Surf lifesaving combines key aspects of voluntary lifeguard services and competitive surf sport. It has a very important place in the world of sport as those who work as surf lifesavers have great responsibility in their role to save the lives of others on the water.
Surf lifesaving originated in Australia in 1907 in response to drownings at local beaches in Sydney. To be a surf lifesaver a person must hold a Bronze Medallion or a Surf Rescue Certificate and pass an annual proficiency test.
However, it operates also a competitive sport where athletes hone the skills of surf lifesaving and battle it out in a competition. These competitions are dynamic including movements such as running, swimming, surf boat rowing and paddling. In general surf lifesaving requires a high level of fitness and speed, strength and endurance are most important.
Surf lifesavers can benefit from supplementing Electrolyte Plus to replace electrolytes lost by sweat as well as Recuper8 to fuel the body with carbohydrates and protein for endurance, particularly between races. Using a protein such as Protein Matrix+ will help muscle growth and recovery after training while Joints Complex supports joint maintenance and repair.