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An important part of competition is the development and honing of skills that will assist members while performing their 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 Club Captain or your Patrol Captain 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(max. 40 points)
Questionnaire(max. 40 points)
Resuscitation(max. 50 points)
Awards(max 10 points)

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

First Aid

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. 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, point’s 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.

It is important to note this is not the same as our own Patrol Competition. Cronulla SLSC judges on such issues as patrol hours, 100% attendance, random inspections and participation in awards and lifesaving competitions. In contrast, 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 number 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 their IRB Drivers 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.

The rules and regulations of the R&R event are encompassed within the Rescue & Resuscitation Competition Manual and subsequent bulletins.

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All members who wish to compete at any State or Australian Championship must be financial, proficient and carry out their rostered patrol duties for the club for which they are competing.

The minimum number of personal patrol hours for an Active member must not be less than twenty-five (25) hours for the preceding calendar year (i.e. 1st January through to 31st December). The minimum requirement for Active Reserve members must not be less than twelve (12) hours for the preceding calendar year. Long Service members are exempt.

In addition to the above, members must observe the SLSA Constitution and the Cronulla SLSC patrol regulations which will specify a minimum level of patrol hours and other requirements that entitle a member to compete. A member that is behind in their rostered patrols may be considered to be in patrol default and this situation needs to be corrected prior to the member being entered into any surf lifesaving competition.

Regardless of the minimum competition requirements set by SLSA, all rostered members are still required to meet Cronulla SLSC’s patrol expectations, including attendance at all rostered patrols. Arranging a substitute is acceptable if a member wishes to compete at a carnival, so long as the substitute turns up to the patrol, and the member competing is not in patrol default for their total hours for that particular date.

Patrol hours may be calculated on the following personal hours completed by a competitor:

  • Rostered patrols.
  • Substitute patrols (accredited to the member actually doing the patrol, not the member for whom the substitution is being performed).
  • Voluntary patrols
  • Water safety for Junior Activities
  • Volunteer specialist services (e.g. Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, Support Services, Sydney Surf radio commands).

Penalty patrol hours shall not be used as personal patrol hours for competition purposes.

The minimum requirement for new members, members re-joining the club (i.e. was not a member of the association during the previous season), members returning after a leave of absence, or members who have only just completed their Bronze or SRC awards, must not be less than four (4) patrol hours before competing in a State or Australian Championships.

Members joining, returning or gaining an award during the period 1st January through to 31st December of the year preceding a State or Australian Championship event are required to complete minimum patrols hours on a pro-rata basis in accordance with the following table:

Minimum Patrol Hours
(Active & Under 15)
Minimum Patrol Hours
(Active Reserve)
January 25 12
February 24 12
March 20 12
April - September 16 8
October 12 8
November 8 4
December 4 4


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