AUSTRALIAN POOL LIFESAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
10 - 12 January 2020 HBF Stadium, Perth
Conducted in various forms since 1965, the inaugural Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships (APLSC) were held in 1987 in Alice Springs and remain a highlight of the Australian lifesaving sport calendar, rotating to a new State or Territory each year.
The APLSC brings athletes, teams, volunteers and staff together from across Australia for three days of competition both in the water (speed events) and out of water (initiative tests and CPR). While many compete for Championship titles, the APLSC also provide a unique opportunity for our Royal Life Saving members to come together in celebrating their extensive contributions to the lifesaving movement and friendships made along the way.
Individuals and teams vy for prestigious Championship trophies from Under 14 to Masters divisions, with each trophy named after a pivotal member of Royal Life Saving (UK and Australia) who helped support and teach others the importance of rescue skills that we still practice today.
From first-time pool lifesavers to lifeguards, from 'clubbies' to the Australian Lifesaving Team, the APLSC draws lifesavers from all walks of life. Find out more about the APLSC and how you can get involved below.
See all the results from the 2020 Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships:
REGISTRATIONS FOR APLSC 2020 ARE
The Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships are open to anyone with a Royal Life Saving Bronze Star or Bronze Medallion (or equivalent), with Royal Life Saving members eligible for the prestigious Championship titles. Find out more about eligibility, competition divisions and guidelines for individuals and teams wishing to enter the APLSC:
Not only do Officials and volunteers play an important role in providing a fun and safe environment for all pool lifesaving participants; they see all the action from the best position - on pool deck! Whether you're a seasoned sport referee or just want to lend a hand, join our friendly and dedicated group of volunteers at APLSC 2020 by registering here:
Functions & Workshops
The Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships are open to anyone with a Royal Life Saving Bronze Star or Bronze Medallion (or equivalent), with Royal Life Saving members eligible for the prestigious Championship titles. Find out more about eligibility, competition divisions and guidelines for individuals and teams
For detailed event information, see the Forms and Documents section below.
Thursday 9th January
Friday 10th January
Saturday 11th January
Sunday 12th January
Officials, Coaches & Managers Meetings
Junior Lifeguard Club Challenge - NEW
APLSC Day 1 including Opening Ceremony, March Past & Under 14 Competition
Under 14 Presentation & Welcome Function
Officials & Volunteers Function
APLSC Day 2 Competition
APLSC Day 3 Competition
JUNIOR LIFEGUARD CLUB CHALLENGE
RESCUE TUBE RELAY
The competitor dives into the water and swims 25m freestyle with a rescue tube. After touching the edge, the competitor fixes the rescue tube around their partner floating on the surface and tows them to the finish.
LINE THROW RELAY
In teams, swimmers stand 7-8m from the edge; the rescuer must throw the rope to an individual swimmer and retrieve them as quickly as possible. The first rescued swimmer then becomes the rescuer and throws the rope to rescue the next swimmer. Race is completed once all swimmers are retrieved to the edge.
Open Competitors and 14 & under: The competitor will swim 25m pick up the manikin and tow the manikin 25m. All other age groups the competitor swims 12.5m pick up the manikin turn around and swim back to the starting point.
In teams of 4, each competitor swims 25m on or with a pool inflatable, passing the inflatable to the next competitor at the end of the pool. Participants will be called to the marshaling area in age groups and sorted into races.
DIVE IN, HAVE FUN AND PUT YOUR SWIMMING AND LIFESAVING SKILLS INTO ACTION AT THE
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The Junior Lifeguard Club Challenge is open to anyone between 8 and 16 years. All events are team based. Participants may sign up on their own to be placed in a relay team, or sign up with friends as a relay team. It is recommended that participants can swim at least 50m continuously to take part in the JLC Challenge.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring your swimmers, towel, sunscreen and googles – everything that you would normally need for a day at the pool or swimming lessons. All other equipment will be provided by RLSSWA.
DATE: Thursday 9th January 2020
TIME: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
VENUE: HBF Stadium outdoor 50m pool, entry via RLSSWA Office
COST: $10 (pay via online registration)
EVENTS: Rescue Tube relay, Line Throw Relay, Manikin Relay, Inflatable Relay
A small presentation with prizes will follow at the end of events.
All participants must register. Register online HERE
Held in conjunction with the annual Australian Pool Life Saving Championships, the Junior Lifeguard Club Challenge is a friendly and fun event for junior lifesavers and swimmers to come and participate in pool lifesaving.
Forms and Documents
Key Officials for 2020 and 2021
Our Key Officials play a crucial role in the planning and management of the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships. Key Officials are appointed by the National Sport Committee for a two year term and work closely with the RLSSA National Office across key areas of competition planning and management, coordinating Officials and volunteers, and ensuring the APLSC are run safely and efficiently.
In 1986, VenuesWest’s first venue, originally known as the Perth Superdrome, was built with its primary focus being to develop elite sport and athletes in their pursuit of excellence. Now known as HBF Stadium, the facility is currently home to a myriad of activities including elite sport training and competition, aquatics, health and fitness facilities, childcare and children’s programs as well as functions, concerts and events.
The HBF Stadium Aquatic Centre is built to cater for high performance use and features:
Indoor 50m 8 lane pool, diving pool and water polo pool
Outdoor 50m 8 lane pool, 50m 10 lane pool and water polo pool
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View and purchase photos from the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships from our official event photographer, Damian Hofman: