Lifesaving Events

An impor­tant part of com­pe­ti­tion is the devel­op­ment of skills that will assist mem­bers while per­form­ing patrolling duties. SLSA con­ducts many com­pe­ti­tions that high­light the skills involved in res­cue, resus­ci­ta­tion and first aid. Life­sav­ing com­pe­ti­tion events are described briefly in this sec­tion and in sep­a­rate man­u­als and bul­letins which may be issued from time to time.

If you are inter­ested in pos­si­bly com­pet­ing for our Club in any of the Life­sav­ing com­pet­i­tive events listed, please con­tact the Surf Sports Gen­eral Man­ager or Nip­per Man­ager for fur­ther infor­ma­tion.

Champion Lifesaver

This event pro­vides indi­vid­ual SLSA mem­bers the oppor­tu­nity to demon­strate in a com­pet­i­tive man­ner the phys­i­cal, life sav­ing and knowl­edge skills required of a life­saver. Credit is also given for life sav­ing awards held.

It is deter­mined on a point score basis, cur­rently the total max­i­mum points are 130. The four sec­tions that com­prise the Cham­pion Life­saver event are:

  • Com­pe­ti­tion Events
  • Ques­tion­naire
  • Resus­ci­ta­tion
  • Awards

Rules, points allo­ca­tion and pro­ce­dure for the con­duct of the Cham­pion Life­saver event are out­lined in the SLSA Surf Sports Man­ual.

First Aid Competition

The First Aid Com­pe­ti­tion is a team event designed to pro­mote and to demon­strate a high stan­dard of First Aid prowess by SLSA mem­bers. The com­pe­ti­tion is held with a sim­u­lated acci­dent sce­nario and a set time limit for each team in the event. All teams receive the same sce­nario, where every effort is made to achieve real­ism with the sce­nario and in the pre­sen­ta­tion of casu­alties, giv­ing the com­peti­tors the cor­rect atmos­phere by using casu­alty make-up, act­ing and stag­ing.

Teams con­sist of two mem­bers from the same club. Team age groups:

  • Mixed gen­der, Open, u15, u19

Judg­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion is effected by mark­ing sheets, which are related to the fol­low­ing seven sec­tions of the sce­nario:

  1. Approach to casu­alty
  2. Exam­i­na­tion of casu­alty and diag­no­sis of injuries
  3. Speci­fic points for all treat­ments
  4. Dis­posal of casu­alty
  5. Man­age­ment of the inci­dent
  6. First Aid kits
  7. Judge’s dis­cre­tion

The rules, points allo­ca­tion and pro­ce­dure for the con­duct of the Cham­pion Life­saver event are out­lined in the SLSA Surf Sports Man­ual.

Patrol Competition

The aim of the SLSA Patrol Com­pe­ti­tion is to demon­strate how life­savers work as a team in per­form­ing some or all of the skills asso­ci­ated with surf res­cue patrol work. Team mem­bers in the Patrol Com­pe­ti­tion must be mem­bers of the same Club, but not nec­es­sar­ily be from the same Club patrol.

The Patrol Com­pe­ti­tion includes a num­ber of phys­i­cal skills, prac­ti­cal and the­ory tasks involv­ing rac­ing, res­cue and/or first aid sit­u­a­tions.

SLSA have divided their Patrol Com­pe­ti­tion into 4 basic sec­tions:

  1. Phys­i­cal skills
  2. The­ory
  3. Resus­ci­ta­tion
  4. Task (sce­nario)

The team with the great­est com­bined aggre­gate of points from all sec­tions is declared the win­ner.

Each team con­sists of six (6) com­peti­tors who are all pro­fi­cient hold­ers of the Bronze Medal­lion and Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion Cer­tifi­cate. At least one needs to have his/her IRB Dri­ver Cer­tifi­cate, with one other also being either a pro­fi­cient IRB Dri­ver or IRB Crew­man.

The rules, point’s allo­ca­tion and pro­ce­dure for the con­duct of the Cham­pion Life­saver event are out­lined in the SLSA Surf Sports Man­ual.

Rescue & Resuscitation

The Res­cue & Resus­ci­ta­tion (R&R) com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides the oppor­tu­nity for SLSA mem­bers to demon­strate in a com­pet­i­tive man­ner some Res­cue and Resus­ci­ta­tion meth­ods. R&R com­bi­nes these skills, march­ing and drill with teams judged against set cri­te­ria.

Age groups for this are:

  • 6 Per­son – Mixed open
  • 5 Per­son – Open Male, Open Female
  • 5 Per­son – Mixed gen­der, u15, u17, u19
  • 2 Per­son – Mixed gen­der, u11, u13

Com­peti­tors in the 2 per­son event draw a num­ber to see who will per­form the dif­fer­ent roles (patient & res­cuer).

See also: Surf Belt Race