The International World Games Association (IWGA) organises the World Games every four years, one year after the Summer Olympic Games.
The World Games are often called the “Olympic” Games for the non-Olympic Sports and were first held in Santa Clara (USA) in 1981. The Games are a Multi-Sport Event where over 30 Sports are organised during a period of 14 Days. Lifesaving Sports (both pool and beach-surf) are on the programme since its second edition in London in 1985. The lifesaving competition lasts three days: two days in the pool and one day on the beach-surf. The ten best lifesaving teams in the World can participate in these top Games and the selection is made at the World Championships one year before holding the Games.
- 2021: Birmingham, Alabama (USA)
- 2017: Wroclaw (Poland)
- 2013: Cali (Colombia)
- 2009: Kaochiung (Chinese Taipei)
- 2005: Duisburg (Germany)
- 2001: Akita (Japan)
- 1997: Lahti (Finland)
- 1993: Den Haag (Netherlands)
- 1989: Kahrsruhe (Germany)
- 1985: London (United Kingdom)
- 1981: Santa Clara (USA)