Updated: Nov 16, 2019
In this post we answer some frequently asked questions regarding eligibility to compete at the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships.
Do I need to be a Royal Life Saving member to compete?
NO. Non-Royal Life Saving members may compete as 'invitational' competitors or teams, provided they meet age and award eligibility and subject to National Sport Committee endorsement.
Royal Life Saving State and Territory Organisations offer membership options for all types of aquatic personnel - contact your State or Territory Office for more information.
What is the minimum/maximum age to compete?
The Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships include the following age groups and divisions:
Under 14 (Modified events): Female / Male, Individual Under 16: Female / Male, Individual and Team Under 19: Female / Male, Individual and Team Open: Female / Male, Individual and Team Masters: Female / Male, 30-44 years, 45-59 years, 60+ years, Individual
The minimum age to compete is 11 years for the Under 14 Competition, and 12 years for the Under 16 division and older. Competitors must hold the relevant award for their age division.
Do I need to hold an award to compete?
Yes. The Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships aim to encourage the learning and practice of lifesaving skills, with strong alignment to our traditional Bronze award scheme. All competitors in the Under 19 age group and older must hold a Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion or equivalent. All competitors in the Under 16 age group and below must hold a Bronze Star or equivalent SLSA award for their age. International awards will also be considered by the National Sport Committee.
I am not a Royal Life Saving member. Am I eligible to claim records?
Competitors who are not members of a Royal Life Saving team, club, or State/Territory organisation are not eligible for Championship or RLSSA National records, however, may claim World Records subject to ILSF event sanctioning.
I am not a Royal Life Saving member/competitor. Am I eligible to win medals?
Yes. Invitational competitors are eligible to win medals, however, are not eligible for any Championship points or titles.
If you have a question regarding eligibility to compete at the Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships, please contact the RLSSA National Office or post in the SportsHub blog:
Caitlin Turner Project Officer - Lifesaving Sport and Development E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: (02) 8217 3154 M: 0421 143 217