The Life Saving World Championships have a long history dating back 100 years ago, when it was held annually and only included pool and open water events. It has evolved over the years into its modern form - the Rescue Series.
It is now held once every two years, in a different location around the world and has extended the competition to include surf and beach events. It is the largest life saving competition in the world, and attracts teams from over 40 countries.
This year, the event is being presented by Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) with the support of the South Australian Government.
Along with the various competitions, Rescue 2012 also features international meetings, global development program, gala dinner, closing ceremony and after parties for the competitors.
With 4000-6000 contestants expected to participate in this year's competition, it is set to be a huge boost to South Australian tourism. The industry is already reaping the rewards with accommodation for all these interstate and international guests booking up quickly.
Our special guests are sure to be impressed as Adelaide is the perfect place for such an event, with beautiful beaches and a state of the art swimming centre. Plus, we'll be putting on a party or two.
There are 3 wonderful locations around Adelaide for competitions:
-Glenelg Beach will host the Beach, National Teams and IRB events
-Christies Beach will hold the Masters, Interclub and Surf Boat events
-All the pool events will take place at the South Australian Aquatic & Leisure Centre at Marion
Spectators are welcome to watch the events and it won't cost you much. The beach events are FREE to attend, and there is just a small admission fee of $2.50 at the Aquatic Centre for the pool events.
When the sun goes down, the party gets started. There will be a licensed Entertainment Hub at the Glenelg foreshore. The hub will be open each week of competition from Thursday to Sunday evening. There will be food and drink available and free entertainment from local musicians such as The Salvadors, Laura Hill, The Happy Leonards, Adam Moffatt and DJs.
South Australia loves its local produce, so naturally there will be a Food and Wine Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday November 17th and Sunday November 18th along the Esplanade at Christies Beach. Here you can sample the best food and wine that South Australia has to offer.
Thousands of life savers will hit the beach in November
For a fortnight in November, Adelaide will be bustling with activities and life savers. Join in the festivites at the Christies Beach Food and Wine Festival and the Glenelg Entertainment Hub. Show your support for the life savers who keep our pools and beaches safe by cheering them on at the Rescue 2012 Life Saving World Championships.