Lifesaving sport is an integral part of developing lifeguards and we encourage all to participate in team and individual surf sport training and competitions as it drives fitness, wellbeing and team spirit, as well as ensuring lifeguards are skilled, fit and fast.

At Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services Inc we have a Head Coach who offers lifesaving sport, beach & pool training for all ages and abilities. During the summer there are a range of sessions on offer and followed through into winter.

Head Coach run sessions are free to lifeguards who patrol the minimum 30 hours per season. Pool sessions require pool entry fee to be paid by the athlete. Competition fees and other costs are the responsibility of the athlete. The senior sports teams will work together to arrange transportation, accommodation and other logistics to help keep costs down.

The following programmes are available:

Junior Surf athletes - 5-13 years, click here to read more

Qualified lifeguards - 14 years to masters

Qualified lifeguard fitness and skill development tube and board rescues, fitness training, team building

Competitive lifeguard intensive programme to build strength & skills to compete at a local, regional and national level

Lifeguard swim programme pool training for all lifeguards during the summer months

Ocean swim series to build surf swimming skills

surf swim
tube rescue

team surf race
surf boats
inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racing

Hear from some our members

I have enjoyed training and competing in surf sport since I was 5 years old. It is a great way to learn skills in the ocean, to improve endurance fitness and to make friends. My favourite events are the water events, especially boarding. It has taught me skills which I can use as a lifeguard, including board and tube rescues. I also enjoy competing in the team relays and it has been great to make friends at Waihi Beach and from other clubs. The skills and fitness that I get during the season from surf lifesaving have helped me to be more competitive in school athletics, swimming sports, cross country and team trials.
Canoe is an awesome way to get involved in Surf Lifesaving, with your team creating strong bonds and lasting friendships. Canoe provides opportunities for fitness, competition and fun that anyone can get involved in! Competing in canoe gives the opportunity to travel to other beaches and meet people from many different clubs providing great experience and connections. Your canoe team embodies exactly what surf lifesaving is, creating incredible friendships, staying fit and having awesome time while you're at it.
Hi. My name is Amber. I am 15 yrs old and have been doing surf for around 5 years now. I joined surf because I knew a friend who was doing it, and it looked like a heap of fun. Getting out in the water and spending hours catching waves is something I love doing. I enjoy competing and have met loads of friends from all around the country. I now patrol as a lifeguard and have learnt a tonne of new skills. I would definitely recommend joining the club and getting involved.
Hi I'm Fiona, an older, but newly qualified lifeguard. I became involved with the club as my daughter was competing and training with Waihi Beach, even though we live in Taupo! I helped out initially by coaching the 5 year old nippers then helped out officiating at surf competitions. I joined my daughter when she did her lifeguard course and passed my exam alongside her. It certainly took me out of my comfort zone, but the instructors were excellent and filled you with confidence. Since becoming a lifeguard, I have patrolled, helped at surf events, passed a first aid course, passed my crewman's exam and hope to gain my IRB drivers qualification this year. You are never too old to learn! I have also had great fun competing with other Masters at surf lifesaving competitions. The friendship and support received has been awesome as I am not very good fast and was always last! I would definitely encourage anyone to get involved with this fantastic club. You don't need to be a lifeguard or be competitive, just come along and see what we do and get involved.

More information

Lifesaving Sport also provides additional pathways for leadership and other qualifications which can be valuable for your own development.

To learn more about individual or team sport email the office [email protected]

Coach: Keaton White