CARNIVALS AND COMPETITION
Warilla-Barrack Point supports the encouragement of children to have fun, participate safely at the beach and, most importantly, to develop skills and confidence in surf life saving and sport through the spirit of fair play.
Competition is regulated by Surf Life Saving Australia across a wide range of ages, commencing with the Under 8 Age Group and covering Members to sixty years of age and over. Carnivals enable members to practice their skills and to keep fit.
Carnivals are fun and great for team building. There is a small cost in attending carnivals, called the competition levy. The competition levy covers registration for South Coast Branch, Country Titles, NSW State Titles and Sydney Water. The club subsides this levy for our members. Just remember to tell our registrars that you intend on competing this season. The carnival levy is not included in your membership fees and is payable before the closing date of the first carnival. If the levy has not been paid, the member will not be able to compete unless he pays the full carnival entry fee to the club.
2019/2020 JUNIOR (U8 – U14) COMPETITION LEVY = $130 / competitor
2019/2020 SENIOR COMPETITION LEVY = $160 / competitor
2019/2020 FAMILY COMPETITION LEVY = $260
The levy can be paid on registration day, over the counter at any Bendigo Bank or via direct deposit into the club’s bank account. Please ensure you use a reference that we can easily identify for eg. Name/Membership; Name/Carnival.
Warilla-Barrack Point SLSC
BSB: 633-000 (Bendigo Bank)
Please note: Payment of any other carnival fees not listed above shall be at the competitors’ expense unless authorised by the Management Committee. An invoice will be issued to competitors for the nominated carnival.
If carnival entry fees are paid on behalf of a member and that member fails to attend the carnival, then the member shall reimburse the entry fee to the club unless under extenuating circumstances.
If the club pays the entry fee for any “series” carnivals and a competitor fails to compete in “all” rounds of the series then the competitor shall reimburse the club for the entry fee unless failure to compete was due to extenuating circumstances.
Eligibility and Annual Proficiency Assessments:
Surf Life Saving Australia has set the following minimum standards of water proficiency that each child must achieve before they are eligible to participate in Club water activities, training or Competition.
To be eligible to compete, a junior member must have completed the Junior Activities Preliminary Skills Evaluation and the Junior Activities Competition Skills Evaluation.
Junior members must complete an open water swim which replicates the junior swim distances specified in the 33rd edition of the Surf Sports Manual. U/14 members who have successfully completed the SRC award or SRC proficiency after 1st July 2019 and prior to commencing Junior Activities for the 2019/2020 season are not required to complete the Junior Activities Preliminary Skills Evaluation or the Junior Activities Competition Skills Evaluation.
To be eligible to compete at a championship event they also need to have achieved the appropriate surf education award for their age by 31 December. Any member who has not completed these requirements by the 31 December who seeks to compete must apply in writing to the State Director of Lifesaving clearly identifying reasons for not completing requirements by 31 December.
Our aim is to encourage all children to participate in all water activities on Skills Development days, where adequate water safety is always available.
Competition caps are compulsory and need to worn on your head and securely tied under your chin for the duration of the event. No jewellery is to be worn. Hi-Vis rash vests are compulsory for water events. If competing in a team, all rash vests need to be identical (the club will supply these). Although not compulsory, it is requested that competitors wear their club swimmers. This creates uniformity and comradery with the team.
Carnival Code of Conduct:
Unless assisting as an official, Parents are not allowed into the competition area. The team manager is the only person allowed within this area and only they are to lodge protests regarding any infringement of the rules.
The carnival is under the control of the carnival referee. The referee can alter or even cancel a carnival program. Please be aware that there are a number of factors that can have an affect on the running of events. The numbers of competitors, surf conditions, even the weather can cause changes to timing and/or the order of events and may even cause the cancellation of some or all the remaining events in a carnival.
Without the help of parents Carnivals would not be able to be held. The club is required to supply officials and water safety officers. Parents usually find this participation rewarding, and the children usually appreciate the demonstrated support from their parents. Warilla-Barrack Point club encourages parents to complete an official’s course and officiate at Carnivals. Each club is required to supply 1 official per 10 competitors, as Age Mangers are very busy on Carnival day we ask that parents of competitive Juniors sign up for the official’s course.
Our water safety parents are in the water looking after the safety of all competitors, so it’s up to the non-swimmers to help out on the beach. It really is easy and can be as simple as setting up at the start or finish line, marking names and/or giving places.
Wading Race: U8s only – Competitors run through knee to waist high surf, and may wade, dive and/or swim their way around the water section of the course that includes three (3) water safety persons as markers, then return to shore and finish between the flags
Wade Relay: U8s only – Competitors are divided into teams of 4 members.
Each member is numbered 1 to 4 and as he/she completes the course they are to tag the next numbered competitor, until all have completed the course
Swim Race: U9 up – Competitors commence from the start line on the beach, enter water, swim around the buoys (commonly termed ‘cans’), return to shore and finish between the flags
Swim Teams: U9 up – Competitors are divided into teams of 4 members. All competitors swim the same course (together as a group) as the Swim Race. Upon completing the course each swimmer is given a place number. The team of 4 with the lowest score is the winner.
Board: U9 up – Competitors commence from the start line on the beach, enter water, paddle around specific buoys, exit water finish by crossing a judging line on his/her feet whilst holding the board. Ages U9 to U10 use foam Nipper boards, U11 to U13 fibreglass Nipper boards and U14s use fibreglass Malibu racing boards
Board Relay: U9 up – Competitors are divided into teams of 3 members each.
Competitors wear uniformed tops numbered 1, 2 or 3. The event commences with paddler 1 starting, completing the course and tagging 2, who completes course and tags 3 who races to the finish line
Ironperson Events: U11 up – This event combines a beach run with a swim and a board leg
Cameron Relay: U9 up – Team consists of 4 competitors, being a swimmer, 2 sprinters and a board paddler
Buchannan Relay: U9 up- Team consists of a swimmer, board paddler, wade, and 4 sprinters
Board Rescue: U11 up – Teams comprise of a patient & a rescuer. The patient swims to an allotted buoy, touches the buoy with one hand & signals to the Rescuer, a board paddler, by raising the other arm in a vertical position. The patient then retires to the seaward side of the buoy as the Rescuer paddles to the allotted buoy. Behind the buoy the patient climbs onto the board and both paddle back to shore, passing through the finish competition line with both in contact with the board.
Beach Sprint: U8 up – Competitors sprint against each other on a beach track of 70 metres
Beach Relay: U8 up – Team consists of 4 members who pass a baton to each other at end of sprint legs
All Age Relay: U8 up – Team consists of 7 members, male or female, with each from a different age group. Competitors run in order from youngest to oldest
Beach Flags: U8 up – Batons are positioned 15 metres away, in a line parallel to the start line and shall be approximately in the centre of the space between competitors. Competitors lie face down, with their toes on the start line, heels together, hands on top of each other with finger tips to wrist and the head up. Elbows must be extended forward so that the chest lies flat on the sand. No scooping of sand or digging in of the feet is permitted. On the command “Heads
Down” the competitors will stretch their chins forward and place the chin on their hands & await the start. At the starter’s whistle the competitor shall get to his/her feet as quickly as possible and attempt to obtain a baton
R & R (Rescue & Resuscitation): R & R is a Surf Life Saving traditional event, utilizing the original rescue method and incorporating the most modern resuscitation techniques. Teams competing in 2 person R & R consist of 2 members of U11, U12 and U13 Age Groups who are separated into their specific Age Groups but compete against all other age groups. Teams competing in 5 person R & R consist of 5 members of any age group from U12 to U14
March Past: March Past competition is another traditional event that provides a platform for discipline and surf club spirit. Teams competing in March Past consist of 12 members of any of the U12 to U14 Age Groups. March Past supports Surf Club spirit, friendship and the carrying of the flag raises pride in the club colours.
As you can see there is a broad cross section of events designed to develop the skills and fitness of our future Surf Life Savers. Please be mindful that competing at Carnivals is encouraged, but not compulsory.
The night before pack:
Towels, competition cap, swimmers, silicon swim cap and goggles
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
Wax for your board
Take off all jewellery
Check your board to ensure it is in good condition
Make sure you have enough food and water for the day
Check weather prediction for the day and make changes of necessary (i.e. wet weather clothing)
Fold out chairs and/or umbrella
AT THE CARNIVAL
Arrive at the required time as advised by the club
Mark off your name with your Age Manager
Mark your age on your arm with water proof texta
Warm up with your coach
Be aware of the timetable of events. These may change so listen to the announcements.
Make sure you reapply sunscreen and seek shade when possible
Relax, stay positive and maintain motivation
Watch lead up races to gauge conditions and the best course
Be responsible for your gear
Keep up fluid and nutrition intake
Always be respectful and courteous to officials and fellow competitors
Inform your Age Manager if you withdraw from any event
HAVE FUN, SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND WEAR THE WARILLA COLOURS WITH PRIDE