Becoming a lifeguard

Become a surf lifeguard

Taylors Mistake SLSC 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 program for qualified lifeguards.

To become a lifeguard requires a number of skills and qualities but most importantly a positive, ‘can do’ attitude. To lifeguard, members must first obtain their Surf Lifeguard Award. To achieve this, members must be over 14 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

Our coaching team will help in developing and supporting new members to achieving the Award.

If you are 14 or under, you can take part in our Junior Surf program designed to help our future lifeguards learn surf skills, beach safety (and have a whole lot of fun!).  The Junior Surf program is open to 7 to 13 year olds.


2016-2017 Season Lifeguard Information

Lifeguard Award Training 2016

7:15pm- 8:30pm at Sumner Tennis and Squash Club

Monday 10th  Oct           Thursday 13th Oct
Monday 17th Oct             Thursday 20th Oct
Monday 24th Oct            Thursday 27th Oct
Monday 31 Oct                Thursday 3 Nov
Monday 7 Nov                 Thursday 10 Nov
Monday 14 Nov


If you or anyone you know is interested in completing this worthwhile award and then being able to patrol on our beaches then please email our Club Captain, Tisha at  Reference: Lifeguard Award 2016

Rookie Training 2016

This year the Rookies will attend the Lifeguard Award Training sessions outlined above to begin their journey to completing this award in the 2017-2018 season.  You need to be 13 years of age as of 30th September 2016 to attend and complete this training.  Kate Jamieson has agreed to be the co-ordinator for this group with oversight from Tisha, Club Captain.

For more information about becoming a Rookie at Taylors Mistake please email our Club Administrator, Lydia at  Reference: Rookie Training 2016