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Become a Lifeguard

To become a lifeguard requires a number of skills and attributes, most important of which are a positive outlook and a ‘can do’ attitude! There are some specific requirements that can be developed along with your surf lifeguard instructor, as they lead you through your Surf Lifeguard Award – the minimum requirement to patrol New Zealand beaches.
Our Surf Lifeguard Award training program aims to develop a candidate’s fundamental beach management, beach, rescue and first aid skills to become a competent lifeguard on patrol. Training is undertaken both in the pool and at Ruakaka Beach.

Pre requisites:

  • Minimum age of 14 years before the date of the exam

  • SLSNZ Member (this is done online)

  • Be able to confidently swim 400m freestyle in under 9 minutes-no stops

  • Attendance to the 6 instructing sessions run by Ruakaka SLSP

  • Attendance to 2 exam sessions run by Surf Life Saving Northern Region, detail of which follow this  

Equipment needed:
  • Surf Fins (no clips)

  • Wetsuit

The New Zealand Surf Lifeguard Award is assessed in several sections.
The requirements are:
  • 400m timed pool swim (confident single stroke i.e. freestyle non-stop under 9 mins)

  • Competent demonstration ofTows, releases and tube rescue in pool environment

  • Workbook completed and handed in

  • Written theory test covering beach management, first aid, emergency response & Lifeguarding skills as covered in the current Surf Lifeguards Manual

  • Practical assessment of CPR

  • Practical and theoretical assessment of basic First Aid

  • Practical assessment of Signals and radio knowledge

  • 200m Run – 200m Swim – 200m Run (beach) in under 9 minutes

  • Tube rescue with fins of a patient in surf

  • On beach assessment of Primary survey and recovery position of a patient

 To become a member of Ruakaka Surf Life Saving Patrol
please follow the link below and fill out the online membership application form.

Junior Surf

Junior Surf caters for kids under the age of 14. The Rookie training programme is offered to kids over 12yrs to develop surf lifesaving skills needed to become Surf Lifeguards. The emphasis is on fun and participation while encouraging children to develop surf skills and knowledge through surf activities and surf sports.

Ruakaka Surf Club offers regular Junior Surf training sessions every Sunday morning at 10.00 a.m. throughout the surf season. We also organise special club days as well as the End of Year Prizegiving ( See our club calendar )

The program is designed to introduce our youngest members to promote water safety and ‘surf sense’ and surf sports and events. There are opportunities to meet with other surf clubs for surf carnivals and regional competitions. Surf sports provide individuals the opportunity to develop confidence and compete in surf events.

Our commitment:
The club runs the Surf Lifesaving Northern Region Junior Surf Program. We are a family orientated club, with many families actively involved in the operation of the club. To minimise risk we require a minimum ratio of one adult to every five children for water based activities.

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New members for Junior Surf, Lifeguard, Associate Members and Families are always welcome.
You don’t have to qualify as a Lifeguard or be a good swimmer to be of value to the club. We have many roles where people can join in and help the overall result.

Please contact us if you would like more information or to contribute to our History page.

Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Patrol

PO Box 32

Clubhouse Ph: 09 4327 002

Debbie Fong
Club Administrator Ph: 021 224 6068

E: ruakakasurfpatrol@gmail.com