The sport of lifesaving is a derivative of real life rescue work. The pool, beach and sea are the competition venues for the competition events. The events are divided into pool events and ocean events.
Participants compete individually and in teams. The sport is practiced both nationally and internationally. As Reddingsbrigade Noordwijk we have had the privilege of hosting several competitions (NK, EK and WC).
As the name gives away, the Ocean events are not organized in the pool but on the beach and in the sea (competitions can also be organized in lakes and ponds). The ocean events are the most spectacular events the lifesaving sport has to offer. The parts for Ocean competitions happen in the water and on land. And they involve the use of equipment that you would not find in a pool, such as a rescue board and surf ski.
The competition elements in the pool correspond to elements from the diploma line that all swimmers learn at the diplomas junior rescue, swimming lifeguard or lifesaver. The competitions are organized in indoor swimming pools throughout the Netherlands. A swimmer can participate in these competitions both individually and as a team.
SERC stands for simulated emergency response competition. This component tests the initiative, judgment, knowledge and skills of four lifesavers in a simulated (previously unknown) scenario. The participants work together as a team in two roles: one team leader and three lifesavers. The team leader makes an action plan and divides the tasks, the lifesavers carry out the tasks. This part is assessed within a two-minute time limit. All participating teams follow the same scenario and are judged by the same officials.