Round 1 - Heats
Here's what the teams will be up against in the world's toughest obstacle course!
The Flying Shield
Objective: Use momentum to propel along a track, while balancing all three members on a small moving platform over water.
Risks: Uneven landing or rapid projection could cause imbalance. Not enough momentum to get the shield to the other side.
The Tyre Swing
Objective: Utilise the large, heavy ring to swing teammates one at a time across the pool.
Risks: Touching the water while mounting or dismounting the ring. Losing balance while the ring is in motion.
The Tilting Bridge
Objective: Cross from one platform to the other, crossing a single axle bridge which tilts easily.
Risks: Losing balance and positioning when team members are jumping on or off. Water slowly drains from the bridge's base, making it lighter and more volatile with every second.
The Angle Grinder
Objective: Jump and grip a steel beam in unison, to then slide across to the landing platform.
Risks: Uneven timing on mount and dismount. Shifting weight and causing the beam to spin.
Objective: Navigate all team members across suspended ropes to the other side.
Risks: Line are all connected, so if weight is not evenly distributed, a team member could hit the water.
The Giant Pulley
Objective: Haul team members across the pool, using a rope and pulley system.
Risks: Rope is a small target when leaping from the start platform. If the rope is too slack, or too tight it can be difficult to grip.
The Human Ladder
Objective: Climb the rope ladder, and scale down the pole on the other side.
Risks: All teammates must be positioned on the ladder at the same time, making it very unstable.
The Water Gauntlet
Objective: Swim under, over and through a series of obstacles, including a 2.5 metre wall.
Risks: Exhaustion, breathlessness, claustrophobia. Team members become waterlogged, hindering their ability.
The Slip Face
Objective: Get all members to the top of a steep incline using only their bodies.
Risks: Constant flood of water from above, making the surface very slippery. Lack of strategy and communication can be dangerous. 5-minute time limit to complete obstacle.
The Leap of Faith
Objective: To hang on a thin bar and zip into a wall of water, before dismounting onto the landing platform.
Risks: Slippery hands or weak grip. If dismount isn't timed perfectly, team members won't make the jump.
See below for a full run-through of the course.
Australian Spartan starts Sunday 4 March at 7pm on TVNZ 2.