Every summer millions of people flock to beaches all over New Zealand and for over 100 years Surf Lifeguards have been watching over these people to help them enjoy the beach and return home safe. These Surf Lifeguards are ordinary Kiwis that give up their weekends and holidays to keep people save our beaches and are always fully prepared to put their own lives at risk for the safety of others.
Each year over 4,000 lifeguards complete over 220,000 hours of patrol and performing around 1,300 rescues. Surf Life Saving New Zealand is the National body representing and supporting the 74 Surf Life Saving Clubs across the country. Our Lifeguards complete many hours of training and give their time each year to protect our community in the water.
For our 19,000 members Surf Lifesaving is not just a community service or sport it is a way of life – We are “in it for life”.