Making our beaches safer
Lifeguarding is our core role at the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service, patrolling the stretch of coast from Main Beach to Tay St and providing first aid support to Mauao and Pilot Bay. Prevention is our driving force - we want to recognise hazards and react, before you need rescuing.
Becoming a lifeguard is easy!
There are some specific requirements such as the ability to swim well, but these can be developed as you go through your surf lifeguard award, which is the minimum requirement to patrol New Zealand beaches.
To be a qualified lifeguard, you need to be 14 years or older and pass your surf lifeguard award exam, which includes:
- 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
- run/swim/run in the surf
- resuscitation test
- rescue test
- theory questions
- practical surf knowledge test
Contact the club to find out when our next lifeguard award exam is!
Rookie Lifeguards - In training for the big leagues
Rookie lifeguards are junior surf members gearing up to join their senior colleagues by helping out on patrol. Rookies are 13-year-olds, who can swim 200m meters in a pool in under 4:30mins, as well as being current members of the club.