(a) For participation in individual and team events the competitor’s age as at midnight on 30
September (each year) shall be:

Age Particpations in Individual Events* Compete as Participation in Team Events* Compete as
7 years (proficient U8 U8 and/or U9 (Note: U8 members shall not be permitted to compete in water events other than the Wade Relay (because the competition evaluation does not form part of the U8 Age Award/Proficiency).
8 years (proficient) U9 U9 and/or U10
9 years (proficient) U10 U10 and/or U11
10 years (proficient) U11 U11 and/or U12
11 years (proficient) U12 U12 and/or U13
12 years (proficient) U13 U13 and/or U14 – refer also to Section 10 for March Past participation.
13 years (proficient) U14 U14 and/or U15 – refer also to Section 10 for March Past participation.
14 years (proficient) U15 (U15 age competitors must remain in the U15 age category and shall not be permitted to compete in any older age division even if they turn 15 during a season and obtain or are eligible to obtain the SLSA Bronze Medallion/Cert II). U15 (with the exception of March Past (refer Section 10), U15 age competitors must remain in the U15 age category and shall not be permitted to compete in any older age division even if they turn 15 during a season and obtain or are eligible to obtain the SLSA Bronze Medallion/Cert II)
15 years U17 and/or Open Two team ages only – U17, U19, U21, U23, Open
16 years U17 and/or Open Two team ages only – U17, U19, U21, U23, Open
17 years U19 and/or Open Two team ages only – U19, U21, U23, Open
18 years U19 and/or Open Two team ages only – U19, U21, U23, Open/Senior
19 years U21 and/or Open and/or Senior Two team ages only – U21, U23, Open/Senior
20 years U21 and/or Open and/or Senior Two team ages only – U21, U23, Open/Senior
21 years U23 and/or Open and/or Senior U23 and Open/Senior
22 years U23 and/or Open and/or Senior U23 and Open/Senior
23 years Open and/or Senior Open and/or Senior
24-29 years Over 24 Years and/or Open and/or Senior Over 24 Years and/or Open and/or Senior
30 years plus Masters, Over 24 Years and/or Open and/or Senior Masters, Over 24 Years and/or Open and/or Senior

Note: There are different membership obligations for members to be eligible to compete in Intra Club, Non -Championship and Championship competition. Refer to Section 2.2 for details
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(b) In addition to the above, for the specific conditions pertaining to participation in First Aid, Patrol Competition, and March Past events refer also to Sections 3 (Lifesaving) and Section 10 (March Past).

( c) Where specified (e.g. Lifesaver Relay, All Age Relay, etc.) competitors of different ages may compete together as specified in the event rules provided that each competitor is of the correct age as outlined in the rules for that event and is currently proficient in the appropriate award for their age group.

(d) No member is permitted to compete in surf boat and surf ski competition until they are in the U17 age category (i.e. upon reaching 15 years of age as at 30 September in a competition year.

(e) Event minimum age category requirements to compete on surf skis and in surf boats:

Discipline Minimum Age
Single Ski, Double Ski, Single Ski Relay Under 17 Age Category
Open Ironman races containing a ski Under 17 Age Category
Surf Boat U17 Age Category
March Past Refer Section 10