ILS-Africa and its Member Organisations promote and organise lifesaving sport and regularly organise African and International lifesaving competitions in order to stimulate the interest of competitors to improve their ability and willingness to save people who are in danger in the aquatic environment.

Lifesaving sport helps develop the lifesavers’ skills, knowledge and techniques, and plays an important role in providing opportunities to enhance global relationships among ILS Member Organisations.

Lifesaving sport is a sport with a purpuse: “be fit to save a life”.


The results and the reports of the African Championships and are provided below:


Lifesaving sport comprises Pool Events and Beach/Ocean Events. The description of the events can be found on the ILS web site.

Pool Events

• Obstacle Swim – 200 m and 100 m
• Manikin Carry – 50 m
• Rescue Medley – 100 m
• Manikin Carry with Fins – 100 m
• Manikin Tow with Fins – 100 m
• Super Lifesaver – 200 m
• Line Throw – 12.5 m
• Manikin Relay – 4 x 25 m
• Obstacle Relay – 4 x 50 m
• Medley Relay – 4 x 50 m
• Pool Lifesaver Relay Mixed – 4 x 50 m

Beach/Ocean Events

• Surf Race
• Surf Teams Race
• Rescue Tube Rescue
• Rescue Tube Race
• Run-Swim-Run
• Beach Flags
• Beach Sprint
• Beach Run – 2 km and 1 km
• 3 x 1 km Beach Run Relay
• Beach Relay
• Surf Ski Race
• Surf Ski Relay
• Board Race
• Board Relay
• Board Rescue
• Oceanman/Oceanwoman (and Olympic “M” format variation)
• Oceanman/Oceanwoman Relay
• Ocean Lifesaver Relay Mixed (Oceanman/Oceanwoman Relay variation)

SERC Competitions

The Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) tests the initiative, judgement, knowledge, and abilities of four lifesavers who, acting as a team, apply lifesaving skills in a simulated emergency situation unknown to them prior to the start. This competition is judged within a 2-minute time limit. All teams respond to the identical situation and are evaluated by the same judges.

Surf Boat Events

A Surfboat team comprises four rowers and one sweep. After the starting signal, crews row around the assigned turning buoys positioned approximately 400 m from the start and return to the beach.

IRB Events

These are events with an Inflatable Rescue Boat where drivers and crews must round buoys, pick-up a victim and return quickly to the beach.