ANZAC Exchange

The prestigious ANZAC Exchange will take place this coming season. Kate Russell, Olly Clifton, Chaz Gibbons a Team of Toa lifeguards and Chaperone Tony Russell are confirmed to travel to Torquay and Apollo Bay Surf Clubs in Victoria, Australia and then host an Aussie team back here in NZ over summer .

The Team will experience how life guarding is carried out in Victoria gaining valuable guarding and leadership skills. Two key aims of the exchange are to promote excellence and to reward our young motivated members for their achievements.

At this stage, it is planned for the Aussies to travel in early January and the NZ team in mid to late January giving the Kiwis the opportunity to visit Torquay and Apollo Bay surf clubs during their busy periods.

They will need to take on the vast majority of fundraising for the trip and host the returning team back at Toa.


The Team will post updates of their trip which you will be able to find here – be sure to follow our website for the latest updates.


Criteria for the exchange is:

Candidates shall be seen as a role model within the club, have a team attitude and takes up opportunities. E.g. IRB Crewman’s and First Aid Courses. They will be:

Age 15 and over at the date of the exchange and hold a Lifeguard Award.
Shown a high level of leadership values within the club such as lifeguard training or involved in junior surf program.
They will need to train over the winter to undertake the following fitness tests before the exchange:

Complete a pool swim of 800metres in a time of 15:30 minutes or less.
Take part in any training sessions on boards made available that season and be able to ride a board out past the breakers and in to shore.
Run 1.5km in 10minutes on the soft sand.
Complete a surf swim of 200 meters with no fins and no tube.
Complete a tube rescue with fins.

Applications forms downloadable from our website.…/anzac-applicatio…

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