Whether setting up patrol areas or rescuing in heavy surf every
Lifeguard knows the powerful motivation of saving or protecting a
life. It is a motivation that marks Surf Life Saving as more
than just 'something to do' at the weekend.
When you turn 14 you can sit your Surf Lifeguard Award and once
you have your Award there are a range of programmes and other
Awards you can participate in to develop your skills further.
It differs at each club but generally, training takes about
twenty six hours, and covers modules in surf skills, basic first
aid, rescue techniques, and risk management. Some of the skills are
taught theoretically, but most are taught in a practical
Once your training is completed, you will be examined. The exam
will assess your key lifeguarding skills, and involves;
- 400m timed pool swim (completed in under 9 minutes)
- Tube rescue in a pool environment
- Theory Test CPR and first aid
- Radio set up and use Hand signals
- 200m run-swim-run, in the surf environment
- Tube rescue in the surf environment
- Once you've passed all the exam components, you'll be issued
with your Surf Lifeguard Award and a Surf Lifeguard Uniform and be
assigned to a patrol.
After completing the Surf Lifeguard Award, members may choose to
take courses in driving IRBs or becoming a Patrol Captain. Over
time members can work their way towards achieving the top lifeguard
qualification - the Advanced Surf Lifeguard Award.
Members also interested in the Surf Sport area of Surf Life
Saving have the opportunity to move through the Surf Sport pathway.
This includes a number of surf official and coaching awards.
Check out the
SLSNZ Lifeguard Education page for more information..
Contact Club Captain Rhys Clark for training
information or check out the SLSNZ
Calendar for upcoming development opportunities, course
availability and eligibility.