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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. 

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'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.

Head over to our join the club section for more information about becoming a lifeguard at Titahi Bay. Here you will find contact details and more information about signing up.

Once you have gained your Surf Lifeguard Award, Surf Life Saving New Zealand offer many other qualifications.


Click here for the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Lifeguard Pathways
Click here for the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Pathways