We offer a range of membership options and pathways for individuals. You are welcome to be as hands on as you like by joining as a social or associate member right through to becoming one of our qualified lifeguards. Find out what option might be right for you and your family.

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Over the busy summer period we provide many activities for the community to get involved in. During the first and fourth school terms lifeguards run beach education classes for school children, teaching them about safety in the surf and sun. On New Year's Day we have the annual children's sports day, the longest running beach-sports day in New Zealand, attracting hundreds of locals and tourists for some family fun.
We also run an annual fun run/walk, sandcastle competition and other events. All these events help to promote our service and are a fun way for the community to get involved and help our Club with the funding we rely on.


The Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services Inc is situated at the northern end of Waihi Beach. The original Waihi Beach Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1935 and was situated further to the left than the current building. The Club was run by a small group of locals trying to make our beach a safer place for their families and friends.
The Club membership grew over time and a new building became necessary to operate from and store equipment. This new building, the one we currently operate from, was opened in 1971. Membership continued to grow and in 1986 additions were made to include a wing of accommodation for women and a better tower to patrol from, with more renovations completed between 2002 and 2007. Despite the wars and times of economic hardship, the service has continually operated throughout the last 8 decades.


The vison of Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services is to achieve excellence in beach rescue services and surf sports by continually developing the skills of our members and by promoting the role of the Club in the community.
This membership is for all athletes from 5 years to 14 years and gives the member access to our Junior Surf beach programme, sports gear, changing room facilities as well as use of the The Deck Bar and Eatery with their parents.
With this membership you can enjoy being part of the Surf Club, enjoy dining and entertaining at The Deck Bar and Eatery, take advantage of the on-site shower and changing facilities. Associate members may also vote at the Club's Annual General Meeting.
This membership is for all members 14 years and over who are qualified and active lifeguards or patrol support members. With this membership you are actively involved in patrolling the beaches, provided with access to all areas of the Club including accommodation facilities, the gymnasium and the The Deck Bar and Eatery for dining and entertaining. Members also have access to free of charge surf sport and swim coaching and use of gear.
This membership is for all those members who would like to enjoy The Deck Bar and Eatery for dining and entertaining.