Lifesavers will bring their patrol skills into the competitive arena when they take part in the Laedral Surf Rescue Championships in Bundaberg this weekend.
More than 140 competitors will have their physical and intellectual knowledge on the vital skills required to excel as a patrolling member tested as they part take in a series of surf rescue events to be crowned Queensland’s Champion Lifesaver.
The Laedral Surf Rescue Championships will have events for Under 14s through to Masters, with the addition of a new 50+ age group category.
Competitors will take on three different events including champion patrol, first aid and champion lifesaver.
The prestigious champion lifesaver event combines resuscitation tasks, water events and beach sprints as well as a theory paper.
The champion patrol and first aid events will simulate rescues and scenarios to judge how competitors handle themselves in different situations.
SLSQ Sport Event Coordinator Ryan Bennett said the championships were different to the typical surf sports in lifesaving.
“The Surf Rescue Championships highlight those vital skills each patrolling member needs,” he said.
“This event offers them the chance to showcase all of their hard work and passions for it.
“These competitors are knowledgeable in lifesaving training and procedures, while being incredibly skilled in first aid and resuscitation.”
Ryan said this weekend would be an opportunity for lifesavers to display what all their training had helped them achieve.
The Bundaberg SLSC will host the this year's Queensland State Surf Rescue Championships this weekend at Nielson Park Beach, Bargara.
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