‘Proactive’ is the key word that makes Surf Life Saving unique, as an essential service.
Surf Life Saving is not a reactive rescue service activated by call outs.
TWWSLSC patrols Whiritoa Beach each weekend and public holiday from December through till March as set out in our Patrol Operations Manual.
By setting out the red and yellow flags that show the safest place to swim and patrolling the Beach and Lagoon using a 4×4 Viking and Inflatable Rescue Boats we endeavour to make your weekend at the beach safe and enjoyable.
In the 2014 / 15 Season, lifeguards preformed 2680 volunteer patrol hours and carried out 7 rescues, 25 First Aids, 3 Search and Rescues and 992 preventive actions involving 2098 members of the public.
Without the continued support from our volunteers, sponsors and our local community we would not be able to operate as an effective lifesaving service.
To become a Lifeguard, the entry level qualification is the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Surf Lifeguard Award.
To achieve this award you must be:
◾14 years of age
◾Able to pool swim 400meters in 8 minutes
◾Run swim run in the surf
◾Sit both a theory and practical exam covering resuscitation and rescue techniques.
TWWSLS is committed to ongoing development of guards both in life guarding skills, leadership development, first aid, IRB operating, coaching and instruction and communication, our training will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life regardless of age.
To become a lifeguard or join our club please click here
Once you have your Bronze award you will be put on a patrol roster to patrol the beach in the weekends.
For a copy of the patrol roster please contact the Club Captain – email@example.com
Membership fees contribute to further training development for you, social activities, and all the equipment that you are entitled to use as a lifeguard, maintenance of the clubhouse where you are welcome to stay.
As a member of the club you get to participate at regional and national events as part of your club.