The primary role of our club and its members is to patrol Waikuku Beach and maintain a safe environment for the public to swim and enjoy the beach.
In order for clubs to carry out this important role, Waikuku Beach SLSC rosters its qualified volunteers into patrol teams and these teams change every season. Surf Lifesavers must be competent swimmers and skilled in rescue techniques, resuscitation and first aid.
Becoming a Lifeguard is satisfying, fun and rewarding. You can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle, become trained in aquatic safety skills and first aid, make new mates, compete in surf sports, and give something back to your local community. You may also save someone’s life one day.
Lifeguard ONLY Facebook Page
For our Lifeguards- here is the link to our Lifeguard only page. Stay updated with courses, Patrols, Achievments and events on this. The page is private and you will need to ask to join, then be approved. This is different to the Waikuku Club Page.
If you are a current member and wanting to patrol in a current season, you must complete your refresher. This tests your fitness, knowledge, and first aid skills to ensure you are still competent for the upcoming season. You can still sit your refresher even if you havent patrolled for a number of years.
Pre-season training begins in October, and the Refresher is usually held late October or early November, before patrols begin. Helena runs the refresher, keep an eye out for dates on the lifeguard page.
Who to Contact for anything Lifeguarding
Helena Cook is your Lifeguard Captain. Any questions you have about training, Patrols, IRB, First Aid, Uniform or anything Lifeguarding ask her!
A Patrol Support role is a vital part of our club and our patrols. They wear the blue uniform. The Patrol Support qualification certifies that the holder has the basic skills and knowledge to be a Patrol Support Member. Patrol Support is considered to be an extension to the minimum number of lifeguards required on patrol. Patrol Support has access to all non-water based qualifications. They can gain their First Aid, Radio (VHF), CIMS, sit on the Committee and more!
A current Surf Lifeguard who for whatever reason is not able to complete the physical requirements of the annual Surf Lifeguard Refresher, can transfer their award classification from the Surf Lifeguard Award (refresher) to the Patrol Support (refresher) via SLSNZ and still Patrol.
Patrol Support is invited to train in the Rookie Program on a Saturday Morning.
If you would like to patrol, but are not confident in the water yet, you can gain your Patrol Support qualifiaction while you continue training towards your Lifeguard Award. Alternatively you can remain a Patrol Support!
Contact Helena if this interests you!
Weekly patrols begin in Mid November and run through to Mid March. Volunteer Lifeguards Patrol Saturday and Sunday, while paid Regional Guards patrol week days during the Summer holidays.
The Patrol Roster is a Google Spreadsheet accessible any time and can be found on the Waikuku Lifeguard Facebook Page. Link to the 2020/2021 Roster is below.