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Those who take their beach-safety skills particularly seriously can enter Iron Man and Iron Woman events. Each summer, superbly fit lifesavers test their endurance in the water and on the sand. Besides facing grueling running and swimming legs, they paddle on surfboards and surf skis, the main tools of lifesaving. A surf ski, a narrow fibreglass craft propelled with a paddle, resembles a shallow kayak. From October to February each year, men and women contest a series of seven events, accumulating points. The events are held on Australia´s best beaches, or occasionally in New Zealand or the United States.