The sport of swimming demands a combination of physical strength, superior fitness, and intense mental fortitude. For these reasons, it has always been considered as a very practical and significant sport for military athletic competition. Since the CISM foundation, this discipline has been a regular mainstay in the sporting calendar. Under the auspices of CISM, the world military swimming championships are made up of two separate disciplines: swimming and lifesaving.
Swimming and lifesaving CISM championships take place between July and October and should always be harmonized with the international event calendar of Fédération Internationale de Natation (FIN) and International Life Saving Federation (ILS).