Festival of Lifesaving

The Royal Life Saving Society – Commonwealth Drowning Prevention held the all new Commonwealth Festival Of Lifesaving from 10th to 13th August 2017 at the King’s Park Swimming Complex, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

The new-look festival aimed to encourage participation and lifesaving development, and to bring the lifesaving family together. An individual skill element and a non-competitive sports development section were introduced, in addition to the more tradition Commonwealth Lifesaving Championships.

On behalf of the Royal Life Saving Society we would like to thank everyone involved in making the Africa Leaders Workshop and Festival of Lifesaving a great success. We hope that everyone who attended found it an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

Click on the links to see the full results and final scores for the 2017 Festival of Lifesaving


2019 Festival of Lifesaving

The next Festival of Lifesaving will be held in 2019.  Details about hosting a future Festival of Lifesaving can be found in the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving Bidding and Hosting Guidelines 2017

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


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