Lifeguarding at Muriwai During COVID-19 Alert Levels 21/22 Season

Last updated 17 October 2021

The Government has only recently given permission for Surf Lifeguard patrols to go ahead at Alert Level 3 as an essential service, keeping Kiwis safe this summer, this is a change to last year when no patrols at Level 3 were permitted. We will have to remain flexible and roll with the punches as the Government continues to amend and adjust the alert level settings and requirements. Patrol Captains will have the latest updates on what is required and will be responsible for keeping their patrol safe by meeting the various requirements. The operational safety plan detailing the requirements of lifeguard patrols at Alert Level 3 is linked above - please take a look if you intend patrolling or going to the club to do some training, maintenance or visits.

Key points are that only 10 lifeguards are to be on patrol at any one time, scan, sanitise and mask up. Masks are mandatory inside and in vehicles. Keep your distance from each other and members of the public unless you are actually rescuing them!

Also - for this season, please only turn up to your assigned patrols unless you are requested by the Head Lifeguard to support another patrol - we need to maintain our patrol team bubbles and not have a potential super-spreader amongst us. 

With Beach numbers far exceeding previous October weekends, it looks like we might be in for a busy summer.

7 patrols

We have got 7 Patrol Teams again this year, 6 regular patrols plus patrol #7 comprised of Slim and his crew of old salts that were the creme of the crop back in their day (so they will tell you). 

We have tried hard not to miss anyone but if you are missing off the patrol list, want to change patrols or be removed from the lists please email Glenn at

Refreshers for Patrolling

For this season, the theory element of the Lifeguard / IRB and RWC REFRESHER process is online with the practical assessment being signed off at your first patrols by the Patrol Captain or any assessors/instructors at the club. Please get onto your theory refresher prior to your first patrol details on how to do this will be contained in club comms, PC emails and on the SLSNZ website.


If you wish to be taken off of the patrol lists, or would like to be moved to a different patrol please email Glenn at


Please pay your subscriptions ($75 for an active lifeguard) online.