Youth Development Camp

The SLSNR Youth Development Camp is designed to target young lifeguards who are enthusiastic about the values associated with surf club life. Participants will be encouraged to expand their horizons through a number of dynamic theory sessions and action packed outdoor activities. YDC focuses on personal development and leadership development rather than specific Surf Life Saving skills.

This is an outstanding opportunity for clubs to nominate young, up and coming members for an experience that will give all participants a better understanding of the Surf Life Saving family which we are all involved in. We strongly encourage clubs to make the most of this opportunity and past camp feedback tells us this is a pivotal growth experience for our young people.

Clubs are allocated 3 candidate positions with any extra subject to application numbers/availability. If there are more than 3 applications submitted these will be asked to be put in priority order at the time of confirming club endorsement.



  • 15 – 17yrs of age
  • SLSNZ member (Current on SLSNZ Database)
  • Refreshed Lifeguard or Patrol Support
  • Club Endorsement


The 2024 SLSNR Youth Development Camp will be held at Motutapu Island from 18th – 21th April 2024.

Candidate and Instructor applications are now open. Candidate applications close on Sunday the 25th February, instructor applications close Sunday the 18th February.

Candidate application:

Instructor applications:

For further questions please contact SLSNR Club Capability Development Officer Talia Comp (

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