Super Lifesaver

Event description – 200 m short course


With a dive entry on an acoustic signal, the competitor races 75 m freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged manikin. The competitor surfaces the manikin within the 5m pick-up zone and carries it to the turning wall. After touching the wall the competitor releases the manikin.

In the water, the competitor dons fins and rescue tube and races 50 m freestyle with fins and rescue tube. After touching the wall, and within the 5 m pick-up zone, the competitor fixes the rescue tube correctly around a manikin and tows it 50 m to the finish.

Event description – 100 m short course

With a dive entry on an acoustic signal, the competitor races 25 m freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged manikin. The competitor surfaces the manikin within the 5m pick-up zone and carries it to the turning wall. After touching the wall the competitor releases the manikin.


In the water, the competitor dons fins and rescue tube, within the 5m pick-up zone and races 25 m freestyle with fins and rescue tube. After touching the wall, and within the 5m pick-up zone, the competitor fixes the rescue tube correctly around a manikin and tows it 25m to the finish. The event is complete when the competitor touches the finish edge of the pool.

 

Equipment

 

  1. Manikins, fins, rescue tubes: See Section 10 – Facility and Equipment Standards and Scrutinizing Procedures. Competitors must use the manikins and rescue tubes supplied by organizers.
  2. Placement of fins and rescue tubes: Prior to the start, competitors must place the fins and rescue tube on the pool deck – not the starting block/podium – within the confines of their allotted lane.
  3. Positioning the manikin for the carry: The manikin is completely filled with water and sealed for the event. The manikin is located at a depth between 1.8 m and 3 m. In water deeper than 3 m, the manikin will be placed on a platform (or other support) to position it at the required depth. The manikin is positioned on its back, head in the direction of the finish with the transverse line in the middle of the manikin’s thorax on the 25 m line.
  4. Positioning the manikin for the tow: The manikin is filled with water so that it floats with the top of its transverse line at the surface. Before the start, the manikin handler positions the manikin – vertically and facing the wall – within the allotted lane. The manikin handler must let go of the manikin immediately after the competitor touches the turn wall. The handler may not push the manikin towards the competitor or the finish wall. Manikin handlers may not intentionally enter the water during the event.
  5. Surfacing the first manikin: Competitors may push off the bottom of the pool when surfacing with the manikin. Competitors must have the manikin in the correct carrying position before the top of the manikin’s head passes the 5 m line.
  6. Donning tube and fins: After first touching the turn wall, the competitor discards the first manikin. In the water, the competitor dons fins and rescue tube and races 50 m freestyle.
  7. Wearing rescue tubes: Rescue tubes must be donned correctly with the loop across or over one shoulder. Assuming the rescue tube was donned correctly, there is no cause for disqualification if the loop falls down on the competitor’s arm or elbow during the competitor’s approach to the manikin or during the manikin tow.
  8. Securing the manikin: After first touching the turn wall, the competitor then secures the manikin correctly with the rescue tube around the body and under both arms of the manikin, and clipped to an O-ring, within the 5 m pick-up zone. Competitors must complete the freestyle swim by touching the pool wall before touching the manikin.
  9. Towing the manikin: Competitors must tow – not carry – the manikin. Beyond the 5 m pick-up zone, competitors must tow the correctly secured manikin maintaining the manikin’s mouth or nose above the surface. The line of the rescue tube must become fully extended as soon as possible and before the top of the manikin’s head passes the 10 m line. Competitors must do nothing to delay or inhibit the line of the rescue tube becoming fully extended at the earliest possible moment. Competitors will be disqualified if the rescue tube and manikin become separated. Competitors will not be disqualified if the rescue tube slips during the tow so that the manikin is secured only under one arm, provided that the rescue tube was “secured correctly” originally, and the mouth or nose of the manikin is maintained above the surface both arms of the manikin, and clipped to an O-ring, within the 5m pick-up zone. Competitors must complete the freestyle swim by touching the pool edge before touching the manikin. As long as the manikin has not become separated from the rescue tube, and the mouth or nose remain above the surface, a competitor may stop to re-secure the rescue tube correctly around the manikin without disqualification.
  10. Retrieving lost fins: Competitors may retrieve fins lost after the start and continuewithout disqualification as long as the rules governing manikins are not violated (see 4.3 Manikins). Competitors are not permitted to start again in another heat.
  11. Rescue tube defect: If in the opinion of the referee, the rescue tube, line and/or harness (belt) present a technical defect during the race, the referee may allow the competitor to repeat the race.

Disqualification


In addition to the ILC Competition Manual General Rules in Section 3.0 and those outlined in the ILS Manual Section 4.1-4.3 and Section 10, the following behaviour will result in disqualification:

  1. Taking assistance from any pool fitting (e.g., lane rope, steps, drains or underwater hockey fittings) – not including the bottom of the pool when surfacing the manikin.
  2. Surfacing the head of the first manikin beyond the 5 m pick-up zone.
  3. Not having the manikin in the correct carrying position before the top of the manikin’s head passes the 5 m pick-up zone.
  4. Using an incorrect carrying technique as described in 4.3 Manikins.
  5. Not maintaining the manikin’s mouth or nose above the surface (see 4.3 Manikins).
  6. Manikin handler not releasing the manikin immediately after the competitor has touched the turn wall.
  7. Manikin handler pushing the manikin towards the competitor or the finish wall.
  8. Manikin handler positioning the manikin incorrectly or making contact with the manikin after the competitor has touched the turn wall.
  9. Manikin handler intentionally entering the water during the event, or entering the water and interfering with the performance of another competitor or interfering with the judging of the event.
  10. At 75m/ 150 m, not touching the pool wall before touching the manikin.
  11. Incorrect securing of the rescue tube around the manikin (i.e., not around body and under both arms and clipped to an O-ring)
  12. Not securing the rescue tube around the manikin within the 5 m pick-up zone judged at the top of the manikin’s head.
  13. The line of the rescue tube not becoming fully extended before the top of the manikin’s head passes the 10 m line.
  14. Not towing the manikin with the line of the rescue tube fully extended beyond the 10 m line (unless the competitor has stopped to re-secure the manikin).
  15. The rescue tube and manikin become separated after the rescue tube has been secured correctly around the manikin.
  16. Touching the finish wall without the rescue tube and manikin in place.
  17. Failure to touch the finish wall.

 

 

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