Yeppoon Surf Life Saving has a strong and rewarding history in Surf Sports. Yeppoon prides itself in the strong competition on all levels of Surf Sports.
Yeppoon also has a strong Junior Development program to assist our next generation of athletes develop to their full potential including an elite junior program.
Every athlete must have a minimum qualification of either a Surf Rescue Certificate (Juniors) or a Bronze Medallion and must meet the patrol hour requirements according to their membership category to compete.
For more information about Surf Sports events, click the links below:
The Taplin Relay event may be conducted in three person (one swimmer, one surf board and one surf ski paddler), six person (two competitors for each water leg), or four person (one competitor per water leg plus a beach sprinter to complete the race) variations.
Teams march in formation following commands and they are judged on factors such as timing, arm and leg swing, space and dressing, body carriage and presentation.
Events vary depending on the carnival. The specific Carnival Entries Bulletins outline the events for each carnival. The tables below list the events that were contested at the 2013 Australian Pool Rescue Championships. Age group competitors are not usually allowed to compete in Open individual events. U11 competitors can compete at Branch and State level and have similar events to the U12s.
- More detailed rule explanations can be found at http://www.ilsf.org/lifesaving-sport
- 50m Freestyle with fins – competitors swim 50m any stroke wearing fins. Swimmers could swim the whole distance under water. U11-U13s must wear rubber fins. U14s+ may wear fibreglass fins.
- Obstacle Swim – this event consists of swimming freestyle a total of 100/200 metres passing under 2 immersed obstacles set 12.5m from each end, per 50m lap.
- 50 metre Manikin Carry – a competitor swims freestyle for 25 metres (35m for U14s), dives to recover a submerged manikin and carries it to the finish edge of the pool.
- 50 metre Brick Carry – U11-U13 competitor swims freestyle for 25 metres, dives to recover a submerged brick and carries it to the finish edge of the pool.
- 100 metre Rescue Medley – this event involves swimming 50 metres 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.
- 100 metre Manikin Tow – a competitor swims 50 metres freestyle with fins towing a rescue tube. At the turning edge of the pool the rescue tube is placed around a floating manikin and is towed back 50 metres to the finish line.
- 100 metre Manikin Carry with fins – a competitor swims 50 metres freestyle wearing swim fins to recover a submerged manikin located at the 50 metre mark. The manikin is then carried back to the pool edge to finish.
- 200 metre Super Lifesaver – a competitor swims 75 metres freestyle to recover a submerged manikin, and then continues 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.
- Line throw – a timed event (45 seconds) where the competitor throws an unweighted line to a team member in the pool and then pulls him/her 12 metres (10m for U12-U14s) back to the poolside.
- 4 x 50m Medley Relay – 1st swimmer swims 50m no fins; 2nd swimmer swims 50m with fins; 3rd swimmer swims 50m with tube, no fins; 4th swimmer, with fins, waits in water and receives tube from swimmer 3. Swimmer 4 swims 50m with fins towing Swimmer 3 as the ‘patient’.
- 100m Patient tow with fins – 1st swimmer swims 50m freestyle with fins towing a rescue tube. At the wall, the rescue tube is placed around the 2nd competitor who then lies back and acts as patient. Competitor 2 is then towed 50m, assisting by kicking, to the finish line.
Event information can be found on the following sites
Youtube has excellent clips from International events. Just type in the event name.