Surf Life Saving patrol have existed in New Zealand for over 100
years. Patrols are equally matched by our strong history in Surf
Before Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) was formed,
officiating at competitions was a responsibility of clubs, and
"History recalls the many difficulties confronting the officials
carrying out this very important function. Records of the
competitions for the Nelson and Wigram Shields between 1915 and
1932 indicate that at times the decisions of Honorary Judges were
not always accepted with that degree of sportsmanship that could
have been expected and desired." - Factual History of Surf Life
Saving New Zealand 1910 - 1932, N A Ingram.
Today Surf Life Saving New Zealand provides athlete development
programmes, coach and official accreditation, a national events
programme and international competition.
For Lifeguards, coaches and officials taking part in Surf Sports
will open up a whole new world to you.
This Surf Sports Manual was produced in collaborations with Surf
Life Saving Australia (SLSA), to where possible, achieve a common
set of event rules and conditions. Their contribution is gratefully
The manual is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the
purposes of private stufy, research, criticism, or review, as
permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any
process without permission. Enquires should be address to Surf Life
Saving New Zealand.
The rules in this manual are designed to assist in the conduct,
control and management of all competitions held by of under the
control of SLSNZ to provide a safe and fair framework within which
surf lifesaving competitions are regulated and conducted.
This manual supersedes and replaces all previous SLSNZ
Competition Manuals with effect from October 2012 The Manual may be
amended by the Board at any time. Amendments will be issued in
accordance with the Constitution and Regulations and will be
available on the SLSNZ website.
SLSNZ will detail specific entry requirements, requirements,
responsibilities and accountabilities within the Circular or any
Entry Form. These specific entry requirements are deemed to be
incorporated into this Manual.
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