BULSCA league competitions are all about enjoying the experience of competing, putting the skills you learn into practice and making new friends! They provide the perfect opportunity for lifesavers to demonstrate their skills as a team and to see how they respond under pressure. Each league competition consists of two elements: the incidents and speeds. Competitions are followed by food, results and a social – a great opportunity to make new friends, share knowledge, and celebrate success that day!
There are two unseen incidents or SERCs (simulated emergency response competitions); one on land and one in the water. They are the ultimate test of lifesavers’ skills and teamwork, and carry greater weighting in the overall competition scoring than the speed events. In a set time, between two and three minutes, a team of 4 must assess the situation and then respond by rescuing and treating any number of casualties. A good team will prioritise the different casualties, treating those with the greatest need first. The scope of the incident depends largely on the writer’s imagination; in the past, incidents have ranged from the conventional drowning in a pool, or choking in a restaurant, to the more extreme such as a plane crash, a climbing accident or a ship sinking.
League competitions also consist of team speed relays. These test the fitness of a lifesaver and their ability to use their skills quickly. Events include a Line Throw Relay, a Swim and Tow relay, and one additional speed event of the hosting club’s choice from the list below. Full details for each event can be found in the BULSCA Competition Manual.
All BULSCA league competitions consist of a 4 x 12m Line throw and a 4 x 50m swim & 50m tow relay. The competition management committee can then choose one other event to count towards the league – either a 4 x 50m obstacles relay, 4 x 25m manikin carry or a 4 x 50m medley.