Life Saving New Zealand Inc. is the largest water safety sports organisation
in New Zealand, providing an essential community service to all New Zealanders.
The 79 Clubs in nine Districts are affiliated to SLSNZ representing 12,000
is a non-profit community based volunteer organisation.
It receives no direct central government funding and surf lifesaving clubs
rely on NZ Lottery Grants Board Funding, Gaming Machine Grants, local
Community Trust grants and sponsorship to buy club equipment and pay for
the running costs.
Heads Surf Lifesaving Patrol is one of 17 Clubs in the Northern Region.
a qualified Surf Lifeguard you must be 14 years of age or older and pass
your NZ Surf Lifeguard Award exam. The exam comprises:
400 metre pool swim in under 9 minutes
- Run / swim / run in the surf
- Resuscitation test
- Rescue test
- Theory questions
- Practical surf knowledge test
season active Surf Lifeguards must perform a refresher test.
The Surf Lifeguard Refresher will be co-ordinated by the Chief Instructor
with the assistance of each Patrol Captain. It is expected that all active
lifeguards will complete the following components during November's beach
- Theory questions
- Rescue Tube rescue
- 400 m pool swim or 200m run/swim/run
test is not designed to fail people, but to ensure their fitness and knowledge
is up to the required standard at the start of each season.
Opportunities in surflifesaving
and Regional Lifeguard programmes offer excellent employment opportunities
for our tertiary student members available from mid November to March
each year. Sport and community organisations also have professional management
structures and coaching positions requiring full or part time staff.
Each year throughout New Zealand local councils support the Regional Lifeguard
program, employing Surf Lifeguards from Monday to Friday during the summer
school holiday period when volunteers are not available.
lifeguards will be on patrol at Ocean Beach from mid December to early
February, complimenting the volunteer service during this peak time.
BeachEd is a programme delivered throughout NZ schools during terms 1
& 2 each year. Children from year 1 to year 8 attend a full days session
at selected clubs. The Instructors that are employed to teach the children
are qualified Surf Lifeguards having the appropriate Awards and skills
gained as a volunteer.
Club Administrator for details
of employment opportunites.