Event description

After 30 years, the Lifesaving World Championships are returning to Queensland.

More than 5,000 competitors from roughly 50 countries will flock to the Gold Coast in 2024, after the city was officially named by the International Life Saving Federation as the host venue for the sport’s most prestigious event. The World Championships, which were last held in Queensland back in 1988, will split competition between Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre over 17 days of action in late August and early September.

Lifesaving World Championships – Fast Facts:

  • The Lifesaving World Championships were last held in Queensland in 1988, with competition back then on the Gold Coast.
  • The Championships are expected to attract more than 5,000 competitors from approximately 50 countries.
  • In addition, roughly 450 technical officials and 300 volunteers will be involved.
  • More than 12,000 spectators and supporters are also anticipated to converge on the Gold Coast across the duration of the event.
  • The economic impact is conservatively estimated to exceed $15 million.
  • Competition will be split between Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
  • World Championship events include pool rescue, surf boats, inflatable rescue boats, surf ski, board, surf swims, team events, beach sprints and flags, and the ironman/woman.
  • Age groups include Masters (30+ years), Open (19+ years) and Youth (15-18 years).

Volunteering opportunities

Surf Life Saving Queensland is seeking volunteers willing to assist in the office and on the front-line at events such as fundraising and promotional campaigns, beach events and race days.

Volunteer package

We offer work experience placements at any of our offices around Queensland, with a range of activities, departments and functions that could assist you in gaining experiences, contacts, knowledge and foundations for your future.