from 14th September to 3rd October


World Championships 2020

From 14th September to 3rd October 2020 Riccione will be the capital of the LifeSaving World Champioships 2020. Competitors, officials, coaches, team managers, spectators will meet in Riccione, to live this amazing experience.



Renata Tosi

Major of Riccione

For the city of Riccione it is a great honor to host an event of such international caliber.
The Lifesaving World Championships will not only be a great agonistic showcase, but also an opportunity to present Riccione as a city open to the world of sports, both with the renovated facilities of Riccione Swimming Stadium and its hotel structures, prepared to welcome its guests.
In occasion of the Lifesaving World Championships, Riccione will embrace this important sport event, providing every service and, above all, human principal, that makes this city a reason of great pride. Care and professionalism will be constant to ensure that the 2020 is an extraordinary edition.

Giuseppe Solfrini

President of Polisportiva Riccione

As President of the Polisportiva Comunale Riccione, I am delighted and honored to host at the Riccione Swimming Stadium the Lifesaving World Championships. An event that brings the whole world to Riccione and that we are ready to welcome not only with the hospitality that distinguishes our people, but also with the great professionalism that over the years we have been able to demonstrate organizing numerous National and International Sports events.
I know what it means, from a logistical point of view, to create an event of this kind. For this reason I can already in advance thank all the staff of the Polisportiva Comunale Riccione and the Riccione Swimming Stadium who have welcomed this occasion with great enthusiasm. To do our best, on our side we have a city that you can fall in love with, set between the sea, the long beaches and the hills, and the opportunity to welcome you the athletes, your travelling companions and your families in a first class sports facility as the Riccione Swimming Stadium.
What makes us even more proud is that on this occasion we will not only host simple athletes or future champions, but young men and women that besides improving, competing and trying to break records, have as their ultimate goal to help those in water who are in difficulty and therefore the objective to save lives.
So then, let the winners be the values ​​of sport, healthy competition and friendship among the people.

Paolo Barelli

President of the Italian Swimming Federation

Dear Friends
We are very glad to host the XXX Edition of the European Lifesaving Championships for National Teams, Interclub and Masters.
The International Lifesaving Federation of Europe (ILSE) awarded the bid of the Italian Federation which embraced various targets: to spread the water culture through sports reflection; to further guarantee bathers’ prevention, protection and safety through the education and training of lifesavers who operate along the 8.000 km of the Italian coasts, rivers, lakes and pools; to reduce under 0.5% each 100.000 habitants the accidents or deaths for drowning ; to improve the international role of Italy in respect of information, consciousness, defense and protection of aquatics area.
For the more than 1.600 athletes participating, managers, coaches, officials, volunteers and families it would be an occasion to grow and share lifesaving value within this prestigious Event which will take place in Riccione from 14th September to 3rd October 2020.
The Swimming Stadium and the beach in front of Viale Torino. 1 km long, will be the scenario for the pool and ocean’s events; the city will turn into a place for meeting and sharing different way of life but all under the same swimming principles.
Italy is well known for its life quality, artistic and cultural goods, landscape beauty, temperate and mild weather, food, fashion, cinema, irony and hospitality. Riccione concentrates all these characteristics and represents the ideal location to visit the Bel Paese.
As ex lifesaver swimmer and as President of the Italian Federation and as President of the Ligue Europeenne de Natation, I’m proud that ILSE chose Italy to host the European Championships which will be organized with passion, knowledge and responsibility in order to promote a discipline with profound social purposes.
Compliance with life and sports are values for all. Defend them and enjoy!