Surf Sport

Surf Life Saving is recognised as the most effective surf rescue service in the world. Surf Sport plays a key role in improving lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation.

Surf Life Saving is unique in that it provides opportunities to participate in the broadest range of sport activities: Ski Paddling | Beach Events | Surf Swimming | Surf Boats | Board paddling | Ironman/woman Events | Rescue and resuscitation | Inflatable Rescue Boat competition | Patrol | Rookie Lifeguard Competitions | Double-hull Canoe | Marathons, Multi-discipline and Endurance Events | Pool Events and Competitions.

Whatever takes your interest, you’re sure to find an event that will be exciting to take part in. Whether you want to get involved just to learn the skills, train as an individual, a pair or team, or whether you love racing against your club mates, just want to have fun, want to compete or not, we encourage you to get out and enjoy some aspect of Surf Sport.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand provides athlete development programmes, coach and official courses and qualifications, a national carnival and events programme plus international competition.

For lifeguards, coaches and officials, taking part in Surf Sports will open up a whole new world to you.

Getting involved in the sport side of surf lifesaving can be a wonderful way of increasing your fitness, strength and surf lifesaving skills, as well as making lasting friendships, being part of teams, enjoying competition (or not) and having fun.

Surf Sport captures a huge range of different types of activities and you can easily be involved in more than one aspect.

Individual sports include surf swims and run-swim-run, knee-boarding, surf ski, beach sprints and beach flags, all of which can be enjoyed as team events as well.

Some of our members share their experiences with Surf Sport.

Liam Regan
I have enjoyed training and competing in surf sport since I was 5 years old. It is a great way to learn skills in the surf, to improve endurance fitness and to make friends. My favourite events are the water events, especially boarding. It has taught me skills which I can use as a lifeguard, including board and tube rescues. I also enjoy competing in the team relays and it has been great to make friends at Waihi Beach and from other clubs. The skills and fitness that I get during the season from surf lifesaving have helped me to be more competitive in school athletics, swimming sports, cross country and team trials.

Shanae Richardson
Canoe is an awesome way to get involved in Surf Lifesaving, with your team creating strong bonds and lasting friendships. Canoe provides opportunities for fitness, competition and fun that anyone can get involved in! Competing in canoe gives the opportunity to travel to other beaches and meet people from many different clubs providing great experience and connections. Your canoe team embodies exactly what Surf Lifesaving is, creating incredible friendships, staying fit and having a hell of a time while you’re at it.

Amber Lafferty
Hi. My name is Amber. I am 15 yrs old and have been doing surf for around 5 years now. I joined surf because I knew a friend who was doing it, and it looked like a heap of fun. Getting out in the water and spending hours catching waves is something I love doing. I enjoy competing and have met loads of friends from all around the country. I now patrol as a lifeguard and have learnt a tonne of new skills. I would definitely recommend joining the club and getting involved.

Fiona Lafferty
Hi – Im Fiona, an older, but newly qualified lifeguard. I became involved with the club as my daughter was competing and training with Waihi Beach, even though we live in Taupo!I helped out initially by coaching the 5 yr old nippers then helped out officiating at surf competitions.I joined my daughter when she did her lifeguard course and passed my exam alongside her. It certainly took me out of my comfort zone, but the instructors were excellent and filled you with confidence. Since becoming a lifeguard, I have patrolled, helped at surf events, passed a first aid course, passed my crewman’s exam and hope to gain my IRB drivers qualification this year. You are never too old to learn! I have also had great fun competing with other Masters at Surf Lifesaving competitions. The friendship and support received has been awesome as I am not very good and was always last! I would definitely encourage anyone to get involved with this fantastic club. You don’t need to be a lifeguard or be competitive, just come along and see what we do and get involved.


Surf Lifesaving New Zealand have a number of qualifications and modules that members can undertake, some of which are still in development, but to see the huge variety of options to get involved with, check out this link: SLSNZ Sports Pathway

The Surf Lifesaving New Zealand Surf Sport Calendar is published on their website. Use the filters to find events in the Eastern Region, for Sport, or for Junior Surf here: SLSNZ Sport Calendar