About the Event

What are the Lifesaving World Championships?

Lifesaving sport was primarily intended to encourage lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. Lifesaving competitions consist of a variety of competitions to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation.

Click here for information on the disciplines of lifesaving sport.

The ILS Lifesaving World Championships are conducted every 2 years, showcasing excellence in lifesaving sports and rescue; attracting the most talented and skilled lifesaving athletes to compete for the title of World’s best. It is an opportunity to profile the Lifesaving Movement, the important role it plays as an emergency service and highlight our members’ contribution to community.

In December 2014 the Board of the International Life Saving Federation [ILS] voted unanimously in its support for Adelaide to host the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships [LWC Adelaide 2018].

LWC Adelaide 2018 is proudly South Australian and an exciting addition to the State’s Major Events calendar. Through the delivery of a world class event and experience for competitors and audiences, South Australia will build credibility that will support future bids to regularly host the World Championships.


Programs and Activities

The competition program is delivered over 16 days with an official opening and closing ceremony to welcome and farewell competitors and visitors.

Please note: Additional events (non championship events) may be offered, such as March Past and 2km beach run.


Social Program

A full social program will support the competition program, and ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience is had by visitors, competitors and community.

The program will showcase Adelaide and surrounding areas, offering tours, activities and events in the City of Holdfast Bay, City of Adelaide, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.


Community Programs

There will be opportunities for the community and public to engage with the Lifesaving World Championships, with events and programs during the two weeks.

Our major community program in the lead up to the Championships is Ride the Wave, a program that engages South Australia’s CALD communities with the surf lifesaving movement, teaching critical first aid and lifesaving skills, engaging with surf lifesaving clubs, and culminating in a demonstration event during LWC2018 itself.