Interclub World Championships in 1981 and 1983. The 1988, 1990, and 1992 Rescue series of World Championship events were also organised by WLS. Rescue 88, the 1988 World Championships were the first international championships to conduct both ocean and pool events. In 1956 prior to the advent of WLS, as part of the 1956 Olympic Games celebrations Surf Life Saving Australia (a founding member of WLS) hosted an International Lifesaving Championships at Torquay Beach in which teams from several countries competed against each other. It could be argued that this was the first World Lifesaving Championships for ocean and beach events. Founded in 1910, member nations of FIS agreed to conduct World Championships in pool life saving events. The first such championships were conducted in Paris, France in 1955 and were held sporadically over the next 40 years until the final FIS Championships in 1995. These contests were strictly for national representative teams only. Since 1996, World Life Saving Championships have been conducted solely by ILS every two years.

List of competitions

11955FISParis, France France
21956FISMulhouse, France France
31956International contestTorquay Beach, Australia Australia
41957FISBordeaux, France France
51958FISChâlons du Marne et Reims, France France
61959FISWiesbaden, Germany Germany
71960FISMadrid, Spain Spain
81961FISEsch sur Alzette, Luxembourg Luxembourg
91962FISRome, Italy Italy
101963FISParis, France France
111964FISAlger, Algeria Algeria
121966FISRabat, Morocco Morocco
131967FISSalzburg, Austria Austria
141968FISTrier, Germany Germany
151969FISRome, Italy Italy
161972FISVittel Neufchateau Contrexville, France France
171974WLSSouth Africa South Africa
181974FISBarcelona, Spain Spain
191976FISBerlin, Germany Germany
201978FISLondon, Great Britain United Kingdom
211981WLS InterclubBali, Indonesia Indonesia
221981FISSofia, Bulgaria Bulgaria
231983WLS InterclubHawaii, United States United States
241983FISWarsaw, Poland Poland
251987FISWarendorf, Germany Germany
261988Rescue 88Gold Coast, Australia Australia
271990Rescue 90Lübeck/Travemünde, Germany Germany
281991FISJönköping, Sweden Sweden
291992Rescue 92Shimoda, Japan Japan
301994Rescue 94Cardiff/Newquay, Great Britain United Kingdom
311995FISValenciennes, France France
321996Rescue 96Durban, South Africa South Africa
331998Rescue 98Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand
342000Rescue 2000Sydney, Australia[2] Australia
352002Rescue 2002Daytona Beach/Orlando, United States[2] United States
362004Rescue 2004Livorno/Viareggio, Italy Italy
372006Rescue 2006Geelong/Lorne, Australia[3] Australia
382008Rescue 2008Berlin/Warnemünde, Germany Germany
392010Rescue 2010Alexandria, Egypt Egypt
402012Rescue 2012Adelaide, Australia[4] Australia
412014Rescue 2014Montpellier and La Grande Motte, France France
422016Rescue 2016Eindhoven and Noordwijk, The Netherlands[5] Netherlands
432018Rescue 2018Adelaide, Australia[6] Australia
442020Rescue 2020Riccione, Italy[7] Italy

See also


  1. "Lifesaving World Championships - Rescue Series". International Life Saving Federation. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  2. Edwards, Allan; Gilbert, Keith; Skinner, James (2003-01-01). Some Like It Hot: The Beach As a Cultural Dimension. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. p. 197. ISBN 9781841260983. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  3. "'Dream team' off to Australia". Independent Online. 16 February 2006. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013.
  4. "Rescue 2012". Surf Life Saving Australia. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  5. "Lifesaving World Championships 2016 - Netherlands - Eindhoven - Noordwijk". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  6. "2018 Lifesaving World Championships". International Lifesaving Federation (ILS). Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. "2018 Lifesaving World Championships". International Lifesaving Federation (ILS). Retrieved 23 August 2018.
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