Based at the foot of Mauao on the stunning Mount Maunganui peninsula, the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service has been keeping the public safe for nearly 90 years.

With more than 500 members, the club is dedicated to volunteer lifeguarding and land-based rescue services on and around Main Beach, Mauao and Pilot Bay. Thousands of hours are dedicated to the public by volunteers patrolling the beach and coastline, from Labour weekend to Easter Weekend every year, as well as providing of a year-round, 24-hour emergency call-out squad.

Junior development

The beach is a fantastic place for kids and we provide a junior surf programme for 5-13 year-olds, focused on fun, skill development and improving confidence in the water.  These juniors are not only our future lifeguards but future leaders in all walks of life.


From 14, anyone can become a lifeguard after going through our surf lifeguard award training programme. We’ve got members from a huge range of backgrounds and a wide variety of skill-sets.  

Surf sports

Our surf athletes are among the best in the world, continually producing amazing results at both national and international level.  Competition plays a huge part  in preparing lifeguards to meet the physical and psychological demands of saving lives in the surf - fitter, faster lifeguards save lives.


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