Surf Life Saving NZ is Aotearoa’s leading beach & coastal safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority.

We’re truly unique, delivering proactive surf lifeguarding & essential emergency rescue services, beach & coastal safety, a range of public education beach safety programmes, member education, training & development as well as a highly respected sport. We do this all as a charity.

SLSNZ is the national association that represents 74 surf lifesaving clubs with 18,000+ members, including more than 4,500 volunteer Surf Lifeguards. Our lifeguards patrol more than 80 locations in summer, as well as provide emergency call-out rescue services throughout Aotearoa - saving hundreds of lives each year and ensuring thousands return home safe after a day at the beach.

Even though our Surf Lifeguards save hundreds of people each year and there have been no fatal drownings between the flags, New Zealand’s fatal drowning rate is still too high. We are committed to changing this. Our vision is no-one drowns on our beaches. It’s what drives us.

We have a fantastic team at Surf Life Saving NZ and we take great pride in what we do. If you are keen to make a difference, you can view our current job vacancies (including volunteer roles) below:



Surf Life Saving New Zealand invites expressions of interest for a High Performance Programme Coach Lead for Pool Rescue. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a coaching leadership role within the SLSNZ High Performance Programmes. The Coach Lead for Pool Rescue is focused on performance and development of athletes, within the pool rescue discipline, for pinnacle events. They will form part of the wider SLSNZ HP Team working collaboratively toward the SLSNZ HP Vision.  The Coach Lead for Pool Rescue will drive the development of a HP coach network that benefits both coach and athlete development.

All Expressions of Interest should be sent with a brief covering letter and CV identifying the attributes the applicant has from the description for services, and provide a demonstrated record of achievement in relevant areas.

Full details of the role can be found here.

Expressions of Interest or further enquiries should be directed to:

Tanya Hamilton

High Performance Manager

Surf Life Saving New Zealand


Expressions of Interest close Friday 22nd JANUARY 2021.


Club Development Officer – Christchurch /Tasman

New year, new role? Join the team at Surf Life Saving and work to make a difference.

The CDO will provide direct and practical support to members and Clubs within the Christchurch / Tasman Area to support Clubs and members to achieve their goals.

Sharing best practice around the country with the national CDO team and ensuring volunteer time is effective by providing solutions to problems identified by the Clubs will ensure clubs remain sustainable and vibrant. 

The CDO will deliver programmes and services when required with the aim of developing membership skills with the objective being to build Clubs sustainability to avoid dependency. 


Skills & Experience

One of the most important skills required for this role is an open mind, and be able to work with a team of paid and or volunteers.

Being able to work with people across all clubs and sectors of the movement is a skill that is the key to the successful delivery of this role.


This position is full-time and based in our Southern Region Office. For a full position description and to apply please click here

Applications close Sunday 24 January 2021