Surf Life Saving is recognised as the most effective surf rescue service in the world. Surf Sports play a key role in improving lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation.
This summer Collaroy’s lifesavers will line up across the country to take on the surf and sand, promising to be the most exciting season of sport on the beach. Young and old, professionals and beginners alike, will come together at a beach near you, delivering a thrilling carnival that you won’t want to miss.
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Beach events are held on the sand and included events such as:
Beach sprint – competitors race on a straight sand course of approximately 70 – 90 metres to the finishing line.
Beach relay – teams of 4 competitors race on a straight sand course of approximately 70 – 90 metres with a baton, running one lap each. The final runner of a team over the finish line wins.
Beach flags – competitors start lying on their stomach facing away from a baton/s buried in the sand approximately 15 – 20 metres away. There is always less batons than competitors. On the starting gun, competitors rise, turn and race to secure a baton. The competitor(s) who fail to obtain a baton are eliminated. The process repeats until there is a single winner.
2km Beach run – competitors race on a sand course in four laps of 500 metres to total approximately 2km.
Beach training is typically run through summer on Tuesday evenings.
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Collaroy is the home to one of the most competitive March Past teams in the world.
This iconic Surf Life Saving event dates back to the 1920s.
A team of twelve club members march around a rectangular course on the beach to music led by their Flag Bearer, carrying a Club Flag, and a reel party carrying a traditional surf reel.
They are judged on eight separate sections:
Time and Step,
Spacing and Dressing,
Wheeling and Length of Pace.
The team with the least amount of faults wins the competition.
BOARD SWIM SKI
Board and Ski events include:
Single Surf Ski Race – from a floating start, competitors paddle their surf ski around three buoys and return to the finish line. The finish is judged when any part of the surf ski crosses the finish line with the competitor and their paddle all in contact.
Double Surf Ski Races – from a floating start, competitors (two per ski) paddle their ski around three buoys and return to the finish line. The finish is judged when any part of the ski crosses the finish line with both team members and at least one paddle in contact with the ski.
Surf Board Races – from the beach (standing start) each competitor enters the water with their surf board, paddles around all buoys and returns to the beach. The winner is judged by the first competitor to cross the finish line on their feet and in conact with their board.
Surf Board / Surf Ski Relay – teams of three competitors compete in a relay format over a course similar to the respective individual races. After rounding the buoys and returning to the beach the first competitor runs around two turning flags to tag the second competitor. The second competitor then completes the course and tags the final competitor. The race finishes when the final competitor rounds all buoys, returns to the beach and runs to the finish line.
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Board & Ski Captain
The rescue and resuscitation (r&r) competition provides the opportunity for slsa members to demonstrate in a competitive manner some traditional rescue and resuscitation techniques used in surf life saving.
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R & R Captain
Surf boat racing is one of the most spectacular events in Surf Life Saving competitions. Each surfboat is manned by four rowers and is steered by a sweep. Crews compete head to head racing from the beach, rowing through the surf into open water and turning at a designated set of turning buoys or cans. After rounding the cans, the crews race back to the beach each keeping in their lane or alley. As the surfboat nears the beach the aim is to catch a wave and surf to shore whilst the sweep steers the boat to keep it upright and on the face of the wave. Surfboat races are conducted on a weekly basis throughout the Australian summer and hundreds of boat crews take part.
Surfboat competitions offer members the chance to test their skills and fitness against the very best lifesavers in Australia. Competitors have the opportunity to travel across the State and Country to attend numerous local and interstate carnivals. In order to compete each athlete must have a minimum qualification of a Bronze Medallion and meet the patrol hour requirements according to their membership category.
There are 7 divisions in surf boat rowing competition.
- Open Men
- Open Women
- Reserves (B Grade)
- Under 23 Men (Colts)
- Under 23 Women
- Under 19 Men
- Masters (several age groups)
For more information on surf boat rowing in Australia you can visit the Australian Surf Rowers League website.
IRB (INFLATABLE RESCUE BOAT)
IRB competition aims to;
- Improve the skills and technique of IRB drivers and crew.
- Allow crews to demonstrate their techniques and abilities to perform rescues.
- Bring crews together to discuss and improve IRB techniques and operations.
- Promote safety awareness techniques for the crew and patients in simulated rescue scenarios.
There are five events in IRB competition:
IRB Rescue | Teams are comprised of one patient, one driver, and one crew member. The patient is positioned on the seaward side of the designated buoy. The driver and crew member are on the beach side of the crew start/finish line adjacent to their beach position indicators. On the starter’s signal, the crew launches the IRB, precedes through the surf to pick up the patient, round the buoy, and return to shore.
IRB Rescue – Tube rescue | Teams are comprised of one patient, one driver, and one crew member. Patients are positioned at their respective patient buoys, set approximately 25 metres on the seaward side of the turning buoys. Crew members are positioned on the beach side of the crew start/finish line, adjacent to their respective beach position indicators.
On the starter’s signal, competitors launch their IRBs, proceed through the surf and turn around their respective turning buoy. The crew member uses the rescue tube.
After the IRB has rounded the turning buoy, the crew member with the rescue tube held in a secure grip, enters the water and swims past the turning buoy to their patients.
The crew member secures the rescue tube around the arms of the patient and tows the patient back to the IRB. Once the crew member makes contact with the IRB or driver, he or she may board before the patient. The driver may assist the crew member and/or patient into the IRB. (Patients may also assist themselves in boarding the IRB.)
After the patient is in the craft and IRB has commenced, the driver navigates the IRB around the team’s respective turning buoy and returns to shore to finish.
IRB Team Rescue | Teams are comprised of one patient and two crews (one driver and one crew member per crew). The patient is positioned on the seaward side of a designated buoy. Both crews are positioned on the beach side of the crew start/finish line adjacent to their beach position indicator.
On the starter’s signal, the first crew launches the IRB and proceeds through the surf to the patient. On the inside of the turn (as the IRB rounds the buoy), the crew member jumps overboard on the seaward side of the buoy. The driver completes the buoy turn and returns to shore alone.
Meanwhile the crew member of the second crew moves into the water.
The first driver stays in contact and in control of the IRB until the second crew member secures and takes control of the IRB. The first driver runs up the beach and crosses the crew start/finish line to tag the second driver who proceeds to the IRB.
The second crew re-launches the IRB, precedes through the surf to pick-up the patient and the first crew member, rounds their buoy, and returns to shore to finish the event.
Mass Rescue | Teams are comprised of one driver, one crewman and two patients. Both patients will be taken out to the buoy, where one will wait on either side (sea side or shore side) of the buoy to be rescued. The crew shall proceed out to sea, pick up their first patient and return to shore. The driver and the patient must exit the IRB where the patient retires to the beach. The driver proceeds to the start/finish line, rounds their respective beach position marker and returns to the IRB. The IRB is re-launched and the crew proceeds to rescue the second patient and return them to shore, on to the beach and across the finish line.
IRB Relay | This event is a continuous relay involving the four events detailed above in the following order: Rescue Tube, Mass Rescue, Teams Rescue and Rescue.
Each leg shall be as per the individual event descriptions except for changeovers between legs. The finish shall be following the completion of the Rescue (fourth) leg of the race.
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FIRST AID COMPETITION
The First Aid competition is a team event designed to promote and demonstrate a high standard of First Aid prowess by SLSA members. Competitors are required to manage a situation, examine casualties, diagnose their injuries and disabilities and carry out the necessary treatment in priority order as dictated by the scenario presented to them.
The competition is based on current SLSA First Aid practices and Manuals and marks are alloted to seven sections of the scenario including the approach to the casualty, examination of the casualty and diagnosis of injuries, specific points for all treatments, disposal of the casualty, management of the incident and first aid kits. Judges may add or deduct marks at their discretion.
ref: SLSA Surf Sports Manual No.3 – 32nd edition, October 2004.
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