Hervey Bay brothers Kieron (left) and Michael Hyndman will be in action during the Wide Bay Branch Surf Rescue Championships in Hervey Bay this weekend.
Hervey Bay brothers Kieron (left) and Michael Hyndman will be in action during the Wide Bay Branch Surf Rescue Championships in Hervey Bay this weekend. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Lifesavers ready for their titles

HERVEY Bay’s Michael Hyndman won’t have much time to sit back and chill out in his home city this weekend.

Neither will his younger brother Kieron or all the other competitors contesting the Wide Bay Branch Surf Rescue Championships in Hervey Bay.

More than 50 competitors aged from 11 to over 50 from throughout a region that covers from Hervey Bay to Yeppoon will be put through their paces over two huge days of competition at the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club in Torquay and at the aquatic centre.

The events, which are individual and team, include champion lifesaver, patrol and first aid.

Today, the race for the champion lifesaver titles begin.

The event is an individual one where the competitors are in for a big test both on and off the beach.

They must complete a 40 question multiple choice questionnaire, a live patient assessment and perform CPR on a manikin – that’s before they hit the beach for a 90m sprint, a 150m tube race, a 250m swim and a 250m board race.

The results are then added together to decide the overall winner.

The first aid division includes teams of two who are each given an accident scenario in which they must respond to.

All the teams are given the same scenario and are marked according to how they apply first aid to the accident victims.

To complete the action on day one, the inaugural pool rescue championships will be contested at the aquatic centre.

Some of the 48 events include obstacle races where the competitor must swim under four to eight obstacles that are placed 12.5m apart and are 1m deep and a manikin carry were the competitor must swim 25m then dive to the bottom of the pool and pick up a 65kg manikin place it on their back with the head out of the water then swim the last 25m of the pool one handed while keeping the head of the manikin above the water.

The patrol competition will be held tomorrow.

This is where the competitors (four per team) must set up a patrol arena and complete a scenario which will involve drownings, heart attack and anything else that a life saver might face on a patrol day.

Not surprisngly, 16-year-old Michael Hyndman said it was going to be an action-packed couple of days.

“These will be my fourth branch titles and I can tell you that they are really full on from the word go,” the Xavier College student said.

“You really have got to be on the ball from the opening event until the last.

“Kieron and I are both looking forward to it.”

The action starts at 9am today.

Life’s a beach

The Hervey Bay club will have 17 competitors in action the pool rescue championships and 15 in the surf rescue championships

Gail Williams and Garry Norris who finished second in the Australian championships last year will be in action in the first aid event



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