Lifesaving Competition consists of four events that members may enter:
Champion Lifesaver—often referred to as the ‘decathlon’ of Surf Life Saving—is the premier event for surf lifesavers in the country. It involves points accumulated over a series of sub events over a day or two days: CPR demonstration, multi-choice test, surf swim race, board race, rescue tube, and beach sprint.
The Patrol Competition is offered to both U17 and Open teams (teams may be mixed between male and female). All members are required to have their ARTC award, and the Open team requires at least one IRB Driver and Crew. The competition follows a similar structure to Champion Lifesaver, except that points are accumulated in teams, and the races are relay events.
First Aid is a two-person competition offered in U15, U17, U19, and Opens. It consists of a timed scenario in which members treat ‘special-effect’ style fake wounds on acting patients. It is usually a fast-paced, short scenario designed to test members’ practical first aid skills of assessment, prioritisation, diagnosis, and treatment.
R&R is a highly specialised event consisting of 5- or 6-person mixed teams. They perform a sophisticated demonstration of R&R, including marching; use of reel, line, and belt apparatus (traditional Surf Life Saving equipment); rescue; and resuscitation.
First Aid and R&R competitions are offered at Queenscliff and Manly local carnivals, as well as Branch, State, and Nationals. Champion Lifesaver and Patrol Competition are offered at Branch, State, and Nationals. Please contact the Lifesaving Competition Coordinator for more information about training and getting involved!