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.
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
Surf Fins (no clips)
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 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.
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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Our club has some very interesting history. Lets not forget it, or the people that have contributed hundreds of thousands of hours to this club since 1960.
Please click on the image above and go on a journey back in time.
If you have a story to share please get in touch via our contact page.
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
Club Administrator Ph: 09 433 0303