from 18th September to 5th October


Important Message to all participants attending the Lifesaving World Championships 2020 (LWC 2020)
Just recently it has become aware that the Bologna Airport, the main international airport for Riccione in northern Italy, will be closed for runway repairs from 00:01am on 16th September to 06.00am on 21st September, affecting the period of the Championships.
Some airlines have already begun cancelling flights, others may choose to divert their flights to other airports in northern Italy. Not all airlines have yet confirmed their plans to manage their flights during the closure period.
The ILS and LOC, together with ORION agency, responsible for the logistics arrangements for LWC 2020, decided as follows: participants arriving during the above period, who would have landed at Bologna, should consider the following alternative options:
- The small regional airport at Rimini. ORION will arrange the required pickup from that airport. The airport is served by direct flights from London Stansted, Luxembourg, Munich and Budapest
- The Ancona airport, which is located 82 km further south from Riccione. This airport is served by direct flights from London Gatwick, London Stansted, Paris, Brussels, Dusseldorf and Munich. ORION will arrange pick-ups and return from Ancona.
- If attendees are not able to land at either Rimini or Ancona, and are forced to change their flights to land at other airports in Northern Italy, such as Venice, Pisa, Florence (Firenze), Milano Malpensa, Milano Bergamo, Rome, they should arrange to make their way by the fast train service from those locations to Bologna Railway Station.

ORION will ensure that they are then picked up there and transported as originally planned to Riccione. Return trips will be arranged to Bologna Railway Station, or to Bologna airport if the return flight is being made from there after the closure period ends.
It remains essential to advise Orion of the time of train’s arrival and the type of train service used (different trains stop at different areas within the Bologna Railway Station).


From 18th September to 5th 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 18th September to 5th 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!

Discover all the benefits by purchasing the competition packages on the Official Website.

The packages guarantee the best onsite service.
To better organize your stay in Riccione, it’s important to know your needs in order to propose the best solutions for you.
By booking a package, you will be guaranteed the following inclusions for an average total amount of 350 euros per person:

Guaranteed accommodations in selected hotels and apartments in Riccione, with a vast selection of structures in different categories and meal treatments.
Local accommodation city tax
Onsite dedicated Staff Assistance
Arrival & Departure Transfers from/to Bologna Airport and from/to Bologna Railway Station, by dedicated transportation arranged. Please, fill in the Arrival & Departure form you will find on the website, in order to organize a suitable transportation plan
Welcome/information Desk at the railway station upon your arrival
Welcome/Information Desk at the airport upon your arrival
Local transfers from Hotel to Pool/Beach
Complimentary Lycra Vest for athletes
Onsite English-speaking staff to assist you
Assistance with online registration and online purchase of the packages
Assistance with any visa issues, if needed
Accreditation for spectators (maximum of 2 persons for every competitors of the team) with local transport service , access in special zone during the competitions and merchandising discounts
Free training pool for 3 days before the Champs
Complimentary Board, Ski, Boat Storage on the beach
50% discounts for pool rental for training
Complimentary use of pool facilities for pre-competition training
Onsite Safety and security
Assistance with organizing local tours
1 Official photo for every competitor/official
Local discounts on services and facilities