Running is an exciting area of competition to get involved in and is also one of the basic surf life saving skills.
Many great champions such as Jeff Davidson, Jarred Moon and Aaron Brinkworth, to name but a few have had great success at both State and National levels. Their coaching and competition abilities have played a key role in developing the squad over a number of years.
Some of our master competitors often join the squad for training and have also enjoyed great results at both Master States and Aussie Masters competitions and remain supremely competitive across the age bands.
So come on down and have a go, see the club calendar for details of training venues and times.
An individual event where competitors sprint along a beach ‘track’ (course is set up as lanes marked on flat, sandy part of beach) towards the finish line. The track lengths vary depending on the age of competitors:
- 70 metres for U8 – U14 and Masters
- 90 metres for U15 – Open
Teams of four members run in ‘shuttle fashion’ using a piece of rubber hose (or similar) as a baton, which is passed from member to member. The race is conducted over the same length course as the beach sprint, with the first team home with the baton declared the winner.
In this event, competitors lie face down in the sand and – upon the whistle blast – jump to their feet, turn around and sprint before diving for a rubber baton (the ‘flag’) located in the sand. Speed, reaction and power to weight ratio is a very important part of being successful in this event. Beach flags is a knock-out event, whereby there is always one baton less than competitors per heat. Each round, one person is eliminated with the last remaining person, declared the winner.
Track lengths for the beach flags vary depending on the age of competitors:
March Past is one of Surf Life Saving’s original events and represents the traditional discipline of a surf lifesaver. Teams march in time to music around a set course carrying a surf reel, line and belt and following their standard (flag) bearer. Teams march in formation following commands and they are judged on factors such timing, arm and leg swing, space and dressing, body carriage and presentation.