Competitors race on a straight sand course of 90 metres (70m for juniors) to the finishing line.
Teams of 4 competitors race on a straight sand course of 90 metres (70m for juniors) with a baton, running one lap each. The final runner of a team over the finish line wins.
Competitors race on a sand course for 1km or 2km races.
Competitors start lying on their stomach facing away from a baton/s buried in the sand 15 – 20 metres away. There are always fewer batons than competitors. On the starting gun, competitors rise, turn and race to secure a baton. The competitor(s) who fail to obtain a baton are eliminated. The process repeats until there is a single winner.
One of Surf Life Saving’s original events, representing the traditional discipline of a surf lifesaver. Teams, often dressed in full length club swimming costumes, march in formation in time to music around a set course carrying a surf reel, line and belt and following their flag bearer. Teams are judged on factors such timing, arm and leg swing, space and dressing, body carriage and presentation.
The Surf Belt race involve the use of the surf reel, line and belt and is one of the most prestigious and traditional races in surf lifesaving competition. The event begins on the beach with the swimmer placing the belt around their waist and towing a surf line out to their allocated buoy and signalling their finish. The Belt swimmer is assisted by three linesman and a reel handler.