About SLSNZ Event Safety
Surf Life Saving New Zealand provides high quality Event Water
Safety services for public events in, on or near water.
Our service includes:
- Advice to event organisers
- Event safety planning
- Provision of trained lifeguards
SLSNZ Aquatic Safety Management Services Flow Diagram (pdf, 242kb)
Our guiding principle: Recommended
Minimum Guidelines For Open Water Swimming Event Safety
We've developed these in response to the increasing popularity
of water based events like ocean swimming, triathlons and the
growing demand from event organisers/race directors for SLSNZ
members to provide lifeguarding services at events.
The guidelines ensure that event participants are safe and event
organisers/race directors are confident of using best practice
Our service: Implementing the Guidelines
Part of the Event Water Safety service we provide includes
developing and finalising event safety plans and agreements with
event organisers/race directors. Our trained Water Safety
Coordinators then work directly with event organiser/race director
to ensure the water event safety plan is implemented at the
We started using Surf Life Saving NZ for water safety in 2006
and since then they have provided services at 38 of our events. I
wouldn't trust our water safety to any other organisation and look
forward to many more years working together.
- Scott Rice, Managing Director, Quantum Events Ltd (State
Ocean Swim Series)
If you have an enquiry about event
safety, complete our enquiry
form (docx, 113kb) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for Event Organisers/Directors
Frequently asked questions
Can I approach the local Surf Life Saving Club?
Yes, you can approach the local Surf Life Saving Club.
They will ask you to complete the enquiry form and email it through
How much will it cost?
It will depend on the type and scale of the event you are
running. Our recommended pricing guidelines factors in the amount
of resources we recommend for a safe event.
What if there are no lifeguards in our area?
Surf Lifeguards may be able to travel to your event;
however this will depend on the availability of resources and may
occur additonal travel costs.
Event safety documents
Information for Surf Life Saving Club & Members
If your club is approached by an event organiser, a school or
any other organisation you should direct them to fill in an enquiry
form and send it to email@example.com.
Here are some helpful documents which will assist you if your
club is contracted to provide event safety services. If you need
advice or assistance please contact SLSNZ Event Safety Coordinator