On Sunday 9 September 2018, selected members from the First and Second place teams of the Australian National Championships will be joining Japanese lifesavers at the Ocean Surf Challenge in Shirahama 2018 at Shirarahama Beach, Nanki-shirahama in Wakayama prefecture. At this event, the Australian team will conduct a demonstration of “Patrol Competition” a hallmark of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) format.
The Patrol Competition has been taking place in Australia annually for more than 30 years to not only improve and strengthen life-saving personnel physically, but to reinforce rescue techniques and know-how; all necessary skill sets for surf patrol to provide safer beaches. The Australian team’s demonstration will be based on frequently occurring water accidents in Japan, and displaying the necessary team dynamics through the rescue simulation.
In addition to the demonstration, the team will meet with Japanese lifesavers and professionals who work near the ocean to contribute to local beach safety and to improve rescue skills in the case of water accidents in Japan. This activity aims to promote the common global principles of lifesaving, which is to prevent accidents before they occur.
Patrol Competition Demonstration by Australian Team
Organiser：The Executive Committee for the Australian Patrol Competition Project
In Cooperation with: Ocean Surf Challenge in Shirahama Committee
Date/Time: 12:50pm on Sunday 9 September 2018
Australian Team Members: Michael White, Brad Doughan, Trent Rowe, Tammy Hagan, Brigette Seymour, Kate Thornton
Nominal Support: Japan Lifesaving Association (JLA), Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA)
Partners：Sangi Co., Ltd., Japan, Surf Life Saving Queensland
Introduction of Australian Surf Lifesaving Competition into Japan through Lifesavers Exchange is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.