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Lifeguard Pathway

At Surf Lifesaving New Zealand our purpose is to lead and support surf lifesaving in New Zealand. 

We can lead and support more people through education and teach them the skills and knowledge to stay safe while having fun at the beach.

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Surf Lifeguard Award

Surf Lifeguard Award

Patrol Support  and Rookie Lifeguard Programme  are available to help prepare members to be a surf lifegaurd.  These are optional programmes which sit below the Surf Lifeguard Award.  For more information about these, click the links below
Patrol Support
Rookie Lifeguard Programme

Surf Lifeguard Award Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
14 years of age

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in getting started as a Surf lifeguard

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Event Safety

Event Safety

Event Lifeguard Level 1

This training is currently in development and scheduled to be rolled out in the 2017/2018 season. 

Event Safety

Event Lifeguard Level 2

This training is currently in development and scheduled to be rolled out in the 2017/2018 season. 

Event Safety

Event Lifeguard Level 3

This training is currently in development.

First Aid

First Aid

First Aid Level 1

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
14 years of age

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in upskilling their first aid skills and knowledge

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First Aid

First Aid Level2

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
15 years of age
SLS Level 1 First Aid

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in further upskilling their first aid skills and knowledge

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First Aid

First Aid Level 3

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
17 years of age
SLS Level 1 & 2 First Aid

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in advanced first aid skills and knowledge

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First Aid

First Aid Pain Relief Module

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
18 years of age
SLS Level 3 First Aid

Who should complete it
Anyone wanting to administer pain relief for their club

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Instructors Examiners

Instructors Examiners

Surf Lifeguard / IRB Instructors Award

SLA Instructor Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
16 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
SLS Level 1 First Aid (current)
Attend a Instructors Training Course once you have all the above pre-reqs

IRB Instructor Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
18 years of age
Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Drivers (refreshed)
SLS Level 1 First Aid (current)
Attend a Instructors Training Course once you have all the above pre-reqs

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in getting started as a instructor  

More information on SLA Instructor
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Instructors Examiners

SLA & IRB Examiner

SLA Examiner Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
18 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
Instructors Award - Surf Lifegaurd
Chief Examiner Approval via application process

IRB Examiner Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
18 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Drivers (refreshed)
Instructors Award - IRB
Chief Examiners approval via application process

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in becoming an examiner  

More information on SLA Examiner
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Instructors Examiners

Course Facilitator

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
18 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
Senior Lifeguard Award - Patrol Captain
Instructors Award - Surf Lifeguard
SLSNZ Regional endorsment  

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in facilitating Patrol Captains and Instructors Training Courses in their region.

More Information
Please contact your local Club Development Officer.  

Instructors Examiners

Surf Lifeguard / IRB Chief Examiner

Appointed regionally each season by Local Lifesaving Committee's via an application process. For further information on this please contact your local Club Development Officer.  

Powercraft

Powercraft

IRB Crewpersons Module

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
14 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)

Who should complete it
Anyone interested crewing an IRB on patrol 

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Powercraft

Senior Lifeguard Award IRB Drivers

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
16 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed and held for at least 6 months)
IRB Crewperson's Module
Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate

Who should complete it
Anyone interested driving an IRB

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Powercraft

Advanced IRB Drivers Award

This training is currently in development.

Powercraft

Rescue Watercraft Award

This training is currently in development and scheduled to be rolled out in the 2017/2018 season. 

Beach Management

Beach Management

Marine VHF Radio Operators

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
14 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed) or Patrol Support

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in using a Marine VHF radio or wishing to progress towards gaining Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Drivers

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Beach Management

Intermediate Lifeguard School

This training is currently in development and scheduled to be rolled out regionally in the 2017/2018 season. 

Beach Management

Senior Lifeguard Award Patrol Captain

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
16 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
Marine VHF Radio Operators certificate
SLS Level 1 first aid (current)
Min 2 years patrolling experience 

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in becoming a Patrol Captain

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Beach Management

Advanced Lifeguard Award (National Lifeguard School)

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
17 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
Marine VHF Radio Operators certificate
SLS Level 1 & 2 first aid (current)
Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Driver (refreshed)
Senior Lifeguard Award - Patrol Captain 
Min 3 years patrolling experience
Swim 800m under 14 minutes

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in becoming a advanced lifeguard and gaining the highest lifeguarding qualification

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Aquatic Modules

Aquatic Modules

Stand Up Paddle Board Module

This training is currently in development and scheduled to be rolled out in the 2017/2018 season. 

Aquatic Modules

Board Rescue Module

Pre-requistes 
Current member of a SLS club
14 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in furthering their rescue capablity while on patrol

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Aquatic Modules

Shallow Water Search Module

This training is currently in development and scheduled to be rolled out in the 2017/2018 season. 

Aquatic Modules

Deep Water Search Module

This training is currently in development and scheduled to be rolled out in the 2017/2018 season.