Festival of Lifesaving

The Royal Life Saving Society – Commonwealth Drowning Prevention is delighted to announce the all new Commonwealth Festival Of Lifesaving to take place in South Africa in 2017.

The Festival runs from 9th to 13th August 2017 at the King’s Park Swimming Complex, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

The new-look festival aims to encourage participation and lifesaving development, and to bring the lifesaving family together. We’re introducing an individual skill element and a non-competitive sports development section, in addition to the more tradition Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships.

The proposed timetable is:

Wednesday 9th August Team Arrival
Thursday 10th August Team Training

Team Registration

Managers Meetings

Technical Officials Meetings

TBC – SERC Heats

Friday 11th August Day 1 of Competition
Saturday 12th August Day 2 of Competition

Awards Dinner

Sunday 13th August Teams Depart


Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving

The Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving comprises of both the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships and Lifesaving Challenge Events.

Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships – National & Development Teams

Commonwealth Championships for national and development teams from all Commonwealth nations.

The National Teams Championship will form the elite element of the Festival, The Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships, during which national Teams shall compete to become Commonwealth Lifesaving Champions

The Development Championships will serve to develop both nations and individual competitors in the skills of Lifesaving sport and future international events.

These Championships event rules are consistent with those in the ILS Competition Manual and shall be conducted in both male and female categories.

Events National Teams Max entries per team Development Teams Max entries per team
50m Manikin Carry 2 competitors 2 competitors
100m Manikin Carry with Fins 2 competitors 2 competitors
100m Manikin Tow with Fins 2 competitors 2 competitors
200m Super Lifesaver 2 competitors 2 competitors
4 x 25m Manikin Carry Relay 1 team* 1 team*
4 x 50m Medley Relay 1 team* 1 team*

*Team (4 competitors per team)

Commonwealth Lifesaving Challenge

The Lifesaving Challenge is for individuals from across the Commonwealth. The Challenge will form the Lifesaving Skills element of the Festival, during which individuals will test their skills on an international stage. The event will be conducted for individuals in both male and female categories.

This championship will consist of the following events:

Full details for the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving, including rules can be found in the Commonwealth Festival of Life Saving Manual 2017

Entry Fees

Links to the Entry Forms and Entry Fee Breakdown and Banking Details are below and should be returned at your earliest convenience and before the 30th June 2017 for eligibility for the Early Bird Registration discounts.

Entry fees have been set as follows (in USD):

Entry Forms






Accommodation has been secured within the Tsogo Sun Hotel Range across Durban, http://www.tsogosun.com

Hotels listed from closest to the pool to the furthest away:

Sun Square Suncoast Hotel 4* prices from USD$120 single and USD$135 double sharing; within walking distance to the swimming pool, has direct access to the beach

Garden Court Marine Parade 3* prices from USD$95 single and USD$112 double sharing; transport needed; it is on the People Mover Blue Line route to and from Kings Park Swimming Pool

Garden Court South Beach 3* prices from USD$85 single and USD$100 double sharing; transport needed; it is on the People Mover Blue Line route to and from Kings Park Swimming Pool

Note: Hotel Prices include Taxes but exclude Tourism Duties


Transport from the Airport to your hotel can be made via an Airport Shuttle, price USD$6 (R80) per person one way, no bookings required.  The shuttle departs every 45 minutes from King Shaka Airport http://shuttle.airportbustransport.co.za.   The shuttle will pick up from your hotel for the return journey when needed.

‘People Mover’ from the Hotels to the Swimming Pool available as per the attached map.  Single journey price is R5.50, daily pass price is R16.00

Car Rental agencies are available at the Airport and around Durban City if required.

Lifesaving South Africa have produced a range of merchandise for the Festival of Lifesaving which includes various t-shirts, hoodies and caps.  Please visit https://www.fanport.co.za/commonwealth-champs/ to place an order.

Please keep visiting this page as we will be posting further information as it becomes available.

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