Frequently asked questions by International
About Surf Life Saving Northern
All Surf Lifesaving in New Zealand falls under the umbrella of
Surf Lifesaving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Within this umbrella are 4
Regional entities that aid in the management of the individual surf
lifesaving clubs. A surf lifesaving club is an individual
organisation that provides lifesaving services at their individual
beach to standards set by SLSNZ and the regional entity they belong
We are Surf Lifesaving Northern Region (SLSNR); we are unique in
comparison to the other regions as we have our own governance Board
of Directors and are our own organisation within the SLSNZ
umbrella. Therefore are not directly managed by SLSNZ like the
other regions (although we adhere to SLSNZ standards and are
strongly affiliated). SLSNR is the largest of the Surf Life Saving
regions in New Zealand in terms of population, and we employ the
largest number of Lifeguards accordingly. The Northern
Region covers the area of Auckland to the Far North, and as
far south as Raglan on the west coast. We have staff
based in Auckland that supports the 17 clubs in the
Q. Is my qualification recognised in New
A. SLSNZ currently only recognises Surf Life Saving Australia's
Bronze Medallion, Surf Life Saving Great Britain's Beach Lifeguard
Award and Royal Lifesaving Society UK's National Beach Lifeguard
awards as equivalent to a New Zealand Surf Lifeguard
award. In order to be considered
for a position as a Paid Lifeguard, you are also required to have a
current SLSNZ Recognised First Aid Level 1 (or equivalent)
To find more information regarding the process of
recognition of prior learning (RPL)
click here. Apply for RPL
Q. What is recognition of prior learning?
A. Recognition of prior learning describes a process used by
organizations, training institutions, colleges and universities to
evaluate skills and knowledge gained outside the classroom.
These skills and knowledge are then recognised against a set
of standards or learning objectives. For example, you may be
involved in coaching, have extensive coaching skills and experience
for which you have no formal recognition. To be granted RPL,
you need to collect and present evidence that clearly demonstrates
you have met or exceeded the requirements of all the learning
outcomes on the SLSNZ course or award.
Q. My RPL has been approved, what next?
A. Once your RPL has been approved you will need to find a surf
club and become a member. To find a list of Northern Region
clubs click here.
Q. My Surf Lifeguard award is not recognised by SLSNZ,
what do I do?
A. You will need to join a New Zealand surf lifesaving club and
complete your New Zealand Surf Lifeguard Award through the club. To
find a club click here. The first surf lifeguard exam is
TBC. You must be a New Zealand Lifeguard before you can trial to
become a Paid Lifeguard. If your application is unsuccessful please
get in contact with the SLSNR Paid Lifeguard Supervisor as soon as
possible and they can put you in touch with the right people to get
Q. What do I need to be eligible to work in
A. To be eligable to work in NZ you need to hold the appropriate
work visa. For information on this and how to apply click here. Additionally, to earn money
in NZ you will need an IRD Tax number and a NZ bank account.
Q. How do I apply to become a Paid
A. Firstly, you need to have a RPL and/or have joined a club and
become a New Zealand Lifeguard. Secondly, an application will open
on the 24th of August 2018. You will find this on
website. This needs to be completed in full. The Paid Lifeguard
Supervisor will review the applicants and invite applicants that
meet prerequisites to trial.
Q. When is the trial?
A. The Paid Lifeguard Trial will be held on the
28th of October at Piha Beach. Please note that if
you trial to become a Paid Lifeguard, it does not guarantee you a
job as a Paid Lifeguard.
Q. What does the trial involve?
A. The trial includes a physical and theoretical examination.
Details of these components will be include in your invitation to
Q. I passed my trial and was offered a job as a Paid
Lifeguard, what's next?
A. You must attend one of these induction training sessions as a
condition of your employment. This year's induction will be held
from the 29th of November to the 2nd of December. Details will
follow once you have completed the trial and been given a job
Q. When does the Paid Lifeguard season
A. The paid season begins at the start of December and will end
mid-March. However, the majority of Lifeguards will only be
required over the peak season. The peak season operates for six
Please note that only those who trial exceptionally well will
receive more than this peak season period work.
Q. Where will I stay while working as a Paid
A. Most surf lifesaving clubs have accommodation and you will
have the option to stay at them at our expense. Some beaches do not
have club houses, however accommodation will be provided for you.
Please note that any accommodation provided is only provided for
periods where you are rostered to work. You can negotiate to stay
at your chosen club directly with the club. Accommodation is a
privilege not a right.
Q. What beach will I work at?
A. Surf Life Saving Northern Region can have up to 24 beaches
operating at one time. These beaches include 90 Mile beach in the
Far North to Raglan Beach. You may be posted at any of these
beaches from between 3 - 15 weeks. However, you are not guaranteed
15 weeks of work just because you have been offered a job as a Paid
Q. What other job opportunities are their within Surf
Life Saving Northern Region?
A. The Community Education program runs from the 24th of
October until mid-April. You will have to complete the same RPL
process as the Paid Lifeguard Service; you will only need to
complete this process once. Community Education includes the Beach
Education programme, teaching school aged children at the beach,
Surf to School, teaching school aged children at their school, City
Nippers, teaching children aged 5 - 10 at popular city based
beaches where there are no Surf Life Saving Clubs, and Community
Events. Please see here for more information about becoming a
Community Educator with SLSNR.
Q. Is there an Induction day for Community Education as
A. Yes, the Community Education Induction days will be held on
the 27th of October. It is essential that successful applicants
attend one of these days.
Q. Can work as a Paid Lifeguard and a Community
A. Yes, the Community Education program runs earlier and later
than the Paid Lifeguard Service so there is a great opportunity to
do both roles.