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Become Qualified

To patrol our beach, you must be qualified as a surf lifeguard. If you're over 14 and able to swim, we'll train you up to gain your Surf Lifeguard Award or your Patrol Support Award. Surf Lifeguard Award/Patrol Support training will be held at Titahi Bay SLSC over the following dates:

If you would like to become a lifeguard at Titahi Bay SLSC this season and want to attend the training above, please get in touch with the us - titahibayslsc@gmail.com.

Training 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 environment. 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 have gained your Surf Lifeguard Award or Patrol Support Award, Surf Life Saving New Zealand offer many other qualifications.