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Introduction of Australian Surf Lifesaving Competition into Japan through Lifesavers' Exchange

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: The Executive Committee for the Australian Patrol Competition Project

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Simulation training for Japanese lifesavers in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Credit: Tomoaki Fukasaku

Project description

Surf lifesaving organisations worldwide play an important role in keeping beaches safe, preventing drownings and rescuing people. From 1983 to 1988, Australian Surf Lifesaving - the undisputed world leader in this voluntary service - played a crucial role in successfully introducing surf lifesaving to Japan with support from the Australia-Japan Foundation.

Thirty-five years on, this project will seek to establish a "Surf Lifesaving Competition" in Japan based on the Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) format. By establishing regular surf lifesaving competitions in Japan, we can better serve the communities of both countries by providing safer beaches.
In surf lifesaving competitions, teams of six lifesavers compete using their knowledge and skills in four important categories for surf lifesaving: physical skills, theory, resuscitation and scenarios. Surf lifesaving competitions target knowledge and technique for beach management competence, maintaining vigilance, and emergency measures, which are all much needed in Japan.

The project involves inviting officials accredited by SLSA to Japan to hold a seminar on Australian surf lifesaving competitions. The project also provides opportunities for young Australian and Japanese lifesavers to participate in surf lifesaving competitions in both countries through exchange programs.

This program promotes mutual understanding and friendship between Australian and Japanese lifesavers who share a common interest in saving lives.

Key dates:

  • Translation and publication the rule book of SLSA's Patrol Competitions into Japanese, Tokyo Japan, 31 August 2017
  • Seminar, Australian Embassy Tokyo, 20 October 2017
  • Pilot Patrol Competitions in Japan, Chiba Japan, 22 October 2017
  • Queensland State Surf Life Saving Championships, Bundaberg QLD Australia, 08 to 11 March 2018

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $35,000.00 with no GST in addition

Total project value: $35,000.00

Last Updated: 31 July 2019
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