THE AUSSIES


Members from Australia’s 313 Surf Clubs come together annually to compete in more than 400 beach and ocean events.

TOGETHER FOR LIFE


THE AUSSIES 2017 • MARCH 25-APRIL 2, 2017 • NORTH KIRRA BEACH, GOLD COAST

The Aussies is not simply Australia’s largest annual sporting competition. It is a whole lot more. From swimming to skis, from boards to boats, everything we do, every event in which we compete is there for a single purpose, to save lives on the beach.

Event Dates:

  • Sat 25 – Sun 26 March: Australian Youth Surf Life Saving Championships. Download Timetable.
  • Sun 26 March: The Aussie Ocean Swim. Download Timetable.
  • Sat 25 March: Australian Lifesaving and Board Riding Surf Life Saving Championships. Download Timetable.
  • Mon 27 – Tues 28 March: Australian Masters Surf Life Saving Championships. Download Timetable.
  • Wed 29 March – Sun 2 April: Australian Open Surf Life Saving Championships. Download Timetable.

Download a calendar of key dates.

Event Locations

  • All water events will be run at North Kirra Beach
  • Ocean Swim will be run at North Kirra Beach
  • Beach events will be run at North Kirra Beach
  • Surf Boat events will be run at Tugun Beach
  • Life Saving events will be run at Bilinga Beach
  • Board Riding events location TBC

Download the event event map.

EARLYBIRD ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN


Enter before Friday 13 January to make the most of the reduced entry fee of $90

ENTER NOW

Download the Entry Circular.

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COME, SEE, STAY


Join us for our largest annual event, returning to the Gold Coast in 2017 and stick around afterwards to enjoy everything that’s great about Australia in one easy to reach location. 

From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the dining precincts of Main Beach and out to the lush, green hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast. Theme parks, world-renowned beaches and year-round sunshine are just a few of the reasons 10.5 million visitors flock to the Gold Coast each year.

Click here to start planning your trip to The Aussies 2017 and discover what Queensland has to offer.

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WANT HELP WITH ACCOMMODATION?


Getting affordable, convenient accommodation for The Aussies 2017 and then dealing with changes along the way can be a hassle. That’s why we’ve appointed Stay Oz Accommodation Management to assist competitors in managing their accommodation for The Aussies.

How does it work?

  1. Email or call Stay Oz with details of your accommodation needs (number of people, dates, accommodation type, etc)
  2. Stay Oz research and negotiate with accommodation providers
  3. Stay Oz forward you a list of priced options from which to choose
  4. Stay Oz then works with you throughout the whole process until after The Aussies is finished saving you time and helping with whatever they can.

Stay Oz can help you avoid financial penalties if your group’s numbers and dates change

To book your accommodation with Stay Oz, fill in their online booking form.

For more information you can contact Stay Oz at lifesaving@stayoz.com.au or by calling 1800 359 830.

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ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN


FAQs


When is The Aussies 2017?

  • Youth Championship, March 25 – 26
  • Masters Championship, March 27 – 28
  • Opens Championship, March 29 – April 2
  • All Lifesaving events will be held from March 27 – April 1
  • All Board Riding events will be held from March 27 – 31.
  • Aussie Ocean Swim, March 26

Where is The Aussies 2017?

  • North Kirra Beach, Gold Coast QLD – Water & Beach Events
  • Tugun Beach, Gold Coast QLD – Boat Events
  • Bilinga SLSC, Gold Coast QLD – Lifesaving Events

What time does it start?

Generally competition will start at 8am each day, however please refer to the event timetable for more details and exact start times.

Do I need to attend the briefing?

The Team manager and or a club representative MUST attend the compulsory briefing, because it is where we will update you on surf conditions, safety, important event information and hand out your athlete packs which includes your lycra.

When and where are the briefings?

SLSA will be hosting the following briefings inside the Officials marquee located south of North Kirra SLSC.

  • Powercraft personnel Briefing (24-Mar) 2.00pm AEST
  • Youth Team Managers Briefing (24-Mar) 4.00pm AEST
  • Youth Officials Briefing (24-Mar) 6.00pm AEST
  • Board Riding Competitor briefing & day 1 board riding marshalling (26-Mar) 2.30pm AEST
  • Masters & Opens Team Managers Briefing Option 1 (26-Mar) 4.30pm AEST
  • Masters & Opens Officials Briefing Option 1 (26-Mar) 6.30pm AEST
  • Open Team Managers Briefing Option 2 (28-Mar) 4.30pm AEST
  • Open Officials Briefing Option 2 (28-Mar) 6.30pm AEST

When do entries close?

  • Mon, 7 Nov (9:00am AEDT) Early Bird Entries open
  • Fri, 13 Jan (5.00pm AEDT) Early Bird Entries Close
  • Wed, 15 Mar (5:00pm AEDT) Normal Entries Close
  • Sun, 19 Mar (11.59pm AEDT) Late Entries close

How much does it cost to enter into the Aussies?

  • Early Bird: $90
  • Normal: $105
  • Late: $155

How do I pay for my entry?

Clubs will be sent an invoice after each Early Bird/Normal/Late entry closing dates. Clubs MUST pay by one of the following methods by Friday 23 March2016. No other payment methods will be accepted.

  • Direct Deposit
  • Credit Card
  • Cheque

Can I get a refund?

Once an invoice has been generated, entry fees are non-refundable

What if I want to change an existing entry?

Changes to already existing entries can occur up until Late Entries close (19 March 2016), via Carnival Manager. After this date, an admin fee of $7 per change to an already existing competitor can occur up until 4:00PM (AEST) the day before the race is scheduled to occur.

Can I enter when I arrive at Aussies?

Late entries may be submitted at the Administration Centre at the Championships provided they are received no later than 4.00pm (AEST) the day before the race is scheduled to occur. The individual or team entries will be accepted as long as declarations of membership compliance with proficiency and patrol hour requirements and endorsements of Club, Branch and State Centres are provided.

However if an entire club does not submit entries before the late entry closing date (19 March 2016), the club needs to request permission to enter by directing a letter to the Competition Committee explaining the exceptional circumstances for late entry.

Do I need to hold any award proficiencies and or complete any patrol requirements?

Each competitor must hold the award relevant to their entry and have completed a proficiency test for the award. The details of these requirements are detailed in SLSA’s Policy 5.4 – Proficiency and Patrol Hour Requirements – Competition Eligibility (available online at Members Portal > Library > Governance > Policy > SLSA > Policy 5.4)

NOTE: U14 age competitors do not need to fulfil patrol hours to be eligible to compete in the Youth Championships but must meet all other requirements of Policy 5.4

I have a shipping container going to Aussies – What do I need to know?

Clubs transporting containers to North Kirra, QLD must contact the SLSA events team (events@slsa.asn.au) and provide the following information:

  • Club
  • Container Size
  • Container arrival date
  • Container pickup date
  • Container Organisers Name
  • Container Organisers Phone No
  • Container Organiser Email
  • Transporting company (eg: Toll)
  • Container ID #

In booking container transport, please ensure containers are delivered to North Kirra Beach between: Monday 20 March to Friday 24 March and picked up between: Monday 3 April to Friday 7 April.

Where can I go for further information and entry conditions?

Athletes & Team Managers can download and read the Entry Circular that outlines and explains all the key rules and components for athletes competing at the Aussies. (Available online at Member’s Portal > Library > Bulletins, Circulars & Publications > Circulars > SLSA > 2016-17)

In addition to the Entry Circular a Final Carnival Circular will be developed and sent to all Team managers a minimum 2 weeks before the event.

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