More than 500 surf lifesavers from across the state will dive into the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre this weekend for Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) 2019 QLD Pool Rescue Championships.
Patrol and rescue skills from the beach will be tested in the pool across a range of events, including manikin tows, manikin carries, obstacle swims and line throws.
SLSQ Sports Manager Stuart Hogben said the championships provided a great opportunity for lifesavers to demonstrate the skills they use regularly on their patrols, in a pool environment.
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“The events in the pool rescue competition are designed to test a lifesaver’s skill, speed and response,” he said.
“It’s unique to see our lifesavers competing in a pool environment. By removing the unknown aspect that the surf can add, you clearly see their lifesaving skills in full action.
“The winner on the day is the fastest swimmer and the best lifesaver.”
Northcliffe SLSC will be aiming to claim back-to-back honours at the event, but will be hotly pursued by 2018 runners-up Currumbin and Maroochydore.
“Northcliffe took out the top honours last year and will be keen to repeat their success this year, but you can never disregard the ability of competitors from Kurrawa and Currumbin on the Gold Coast, and Maroochydore and Alex Heads on the Sunshine Coast. They are all very strong contenders in this discipline and it’s likely to be a tight competition.”
The QLD Pool Rescue Championships will be held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at Southport on the Gold Coast. The action kicks off at 8am on Saturday 20 July and wraps up Sunday afternoon.