The majority of Surf Life Saving Clubs in New Zealand operate a
Junior Surf division catering for seven to thirteen year olds. At
fourteen, they are eligible to become active Surf Lifeguards and at
times some clubs have difficulty in keeping these members during
the transition period from junior to senior ranks.
In order to help with this transition the Rookie Surf Lifeguard
Programme was introduced into Surf Life Saving. The Rookie
Lifeguard Programme has been designed to assist with the education
and retention of these young Surf Lifeguards through a structured
development programme. The Rookie Surf Lifeguard Programme is aimed
at developing young Surf Lifeguards in the areas of lifesaving
education, beach management, patrol experience, and through
participation and social development.
Aims of the Rookie Surf Lifeguard Programme
- Provide a smooth transition and ready flow of active members
from Junior Surf ranks by providing a programme of practical
lifesaving development for them.
- Develop strong ties between senior and junior
- Patrol efficiency, effectiveness and improvement through
development of members
- Involve and encourage respective parents to become involved in
both active lifesaving and administration roles at club level
How to get involved in the Rookie Surf Lifeguard
Contact your club Rookie Lifeguard Co-ordinator to find out more
about how to become a Rookie Surf Lifeguard.
2017-18 Rookie Surf Lifeguard Candidate
For the Rookie Surf Lifeguard Lifeguard Club Registration
Form & Rookie Coordinators Manual please contact the SLSNR Training