Rescue Water Craft
Rescue Water Craft are jet skis manned by some of Surf Life Saving’s most skilled lifeguards. They’re able to respond quickly to in-water incidents and also conduct roving patrols in their geographical region.
There are currently five RWCs in Northern Region covering the following areas:
- Bream Bay in Northland, based at Ruakākā Surf Club.
- Rodney in North Auckland, based at Ōmaha Surf Club.
- Hibiscus Coast in Auckland, based at Ōrewa Surf Club.
- North Shore in Auckland, based at the Marine Rescue Centre.
- Waitākere in Auckland, based at United North Piha Surf Club.
Becoming a RWC Operator:
At times RWC Operators may be tasked to critical incidents and it is important all personnel have the necessary prerequisites and training.
- 20 years of age
- Current & active member of a SLS club
- Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
- Senior Lifeguard Award: IRB Driver (refreshed)
- Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate
- Full Motor Vehicle License (Class 1)
- First Aid Level 2 (current) (refreshed)
- 400m pool swim in under 7:30min
- A minimum of 2 years as a refreshed Senior Lifeguard / IRB Driver.
- It is highly recommended that applicants also have First Aid Level 3 (current) and have obtained their Advanced Lifeguard Award.
SLSNR require additional pre-requisites to also be met. The purpose of these pre-requisites are to ensure operators have the skills to look after themselves when operating solo. Northern Region will help you though these extra criteria:
- 3km run in under 20 minutes
- Rock navigation
SLSNR reserves the right to accept members into the RWC program at their discretion