Eight different championship events are contested during LWC:
- National Teams Open
- National Teams Youth
- Interclub Teams Open
- Interclub Teams Youth
- National Teams IRB
- Interclub Teams IRB
Additionally there are four extra non-championship events being organised:
- Interclub Teams 2km Beach Run Open (including a 2x1km Beach Run Relay)
- Interclub Teams 2km Beach Run Youth (including a 2x1km Beach Run Relay)
- March Past Open
- March Past Youth
Countries from across the globe will compete in Open and Youth categories.
New Zealand are the reigning champions in the Open category after they won their third title in a row at the Lifesaving World Championships 2016 in the Netherlands. Australia are the current champions in the Youth.
Clubs from across the globe will contest the competition in both the Open and Youth Categories at LWC 2018. We are expecting over 250 clubs to compete in 2018.
BMD Northcliffe SLSC (Queensland, Australia) are the reigning champions in the Interclub competition after they won at the Lifesaving World Championships 2016 in the Netherlands.
The Interclub Lifesaving World Championships are open to one Youth team and one Open team per club or lifesaving unit. All team members must be in good standing with a current ILS Full Member.
The nine age groups for Masters Competition are as follows:
- 30 ‐ 34 years
- 35 ‐ 39 years
- 40 ‐ 44 years
- 45 ‐ 49 years
- 50 ‐ 54 years
- 55 ‐ 59 years
- 60 ‐ 64 years
- 65 – 69 years
- 70 years and over
Masters categories are offered in all Championships except for IRB.
For Age Groups Eligibility Rules for ILS and ILSE Championships and Records please visit click here
Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB)
Individual team medals shall be presented to the first three places in the final of all IRB events conducted at the IRB World Championships and winners shall be recognised as Lifesaving World Champions. The Charles Thomson, MBE Memorial Trophy shall be presented to the winning club team of the World IRB Championships.
The World Surfboat Championships is conducted in both male and female categories in the Open and Masters categories. There is no restriction on the number of club entries in this championship.
The surf boat competition does not contribute to the point score in National Teams or Interclub Lifesaving World Championships.
The 2018 Championships shall be conducted in the following categories:
- Open Male
- Open Female
- Reserve Grade (crews may consist of any combination of males and females)
- Under 23 years Male
- Under 23 years Female
- Under 19 years (crews may consist of any combination of males and females)
The 2018 Masters Championships shall be conducted in male and female categories in the following age groups:
- 120 years+
- 140 years+
- 160 years+
- 180 years+
- 200 years+
- 220 years+
- 240 years+
- 260 years+