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The Rookie Lifeguard Programme has been designed to help junior surf members prepare to be a Surf Lifeguard. It aims to promote "practical lifeguarding" to the younger members and develop strong ties between senior and junior members as a result of involvement.

The target audience for this programme is 13-year-old junior surf members wishing to become a Surf Lifeguards next season.


SLSNZ Rookie Programme Website


  • Be 13 years of age by the 1st October 2024

  • Be able to swim 200 meters in a pool under 4:30mins

  • Current member of a SLS club

Duration: Variable depending on competence and instruction structure 2-8 weeks 

Delivered by: Club Rookie Lifeguard coordinators 

Who should complete it: Anyone interested in becoming a Surf Lifeguard in years to come 

Candidate requirements: 

  • Participate in four patrols (no less than 12 hours in total)

  • Complete all Rookie Surf Lifeguard Log Book Modules

Online Resources


  1. Health, sun smart & conservation

  2. Surf & swimming skills

  3. Role of a surf lifeguard and patrolling

  4. Signals, flags & radio operations

  5. Rescue, releases & tube rescue

  6. First aid & emergency care

  7. Primary survey & CPR

  8. Practical surf skills

  9. Patrol equipment & clubhouse

  10. Surf Life Saving Club structure and culture

For further information please contact Billy Fulton 021 615314 or email


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