Eligibility – LWC2018


The International Lifesaving Federation has its own rules regarding eligibility for the World Championships.
This information is contained in the The ILS Competition Rulebook 2015-2019 and 2018 World Championships Competition Handbook.

  • Rulebook Section 2.12: National Team Eligibility
  • Rulebook Section 2.13: Individual and Club Eligibility
  • Handbook Section 3: detailed information on each Championship


One important matter to note is the ILS requirement that a participant needs to be a member of their national federation on or before 18 August 2018 to be eligible for the LWC 2018 (but transfers may be permitted by SLSA between SLSA clubs).

Neither the ILS Competition Rule Book nor the LWC 2018 Handbook have details of specific federations’ requirements to participate in competition.


Details for Australian Competitors

We receive a large number of queries from Australian lifesavers and clubs regarding eligibility to compete, so have included this information as a guide (correct as at August 2018).
For members of other national federations – please check with your federation if you have queries.

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) prescribes particular conditions for competition eligibility that sits on top of the ILS requirements and must be satisfied for SLSA endorsement to compete in ILS competition.

This is prescribed in Section 1 of SLSA Policy 5.04 (click here) and the exact details of what is required is encompassed in the guidelines to the policy (click here).

To receive SLSA endorsement to compete in the ILS LWC 2018,  Members must:

  • Be a minimum of 15 years of age before 31 December 2018 to be eligible for the IC Youth LWC or 16 years of age to before 31 December 2018 to be eligible for the Open LWC (refer also particular requirements for all LWCs) (ILS requirement); and
  • Have met the requirements to be eligible to compete in the 2018 Australian Championships (I.e. Award, Proficiency, Patrols/Duties, and other Membership requirements); or
  • If they are a new member, have joined SLSA on or before 18 August 2018 (an ILS requirement), gained the appropriate award (BM) and have completed a minimum of four (4) hours patrol bearer the close of entries for the LWCs; or
  • If they are a continuing 14 or 15 age member, satisfied the requirement to participate in the 2018 Australian Youth Championships  However, if they turn 15 before the closing date of entries the expectation is that the member gains the Bronze Medallion (However, note that a continuing member does not turn 15 until after the closing date of entries for the LWC they are ineligible to gain a BM and should be allowed to compete with their SRC.)

Each State Association will be asked to sign off all its state entrants to the LWC when received from ILS (via SLSA).  So the assessment of this will be the responsibility of each State on behalf of SLSA.