Become a Surf Lifeguard

The New Brighton beach is one of the busiest beaches in the Canterbury district, having an iconic status for both Christchurch residents and visitors from afar. The New Brighton SLSC exists to prevent drowning and injury on the beach over the summer months. A In order to fulfill this need, New Brighton SLSC runs voluntary patrols in the weekends and on
public holidays throughout the summer. New Brighton SLSC prides itself on the quality of its patrols.

A surf lifesaver is a trained volunteer that patrols our beaches on the weekends. They undertake a number of roles including aquatic rescues, providing irst aid and emergency care and providing surf safety information to the public.

Becoming a surf lifesaver is satisfying, fun and rewarding. You can lead a it and healthy lifestyle, become trained in aquatic safety skills, make new mates, compete in surf sports, and give something back to your local community. You may also help save someone's life one day.

What’s involved?

To become a surf lifesaver you need to join the New Brighton surf life saving club. To obtain this you must be over the age of 14 and you will be taught first aid, resuscitation, practical rescue skills and you must complete a 400m swim within the time limit. The Club will provide the training and equipment you need to learn the skills to be ready to sit the examination. The exam tests both practical and theoretical lifesaving knowledge that you have been taught. Exams are run throughout the summer so as soon as you are ready, you can put your learning to the test.

Once you’ve successfully completed this you will be wearing the red and yellow, and can proudly call yourself a surf lifesaver. Your club will then be rostered onto a patrols team which includes around 10 other lifeguards. Each Patrol is led by a Patrol Captain, who is highly experienced and qualified. In conjunction with other members the Patrol Captain assists new members with their lifeguarding development. Patrols can be an interesting and varied experience and a great way to spend the weekend.

How do I sign up?

Becoming a surf lifesaver has never been easier. Visit and follow the steps. Remember you need to Select “New Brighton SLSC” as the club you wish to join.