The lifesaving World Championships and meetings – rescue 2016 – will be held from 1 to 18 September 2016 in the city of Eindhoven and Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Pool and Ocean competitions are on the programme for National Teams, Interclub Teams, Masters, Surfboat teams and IRB Teams.
The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) is the world authority in the global effort to prevent drowning and works with national lifesaving organizations to improve drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifeaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport. ILS is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, worldwide lifesaving sport and humanitarian organisation.
A man, woman or child drowns somewhere in de the world every 30 seconds, making a tragedy of more than 1 million people who died by drowning per year. This is an unacceptable and preventable toll and is the driving motivation for the ILS. The International Federation was established in 1910 and is now representing over 30 million lifesavers and lifeguards in over 130 countries. They all have one objective: the preservation of human life in the aquatic environment. Sports competitions are organised under the motto ‘fit to save a life’.
Ocean events comprise races that are often unpredictable as currents and waves play a major role. Experience, tactics and endurance is called for in the athletes.
Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Racing, is a surf sport where local surf lifesaving club teams race Inflatable Rescue Boats under competitive conditions. IRB Racing consists of a number of simulated rescue events, with the aim of improving lifesaver skills through competition.
A surfboat is an oar-driven boat designed to enter the ocean from the beach in heavy surf or severe waves. It is often used in lifesaving or rescue missions where the most expedient access to victims is directly from the beach.