Swim­ming is one of the pri­ma­ry skills required of surf life­savers. Swim­ming is also a surf sport event and forms part of the Iron­man and oth­er relay events. Also list­ed below is our still water – pool res­cue events.

Swim­ming is includ­ed as part of Nip­per Club Day activ­i­ties and nip­pers are required to pass a swim­ming pro­fi­cien­cy test to ensure they are com­pe­tent in the water.

Youth and seniors meet Sun­day morn­ings at 9am for the Club swim pri­or to activ­i­ties. All Club mem­bers are encour­aged to par­tic­i­pate regard­less of age and abil­i­ty.

Surf Race

Com­peti­tors sprint from the start­ing line on the beach into the surf where they swim around a set of coloured buoys and return to shore. The fin­ish line is locat­ed between two flags about 15m up the beach from the waters edge.

Divi­sions for the surf race include: U17, U19, Open; Youth: U14, U15; Nip­pers: U10, U11, U12, U13 and Mas­ters. Race dis­tance is 170m for U14 through to Open and 120m for Nip­pers and Mas­ters.

Wade Race (Nippers only)

Wade Race is a skill designed to teach life­savers the art of pro­fi­cient run­ning into the surf. The skills they learn enable them to lift their legs high and swing out over the waves to enhance their abil­i­ty to increase the response time in enter­ing the water in the case of a res­cue. Com­peti­tors begin on the beach start line and, on the starters sig­nal, enter the water and either wade, dive and or swim around three Life savers usu­al­ly stand­ing waste deep in the water and then run to the fin­ish­ing line on the beach.

Belt Race

This is a team event con­sist­ing of one belt-per­son (swim­mer) sup­port­ed by four lines-per­sons. Using a tra­di­tion­al surf reel, line and belt, the objec­tive is to be the first belt-per­son to reach the swim­ming buoys set at least 120m from the shore. The belt swim­mer fin­ish­es their race by reach­ing their buoy first and mak­ing the cor­rect ‘touch’ and sig­nal.

The lines-per­sons ‘pay the line out’ as their belt-per­son swims out, being care­ful not to give too much rope which will slow the swim­mer down with excess weight, nor to let too lit­tle line out which will hold their swim­mer back.

Divi­sions for the belt race include U17, U19 and Open.

Tube Rescue

Tube res­cue is a teams event con­duct­ed in teams of either two or four.

For the four mem­ber teams event, teams con­sist of one patient, one tube swim­mer and two res­cuers. The race involves the patient either swim­ming or being dropped out to a buoy, who must then be returned to shore using tube res­cue tech­niques.

At the start­ing gun, the tube swim­mer dons a res­cue tube, swims out to the patient and attach­es the tube before swim­ming them­selves and their ‘patient’ back to shore. Upon the tube being attached to the patient, the two res­cuers must also swim out to the buoys and assist the patient back to shore. When reach­ing the shore, the patient is dragged up to the fin­ish line and the first team to suc­cess­ful­ly res­cue the patient wins.

For the two per­son tube res­cue event, teams con­sist of one patient and one tube swim­mer. Patients swim to a buoy and sig­nal their team mate to res­cue them. The tube swim­mer then swims out to their patient, attach­es the tube and swims their patient to shore.

Pool Rescue

Pool Res­cue events are con­duct­ed in a swim­ming pool. Most of the events are open to U9s through to opens and mas­ters. The events include:

100 metre Manikin Tow – a com­peti­tor swims 50 metres freestyle with fins tow­ing a res­cue tube. At the tun­ing edge of the pool the res­cue tube is placed around a float­ing manikin and is towed back 50 metres to the fin­ish line. Ages U14 through to opens and mas­ters. In the U10 to U13 age groups the manikin is replaced with a live patient of same age group.

100 metre Manikin Car­ry – after a 50 metres freestyle swim with fins, com­peti­tors dive to recov­er a sub­merged manikin and swim back to the fin­ish car­ry­ing the manikin. Ages U15 through to opens and mas­ters.

50 metre Manikin Car­ry – a com­peti­tor swims freestyle for 25 metres then dives to recov­er a sub­merged manikin and then car­ries it to the fin­ish edge of the pool. Ages U14 through to opens and mas­ters. This is mod­i­fied to a rub­ber brick for U10, U11, U12 and U13 age groups.

4x50 metre Med­ley Relay – a team event involv­ing four legs; 50 metre freestyle with­out fins, 50 metre freestyle with fins, 50 metre freestyle tow­ing a res­cue tube with­out fins and then 50 metre freestyle with fins tow­ing a team mem­ber to the fin­ish edge of the pool. Ages U9s through to opens and mas­ters.

4x25 metre Manikin Relay – relay of four com­peti­tors each swim­ming 25metres while car­ry­ing a manikin. Ages U14 through to opens and mas­ters. A rub­ber brick is used in place of the manikin for U9 through to U13s.

200 metre Super Life­saver – a com­peti­tor swims 75 metres freestyle to recov­er a sub­merged manikin, and then con­tin­ues car­ry­ing the manikin to the turn­ing edge. The manikin is released, fins are put on and the com­peti­tor tows a res­cue tube 50 metres. At the pool turn­ing edge, the res­cue tube is placed around a float­ing manikin which is towed to the fin­ish end of the pool. This event is only con­test­ed in the U17, U19 and open cat­e­go­ry.

100 metre Res­cue Med­ley – this event involves swim­ming 50 metres in freestyle, turn­ing and swim­ming under­wa­ter (20 metres for men and 15 metres for women) to a sub­merged manikin. After recov­er­ing the manikin it is car­ried to the fin­ish edge of the pool. This event is only con­test­ed in the U17, U19 and open cat­e­go­ry.

200 metre Obsta­cle Swim – this event con­sist of swim­ming freestyle a total of 200mentres pass­ing under eight immersed obsta­cles. Ages U14 through to opens and mas­ters.

100 metre Obsta­cle Swim – this event con­sists of swim­ming freestyle 100 metres pass­ing under four immersed obsta­cles. Ages U10 through to U13s.

4x50 metre Obsta­cle – a team event of four com­peti­tors swim­ming 50 metres freestyle each, pass­ing under two immersed obsta­cles. Ages U9 through to opens and mas­ters.

Line Throw – a timed (45 sec) event where the com­peti­tor throws an unweight­ed line to a team mem­ber in the pool and then pulls him/her 12 metres back to the pool­side. Ages U10 through to opens and mas­ters.