Since 1969 senior lifeguards have been selected from clubs in
the Northern Region, to visit lifeguard agencies in California. The
exchange is part of the Buddy Lucas Leadership Program and is a
structured learning experience, and is an opportunity for clubs to
nominate exceptional lifeguards who show the ability to enhance
surf lifesaving in this country.
With the assistance of the host organisation - California Surf
Life Saving Association - the exchange delegates are given the
opportunity to participate in patrolling activities, to witness and
practice the use of different types of rescue equipment, and to
observe alternative beach management programmes and administrative
Successful applicants will demonstrate a high level of knowledge
of New Zealand's lifeguarding arrangements, be highly proficient in
a range of practical patrolling and rescue skills, and have the
ability to impart this to others through prepared presentations and
coordination of hosting duties on their return.
Selectors will be looking for candidates who can successfully
evaluate the benefits of the alternative systems and techniques
they observe, have had a consistent involvement in SLS over a long
period of time and who will continue to actively participate in the
development and administration of surf lifesaving following the
exchange (i.e. have earned it, will learn and develop from it, and
will continue to contribute after it).
Congratulations to the 2018 California Lifeguard
Exchange delegates Ella Boyens of Raglan SLSC and Sam Walters of
Mairangi Bay SLSC.
Thank you to Life Member Denis Black for kindly covering
the operational costs of the California Lifeguard