The Biggest Lifesaving World Championships Ever Delivered Wraps Up.

With the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships nearing completion, I wanted to warmly congratulate all the athletes, officials and managers on what has been a memorable two weeks. To the Events Team, the Surf Life Saving SA staff and the army of volunteers who built, and then rebuilt these championships, I can’t thank you enough. You should be very proud of what you have delivered and how you have showcased Surf Life Saving SA to the world.

With over 7,000 participants from 45 nations, LWC Adelaide 2018 is the largest Lifesaving World Championships ever conducted. Adelaide also saw a number of firsts for the International Lifesaving Federation. It was the first time the event has returned to the same city for a second time. It was the first time a state association has successfully bid for, and run a World Championships (until now it has always been a national body). Other highlights included the running of the first National Youth Teams and the first National IRB Teams racing. We saw the largest number of technical officials attend, which may have something to do with the popularity of our wine, food and tourism.

We also hosted the first Nipper carnival as part of a Lifesaving World Championships Event Calendar, which saw over 800 local Nippers showing the world how healthy lifesaving is in South Australia. Many visiting nations have now reached out to learn more about how they can develop similar programs. Our kids did us proud.

There were 35 world records broken at the pool. Australia took out honours in the Open National Teams competition, beating traditional rivals New Zealand, but NZ had our measure in the National Youth Teams and IRB’s. The BMD Northcliffe Surf Lifesaving Club from Australia won the overall clubs open point score and Moroochydore Surf Life Saving Club took out the Youth Inter-club Championship.

These championships are one of the largest sporting events held in Adelaide and will deliver an estimated $20 million to economic benefit to the state. We have already had preliminary discussions with the ILS about the potential to host future events. South Australia is renowned for hosting world class events and LWC2018 has taken its place on the global stage, setting the standard for future Lifesaving World Championships.

The profile of lifesaving in South Australia has been significantly lifted through unprecedented media coverage. Event media reached in excess of 7million people in Australia and a live broadcast audience reaching 50,000 viewers around the world.

The lifesaving community is truly unique. When we were hit with that major weather event in the first week, volunteers from all over the world were on the beach at first light to help clean up. So effective was the mobilisation, we were able to restore of the infrastructure and get back to competition within 24hours. As one lifesaver said to me when I thanked them, “that’s just what we do”.

We also socialise very well too. The sense of a global family, collaboration and friendliness go hand in hand the world over in lifesaving. The “Champs Hub” has been alive with new friends getting to know each other sharing their love for lifesaving. It is with some sadness that we say goodbye for now to our visitors. We have loved getting to know you and hope to see you all in Italy at LWC2020 and hopefully back in Adelaide again soon.

As Chairman of LWC2018, I want to warmly thank again the entire team who made this great spectacle possible. The international lifesaving community has been high in their praise of your performance and you should hold your heads high.

In closing I want to acknowledge our event partners, the International Lifesaving Federation, the Government of South Australia, Channel 7, Holden and the City of Holdfast Bay.

Wherever you call home, I wish you a safe and successful 2019.

We are an amazing global movement and the importance of what we do in keeping people safe must be widely promoted and recognised.


Yours in surf life saving,

John Baker ESM

Chairman LWC2018

Australia Wins World Championships

The Australian Lifesaving Team have claimed victory in the National Open at the Lifesaving World Championship. The Trans-Tasman clash promised to be a tight, exhilarating race and it certainly delivered. With a home town advantage, the Australian team clawed back the points from New Zealand who held a 9 point advantage after the Pool competitions. Not even an injured captian in Harriet Brown, could stop the Aussie team claiming 502 points at Glenelg placing them 20 points ahead of the Kiwis for a total of 896.

Ironwoman Georgia Miller was the standout for Australia winning an impressive seven gold medals while Brown, suffering ligament damage, still managed to bring home a gold with Miller in the Board Rescue. Even pool star Prue Davies helped set up success in the swim leg of the relay with Matt Bevilacqua on the board, Miller on the ski and Jackson Symonds in the final run leg. Bevilacqua had to settle for third in the Oceanman event with Kendrick Louis taking out the top spot for Australia.

France also made a valiant effort in the Open Ocean. Trailing behind in fifth after the Pool competition France amassed a massive 210 points to leap frog both Germany and Italy for a podium finish. South Africa also pushed hard over the final weekend coming home with 302 Ocean points to place them in sixth with Great Britain, Spain, Japan and the Netherlands rounding out the top ten.

While New Zealand had to settle for second in the Open their Youth team claimed gold ahead of Australia. The Aussies had a 16 point lead heading into the weekend but the Kiwi team rallied to take out the top spot 14 points ahead.

Lochlainn O’Connor made a stand out performance for the Juinor Black Fins bringing home three of their five gold medals on the final day. For the Australians team captain Lani Pallister, managed to bring home not only golds in the 200m Obstacles and 4x50m Obstacle Relay with Keeley Booth, Anthea Warne and Naomi Scott, but also world records in the 100m Medley Rescue and the 200m Super Lifesaver.

With Nationals competition now over the Lifesaving World Championships will be heading into the final week of competition, with the Inter Club Ocean and Pool events beginning on Tuesday.

National Team Competition Heats Up

With the Ninth day of competition underway at the Lifesaving World Championships a clear rivalry has started to form. The traditional cross Tasman rivals, Australia and New Zealand have emerged at the top of the overall leader boards. Currently New Zealand leads the Open Nationals teams with 403 points with Australia trailing by 9. Roles are reversed in the Youth Nationals Teams with Australia leading 526 to 510.

France is the next best positioned team placing third in the Youth and fifth in the Open. Great Britain, South Africa, Spain, USA, Canada, Hong Kong/China and Argentina round out the top ten of the Youth while Italy and Germany have placed third and fourth in the Open with Spain, Poland, China, Netherlands, Japan and Great Britain trailing behind.

Queensland duo Matt Davis and Prue Davies from the Currumbin Beach Vikings have been raking up the medals. Davies taking out four silvers across two days of competition while Davis is taking home a gold in the 100 m Rescue Medley as well as two silvers from the pool.

In the Youth competition New Zealand star Claudia Kelly has taken home six medals, with a gold in the Oceanwoman ahead of Australians Naomi Scott and Tiarnee Massie. While Scott and Massie had to settle for silver and bronze their combined forces earnt them two golds in the Board Rescue and Oceanwoman Relay along with fellow teammates Lani Pallister and Leah Rampoldi.

However, today the leader board could change as the Youth and Open swap disciplines. Open heading to the Ocean after two days of pool events while Youth are leaving the surf to compete at the Marion Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

Heading into the weekend plenty of Australian stars are heading into the surf. Look out for Australian captain Harriet Brown, along with two-time Australian surf race champion Georgia Miller and Ironmen Kendrick Louis and Matt Bevilaqua as they compete in their favoured element. There will be plenty of action over the next few days, both at the pool and in the ocean, with Australian and New Zealand battling to take out the top spot.

World Championships Opening Ceremony

Ahead of the official Opening Ceremony for the Lifesaving World Championships 2018 we met with Surf Life Saving SA President John Baker to check in with how “the World’s” have been progressing so far.

“The setup is fantastic, it has been one of the best set up World Championships events ever but also I think the way we have put the infrastructure in has rivalled the Australian Championships so we are very happy with the scale of the event and arenas” said Mr Baker.

Events kicked off last week with the Masters competition beginning in the pool at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre before moving to Glenelg beach on Monday.

Mr Baker said “Masters has been going really well, of course the weather hasn’t been ideal today but the competitors are enjoying it and the feedback has been really positive from all of the Masters and the pool has been exceptional”.

Teams from around the World and Clubs across Australia will congregate on Mosely Square before marching to the Champs Hub on the Glenelg foreshore. The Hon. Mr Steven Marshall Premier of South Australia will officially open the Championships and welcome the athletes to Adelaide.

“I am looking forward to the opening ceremony tonight with the march in of 44 teams from around the world and then we will all get together to celebrate the official opening of the championships” said Mr Baker.

The International Championship events begin on Thursday with the open and youth SERC competition. Event organisers are hoping for a tight contest and some exciting racing for spectators.

“The Europeans do very well in the pool, we are expecting strong performances from Italy, France and Germany and then when we look at the Beach and Ocean we Australia, South Africa and New Zealand should do better. We would expect that it will be between Australia and New Zealand for overall point score and the Championship win but we are hoping to see a close leader board with some new countries asserting themselves” said Mr Baker.

Marina Pier: special offers for LWC2018!

Located just north of the Champs Hub, the Marina Pier has some great offers exclusively for LWC2018!

Check for the icon (below) and flash your accreditation pass to take advantage of these great offers.

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LWC OFFER:  Receive 1 glass of red or white house wine with every main course ordered over the value of $20
LWC OFFER:  Visit the restaurant to see the list of exclusive LWC lunch and tepanayaki specials
LWC OFFER:  Receive 1 glass of house wine or beer with every main course ordered.
LWC OFFER:  2 for the price of 1 Flammkuchen (German Pizza) with a choice of savoury or sweet!
LWC OFFER:  Receive a FREE coffee with any focaccia 
LWC OFFER: $7.00 pints of Furphy
Special Wednesday menu: click here

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LWC Largest Surf Sports Event Ever Held!



International Lifesaving Federation President Graham Ford welcomed the first competitors at the Lifesaving World Championships on the first day of competition today. The event began with the Masters Interclub competition at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre with Beach events to follow early next week.

Registrations for the event have made it the largest lifesaving sport event in history Mr Ford said “7000 participants from around the world who have come here to Adelaide to compete and volunteer at the Lifesaving World Championships”.

“We have competitors from all of our four regions around the world, we have lifesavers from African countries, from Asian countries, Europe and the Americas” said Mr Ford.

Event organisers are expecting record crowds at both the pool and beach competitions. With the addition of a Nippers Carnival and International IRB racing audiences can expect to see all facets of the Lifesaving movement on display.

Mr Ford said “I think there will be big crowds, especially at Glenelg. The infrastructure that has been put in is quite significant. Clare Harris (Surf Life Saving SA CEO) and her team from Surf Life Saving South Australia have done a great job putting everything together and I think we will see well over 10,000 spectators here on the two main weekends”.

When asked about the Australian team’s chances on home sand he said he thought it would be a tough contest with every point in every event counting.

“New Zealand are the reigning World Champions, they have held that title since 2012. It will get down to the last on one or two events which will be the traditional Ocean Man and Ocean Woman. Those last few events will determine who will be the World Champions and there is 45 countries vying for that title!”.

P2P products available at the Champs Hub

P2P Rescue will have a stall in the Champs Hub from 17 – 24 November, with products available for viewing and sale!


  • 10’0, 11’0 P2P Surf Rescue models both in our fiberglass and *newly launched soft-top designs
  • Rescue Sled both in Fiberglass and *newly launched soft-top designs
  • P2P Rescue Lifeguard Utility Belt and Lifeguard Fin Belt

For more information about P2P Rescue’s great range of products, visit their website:

LWC P2P Rescue Flyer


LWC2018 Program Launch

On Friday 26 October, VIPs, supporters and special guests were invited to the Advertiser building to launch the official printed program for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018. Guests were treated to drinks from our partners Zonte’s Footstep, Coopers and Schweppes, and a delightful arrange of nibbles.

Speeches were given by Surf Life Saving SA CEO Clare Harris, Melvin Mansell (News Corp Editorial Director for SA,NT and Tas), and Rodney Harrex (Chief Executive of the South Australian Tourism Commission), and guests were able to take home a copy of the program, before it was launched across South Australia as a newspaper insert with the Saturday 27 October edition of the Advertiser.

Social pictures are on our Facebook page here.




Registrations have closed… now what?

The LWC2018 registration system has now closed.  It is no longer possible for you to add any more competitors or amend the entries.  When you access your team registration on OrgaNet by clicking on “My Teams”, you will see just four icons remain to the right of the team name.

  1. The first icon, the printer, enables you to view, download and print the full details of the registration that you submitted. It is recommended that you keep a copy of this.
  2. The second icon, enables you to view a list of the charges of fees that have been applied
  3. The third icon, enables you to view a list of payments made on your account
  4. The fourth icon, the PayPal button, is still active and enables you to pay any outstanding fees. If you have any fees outstanding please make arrangements to pay these urgently, otherwise your team may not be permitted to enter any events.

However, it is accepted that there may be reasons why a competitor may need to be replaced, or withdrawn, perhaps because of injury or for other reasons. It is also accepted that you may wish to enter updated entry times for pool events, or change the composition of your relay teams, or change the events into which a competitor is entered.

With the entry system closed, any changes of this kind need to be sent to the ILS Event Director and copied to the Local Organising Committee

The title of the e-mail must be:  Request to amend entries for LWC 2018

In the text of the e-mail please enter the following:

  • Your name
  • The Championship into which your team is entered
  • OrgaNet ID number of the team
  • Name of the team

Details of the change to be made:

  • If a person is to be withdrawn, confirm the gender and name
  • If a person is to be replaced, confirm the gender and name of the person being replaced and give the
    • Surname,
    • First Name,
    • Date of Birth of the person who will be entered instead
  • If the person being withdrawn is entered into a relay event, confirm which competitor will take their place
  • Confirm in which individual events the person who is to be entered will race
  • Confirm their entry time if entering a pool event
  • Confirm their start position in any relay event
  • If the person who is to be entered will participate in Ocean events, give the size of the lycra vest to be ordered.

Changes will be accepted and actioned up to the 7th of November 2018.  After that, any subsequent changes required must be advised on arrival at the Accreditation Centre in Glenelg from 14th November onwards.

Close of registrations… deadline approaching!

All registrations for LWC2018 will close at 23:00GMT, Tuesday 16 October.

This deadline is one month out from the event start, and gives the ILS and Local Organising Committee the opportunity to verify all the entries with the national federations, and start preparing all the data.

Team Managers need to finalise their registrations on OrgaNet before this date, including adding team members, entering them info events, and paying all outstanding fees.

The system will automatically close off, so make sure any changes aren’t left to the last minute!

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One month until close of Normal Registrations!

Only one month remaining in the “normal” registration period for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018!

Normal entries will close on 2 October at 23:00GMT (45 days prior to the event), and Late entries will remain open until 16 October (one month before the event).

On 2 October, all team entry fees will increase (click here for detailed fee information). If you have not paid your fees at this point, they will automatically go up, regardless of when you registered !For all the information on registering your team and adding participants, read the FAQs and download the OrgaNet User Guide.

We have made A template is available that mimics the participant-entering page of OrgaNet, you can download it here. This may help you to gather your participants’ data before entering it into OrgaNet. NOTE: do not submit this template as a way of “doing your entries”. Entries are only accepted via the OrgaNet system.

Although participants can be added until the 16 October, any participants added after the close of Normal entries on 2 October will not be listed in the commemorative program. The commemorative program will be included as an insert in The Advertiser in late October, and will also be distributed statewide!

One month to close of normal reg

ILS publish register of clubs worldwide

In late August 2018

To support the management of the Lifesaving World Championships, the ILS compiled (and released in late August 2018) a register that displays a list of clubs that are affiliated to its member federations that may participate at Lifesaving World Championships (LWC).

In additional, an interactive document displays all the Club Caps that have been notified to the ILS.

Caps of the World (3.5Mb) shows all national team cap colours, as well as all club team cap colours. The caps are organised first alphabetically by country, and subsequently by the main colour in the cap – Black, White, Blue, Green, Red and Yellow.

CLICK HERE to access the guide and for more information.


Caps of the world

2 Months Until Close of Normal Registrations!

UPDATE 13/8/2018: We have made a template that mimics the participant-entering page of OrgaNet, you can download it here. This may help you to gather your participants’ data before entering it into OrgaNet. NOTE: do not submit this template as a way of “doing your entries”. Entries are only accepted via the OrgaNet system.


There are only two months remaining in the “normal” entry period for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018?

Normal entries will close on 2 October at 23:00GMT (45 days prior to the event), and Late entries will remain open until 16 October (one month before the event).

On 2 October, all team entry fees will increase (click here for detailed fee information). If you have not paid your fees at this point, they will automatically go up, regardless of when you registered!

This will also be the cut-off date to have your participants entered into the system, if you want them to be listed in the commemorative program. Team Managers can add and change participants right up until the close of late entries, but any added after the 2 October will not be listed! The commemorative program will be included as an insert in The Advertiser in late October, and will also be distributed statewide!

For all the information on registering your team and adding participants, read the FAQs and download the OrgaNet User Guide.



Main programme updated

The overall programme has been updated – with minor changes to meeting and briefing locations.

The programme is now on version 22 – click here for more information.


ILS Sport Commission is now publishing Technical Bulletin#2 July 2018

The ILS Sport Commission is now publishing Technical Bulletin#2 July 2018 concerning the format and conduct of the Oceanman, Oceanwoman, and Mixed Ocean Lifesaver Relay events at the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018. This confirms that an ‘M’ shape course will be used in the National Teams Open and Youth heats and finals, in the finals of the Interclub Teams Open and Youth Championships, and in the finals of the Mixed Ocean Lifesaver Relay events. Furthermore in the finals of the Oceanman and Oceanwoman events for all National Teams and Interclub Championships an Eliminator format will be used. The Masters Oceanman and Oceanwoman events will use the standard course and format. The bulletin contains further information and the ‘M’ shape course diagram. The Bulletin can be found at

Prime Minister to be Patron of Lifesaving World Championships

The honourable Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister has accepted the role of Patron to the Lifesaving World Championships, LWC 2018, to be held in Adelaide this November.

A Surf Lifesaver himself, Mr Turnbull said “As someone who has long been involved with the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, I understand the importance of the work that our surf lifesavers undertake”.

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.

“We should all be grateful that the time we spend on the beach, whether by ourselves or with family is often under the watchful and dedicated eye of a Surf Lifesaver who has chosen to dedicate their time to water safety” said Mr Turnbull.

Executive Committee Chairman of LWC 2018, John Baker said “These Championships promise to be the biggest ever and the Prime Minister’s patronage reflects the stature of the event”.

“The Prime Minister has always been a big supporter of Surf Life Saving and it’s great to have him as our Patron for “the Worlds”” said Mr Baker.

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Gala Dinner tickets on sale!

Tickets are now on sale for the Gala Dinner! The evening will be a great occasion to catch up with old and new friends; experience South Australian hospitality and food, as well as great music.

The evening will start with a drink trackside at the iconic Morphettville Racecourse, followed by a 3 course meal and entertainment in the Derby Pavillion, with paired wines from our official sponsor Zonte’s Footstep.

Celebrate the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in style –it will be a night to remember!

Thursday 22 November, from 6:30pm.

Tickets $120 per person – also available in complete tables of 10.

Book here: 


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Qantas Competition

Thanks to our exclusive airline partner Qantas, we are giving away a $500 travel voucher!

All you have to do is book your flights through our portal (use the access code LWC2018) in June or July 2018, and you’ll automatically go in the draw to win a $500 Qantas voucher.

Winner will be announced in mid-August.

Click here to book and use the access code LWC2018

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Updates to Ocean Programmes

Please be advised that the National Team Ocean programme, for both Open and Youth, has been amended to take account of the two “showcase events” and to accommodate the elimination Oceanman/woman events. We had to take in consideration the tides and other issues. Please refer to the “revised” programme for you planning.

Also the Masters Ocean programme has been corrected – the Technical Officials briefing date was originally incorrect – it is now scheduled for the correct date on the 18th November.

Updated programmes have been uploaded to the Competition Programmes page.

Updates to the OrgaNet system and user guide

The OrgaNet registration system has been amended to take account of the new data protection regulations introduced in Europe regarding the protection of personal data. New users will see the changes when they first apply for an OrgaNet account. A message will be sent shortly to existing users (including those who have already registered a team) to advise the action required when they next login to OrgaNet. The User Guides have been updated to reflect these changes. Once logged in, users will also find further online links to the guidance relevant to their events.

Updated User Guides (May 2018)

National Volunteer Week 2018

Lifesaving would not exist without volunteers, and the World Championships is no exception!

To mark National Volunteer Week here in Australia, we’ll be profiling some of the key volunteers working to bring the LWC2018 to life!

Want to volunteer at this great event? Click here  for more information.

National Volunteer Week 2018

UnknownJohn Baker

John is the Chairman of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships Executive Committee, having led the successful bid in France in 2014.

He has been an active member of Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club (South Australia) since 1977 and has held numerous positions at both club, State and National levels. In addition to his current role as LWC2018 Chairman, John is State President and the Deputy National President SLSA. John is an active competitor and patrolling member and you’ll see him sweeping a Masters Crew during Worlds.

IMAG1010 copyGreg Allum

Greg has been a volunteer member of Surf Life Saving Australia for almost 50 years. At LWC2018, he is a member of the ILS Event Management Committee responsible for planning and delivery of the Championships, with a particular responsibility for the Ocean Events at Glenelg.

Reflecting on his years involved in surf lifesaving, Greg says “It has been a wonderful and fulfilling journey as a lifesaver, competitor, coach, official and administrator.”




P.TidswellPeter Tidswell

Peter is the Beach Venue Manager for LWC2018, and has been a volunteer at Glenelg SLSC for about 40 years. His roles and responsibilities include the setup and management of the beach venue, and coordination of the beach operations crew during the 3 week event.

Peter says “I believe these ILS World Championships are a great opportunity for us to showcase our great venue, not only to the Australian Surf Life Saving Community but, in this case the World. There will be all hands on deck to ensure South Australia hosts a great event and definitely look forward to lots of volunteers this week, being National Volunteer Week. Hope you can help us out during the Championships, even if its just for a few days!”


kylie 1Kylie Ellison

Kylie was the First Aid Coordinator at Rescue 2012, and joins us in the same role in 2018. Kylie is excited to again bring her knowledge and experience as a Paramedic to provide a world class volunteer medical team for the event.

Kylie’s passion is helping other volunteers develop their skills, and is looking forward to bringing a team of first aid assistants together not only during the Championships, but for up-skilling and team bonding in the lead up.



ALAdam Luscombe

Adam is the Chairman of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships Operations Committee. Additionally, he is the General Manager of the state-owned SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre – home of the pool competition at Rescue 2012 and at LWC 2018. He is excited for the World to be discovering South Australia and all it has to offer.

He had an active role with Angelsea 1985- 1987 and has been a Coach and Committee member at Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club in two stints 1990-1995 and 2011 to now. He has a passion for High Performance Sport, Major Events and volunteerism. This is highlighted by his strong coaching background ( including being the 2004 Athens Australian Paralympic Team Manager) and role with many Victorian and South Australian major events in swimming, hockey, basketball, diving and waterpolo.

IMG_2642Richard Crowe

Richard is the Pool Venue Manager for LWC2018. A more enclosed venue than the beach, Richard’s role involves liaising between SAALC staff and the ILS Event Management Committee to ensure that everything is in place for a smooth and efficiently-run of all the Championships. He will also be an Area Referee at the Interclub Championships (ocean) during the second week.

His interest in the pool competition comes from being the State Championships Referee for the last few years. He has many volunteer roles within Surf Lifesaving SA, including senior referee last season, officials mentor and chair of officials panel. 


Jelle Meinstma

Jelle is a member of the ILS Sport Commission’s Event Management Committee, which is responsible for the overall planning and delivery of this event. He has been involved in surf lifesaving for more than 50 years in South Africa and the last number of years with the International Lifesaving Federation. Jelle says “It has been a most satisfying journey, I have met great people from different part of the world.”

Competition Programmes Released!

To mark the 6-months-to-go milestone, the ILS have finalised and released the competition schedules for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018.

Lifesaving World Championships 2018 Event Director Conny Wilson, said “we are excited that the programmes have been launched, this is marking a significant milestone as we reach 6-months-to-go. We have a close relationship with the ILS, and the publication of the programmes means we are better equipped to drive registrations and move ahead on key operational aspects of the event”.
ILS Event Director John Martin added “The publication of the detailed competition programmes today is the culmination of a huge amount of work by the Sport Commission Secretary, Jelle Meintsma, greatly assisted by Greg Allum from the ILS Event Management Committee to produce the fine detail for each event following the recent Co-ordination Committee meeting in April in Glenelg. The Chief Referees for the different Championships have also had significant input to the design of the programmes. The ILS Sport Commission is pleased to have been able to publish these programmes on time on the LWC 2018 website. We look forward to the increasing number of teams entering the Lifesaving World Championships now that the detailed programmes are available.”

The Programmes are available on our website.

Programme revealed!


Rules for the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships clarified and updated

The ILS Sport Commission met in March, at the ILS HQ and clarified some of the rules relating to the conduct of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide. As a result updated versions of the ILS Competition Rulebook and the ILS 2018 Lifesaving World Championships Competition Handbook have been published, along with ILS Sport Commission 2018 Bulletin No. 1 which explains the clarifications that have been made. Go to the ILS Rules page for more information.

LWC pool venue hosts Australian Special Olympics

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April will see Adelaide host the Special Olympics 2018 National Games, and last week the Special Olympics flame was welcomed to SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre and the cauldron was lit to signal the start of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is part of the Flame of Hope raising awareness for the athletes of the Special Olympics in the lead up to the National Games starting in April 2018.

pic 2SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre General Manager, and LWC2018 Organising Committee Chairman, Adam Luscombe said “the Special Olympics Torch Relay signals the want for inclusion. The fact our young surf life savers are represented at such an event illustrates surf’s ability to include all. Matt Cowdrey OAM and State MP highlights this. We hope to bring the same level of inclusivity to the Lifesaving World Championships 2018, and the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre will ensure this aim is met at all pool rescue events”.



Read more about the Lighting Ceremony here and the Special Olympics National Games 2018 here.

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Travel partners announced

We are excited to announce details of our exclusive airline and accommodation partners: Qantas and Oaks Hotels.

Qantas are offering flight discounts for anyone travelling to Adelaide for the Lifesaving World Championships, find out more here.

Oaks have two accommodation options in Glenelg, offering apartment-style living; and three properties in Adelaide CBD. Find out more here.

Below you can see the beautiful stretch of beach at Glenelg, snapped from a Qantas flight, showing just how close the Oaks properties are to the beachfront!


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Early registrations close in one week!

There are just 7 days until the early-bird registration period closes for national and club teams entering the ILS Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018. A number of nations and clubs have already successful registered for the Open and some for the Youth events to take advantage of the early team registration fees.

This is a reminder to all federations yet to do so, to register their national teams for the Open and Youth championships by the 19th February 2018 to get that early discount. We also ask that you urgently circulate this message to your club teams to encourage them to register for all events they are intending to enter.

Although it may be too early for federations and clubs to select the competitors that will represent them it is not to early to register their team or club. Once teams are registered, competitors can be added to the entry at any time, right up to the close of entries on 16th October 2018. Unlike the team registration, competitors added are not subject to the early, normal or late registration fees as there is just one rate for each individual throughout the registration period.

Remember also that entries are not valid until the fees due are paid, so early registrations still need to be paid. Reminders will shortly be sent to all teams and clubs that have already registered but not yet paid to remind them of the approaching deadline.

All the details on how to register your teams and the fees payable are available here:

Please ensure your national team management are aware of this and encourage them to register early to get that discount. As registrations have to be approved, don’t leave it until the last minute or you could be disappointed.

Anyone can sign up to the e-news to get information about LWC2018, click here to sign up!

Coming to the Championships to support a friend?

We have opened up the registration system to allow “accompanying persons” to attend the LWC2018 and support their friends and family!

It costs 10EUR to register, and you will receive an accreditation pass, which will give you access to the transport system, social hubs and more!

Click here to download the how-to guide. Bring your partners, kids, mum, dad, siblings… take advantage of the wonderful family friendly holiday destination that is Adelaide and South Australia.

Holiday closures 2017/18

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We will be away from the office on the following weekends and public holidays: Sat 23, Sun 24, Mon 25, Tues 26 Dec (Christmas); Sat 30, Sun 31 Dec, Mon 1 Jan (New Year’s).

Our hardworking LWC staff are taking some time off over the summer – we are still contactable, but may take longer than usual to get back to you!

Sam Fielke (Partnership and Stakeholder Manager): out of office from Thurs 21 Dec, returning Mon 8 Jan
Ursula Menz (Senior Event Coordinator): out of office Sat 6 Jan – Sun 11 Feb


Another World Champion comes on board as LWC Ambassador

We are pleased to welcome Peta Coudraye (nee Kluzek) as an LWC2018 Ambassador.



Peta’s a World Champion and has been involved in Women’s Surf Boat rowing since the late 90’s and has proudly seen women’s surf boat racing grow into the well represented and elite level that you see today. Transitioning from the lake after winning a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Oslo, Norway.  She was instantly hooked on Surf Boat rowing after cracking waves at Middleton South Australia with the Brighton boaties.

Peta is a Bronze medallion holder and Surf Boat competitor since 1996, still actively competing in Open Women’s Surf Boats and is a member of Grange Surf Club, South Australia.

Peta works for Westpac as the State Marketing Manager SA/NT/TAS, and is a mother of two children, Piper 4 and Gabe 3.

Sporting Achievements

Gold Medal at the Junior World Championships, Oslo Norway, in the women’s pair with Amy Safe (Gillett) 1993 Transitioned to Surf Boats in 1996, joining Brighton Surf Club.

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Joined Grange Surf Club in 1998 and won a silver at the South Australian State Championships and Bronze at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in the Open Women’s Surf Boat (Kurrawa – Jane & Sarah McFarlane, Naomie Delany and Gilbert Barton)

  • 1999 – Gold medal. State (SA) Championships
  • 2000 – Competed for Queenscliff Surf Club NSW (branch medals)
  • 2003 – Competed for Scarborough SLSC (WA)
  • 2006 – Aldinga Surf Club (SA) – Gold Medal SA State Championships
  • 2007 – Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
  • 2010 – Grange – Gold Medal SA State Championships & Member of the State Team


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LWC2018 Ambassador Di Wallace-Ward to carry the Queen’s Baton

Di Wallace-Ward has been selected as a batonbearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held on the Gold Coast next year. Thousands of local legends will share the dream and carry the Queen’s Baton with pride. Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, these batonbearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great.

“The feeling is so surreal, hasn’t really sunk in yet, but feel deeply honoured by this amazing opportunity,” she said. “I better start practising some running training and baton changes!”

Di has inspired countless individuals by being a pioneer of women in Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) and Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).

Di has won, and continues to win, an impressive tally of 273 medals at World, Australian and State Titles. Di was presented to the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1983 for her competitive and volunteering services to SLSSA. In 2016, she became the first women to be inducted into the SLSSA Hall of Fame.

Di is a guest speaker and motivator, a mentor at SLSSA Youth Development Camps and delivers a Surf Awareness/Life Safety programs to a broad range of community members all with diverse backgrounds.

The Queen’s Baton Relay started on 13 March 2017, Commonwealth Day, at Buckingham Palace. The Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth to its final destination, the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

After visiting all Commonwealth nations and territories the Baton will arrive in Australia and start the final leg of its journey on 25 December 2017. It will travel the length and breadth of the country for 100 days through every state and territory, showcasing our history, culture, traditions, geography and people to the world.

The final batonbearer will return the Baton to The Queen or Her representative, who will remove the message and read it aloud to declare the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games open.

The Baton will visit South Australia briefly in January 2018, before making a more thorough tour in February. You can find out more information about the Relay here.

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Registrations open for LWC2018!


Today marks exactly 365 days until more than 5000 lifesavers from every corner of the globe descend on South Australia for the Lifesaving World Championships.

The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) Championships, held every two years, is the largest lifesaving event in the world. It showcases excellence in lifesaving sports and rescue, highlighting the vital role lifesavers play as an emergency service in reducing the rate of drowning around the world. Next year the Championships, co-hosted by Surf Life Saving South Australia and Events SA, will be held at Glenelg Beach and the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre from November 16 until December 2.

Event Director Conny Wilson said organisers were expecting the 16-day Lifesaving World Championships to be the biggest and best ever held, with thousands of competitors, volunteers and officials from more than 40 countries taking part.
“This is an enormous event for Adelaide to host given it attracts similar numbers of participants as the Commonwealth Games,” Ms Wilson said.
“While the program will showcase Adelaide and surrounding areas to the world, the event’s main aim is to highlight competitive lifesaving skills to broader audiences, grow awareness of the movement and deepen levels of engagement with the community.”

Official opening and closing ceremonies will be held at Glenelg Beach and competition categories include National Championships, Interclub Championships, Youth Championships, Masters Championships, IRB Championships and Surf Boat Championships.

International Lifesaving World Championships ambassador Bruckner Chase, a professional endurance waterman and internationally regarded ocean advocate, has been recruited to help grow US Masters participation for the Adelaide event.
“My first Lifesaving World Championships in 2016 continues to positively impact my mission and vision to positively impact our oceans and communities around the world, and I am honoured to be able to contribute to the reach and impact of the 2018 LWC,” Mr Chase said.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said securing the World Lifesaving Championships for a second time was a huge economic and sporting win for Adelaide.
“Adelaide hosted the World Lifesaving Championships in 2012 and the event pumped more than $4 million into the local economy. I’m sure we’ll see an even bigger economic impact again in 2018,” Mr Bignell said.
“We are the only city in the world to host the Championships twice, which is a testament to Adelaide’s reputation as a major events city and our fantastic beaches and sporting facilities.”

Event organisers will also be seeking volunteers early next year to assist with the major event.
“Volunteers play an enormous role in the Championships and we’ll be calling for people to help with everything from administration to hospitality to medical assistance,” Ms Wilson said.

For more information and competitor registrations, please visit

Media Contact: Emma Altschwager, 0439 804 110,

Click here to download this news article as a media release.

Click here for information on how to register.

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Welcome our newest Ambassador!

Welcome to Hannah Davis, our newest LWC2018 Ambassador.

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A born and bred proud South Australian hailing from Glenelg, Hannah is a dual Olympian and Olympic Bronze medallist who represented Australia in the sport of Flatwater Kayak at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. In Beijing Hannah picked up a Bronze medal in the Women’s K4 500m event. A feat that no Australian women’s crew before, or since, has been able to achieve. Hannah’s sporting ambition started early as a nipper at Glenelg SLSC, when she began representing South Australian in the Junior Surf Life Saving State Team. Hannah went on to also represent the Senior State Team on several occasions. As an Open athlete, Hannah has won Bronze in the Open Mix Double Ski and a Silver in the Open’s Womens Surf Ski at the Australian Surf Life Saving National Championships.

Hannah was a member of the Glenelg SLSC from the age of 5 up until 27, when she relocated to NSW after landing a job with Surf Life Saving Australian as the International Development Coordinator. While Hannah now works for AFL NSW/ACT as the Female Football Manager, she has since stayed well connected to the South Australian surf lifesaving community, while also joining the North Bondi SLSC in NSW. Hannah is passionate about the development of female sport, as well as sport as a tool for development more generally. In her last few years in South Australia, Hannah was a member of the South Australian Surf Sports Standing Committee, and travelled as a coach with the Senior State Team. Hannah has returned to South Australian in recent years, competing at the rescue 2012 event, where she placed 4th in the Open Women’s Surf Ski race, and took out the Ocean Ski race. Hannah has also helped to deliver female surf ski development clinics in conjunction with Surf Life Saving Australia, in South Australia and nationally.



Competition Handbook and Rulebook published

The ILS Sport Commission is pleased to confirm that the ILS Competition Rulebook 2015-2019 Revised 2017 Edition is now published in preparation for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018.

To accompany the revised Competition Rulebook, the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Championships Handbook, which sets out the entry criteria and event programmes, is also published.

Both documents are now available in preparation for the forthcoming launch of the online Registration system for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 which will be announced soon.


Welcome our first international Ambassador!

Bruckner Chase is a professional endurance waterman and ocean advocate who was recently appointed as the USLA International Masters Team Coordinator specifically to grow US Masters participation for the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018.  He works with partners such as Red Bull and USA’s NOAA National Weather Service to grow the sport of surf lifesaving and protect our oceans and our communities.  Using Evidence Based Ocean Initiatives his personal and foundation mission is:  To positively impact how we feel, think and act towards our oceans.

Bruckner’s athletic career spans the most challenging events on water and land. He competed as a professional triathlete, and he continues to be an elite level competitor in every endurance sport he takes on. On the water Bruckner has completed multiple ultra-distance swims and paddles in some of the harshest conditions imaginable:  a record setting no wetsuit swim in Alaska, a 22-mile swim of Lake Tahoe and historic swims between the islands of American Samoa. Bruckner competes in professional surf lifesaving sports across multiple aquatic disciplines.  He is the fifth American in history to compete in the iconic Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia, and in 2016 he became the only American to finish the event three times and the first to earn a spot on the winners podium.

“My personal and Foundation mantra is, “What we do IN the oceans makes us athletes.  What we do FOR our oceans and FOR our communities makes us Watermen and Waterwomen.”  I found my way into Surf Lifesaving Sport late in life, and I find the sport embodies in all its disciplines the opportunity for us all to be far more than just athletes beyond the competitive arena.  My first Lifesaving World Championships in 2016 continues to positively impact my mission and vision to positively impact our oceans and communities around the world, and I am honoured to be able to contribute to the reach and impact of LWC2018.”
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Welcome our newest Ambassador

Reece Homfray is a sports journalist and author who currently works for The Advertiser in Adelaide where he specialises in cycling and football. He has covered the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics for News Corp and most recently the 2017 AFL Grand Final. He is also a published author and a regular sports guest on ABC Radio.

“Having grown up in and around the water I’ve been passionate about swimming and water sports my whole life and as a sports journalist can appreciate the athleticism and skill involved in the various disciplines of surf life saving. I now swim 2-3 times a week while training for triathlon which involves various forms of open water swimming in the ocean, lakes and rivers. I grew up in country Victoria swimming in the Murray River which comes with its inherent dangers and hence I am well aware of the importance of water safety. Any opportunity to promote learning to swim while incorporating it with world-class athletes and an event like the Life Saving World Championships is very exciting.”


Another LWC2018 Ambassador announced!

We are thrilled to welcome Di Wallace-Ward as our newest Ambassador for LWC2018.

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Di’s love is surf lifesaving and she has won 14 State Open Board, 6 State Open Iron Woman Championships and an additional 157 State Titles, 18 Australian Gold, 10 World Titles in Open and Masters Events,  represented South Australia, Australia, member of the Uncle Toby’s and Nutri Grain Series, won the Nutri Grain Iron Woman 1988. She has held positions as State Team coach, member of the Sports Standing Committee, ECO Surf and regular mentor at SLSSA Youth Leadership Camp. In 2016 she was the first woman to be inducted into the Surf Life Saving SA Hall of Fame and nominated for Baton Bearer, Queens Baton Relay (2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast).  She’s a pioneer for woman’s participation in surf sports since the introduction of women in 1980, first woman to race in Open Iron Man final with Grant Kenny (1981) and one of the first women in South Australia/Australia to gain the Bronze Medallion.

Di says “I look forward to being an ambassador promoting LWC Adelaide 2018 to endorse lifesaving to the wider community.  This will be my 4th LWC and I’m looking forward to a huge international event held in the State I grew up and competed in for most of my career.  With the LWC being in our own backyard again I will ensure and do my best to see that interest and nominations are high for an event that keeps growing in stature, but most of all participants making new friendships and reigniting old ones, creating comradeship amongst clubs whilst advocating sportspersonship and protecting the integrity of our sport at the same time having a positive and enjoyable experience.”





Co-ordinating Committee meeting a great success

Members of the ILS Sport Commission and the ILS Event Director travelled to Adelaide for a very successful Co-ordination Committee (CoCom) meeting with the Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC)from 8th to 11th September 2017. The main focus of the meeting was to look in detail at the planning for the delivery of this important event in November 2018. The full agenda included a walk-through of the operational plans, site visits to the Ocean venue at Glenelg, and the South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre pool, and a check of the proposed Accreditation Centre and the Briefing Room at the Beach House.

The ILS team – Dave Thompson, Jelle Meintsma, Greg Allum and John Martin were delighted with the progress that has been made. John Martin, the ILS Event Director said “we are very pleased with the achievements of the Local Organising Committee to date, and believe, with them, that they are very much on course to deliver the best ever Lifesaving World Championships. The support of additional volunteers from South Australia was also very evident and we were made to feel very welcome. The 2018 Championships are very much on track and it was a very positive meeting.”

The CoCom will now focus on launching the Registration system for LWC Adelaide 2018 within the next month and publishing the Championships Handbook. The LOC will also be focusing on increasing communications to all potential participants, and are looking to make contact with all lifesaving clubs across the world. All ILS federations are asked to assist them by providing contact details for their clubs as soon as possible.


First LWC 2018 Ambassadors announced

We are delighted to announce the first two members of our LWC Ambassador program, Craig Chapman and Gavin Hill.
To learn more about Craig and Gavin, and our Ambassador program, click here.

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“I look forward to being an ambassador promoting LWC Adelaide 2018.  This will be my 11th LWC & I’m looking forward to it being bigger & better than the last LWC in Adelaide in 2012, which was very successful.  With the LWC being in our own backyard again I will ensure that interest & nominations are high for an event that keeps growing in stature.”




Gavin Hill 

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“I look forward to being involved in promoting the LWC Adelaide 2018. It is fantastic to see such a huge International event held in the State I grew up and competed in for most of my career. I will do my best to see all participants have a positive and enjoyable experience.”




Call for Nominations for Technical Officials


Applications are invited from all Technical Officials who wish to be considered for appointment to officiate at LWC Adelaide 2018, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia from 16th November to 2nd December, 2018.

The Pool Championships will be held at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre and all Ocean and Beach Championships are held at Glenelg Beach, Adelaide – the same venues as LWC 2012, except for Christies Beach.

If you wish to be considered, please complete the application form through the link below and submit it online to the ILS Sports Commission, by 31st August 2017. Please note that no late applications will be considered. All applications received will be acknowledged automatically by email. The (Google Docs) form and more information can be found at

500 Days to Go Until LWC Adelaide 2018 Begins

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500 days to go! The countdown is now well and truly underway for LWC Adelaide 2018.

The Lifesaving World Championships are conducted every 2 years, showcasing excellence in surf sports and rescue; attracting the most talented and skilled surf sports and rescue people to compete for the title of Worlds’ best. Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from November 16 – December 2, 2018

Registrations will open in August 2017. Don’t forget to #lwc2018 to join the conversation and share your lifesaving images and video!

LWC Adelaide 2018 Program Now Available

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The Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 detailed programme is now available. Please click here to view the detailed program and click here to view the program in bar format.

Please note that the program is subject to change and the “additional” events are subject to change.

The program is current as of 28 June 2017.

#LWC2018 – Join the Conversation and Share your Images

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The team at LWC Adelaide 2018 are always coming across lifesaving images on our social media feeds and we love it! Don’t forget to #lwc2018 and we will choose the best photos to repost on our social media channels.

Follow the lead of the @auslifesaving team who love a ‘selfie’!

Australia’s Best Athletes to Go Head to Hea

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Australia’s finest Surf Lifesavers will represent their State and showcase their lifesaving skills in an elite lifesaving sports competition. Contested on the beach and in the ocean, Interstates sees the best of the best battle it out in ironman and ironwoman racing, board races, ski races, taplin relays, rescue events, beach flags and beach sprints.

The 2017 Surf Life Saving Australia Interstate Championships will be held on Friday 20 January at Alexandra Headlands, Queensland. You can watch all of the action on the LIVE STREAM from 8am Brisbane/Queensland time. You can view the Interstate Championships either via the SLSA You Tube channel or directly off the Interstates web page 

State Categories: Youth & Opens

States Represented: QLD, NSW, WA, VIC, SA, TAS, NT

Events Contested: IronWoman, IronMan, Surf Race, Mixed Board Relay, Mixed Surf Relay, Beach Flags, Mixed Surf Teams Race, Surf Ski Race, Board Race, Beach Sprints, Rescue Tube Race, Beach Relay, Board Rescue, Taplin Relay.

Lifesaving Sport – As Heroic as Sport Can Be

The worlds best are coming to Adelaide, South Australia!

The 2018 Lifesaving World Championships are returning to Adelaide from November 17 – December 2, 2018. Over 5000 athletes from 40 countries will compete in a range of events that are held in the pool, on the sand and in the ocean. This video is from the successful 2016 Lifesaving World Championships, held in the Netherlands.

Start to get excited! Registration information will be made available in the coming weeks. Keep up to date by following our social media channels or visit

We do not own this video, credit to Lifesaving 2016 and Reddingsbrigade Nederland.

The Countdown Begins For The Mid Coast Community Challenge


The iconic South Australian Mid Coast is known for its waves and aquatic reserves but on the 29th January, there is the MID COAST COMMUNITY CHALLENGE (MCCC).  200 plus people aged from 9 years will come together at Christies Beach to compete with the day, culminating in the premier Challenge for Open Men and Open Women Surf Life Saving Ocean events. Everyone using the challenging “M” shape course.

Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 are proud to be supporting the 2017 Mid Coast Community Challenge as an Event Partner through the Ride the Wave program.

Events will encompass the ages of 9 years to Masters with cash prizes for the place getters. A full day of fierce competition of all levels. The introduction of the Mid Coast Community Challenge will see a Youth Club team swim and an open water 1k swim for all members of the community.

If you are ready to be challenged or want to watch a spectacular event which incorporates Surf Life Savers and the communities best, then email or enter at

This event is the ultimate in competitive collaboration with the Mid Coast Group (South Australia) of Surf Life Saving Clubs including Aldinga SLSC, Moana SLSC, South Port SLSC, Port Noarlunga SLSC and Christies Beach SLSC.

Book your place now so you don’t get disappointed, stay a while and explore the wonderful wine region of McLaren Vale.

When: 29th January 2017

Where: Christies Beach SLSC, South Australia.

Time: Events start 0800 (registration 7am)


International Volunteer Day – We Say Thanks

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Today is International Volunteer Day! The team at LWC Adelaide 2018 would like to say thanks to the thousands of volunteers who are involved with lifesaving across the world. This could include coaching, officiating, administration, patrolling and more. One of the volunteers in Adelaide, South Australia is Paul Dentonfrom the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club. Paul is involved in both coaching and officiating and without the volunteers like Paul lifesaving wouldn’t be the same!

LWC Adelaide 2018 will heavily rely on the involvement of our volunteers across a number of roles including committees, administration, logistical support, promotion of the event, officiating …. the list goes on! Do you want to volunteer at LWC Adelaide 2018? Keep an eye out on our website for more information in the coming months.

Beach Flags – It Is Always a Crowd Favourite

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It’s the most exciting 20m sprint you will ever see! The Beach Flags is a crowd favourite at all lifesaving competitions worldwide and it’s not hard to see why.

In this event, from a prone starting position on the beach, competitors rise, turn and race to obtain a baton (beach flag) buried upright in the sand approximately 20 m away.

Since there are always fewer batons than competitors, those who fail to obtain a baton are eliminated.

Don’t forget to #LWC2018 in all of your lifesaving social media posting.

LWC Adelaide 2018 November 17 – December 2, 2018 in #Adelaide#SouthAustralia


World Tsunami Awareness Day

It’s World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5.

Tsunamis are rare but deadly. Early warning saves lives. Know what to do and where to go –


Surf Sports Series in South Australia Heads to Chiton Rocks

Surf Life Saving SA are hosting the inaugural Surf Sports Series this season and this weekend Round 2 is will be held on the south coast of South Australia at the Chiton Rocks SLSC. The competition kicks off at 10am on Saturday 8 October and concludes at 12pm.

The Surf Sports Series is supported by the Lifesaving World Championships 2018’s “Ride the Wave” community engagement program and is designed to sharpen the skills of South Australian surf sports athletes competing on the national and world stage.

The Surf Sports Series will feature new varying, short course formats with the athletes competing in Board, Beach (events #1 and #4 only) and Ski events for individual points to go towards an end of season tally.

The competition will be fierce with 2015 Surf Life Saving SA Open State Champions Benjamin Zuill and Lily Warrick returning to defend their Open titles against a tight field of SA surf sports stars.

Round 3 will be held at Aldinga Bay on October 22 from 10am and the final round will be held at the Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club on November 12 from 3pm.

Don’t forget to #lwc2018 throughout the Surf Sports Series! We would love to see your images so we can share them on our social media channels.



Relive Rescue 2012

The 2012 Lifesaving World Championships – Rescue 2012 was held in Adelaide, South Australia, from November 7-18, 2012 and included five separate competitions:

  • World National Team Championships
  • World Interclub Championships,
  • World Masters Championships,
  • World Surf Boat Championships, and
  • World Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships.

Beach, National Teams and all IRB events were held at Glenelg Beach. Christies Beach was the home of all Masters, Interclub and Surf Boat events. The South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre hosted all Pool events.

The Lifesaving World Championships are returning to Adelaide, South Australia, from November 17 – December 2, 2018 and with the addition on the Youth Interclub Championships and Youth National Championships we are expecting the Lifesaving World Championships in 2018 to be bigger and better than 2012!

Watch the video below which is a brilliant package from Rescue 2012!

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Follow Us On Social Media – @lwcadelaide2018

A wide variety of posts will be released via our social media channels to target the LWC Adelaide 2018 worldwide audience. These posts will include:

  • Key stakeholder/sponsor messages
  • News items from LWC2018, the ILS and organisations affiliated with the ILS
  • Promote LWC2018 social media channels
  • Profiles of local, national and international athletes
  • Promotion of various disciplines that form LWC2018
  • Profiling Volunteers, celebrating their contribution with followers
  • A variety of posts to engage the user such as #TBT, ‘The weekend is almost here’ and ‘hump day’.

To follow our social media channels please search @lwcadelaide2018 or click the links below.

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Send Us Your Stories

Want to send us through your own story? We have a section on the website where we want YOU to send through your story. We don’t care if you are an athlete, coach, official, spectator or team manager, we want to share stories from around the globe!

Click here to be redirected to our ‘Upload Your Stories’ section of the website.

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Lifesaving World Championships Adelaide 2018 Goes LIVE!

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]. The ILS Lifesaving World Championships are conducted every two years, showcasing excellence in surf sports and rescue; attracting the most talented and skilled surf sports and rescue people to compete for the title of Worlds’ best.  It is an opportunity to profile the Lifesaving Movement, the important role they play as an emergency service and highlight their contribution to community.

LWC Adelaide 2018 is proudly South Australian and an exciting addition to the States’ 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.

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

Ride the Wave is a community program of events aimed at raising awareness of the Lifesaving Movement, Surf Lifesaving SA’s programs and surf sports. It will be delivered over 24 months, culminating in the opportunity to participate in a community activity at the LWC2018.

A full schedule of festive activities will be developed to support the LWC competition program, and to 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.