Surf Sports has a long and proud history within Surf Life Saving. Surf Sports plays a significant role in ensuring that our members have the ability and passion to meet the changing environment within which Surf Life Saving delivers its essential lifesaving service.
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Whether you love racing against your club mates or aspire to be part of the Welsh Surf Lifesaving Team in future years, we encourage you to get out and enjoy this summer of surf sport.
See you on the beach!
From local carnivals to our national championships, surf sport needs great officials. Being a surf official is a rewarding way to stay involved and contribute to surf sports and to meet others who share a common passion for our sport.
The SLSA Wales official courses are reconsised by the wider lifesaving community and ILSE. Whether you're new to officiating or have many years experience, our courses will develop your skills and set you up to be a great official at whatever level you choose. To find out all you need to know about our officials courses email email@example.com and thanks for your interest in being a surf official - we look forward to seeing you at our courses and out on the beach!
All competitons run by SLSA wales are performed following the current ILSE Rulebook which can be found here. Please also make sure you have the correct awards to compete. If you are unsure you can log in here and check.
Drug Free Sport
All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. SLSA Wales believe in clean Surf lifesaving and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our International Federation to ensure that the integrity of surf lifesaving is protected. The use of performance-enhancing drugs and other doping behaviour severely damages the legitimacy of sport and undermines the integrity of clean athletes.
SLSA Wales has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules for SLSA Wales are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code and published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here.
The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:
It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
It violates the spirit of sport
Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances. Contact UKAD for full information on medications that are not permitted in sport. If you are a member of SLSA Wales then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at.
About Lifesaving Sport
Lifesaving is not only a skill but a true multidiscipline sport. Throughout the year sporting fixtures include both beach, sea, open water and still water events. During these events,individuals or teams compete in a series of events. Each event aims to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of lifesaving principles and techniques. The run-swim-run is the most common and demonstrates the basic need to be strong swimmer in the sea. Speed races also offer ideal practise for the rescuing of a conscious and unconcious patients in sea conditions. Returning a casualty to shore through the surf is a difficult task and the best non-powered craft available for lifeguards to reach a casualty and return to shore is the malibu rescue board (Mal) used throughout training. The fastest non powered craft known as the Surf Ski which is also raced as a perfect way to practise skills of negotiating surf. Fitness plays a key role in lifeguarding and races and other team relays all strengthen an individuals athletic ability and enables vital seconds to be saved in responding to a situation. Beach events such as sprints all hone lifeguards responses and actions to sounds as well as giving them a cutting edge on explosive starts. For more information on Lifesaving sport events, visit the SLSA Wales calander page.
Surf Race - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver has to swim 400 meters through the surf. Start and finish are on the beach.
Board Race - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver has to paddle with rescue board 600 meters through the surf. Start and finish are on the beach.
Ski Race - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver has to paddle with a surf ski 700 meters through the surf. Start and finish are on the beach.
Beach Sprint - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver has to run 90 meters on the beach.
Beach Run - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver has to run one or two kilometres on the beach.
Beach Flags - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver lies down in the sand. After the whistle they run 20 meters trying to obtain a baton (beach flag) in the sand. There are fewer batons than lifesavers. They who get a baton go to the next round.
Oceanman/Oceanwoman - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver has to do the surf race, the board race, the ski race and a final run on the beach. This discipline is the ultimate discipline during competitions in ocean events.
Rescue Tube Rescue Race - Team event where the victim is to save by the rest of the team. The lifesaver runs into the water with his/her fins and rescue tube, pulls on the fins and swims to the victim who is waiting at a buoy. After fixing the victim in the rescue tube they return to the beach where two helpers are standing in the water take over the rescue and carry the victim into the finish on to the beach.
Board Rescue Race - Team event of two competitors where the swimmer swims to the buoy. When arriving he will be saved by the lifesaver on a rescue board. They both paddle back to the beach.
Oceanman/Oceanwoman (former Taplin) Relay - Lifesaving relay where one lifesaver does the surf race, one lifesaver the board race, one lifesaver the ski race and another lifesaver a final run on the beach.
Beach Relay - A relay runs 4 x 90 meters over the beach.
100 m Manikin Carry With Fins - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver with fins swims 50 meters, dives to recover a submerged manikin to the surface and carries the manikin the remaining distance.
100 m Rescue Medley - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver swims 50 meters freestyle, dives and swims underwater (15m for women, 20m for men) to recover a submerged manikin to the surface and carries the manikin the remaining distance.
50 m Manikin Carry - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver swims 25 meters freestyle, dives to recover a submerged manikin to the surface and carries the manikin the remaining distance.
100 m Manikin Tow With Fins - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver with fins and rescue tube swims 50 meters freestyle, fixes the rescue tube around a floating manikin and tows it the remaining distance.
200 m Super Lifesaver - Individual’s discipline where a lifesaver swims 75 meters freestyle, dives to recover a submerged manikin and carries the manikin 25 meters, dons his fins and a rescue tube and swims 50 meters freestyle, fixes the tube around a floating manikin and tows it the remaining distance.
4x50 m Obstacle Relay - Each lifesaver swims 50 meters freestyle passing under 2 obstacles.
4x25 m Manikin Relay - Each lifesaver carries the manikin 25 meter
4x50 m Medley Relay - The first lifesaver swims 50m freestyle, the second one 50m with fins, the third 50m pulling a rescue tube and number 4 with fins takes over the rescue tube and tows number 3 holding the rescue tube.
Line Throw - Team event of two competitors where the lifesaver throws a lifeline to a victim in the water and pulls him to the poolside.
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