Lifeguard Course

Current Lifeguard Course

We welcome any new members to become Lifeguards if you are interested in Surf Lifeguarding please contact the Lyall Bay SLSC Lifeguard coordinator Sam Richardson.

Lifeguard Qualifications

Requirements to become a Volunteer Surf Lifeguard

Minimum Age: 14

Member of a Surf Life Saving Club

Attend Surf Lifeguard training sessions 

Pass the SLSNZ Surf Lifeguard Award Examination

The exam comprises:

  • 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes

  • Run/swim/run in the surf

  • Resuscitation test

  • Rescue test

  • Practical surf knowledge test and theory exam

Once you are qualified you can commence patrolling and are able to utilise Lifeguard Skills / Development courses to extend your training and partake in our Surf Sports programme.

Lifeguard Courses

Throughout the season (begins in October) the club runs Lifeguard training classes which allow new members, or Junior surf members who have turned 14, to train towards attaining their Surf Lifeguard Award (formerly the Bronze Medallion) which then qualifies them to be part of a patrol team and compete at the Surf Lifesaving New Zealand National Championships.


Course Costs
The Cost of the Surf Lifeguard Award is $50 which covers the cost of the Surf Lifeguard award Manual and Workbook which you get and need to complete the Course, this fee also covers your basic Lifeguard uniform which will be given to you once you have qualified.

Please note that to sit your lifeguard award you must become a financial member of Lyall Bay SLSC and be enrolled on the SLSNZ database.
If you are unsure whether you have signed up online please ask and can check for you, a basic rule is if you have been involved with the Club previously you will be on the database.

If you are interested in finding out more about lifeguard courses and qualifications offered by Lyall Bay SLSC please email the administrator.