Lifesaving at IMGA Master Games

Lifesaving has become a growing sport in many countries. The sport can be played indoors in swimming pools or outside on beaches, in the same way that you get pool lifeguards and beach lifeguards. Life saving sport is one of few sports that has a humanitarian purpose: to train better lifesavers and life guards.

The sport consists of a series of competition disciplines intended to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation.


Age categories

Men & Women: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+

To compete in the Surf Life Saving competition at World Masters Games, all athletes are required to be a qualified life saver with a recognised Surf Life Saving Club. The age category you will compete in for lifesaving will be determined as at 31 December of the year of the event. Competitors can compete in one age category per event.


Possible events and disciplines

Beach Run, Beach Flags, Beach Sprint
Board Race
Run Swim Run
Surf Race
Ocean man/Ocean woman
Beach Relay, Board relay, Surf Ski Relay
Surf Teams Race
Surf Boats

Past Results

View the WMG Sydney 2009 Lifesaving Results
View the WMG Auckland 2017 Lifesaving Results

The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.