The state’s top lifesavers will hit the beach on the Gold Coast this weekend to battle it out for the crown of Queensland’s Champion Lifesaver at the 2019 Laerdal Queensland Surf Rescue Championships.
Around 150 of Queensland’s best will put their patrol, first aid and rescue skills to the ultimate test at Mermaid Beach.
In addition to gruelling fitness and athletic challenges, the competition also has a unique focus on the lifesaving skills and knowledge of competitors, with two of the three events including a theory component.
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Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) Sports Manager Stuart Hogben said the Surf Rescue Championships were designed to replicate and test the same set of skills that lifesavers use when patrolling and protecting beaches along the state’s coastline.
“Every second counts when there’s a life on the line, and these championships are designed to test and challenge the core lifesaving skills that are used each and every weekend by patrolling surf lifesavers,” Mr Hogben said.
“With that in mind, the Surf Rescue Championships are as much about lifesaving knowledge and application as they are about physicality and athletic performance.
“Throughout the event, lifesavers are tested across a range of challenges and scenarios including mock rescues, resuscitations and first aid treatments – the very same skills they might be required to carry out when undertaking regular beach patrols and rescuing beachgoers.
“This event brings those vital skills into the competitive arena and seeks to recognise those people who are not only great athletes in their own right, but also world-class lifesavers as well.”
The beach action kicks off at Mermaid Beach from 8am Saturday.