Surf Life Saving NZ celebrates 700 people rescued, and marks Volunteer Week 2019

Posted by Administrator on Sunday, June 16, 2019

Surf lifeguards are celebrating 700 people rescued from life-threatening situations during the 2018/19 year – that’s a group of people who might not have made it home, who would make up about 10 percent of a town like Thames, Otaki or Lincoln.


SLSNZ & St John Collaboration & Surf First Responder Courses

Posted by Administrator on Friday, June 14, 2019

Over the past few months. SLSNZ and St John have been discussing working closer together. This has resulted in the following 'statement of strategic intent' being agreed by both organisations


Woman, boy recovering after massive rescue from Port Waikato coast

Posted by Bex Donald on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rescuers performed CPR on a woman multiple times as she was airlifted to Auckland Hospital after she and a boy were plucked from ice-cold waters off the Port Waikato coastline. The rescue was big - due to all of the agencies involved - and a success for the crews who now only hope the woman, aged in her 30s, and a 7-year-old, can pull through.


Surf Lifeguard Award Update

Posted by Bex Donald on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We are currently updating our Surf Lifeguard Award (SLA) manual, based on extensive feedback received over the last months. The candidate workbook will be updated after this. The current manual and workbook is still available for download from the SLSNZ website if you wish to access training material over the winter. We will notify the membership via Member News and social media when the updated manual is available for purchase.


Volunteering NZ Report

Posted by Toby Parsons on Friday, May 17, 2019

A couple of months ago, Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) were commissioned by New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) to review Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s (SLSNZ) strategic and operational volunteer engagement practices as well as other SAR agencies, such as NZ Coastguard and LandSAR. The review looked at current practice and identified opportunities for developing a 'volunteer workforce' to meet future SAR needs. The assessment covered SLSNZ’s strategy, culture, communications and access to tools, resources and training and made some recommendations that SLSNZ will, with the support of NZSAR and VNZ, look to implement in the near future.

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