Surf Life Saving Competition
An important part of modern Surf Life Saving is the competitive sport which gradually evolved from the training activities undertaken by lifesavers on Australian and New Zealand beaches.
Sporting activities begin with children in the Nippers program, and progress through to the elite athletes who compete in the professional Surf Ironman and Ironwoman events.
Surf Life Saving competition events are predominantly held in Australia and New Zealand, although Canada's Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service has been running Surf League competitions each summer since 2000. The sport is also developing in come European countries, including the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.
Surf Life Saving Clubs hold regular surf carnivals in which the clubs compete in various events that combine swimming, running, surf ski, board paddling, surfboat races and mock rescue races. These events help lifesavers to maintain their fitness and rescue skills.
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