March Past and R&R

March Past is one of Surf Life Saving’s original events and represents the traditional discipline of a surf lifesaver.

Teams, often dressed in full length club swimming costumes, march in time to music around a set course carrying a surf reel, line and belt and following their standard (flag) bearer. Teams march in formation following commands and they are judged on factors such timing, arm and leg swing, space and dressing, body carriage and presentation.

Christies Beach is proud to have won the junior State Title March Past event in 2013.

For more information, please contact the beach captain. Details available on the “Contact Us” page.

Rescue and Resuscitation (R&R)

Christies Beach has a long history of success in the area of R&R. At the present time, Christies Beach is reviving R&R at a competition level.

For more information, please contact the Beach captain. Details available on the “Contact Us” page.

The term “R&R” comes from the core business of surf lifesaving which is “Rescue and Resuscitation”.

Today the rescue is done more than likely by a member using a rescue tube, rescue board, IRB or Jet Ski. In the past rescues were carried out by a group of members using the reel, line and belt. The rescuer donning the safety belt with the line attached and swimming out to sea to collect the patient, while other members of the team use the reel and line to pull the swimmer and patient in. The reel, line and belt still form the rescue equipment in today’s R&R competition.

Since the inception of surf lifesaving, competition amongst surf club members and surf clubs was inevitable and the R&R event was developed. As the name implies it is Rescue and Resuscitation of a patient still using the absolute icon of surf lifesaving, a reel, line and belt. Competitors are assessed and marked on their performance through the whole competition. The event requires that each team member focus and undertake each task with precision so as not to incur any point’s deduction. The winner is the team with the least number of points at the end of the event.