|Keeping the beach safe is our priority but it's not all that we do. Over the years our members have enjoyed considerable success in the competition arena, boasting numerous State champions and a world champion, in a range of disciplines.
There are Senior and Junior carnivals (inter-club competition) at ocean beaches, and one or two in the bay, around Victoria each season. They are usually held on Saturdays or Sundays, spread throughout the summer from December till the end of March. Carnivals are a great place to compete as an individual and in teams.
While competitive they are taken with good humour and much encouragement. Competitors and their families often enjoy a great weekend trip to the Victorian Surf Coast.
Clubs earn points from placings at Aquatic Sport Carnivals and these points go towards an annual Premiership. Winning clubs are awarded trophies or equipment at the end of the season.
Competition is offered in a number of different disciplines that not only assist members to maintain their life saving skills, but also provide children and adults with regular physical activity that incorporates fun and team work. Events include land events such as sprints, flags, and relays or water and craft events such as swim wades, run wades, board races, surf ski races and surf boat races. There are also rescue events such as reel and line, board rescue races, rescue tube races, rescue & resuscitation events and later in the season, Inflatable Rescue Boat races or pool carnivals.
Age groups in lifesaving are generally determined by the age that you are, as at midnight on the 30th September at the beginning of the season (ie if you are 9yo then you will be in the u/10 age group).
In our senior ranks we have land, craft and Surfboat teams, competing at all levels including State, National and International Titles. Many have had great success.
More information on the types and rules of events conducted can be obtained by reading the 'Competition Handbook' downloadable from here
The attached table below shows the events for nippers of various ages and includes both individual and team events.
The attached table below shows the events for Cadets/Seniors/Masters of various ages and include both individual and team events.
Note: Senior members must be qualified lifesavers and must complete a minimum number of patrol hours each season in order to compete at Senior and/or Masters carnivals.
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Other, more professional carnival photos can also be purchased from www.lsvphotos.com see the example photo marked below (reduced quality).