Become a Lifeguard

If you are an energetic person with a positive attitude and would like to be part of a club that supports the local community and visitors to Waihi Beach we have an opportunity for you.

If you have a heart for volunteering and a desire to develop your own personal strengths, then lifeguarding has a pathway that will provide you with many valuable life skills.

Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services start volunteer weekend patrols from Labour Weekend until Easter Monday. Lifeguards can be part of weekend patrols as much as their time allows but we appreciate a minimum of 30 patrol hours per season to have access to all of the resources.

There is an opportunity for experienced volunteer lifeguards to be employed by SLSNZ as a Regional Lifeguard, a great summer job. The Club also provides call-out squad services to the wider community and qualified lifeguards over the age of 18 can be a member of this well-regarded and highly efficient team.

CRITERIA Minimum Age: 14

Member of a Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services Inc

Pass the SLSNZ Surf Lifeguard Award Examination

QUALIFYING AS A LIFEGUARD The exam comprises: 400m pool swim in under 8 minutes, run/swim/run in the surf, resuscitation test, rescue test theory questions, practical surf knowledge test. Each season active lifeguards must perform a refresher test. This includes a swim, resuscitation test and first aid questions. It is not designed to fail people but to ensure their fitness and knowledge is up to the required standard.

OTHER LIFEGUARD QUALIFICATIONS

First Aid Level 1

First Aid Level 2

First Aid Level 3 - Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC)

IRB Crewpersons Module

IRB Drivers Award

Marine VHF Operators

Board Rescue Module

Rock Rescue Module

Patrol Captain Award

Instructors - lifeguarding

Instructors - IRB

Examiners - lifeguarding

Examiners - IRB

There are many training and development programmes on offer to qualified lifeguards, many which are subsidised by the Club or external sponsors like Zespri, so there is no cost involved to participate. Getting to know the equipment.

OTHER LIFEGUARD QUALIFICATIONS

First Aid Level 1

First Aid Level 2

First Aid Level 3 - Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC)

IRB Crewpersons Module

IRB Drivers Award

Marine VHF Operators

Board Rescue Module

Rock Rescue Module

Patrol Captain Award

Instructors - lifeguarding

Instructors - IRB

Examiners - lifeguarding

Examiners - IRB

Intermediate Lifeguard School

Advanced Lifeguard School

BP Leaders for Life

Surf Sport Coaching Award

Surf Officials Level 1, 2 & 3

Beautiful beach and surrounding area

Fun way to spend the summer at the beach

Get to meet other inspiring lifeguards and members

Upskill in valuable life skills that are transferable into other areas of life

Keep fit and healthy

Strong training & skills development programmes on offer

Head Coach available free of charge

On-site accommodation

Get team of inspiring lifeguards & members

Beautiful beach and surrounding area

Great locate to keep fit & healthy

Use the accommodation facilities free of charge, however must provide 4 hours of patrol or Club service per night of accommodation.

Use of the gym facilities

Join sessions provided by the Head Coach to develop fitness and surf and beach skills

Access to sports gear

Access to pool and surf swim training

Training and personal development courses, first aid, IRB driver and crewman, patrol captain, leadership, coaching and event guarding

Rookie Lifeguard Programme

The Rookie Programme has been designed to help Junior Surf members and young people prepare to become a surf lifeguard. The Rookie Programme aims to promote "practical lifeguarding" to younger members and develop strong ties between senior and junior members as a result of involvement. The target audience for this programme is 12-13 year old junior surf members wishing to become a surf lifeguard in the next or coming season.

To find out more about this programme please download the handbook or email the club: info@waihibeachlifeguards.co.nz