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New Surf Lifeguard Award Course

Become a Lifeguard! You can still sign up and attend the Surf Lifeguard Award Course that started last weekend. The course is FREE but you must be a fully paid-up member of the Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service to attend. Note there will be some costs for manuals etc. Instructor contact details for signing up and the full course programme are available for download below

Surf Lifeguard Award (Bronze Medallion)

To patrol our beach, you must be qualified as a surf lifeguard. If you’re over 14 and able to swim, we’ll train you up to gain your Surf Lifeguard Award.

Training takes about ten hours, and covers modules in surf skills, basic first aid, rescue techniques, and risk management. Some of the skills are taught theoretically, but most are taught in a practical environment.

Once your training is completed, we’ll send you to an exam. The exam will assess your key lifeguarding skills, and involves:

  • 400m timed pool swim (completed in under 9 minutes)

  • Tube rescue in a pool environment

  • Theory Test

  • CPR, first aid, and radio scenario

  • 200m run-swim-run, in the surf environment

  • Tube rescue in the surf environment

Once you’ve passed all the exam components, you’ll be issued with your Surf Lifeguard Award, and a Surf Lifeguard Uniform and be ready to patrol.

To start training to be a lifeguard or if you have any questions regarding lifesaving or training, feel free to email the Chief Instructor, at

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