Lifeguarding is the main focus at Waikanae SLSC, providing a volunteer lifeguarding service to the Gisborne community and visitors by patrolling Waikanae beach from Labour weekend through until mid March.

As the saying goes, prevention is better than a cure! With this in mind we aim to recognise potential hazards and react accordingly to avoid rescue action.

Anyone is welcome to join our club and, once they are 14 years old, become a lifeguard. The qualification is achievable, the process is empowering and the outcomes are lifelong.

To be a qualified lifeguard, you need to be 14 years or older and pass your Surf Lifeguard Award or Patrol Support exam. Training is provided by experienced and friendly Waikanae instructors who patrol the beaches each summer.

The exam includes:

● Resuscitation and first aid test

● radio communication

● theory questions

● practical surf knowledge test

For the full Surf Lifeguard Award (not patrol Support)

● 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes 

● tows and releases in the pool

● run/swim/run 

● tube rescue in the surf 

Once qualified as a Lifeguard the opportunities are endless! You can apply for summer work as a paid guard, learn to drive or crew an IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat), become a coach or Instructor, compete overseas, attend Intermediate/National Lifeguard schools and jump out of helicopters!

If you think this sounds like you, contact the club to find out when the next exam is and how to join the training sessions, email Clara