Surf swimming is one the most essential skills to the surf lifeguard. Being able to swim to a distressed swimmer quickly and efficiently through waves and currents is a fine art. For the swimmer there are many races that they can compete in, Surf Race, Run Swim Run, Tube Rescue, Surf Teams Race, Board Rescue and Ironman. For many swimmers and water polo players racing surf gives them a challenge and variety that the pool cannot offer.
Craft – Ski
This craft that has been developed is very sleek and fast, making it one of the most exciting events to race in. When used in a rescue the ski can be one of the first pieces of rescue equipment to get to a patient and support them until further lifesaving support arrives.
Ski Paddlers use a specially designed paddle for extra power and efficiency. These paddles combined with a single ski or double ski allows lifeguards to cover distances of 800 – 1000m within 4mins.
Craft – Board
Surf Ironman is an event that is made up of Board, Ski, Swim and Sprinting. During a Surf Ironman the lifeguard paddles and runs around a set course, that encompasses all elements that the ocean may throw at the lifeguard. The race covers the cumulative distance of a ski, board, swim and sprint race. The event typically takes between 15 – 18 minutes to compete and is made to test even the most skilled lifeguard. Essentially the event aims to simulate what a lifeguard may have to do in the case of a mass rescue.