NATIONAL SPORT EVENTS


Surf Life Saving sport showcases the skills and physical abilities required to save a life.

Surf Life Saving Australia holds a number of national sporting events. These events are either open to the general public or solely for Surf Life Saving members.

Surf Life Saving sport began and continues to be a way for our lifesavers to showcase the skills and physical abilities required to save a life. SLSA National Sports Calendar 2016-2018 the allocation of SLSA National Events 2016-2018.

Liz Pluimers wins Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold 2015

Public Event

COATES HIRE COOLANGATTA GOLD


One of the most challenging endurance races in surf sports. What began as the central theme for a motion picture 30 years ago, has now commanded a place on Australia’s annual sports calendar.

EVENT INFO
The Aussie Ocean Swim competitors at the start line

Public Event

THE AUSSIE OCEAN SWIM


An opportunity for the general public to be a part of the biggest surf lifesaving competition in the world. The 2km open water swim is run on the first Sunday of the annual Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. 

The Aussies 2015 competitor celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Member Event

THE AUSSIES


The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is an annual event where members from Australia’s 313 Surf Clubs come together to compete in more than 400 beach and ocean events. It is the largest event of its kind in the world.

EVENT INFO
Competitors at The Australian IRB Championships

Member Event

THE AUSTRALIAN IRB
CHAMPIONSHIPS


Provides an opportunity for the best IRB crews from all across the country to compete against each other over one action-packed weekend. Created to display the skills required to complete a successful IRB rescue. The 2016 Championships will be held at Mollymook Beach, NSW from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 July.

The Australian Pool Rescue Championships in Adelaide

Member Event

THE AUSTRALIAN POOL RESCUE CHAMPIONSHIPS


One of the key selection events for our national lifesaving teams. It is also an opportunity for our lifesavers to showcase the skills that keep them rescue ready for the start of patrol season. The 2016 Championships will be held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, QLD from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 August.

Kellogg's Nutri Grain Ironman series

Member Event

KELLOGG’S NUTRI-GRAIN IRONMAN AND IRONWOMAN TRIAL


Surf Life Saving Australia host the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman trial each year as part of the overall Nutri-Grain series. From the trial a minimum of four competitors are selected to compete in the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman and Ironman Series.

SERIES INFO
Interstates competitors enter the water

Member Event

INTERSTATES


An opportunity for Australia’s finest Surf Lifesavers to represent their State and showcase their lifesaving skills in an elite lifesaving sports competition. Held over one day of competition, this State vs. State battle is contested on the beach and in the ocean.

NATIONAL SLS SPORT AND RECREATION REVIEW


SLSA in conjunction with each state/territory centre recently conducted a national review which was to understand how sport and recreation programs/products can be better leveraged to enhance achievement of SLS’s core purpose of saving lives.

Despite significant general membership growth over the past 20 years, SLSA has seen declining participation rates in sport and recreation programs over this period. A core element to SLS’s 2020 vision of reducing coastal drowning by 50% is the need for a large workforce of physically capable lifesavers.

Click here to read about our findings. Thanks to all our members who have contributed to the review.

A final report with proposed reforms to the SLS sport and recreation system was presented to the SLSA Board by the end of 2015.

Document Downloads

  1. Terms of Reference
  2. Sport Review Introduction Slides
  3. Sport Review Information Sheet