Definition of reelman in English:



NZ, Australian
  • A surf lifesaver who operates the reel that feeds out and draws in the line attached by a harness to the lifesaver who swims out to rescue someone.

    ‘the rescuer then signals the reelman to draw in the line’
    • ‘The reelman had to keep a close eye to see if he was running out of line.’
    • ‘The beltman would swim out and rescue the patient, while the reelman attended the reel.’
    • ‘The reelman — a most important member of this team— will release the brake as the beltman places his belt.’