Definition of beltman in English:

beltman

noun

NZ, Australian
  • The member of a surf life-saving team who swims out, wearing a belt with a line attached for safety, to give assistance to bathers or surfers in difficulties.

    • ‘One of the team, known as the beltman, would swim out to the person in trouble, wearing a belt attached to a line which unrolled from a reel.’
    • ‘On a pistol start the beltman jumps into the belt while the linesmen and reelman sprint to their positions feeding line out for the beltman who is racing to swim to the buoys.’
    • ‘Eventually after three hours four beltmen had reached us and the rescue was completed.’
    • ‘As beltman, he swam out to rescue the 'patient'.’
    • ‘Each beltman is assisted by a team who man the reel and help pay the line out to the swimmer.’

Pronunciation

beltman

/ˈbɛltman/