Time to head back to the outdoors! Beach lifesaving training is beginning again. As well as being an incredibly valuable skill and service, lifesaving is also a competitive sport and dryrobe are delighted to be providing kit for Team GB Lifesaving. As a competitive sport Surf lifesaving gives lifeguards the opportunity to practice and hone their skills.
Competitors in lifesaving take part in a beach sprint and a beach sprint relay, as well as a beach flags knock out event.
Also there's a beach run which is over a distance between 500-2000 metres depending on the age of the competitor.
The ocean side of surf life saving sport involves races for both individuals and teams, and a board race and board relay. As well as this, there is a ski race and ski relay, a pairs tube rescue, board rescue, a run-swim-run and Oceanman / Oceanwoman. In this, competitors cover a 1400 metre course including swimming, boards and skis.
There is also an IRB (inflatable rescue boat) contest and a surf boat section. All of this replicates all of the elements of the skills needed to save a life on the beach or at sea. Surf life saving builds confidence and team work in competitors, improving fitness and honing the ability to save a life in any circumstance.
All of this is incredibly hard on competitors, especially when competing at a national level. We are so proud to be involved, providing kit to keep competitors warm between heats and after events.
Team GB lifesaving will be competing in the Lifesaving World Championships later this year which will take place in the Netherlands. The pool events in Eindhoven and the beach/ocean events in Noordwijk aan Zee.