Pool Rescue competition is a growing sports discipline for Surf Life Saving WA and its clubs. Pool Rescue sees competitors’ aquatic skills tested with events including manikin tows, obstacle swims and tube swims carrying ‘patients’.
The Australian Pool Rescue Championships take us into aquatic centres around the country to test Australia’s most skilled swimmers and showcase a variety of skills. The Australian Pool Rescue Championships are also one of the key qualifying events for our national lifesaving teams. It is also an opportunity for our elite lifesavers to display the skills that keep them rescue ready for the start of the patrol season.
Competitors swim freestyle a total of 200 metres, passing under eight immersed obstacles.
Four team members swim freestyle either 50 or 100 metres, passing under either four or two immersed obstacles.
A timed event where the competitor throws an unweighted line to a team member in the pool and then pulls him/her 12 metres back to the poolside.
With a dive entry, competitors swim 50 metres freestyle with fins.
With a dive entry, the rescuer swims 50 metres freestyle with fins and rescue tube, where their patient is waiting. The rescuer secures the rescue tube around the patient and both return to the start.
A competitor swims 50 metres freestyle with fins towing a rescue tube. At the tuning edge of the pool the rescue tube is placed around a floating manikin and is towed back 50 metres to the finish line.
This event involves swimming 50 metres in freestyle, turning and swimming underwater (20 metres for men and 15 metres for women) to a submerged manikin. After recovering the manikin it is carried to the finish edge of the pool.
A competitor swims freestyle for 25 or 50 metres then dives to recover a submerged manikin and then carries it to the finish edge of the pool.
With a dive start, competitors swim 35 metres freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged rubber brick to the surface within 5 metres of the pick-up line. The competitor then carries the rubber brick to touch the finish edge of the pool.
Manikin Relay: a relay of four competitors each swimming 25 metres while carrying a manikin.
A team event involving four legs: 50 metre freestyle without fins, 50 metre freestyle with fins, 50 metre freestyle towing a rescue tube without fins, 50 metre freestyle with fins towing a team member to the finish edge of the pool.
Competitors swim 75 metres freestyle to recover a submerged manikin, and continue carrying the manikin to the turning edge. The manikin is released, fins are put on and the competitor tows a rescue tube 50 metres. At the pool turning edge, the rescue tube is placed around a floating manikin which is towed to the finish end of the pool.