The Royal Life Saving Society has an established sport participation pathway that provides regular opportunities for lifesavers from community level to elite.
The sport of pool life saving tests a lifesaver's skills in rescue, accident prevention and emergency care.
A key event is the 'Simulated Emergency Response Competition' which pits a team of lifesavers against a staged emergency.
Variations of this activity are used in all Royal Life Saving programs.
In Queensland, the Society conducts a number of Championships (competitions), including the:
- Queensland Pool Life Saving Championships,
- Queensland Short Course Life Saving Championships,
- Primary School Life Saving Championships,
- Secondary School Life Saving Championships, and
- Clubs Carnival
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Please contact the Sport Liaison Officer by email (email@example.com
) for more information.
Who Can Compete
Any one can compete in any of the Society Life Saving competitions provided that they hold a current Bronze Medallion (some Junior championships do not require this qualification), and are either:
The Sport of Pool Life Saving
Pool Life Saving consists of a number of events, that test a life
savers skills at rescue work. Common events include:
- Obstacle Race
- Manikin Carry, with and without fins (a carry is a rescue of a manikin without a rescue tube)
- Manikin Tow with fins (a tow is using a rescue of a manikin with a Rescue Tube)
- Line Throw Rescue (rope)
- Super Life Saver Race (a race combining a number of events into one race)
- Team Relay races
Life Saving Beach Sport
One of the Society's affiliated Clubs (Ithaca - Caloundra City Life Saving Club
) hosts an annual Beach
Carnival in Caloundra, just prior to Easter each year. The Carnival is aimed at Junior members, however the Club does also conduct some Senior
and Masters Events. It is completed in a short course manner in a non-surf environment and includes events such as:
- March Past, with Reel and Line
- Beach Flags
- Beach Sprints
- Rescue Race
- Paddle Board Race
The Beach Carnival is only open to members of an Affiliated Club
Please see the Society's Club Page
in respect to joining a Club.
Australian Pool Life Saving Championships
The Australian Pool Life Saving Championships have been conducted in various forms since 1965. Originally held every two years, since 1987 they are now held annually and consist of 3 days of Pool Lifesaving competition with events combining an Under 14 and Senior (Under 16, Under 19, Open and Masters) Competition.
Representative teams are chosen yearly at the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships. These teams - called the 'Aussie Barra's' are named after the Barramundi fish - an aggressive fresh and saltwater fish found in Australian waters.
In addition to the Open Aussie Barras team; a Junior (Under 16) Aussie Barras team and Silver (Under 19) Aussie Barras Team are also selected to attend an annual Training Camp and various selected International Competitions throughout the year.
Life Saving World Championships - 'Rescue Series'
Every two years the International Life Saving Federation
organises the Lifesaving World Championships, known as The Rescue Series
The World Championships involve between 2,500 and 5,000 Competitors and Officials and last some 14 days. Members of the
Society (as an individual), or members of an affiliated Club, may compete at the Life Saving World Championship. Current and past World
Life Saving Championships:
- Rescue 2018, Adelaide Australia
- Rescue 2016, Eindhoven & Noordwijk, Netherlands 1 - 18 September 2016
- Rescue 2014, Montpellier, France 14 to 30 September 2014
- Rescue 2012, Adelaide Australia, 7 to 18 November 2012
- Rescue 2010, Alexandria Egypt, 2 to 17 October 2010
- Rescue 2008, Berlin & Warnemunde, Germany, 20 July to 2 August 2008
- Rescue 2006, Geelong & Lorne, Australia 10 to 26 February 2008
- Rescue 2004, Viareggio Tuscany, Italy 10 to 27 Sept 2004
- Rescue 2002, Daytona USA 2002
- Rescue 2000, Sydney Australia 2000
- Rescue 1998, Auckland NZ 1998
- Rescue 1996, Durban, South Africa 1996
- Rescue 1994, Cardiff, Wales 1994
- Rescue 1994, Japan 1992
- Rescue 1990, Germany 1992
- Rescue 1988, Gold Coast, Australia 1988
- Rescue 1986, UK / Canada 1986
The World Championships include the following events:
- The World Championships for National Teams - Open
- National Teams - Youth
- Club Teams - Open
- Club Teams - Youth
- Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB)
- Extra Events such as March Past, Long distance Races,etc
The Society manages its sport activities in Queensland, via a volunteer committee known as the Sport Committee (sometimes referred to as the
Competition Committee), which comprises of the following people:
- The State Team Manager
- The State Team Coach
- The Sport Co-ordinator
- The Executive Director
- A representative of the Board of Directors of the Society
The Queensland Sports Committee is responsible for organising the sporting events. Members of the Sports Committee will also assist with
organising Athletes, Coaches and Officials to be ready for events, and with the development of Athletes.