Lorne SLSC competes in all surf life saving sports, across all age groups from Nippers and Juniors, through Opens and also in the older ‘Masters’ age groups.
We compete at local Victorian carnivals, the State Titles and the National Titles every year. Every few years we also compete at the World Titles. We have had many competitors and team represent Victoria and even Australia in national and international competitions. Our past competitors include a range of Commonwealth Games reps and Olympians.
Competing is incredibly rewarding and a great way to keep fit, make new friends and maintain your surf life saving skills. If you are interested in competing, contact any one of the competition captains in the sections below, a relevant Nipper Age Group Manager, or the overall Vice President of Competition.
Surf Boat Rowing is one of the most historic and iconic surf life saving competitions, dating from the times when surf boats were a primary rescue method, before the adoption of Inflatable Rescue Boats powered by outboard engines. Lorne has very strong mens and womens surf boat crews, under the coaching and guidance of some of Australia’s best ‘sweeps’. They regularly win State titles and perform strongly at the ‘Aussies’, and have even won a World Title!
Taking on the surf as a swimmer, malibu board paddler or surf ski paddler is one of the most challenging things you can do – racing out into the waves and then coming back, trying to catch the biggest waves first, hold on when they break and come home in front, is a fantastic experience. It requires surf knowledge, surf skills, strength and fitness, including some beach running in and out of the water, and everyone has a chance given the unpredictability of the waves.
The beach events include distance running on the sand (1 and 2 km), beach sprints (90m), beach flags and beach relays (4x beach sprint teams). The sand adds a completely different challenge to normal athletics events, and can be great cross-training for aspiring athletes. The beach flags although appearing at first sight as a ‘novelty event’, is one of the hardest fought competitions in all of the surf life saving competitions.
Contact our Beach Area Captain for more information.
Inflatable Rescue Boats are now the most common means of rescue, particularly for swimmers caught in Rips. So it’s not surprising that a whole new area of competition has developed for IRBs, which enables our IRB drivers and crew to hone their skills in the surf. Lorne has a strong IRB team, which competes over the Winter months at beaches around the State.
Our Nipper Team competes in a series of carnivals from November to March organised by Lifesaving Victoria. Lorne encourages all families to be part of our Lorne Nippers Team. The Junior Carnivals 2023/24 Season is:
Competition is all about developing skills for the future, in a friendly team environment. Nippers who wish to develop their skills in the water can join our Lorne Nippers Development Squad and Competition Team which holds regular training sessions from the start of term 4 till end of term 1.
Nippers carnivals are for U8 – U13 age groups. In U14s children complete their SRC certificate and can start participating in active patrols. In addition we have an active youth team that compete in Senior Carnivals U14 age group and up. The youth group compete in U14s, U15s, U17s and U19s before hitting the Open age group.
Our rich competition tradition has seen hundreds of medals won at State and National Titles over the years. Click below for our National and International results:
Many results from State Titles and local carnivals are now available online through the LSV Results portal: State Carnival Results (from 21/22 onwards for Open, Nippers, Masters and IRBs)
Check out our latest Competition Write-ups from our News and Events section
Historic results (1948-2002) for State and National Titles (Open, Masters, Nippers) are also available in the Appendix of the Life Saving Victoria History PDF