Junior (U12/U13) - Students turning 12/13 in event year
Intermediate (U14/U15) - Students turning 14/15 in event year
Senior (16+) – Students turning 16 or older in event year
Entries - 3 competitors only allowed per school per division.
Competitors cannot compete in two age groups in the same discipline. Competitors must choose either water or beach events, not both.
Water and Beach races will be run as two totally sperate events in different locations on the beach
Competitor Experience -
The minimum qualification to compete in the water-based activities is a surf bronze medallion or a Surf Lifesaving certificate as outlined below.
Schools are responsible for ensuring that their students are suitably qualified and of a standard safe to compete prior to participating in the event.
By entering students, schools are confirming that students do have these minimum qualifications (schools should ensure that they sight them and have a parent acknowledge on the permission note that they have the appropriate accreditation).
Water Events - School Sport Unit: Surf Life Saving (nsw.gov.au)
These guidelines apply to any surf life saving activity, but specific requirements have also been included for the delivery of the following Surf Life Saving awards:
SLSA Surf Survival Certificate - 12 years
Complete a continuous, unaided swim (goggles/masks permitted) of 150 metres in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres or over a measured open water course, using either freestyle or breaststroke style, followed by a two (2) minute survival float.
SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate - 13 years
Complete an unaided swim (goggles/masks permitted) of 200 metres in five (5) minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course. Swim must be observed and appropriately documented by the instructor prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activities.
SLSA Bronze Medallion - 14 years
Complete an unaided swim (goggles/mask permitted) of 400 metres in nine (9) minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres or over a measured open water course. Swim must be observed and appropriately documented by the instructor prior to the candidate undertaking any water training or assessment activity.
- Rules: All rules shall be in accordance with Surf Life Saving Australia
Junior Board will consist of two separate races -
Nipper Board or Mal (U12/13),
U14 and up (INT/SNR) will be Mals.
Age groups are different to Surf Life Saving age therefore some students in the junior age group will be on mals - see point 9 below.
Water Events - All water competitors must wear their fluorescent competition rash identification vest as well as a competitors SLSC cap. NO COMPETITORS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE WATER WITHOUT A FLURO VEST OR CLUB CAP.
Beach Events - If possible, all competitors should wear their competitors/school SLS cap. Schools who do not own caps could approach a surf club to borrow caps for the day.
- Late Athletes: Events will not be delayed for late athletes
- Supervision: Under no circumstances is there to be unsupervised, free swimming at this event. School staff are responsible for ensuring that their students only enter the water for a designated event.
As per NSW DET School Sport guidelines
Teachers-in-charge should take into account such factors as age, experience and maturity of the students, environmental concerns and experience of the adult supervisors when arranging supervision. Where an adult other than a teacher is engaged to provide instruction, a teacher must be present to take overall responsibility.
- First Aid: will attend the event only for injuries sustained at the event no pre-event taping etc
- Ribbons: will be awarded to the first three placed athletes in each event
Please note the following regarding the 12 and 13 years age group and the board event: Broken Bay uses different age groups compared to SLS to align with all our other events. Due to this, at Broken Bay we have some juniors (13yrs) that may be paddling either a nipper board or a mal depending on when their birthday is for surf clubs. For this reason we offer two different races- one for nipper boards and one for mals.
Points will be awarded for each event - 8 points for first down to 1 point. All participants will be awarded a point.
The school teams’ championship will be determined by the aggregate score of the three nominated students for that school. A trophy will be awarded to the winning boys school and winning girls school.
There is no further school surf lifesaving pathway.