Lifeguarding is our core role at Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service, patrolling the stretch of coast from Mount Main Beach to Tay St, and providing first aid and emergency response support to Mauao and Pilot Bay. Prevention is our driving force. We want to recognise hazards and react, before a rescue is necessary.

Membership registration now closed for the 2023 - 2024 season, visit from August 2024, for 2024/2025 season information.

Becoming a Surf or Sand Lifeguard is easy!

Our Lifeguarding team is made up of two types of volunteers who are equally important, as we ensure all our beach visitors return home safely each weekend from Labour weekend to Easter weekend every year. 

  • Surf Lifeguards

To be a qualified lifeguard member, you need to be 14 years or older and pass your Surf Lifeguard Award award exam, click here for information on what's required to complete the award. This award is for your if you love to get wet and have good swimming and running base fitness levels.

  • Sand Lifeguards - otherwise known as Patrol Support

To be a qualified Patrol Support member, you need to be 14 years or older and pass your Patrol Support Award exam, click here for information on what's required to complete the award. This award is for you if you would prefer to stay out of the water & dry, and have great medical, administration, communcation and organisational skills.

You will be assigned to one of our six 'Patrol groups' with scheduled weekends of patrolling throughout the season to lock into the calendar, along with ongoing training and development opportunities. There is the opportunity to swap patrol days if life events clash and to pick up extra patrol days to help out when you can. 

Lifeguard or Patrol Support Membership:                                                        Active Lifeguard 2023 - 2024 $30.00                    

For more information on when you could join in training sessions for both awards contact the club on 

If you are moving from another surf life saving club, or keen to get your toes back in the water or sand after a few years away from lifeguarding - contact us and we can guide you through your club transfer or secondary club application, Surf Lifeguard Award Refresher and registration! 

Rookie Lifeguards - Lifeguards in training

The Rookie lifeguard programme is a great transition programme from Nippers/Oceans into active lifeguarding.  Rookie lifeguards participate in a training programme and assist lifeguards on weekend patrols, until they turn 14 and can sit the Surf Life Saving New Zealand 'Surf Lifeguard Award'.

Rookies are 12 (and turning 13 before March 31st 2024) and 13 year olds, who can swim 200 meters in a pool in under 4 minutes 30 seconds wishing to become Lifeguards next season. 

Register your child for the 2024/2025 season by contacting the club and the Rookie LIfeguard Co-ordinator will be in touch with eligible Junior Surf members. 

Junior Surf Membership: $65.00 per child