The surf sport discipline of ocean rescue not only focuses on the athleticism of competing lifesavers, but it also tests their knowledge and vital skills required to excel as a patrolling member.

Ocean rescue events typically involve lifesavers competing in a simulated rescue or accident scenario, in which their management of the scenario is assessed.

To know what happens in the various ocean rescue events, see the descriptions below.

Team Tube Rescue

This event consists of 4 persons – a patient, a Rescue Tube swimmer and two rescuers.

The rescue tube swimmer swims out behind the buoy line to secure the rescue tube around the patient and then tow the patient back to the beach.

On return to the beach, two rescuers must drag or carry the patient past the finish line.

Rescue Tube Race

On the acoustic starting signal, the competitors race up the beach to recover their rescue tubes, don their belt/harness, enter the water and swim to their designated buoy and after touching it, lift their arm to mark the end of the event.

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