Life Saving Sport Life Saving Competitive Life Saving is seperated into two clear divisions; Stillwater and Openwater. Stillwater Stillwater Life Saving involves competing in a swimming pool in a variety of events. Races are time based and heats are decided by qualifying times. The focus is on speed and in general the fittest person does the best. The events are based around swimming events, but with lifesaving skills thrown in. Towing manikins, using rescue tubes and competing in Simulated Emergency Response Competitions (SERCs) are just a few. Openwater Openwater Life Saving takes place on the beach and in the ocean. Races are not set in lanes and tend to be more exciting as other factors such as weather, tides and waves have a large influence on the results. Different skills are needed, aside from just fitness and speed. Experience and tactics definitely play a large role. Events such as beach flags, surf swims and board rescues use various skillsets. The ironman event takes a tough competitor, combining a swim, board, ski and run into one event.