Lifesaving World Championships 2024


Volunteering with us is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Welcome to the Lifesaving World Championships 2024, hosted by Surf Life Saving Queensland – an event that promises to be larger than the Commonwealth Games! With 7,000 athletes from over 50 countries converging to compete in 10 Championship events over an action-packed 18 days, the LWC24 is set to make waves on a global scale.

But this extraordinary event isn’t just about the athletes; it’s about the heart and soul of the competition – our Valued Volunteers. Joining the LWC24 volunteer team is your chance to give something back while being an integral part of something truly special. This volunteering experience is not just an opportunity; it’s a gateway to making a real impact on the event and the local community.


Being a LWC24 Valued Volunteer is not only a noble endeavour but also a standout addition to your CV. It provides invaluable work experience that sets you apart from the crowd. Gain new skills, meet incredible people from around the world, and be a part of the behind-the-scenes magic that brings this global event to life.

Picture yourself having fun, creating lasting memories, and forging new friendships, all while making a real difference to the success of the Lifesaving World Championships 2024 and the local area. This is your chance to be part of something bigger than yourself – an experience that will leave an indelible mark on your life.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a world-class event. Join the LWC24 Valued Volunteers and be a crucial part of the lifeline that makes this championship an unforgettable success. Apply now and become a key player in the excitement, camaraderie, and global impact of the Lifesaving World Championships 2024!

Why become a volunteer?

  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a World Championship event
  • Networking with the international lifesaving community
  • Get up close and personal with the World’s best lifesavers and Olympians
  • Training and and event shirt/cap provided
  • Duty meals
  • Transport support


The majority of volunteer roles do not require any formal experience or qualifications. All volunteer roles will be supported by a Team Leader to ensure everyone feels supported and remains well-informed. Ideally, LWC24 Valued Volunteers will have;

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible and keen to contribute to the success of these World Championships
  • Be team players and able to work flexibly with other volunteers and
  • Be top brand ambassadors for the surf lifesaving image.

Knowledge of another language, other than English would be an advantage, but is not essential.

The official dates of the Lifesaving World Championships 2024 are from 20 August to 8 September 2024.  We require volunteers to be available over these dates, or some of these dates, and possibly a few days pre and post.  Working hours and times will vary depending on the role and requirements of the program.  Flexibility of working hours will be an advantage. Being available and happy to help welcome the lifesaving community from all over the world with a smile on your face is essential.  Some volunteer duties may require you to have certain qualifications, accreditations or licenses. 

LWC Valued Volunteers will be required to attend a minimum of three online training sessions in the months leading up to the event:

  • Orientation training
  • Role specific training
  • Venue specific training

All volunteers will receive a shirt and cap before starting work relevant to their role.  These can be kept after the Championships as a lasting memory of the time spent volunteering at the Lifesaving World Championships 2024.

If you have a question about volunteering, please email us at

Child safety requirements: queensland

In Queensland, a legislative scheme, governed by the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (the WWC Act), operates to regulate people who work with children. This is known as the ‘blue card’ system and is administered by Blue Card Services (BCS).Surf Life Saving Queensland has a firm commitment to the safety and welfare of members and others who engage with SLS. We aim at all times to safeguard members who are under 18 years of age from all forms of harm while under the care of SLSQ or its affiliates.

For persons who will be participating in the World Championships


All members (aged 18+) of any affiliated Club within Queensland must hold a current Blue Card in line with SLSQ Policy MS06 – Blue Card Screening. You will be required to submit details of your card on registration, and these will be verified.

If you do not have card and you need one please refer to SLSQ Quick Reference Guide : Blue Card Application Process Flowchart. Please liaise with your Club relative to this.


Please be advised that Queensland does not recognise any Working with children checks from another state. Please refer to the Blue Card website relative to this.

If you are working in Queensland in regulated child-related employment for not more than 7 days in a calendar year, you won’t need a blue card (for the purposes of the blue card system, a ‘day’ is for any period of time on 1 day, irrespective of whether it is a full day or part day.

If you are appointed into a role via your Club (Team Manager/Coach etc) or by the Organising Committee (Official) and your appointment spans more than 7 days, then you are required to gain a Blue Card**

** Note if you have already officiated at any Australian or other Championships or any other event in an official capacity in Queensland in 2024 this must be taken into consideration when you are calculating your days. We will be checking the appointments for the Aussies to ensure all that need the card have the card

Interstate Resident who holds a QLD Blue Card

If you are an interstate resident and hold a QLD Blue Card that was gained via another organisation, please provide details in your event registration and we will validate this (Do NOT list the details of your home state-based working with children check). Members are required to verify their Queensland Blue Card via this LWC Blue Card Linking – NON QLD Members

New Applications – NON QLD Members

Step One : If you do not have one and you don’t meet the 7-day threshold test to be exempt from the Blue Card requirements  then you will                          need to access the Remote Pack to apply for a QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Customer Reference                                Number

Step Two : Once you have the Customer Reference Number, please apply for your card via the Blue Card Online Portal

Step Three : You will then need to provide your Blue Card Services Account Number and Queensland Transport Customer Reference Number                       (CRN) to SLSQ via LWC Blue Card Linking – NON QLD Members

Step Four : Once you have done this and are linked to SLSQ then you will receive another email from Blue Card Services asking you to                               complete the application process


Blue Cards have provided advice indicating that members participating in an official capacity do not have to apply for the Blue Cards

However, your Club/Country will be required to sign a declaration indicating the good character of all persons attending on their behalf and that they have not been convicted of any offence in another jurisdiction that is akin to a disqualifying offence if it were committed in Queensland. More information on “what is a disqualifying offence” is below.

The Club/Country will take on any/all responsibilities and liability should any adverse behaviour occur throughout the duration of the event.


Any person who is subject to

  1. A disqualifying offence /conviction including non-recorded convictions or outstanding charge for a disqualifying offence
    Please refer to this link for information on a disqualifying offence
  2. Serious offence / outstanding charge for serious offence
    Please refer to this link for information on a serious offence
  3. Negative Notice Holders
    Please refer to this link for information on negative notice holders


Should any criminal behaviours be witnessed/notified- the necessary and appropriate authorities (Queensland Police Service) will be contacted.

SLSQ via the 2024 World Champs Local Organising Committee reserve the right to remove any person from designated carnival areas who do not follow required directions in relation to Child Safety.