Junior Carnivals & Competitions


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 Summer Beach Training

(November to March)


12.30 to 2.00pm


6.30 to 7.30pm

Winter Training

(April to October)

Saturday (Beach)       t.b.c
Thursday (Pool)

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Every year Life Saving Victoria runs a series of Junior Life Saving Carnivals throughout the summer season, with a Victorian State Junior Championship Carnival held in March.

Children must reach the age of 8 (U9 age group)by midnight 30th September, if they wish to compete in Junior Life Saving Water Events this season. Some Carnivals include the U8 group also but in beach and wade events only.

Competition is offered that incorporates fun and teamwork. Events for Nippers involve swimming, board paddling, wading, running, beach flags, iron nipper and relays.

To maintain safety and lifesaving standards, Surf Life Saving Australia has a set of standards of competency that Nippers must achieve before being eligible to compete at carnivals.

All children who wish to compete at carnivals in swimming and board races must be able to pass their competition skills evaluation testing. In the past this was known as achieving the S-badge. There is now no physical badge, but each Nipper will have their ability testing recorded and this is a prerequisite to being able to compete.

This is normally assessed at the start of the season. The dates will be included in the Junior calendar.

Note that Competition skills evaluation is different to Preliminary skills evaluation. The latter will be performed right at the very start of the Nippers season before any Nipper is allowed to participate in the water at Nippers training.


Competition Skills Evaluation

Age Group

Surf /Open Water Distance

Under 8

Not Required 

(no water competition, except for wade which takes place in waist deep water)

Under 9

150m open water swim within 12 minutes

Under 10

150m open water swim within 11 minutes

Under 11

288m open water swim within 12 minutes

Under 12

288m open water swim within 10 minutes

Under 13

288m open water swim within 9 minutes

Under 14

288m open water swim within 9 minutes


Competition Skills Evaluations is mandatory for U12-U14 to

compete in ANY event and U9-U11 for water events only (excluding wade).

This is a summary of some of the competition events offered at Junior carnivals (extracted from SLSA Surf Sports Events Manual)

Beach Carnival Events



Beach Flags
Beach Flags is a traditional event that has existed since the very beginning of Lifesaving. It involves a group of lifesavers competing for flags (pieces of hose-pipe). An athlete is 'knocked-out' each time and eventually there is a run off between two lifesavers. The one who wins the flag, wins the event.
Beach Sprint
Beach Sprint involves a sprint over a distance of 75 - 100metres. This distance depends on the amount of beach available at the time.

Beach Relay
Beach Relay is held on the sand and consists of a team of four competitors and a rubber piece of hose. Members 1 & 3 are stationed at one end of the lanes whilst members 2 & 4 are at the other. The object is to successfully complete the race without dropping the baton and exchanging within the set boundaries.
Wade Race
Wade Race is a skill designed to teach lifesavers the art of proficient running into the surf. The skills they learn enables them to lift their legs high and swing out over the waves to enhance their ability to increase the response time in entering the  water in the case of a rescue. Competitors begin on the beach start line and on the starters signal enter the water and either wade, dive and or swim around three Life savers usually standing waste deep in the water and then run to the finishing line on the beach.
Wade Relay
Wade Relay involves teams of four who conduct a tag style of race over the same course as the wade race. 
Board Race
Board Race uses a nipper or Malibu board. It also involves negotiating the break and then following a set course of buoys. You then return to shore surfing the waves back to the beach. First over the line is the winner. The board race requires balance, strength and endurance.
Board Relay
Board Relay consists of three paddlers completing the board course as above in a tag system. The first team to successfully pass all the buoys and cross the finish line will be declared the winner.
Surf Race
Surf Race involves swimming around a course of buoys placed out in the ocean and swimming to shore
Iron Nipper
Iron Nipper   This event trains lifesavers with the ultimate endurance ability.   It consists of a board paddle, a swim (or a wade for younger age groups) and a run to the finish line.  The carnival referee will determine the order of events on the day.
Aqua Cameron Relay
Aqua Cameron relay is an event where 4 members complete the legs of the Iron Person race. Three of the members will either swim, wade or board paddle while the fourth member will run and tag each member after each leg of the race.
March Past Team
March past team  - a team of 11 marchers from each life saving club carries a reel and club flag, marching to music around a set course and are judged on their timing, marching ability, overall appearance and presentation.
Belt & Reel Race
Belt and Reel race is a beach event and involves two competitors (one runner and one reeler) and an approved life saving reel.  (U12 and above)
Board Rescue
Board Rescue - each team consists of two competitors, a swimmer and a board paddler.  On the starters signal the swimmer enters the water and swims to their allocated buoy and signals to the  board paddler to “rescue them”. When the board paddler has picked up the swimmer, the two competitors paddle to the beach where they must cross the finish line.