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Team Openings - Applications - Team Composition - Competitions - World Championships - Funding - Team Selection - Contacts - World Championship Events

Team Openings

The United States Lifesaving Association is currently recruiting elite high performance lifesaving competitors for two national teams, each composed of six (6) females and six (6) males. There will be two divisions for each event. The Netherlands has under 19 and Marochydoore will have under 19. The USLA has developed detailed selection criteria for our competition teams.

Applications

To be considered for team membership, lifesaving athletes must complete the USLA High Performance Squad Online Application.

Team Composition

The USLA Open National Team will be comprised of lifesaving competitors 16 years of age and above, just as it is for professional lifeguarding. The USLA Youth National Team (YNT) will be comprised of lifesaving competitors no less than 15 years of age and no older than 18 years of age as of December 31, 2016. Per international competition rules, all USLA team members must be US citizens, qualified and active USLA members, and must be a current, or have been, bona fide open water lifeguard.

Competitions

Both teams will compete at the International Life Saving Federation's Rescue 2016 - World Surf Lifesaving Championships, will be held September 3 - 18, 2016 in The Netherlands. The ILS is the International Olympic Committee's International Governing Body for Lifesaving Sport.

6th International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC 2015) will be held September 3 - 6, 2015 in Maroochydore Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. An Open National Team team and an Under 20 National Team have been invited. Both teams are composed of 6 male and 6 female team members. 3 Test Match days of Surf racing, 69 surf Lifesaving events held in conjunction with the celebration of 100 years of Surf Lifesaving Sport in Australia. ISRC 2015 is open to proficient lifesavers who are part of a national team appointed by the national lifesaving bodies of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Great Britain, USA, Belgium, Germany, South Korea, Hong Kong, France, and Japan.

World Championships - Rescue 2016

The World Championships event brings approximately 5,000 competitors and officials from over 40 nations to compete in National Teams, Youth National Teams, Masters, and Interclub Life Saving Sport competitions.

Rescue 2016 will include seven separate competitions: World National Team and Youth National Team Championships, World Interclub and Youth Interclub Championships, World Masters Championships, World Surf Boat Championships and World Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships.

Rescue 2016 is open to all proficient lifesavers who are current members of an approved organization like the United States Lifesaving Association.

Rescue 2016 National Team Competition is open to proficient lifesavers who are part of the USLA National Team appointed by the national lifesaving body of the United States of America.

The World Interclub competition is open to all proficient lifesavers 16 years of age and older.

The World Masters competition is open to all proficient lifesavers who are 30 years of age or above.

Interclub Youth (18 & Under) age group events are for proficient lifesavers who are aged 15, 16, 17 or 18 in 2016.

Athletes can compete in ten separate disciplines - swimming, simulated emergency rescue, Ironman / Ironwoman, surfski, board, beach sprints, beach flags, surf boats and IRB.

All ocean events will be held at Noordwijk.
All pool events will be held in Eindhoven.

Funding

USLA National Lifeguard Championships income funds a percentage of the National Teams' travel costs to assist with accommodation and airfare costs. USLA National Team representatives are responsible for a minimum of $500 towards the trip costs.

Team Selection

2015 USLA National Team selection for the Open National Team will be officially announced at the 2015 USLA National Championships at Daytona Beach, FL. The 2015 ISRC US National Team will be announced in December 2014 and based primarily upon results at the 2014 USLA National Championships.

Contacts

USLA National Team Manager: Randy Eickhoff
USLA National Team Coach: Dr. Mike Barrows
USLA Youth National Team Manager: Gus Avila
USLA Youth National Team Coach: Casey Graham
USLA National Teams Coordinator: Skip Prosser
USLA National Competition Committee Chairman: Ed Zebrowski

World Championship Competitive Events

 

Pool Events (Male & Female): 11 Events

200 m Obstacle Swim: 2 competitors per national team
50 m Manikin Carry: 2 competitors per national team
100 m Rescue Medley: 2 competitors per national team
100 m Manikin Carry with Fins: 2 competitors per national team
100 m Manikin Tow with Fins: 2 competitors per national team
200 m Super Lifesaver: 2 competitors per national team
Line Throw: 1 team of 2 competitors per national team
4x25 m Manikin Relay: 1 team of 4 competitors per national team
4x50 m Obstacle Relay: 1 team of 4 competitors per national team
4x50 m Medley Relay: 1 team of 4 competitors per national team
Simulated Emergency Response Competition

Beach/Ocean Events (Male & Female): 10 Events

Beach Flags: 2 competitors per national team
Beach Sprint: 2 competitors per national team
Surf Race: 2 competitors per national team
Surf Ski Race: 2 competitors per national team
Board Race: 2 competitors per national team
Oceanman / Oceanwomen: 2 competitors per national team
Rescue Tube Rescue: 1 team of 2 competitors per national team
Beach Relay: 1 team of 4 competitors per national team
Board Rescue: 1 team of 2 competitors per national team
Oceanman / Oceanwomen Relay: 1 team of 4 competitors per national team

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