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. View the SLSA National Sports Calendar to see the allocation of SLSA National Events 2016–2022.

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Competitors at The Australian IRB Championships

Member Event

THE AUSTRALIAN IRB
CHAMPIONSHIPS


An opportunity for the best IRB crews from across the country to compete against each other over one action-packed weekend promoting the skills required to complete a successful IRB rescue. The 2017 championships will be held at Kingscliff Beach, NSW from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 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 2017 Championships will be held at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park SA from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 August.

Shannon Eckstein

Member Event

NUTRI-GRAIN IRONMAN AND IRONWOMAN FINALS SERIES


The iconic Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series is undergoing the biggest transformation in its history as an exciting new format is ushered in for 2017. This summer, the Nutri-Grain Finals Series will take place over three days from February 24-26 at Cronulla, New South Wales. The Finals Series will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS.

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Interstates competitors enter the water

Member Event

INTERSTATES


Happening at Alexandra Headland Beach on January 20, The Interstate Championships give around 160 of Australia’s best surf athletes an opportunity to represent their State and showcase their lifesaving skills in an elite lifesaving sports competition. Held over one day of competition from 8am – 2pm, this State vs. State battle is contested on the beach and in the ocean.

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NATIONAL SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION REVIEW UPDATE


One of the key priority projects to be highlighted under the Sport and Active Recreation Review 2015, was a review of SLSA policies to simplify access to surf sport competition.

Policy 5.04–Competition Eligibility stipulates proficiency and patrol hour requirements for all members wishing to be eligible to compete at SLSA Championship events.

In October 2016, the SLSA Board approved changes to Policy 5.04 to enable Clubs the ability to recognise a member’s contribution to their club and community beyond patrol hours alone.  While eligibility for competition will still require a minimum number of patrol hours, clubs have the capacity to formally recognise other service as a component of the eligibility criteria.  Examples can include:

  • Club Executive Committee Member
  • Accredited Club Coaches (non-paid), and
  • Club training officers and assessors.

For more information on these changes please click here

Click here to view a summary of the Sport Review