Become a Surf Lifeguard

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club welcomes expressions of interest from anyone who would like to know more about lifeguarding. We provide full training for members wanting to become a surf lifeguard and an ongoing development programme for qualified lifeguards.

To become a lifeguard, members must first obtain their Surf Lifeguard Award. To achieve this, members must be over 14 years of age, have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and be able to successfully complete:

  • 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
  • 200m run, 200m surf swim, 200m run
  • Practical CPR assessment
  • Theory test covering general beach knowledge, first aid, emergency response and lifeguarding skills


Coaching and further skill development may be provided either by Taylors Mistake Surf Life Club or Surf Life Saving New Zealand.  For more information about additional qualifications and the education pathways available within surf lifesaving see Qualifications and Awards.

If you are interested in completing your Lifeguard Award training and wish to join a patrol this season, please contact us. Expressions of interest for Lifeguard training should be made ideally by 1st September each year although several opportunities are available throughout the season for participants to sit their exam.