Search & Rescue (SAR)

From time to time and more often SLSNZ clubs are required to operate outside rostered lifeguarding hours and well away from their local beach to prevent further harm or loss of life to persons who are in need of assistance. SLSNZ supports the clubs in the provision and development of emergency afterhours call out squads. To maintain credibility within the search and rescue community, SLSNZ must work with the associated clubs to operate safe and effective SAR squads, ensuring quality emergency after hours search and rescue service are being run.

SLSNZ will continue to support the SAR squads in meeting all regulatory and safety requirements stipulated by the respective delegated authorities in their duty to reduce the potential harm or loss of life of persons who chose to recreate within New Zealand’s coastal environments.

Download the Lifesaving and Search & Rescue Strategic Plan

How to get involved?

Search and Rescue (SAR) is an exciting and important space in Surf Life Saving, reacting to assist people when in most need and save lives is what it's all about.  To start your SAR pathway contact your Club SAR Coordinator to discuss the opportunity to learn and join the team.  Alternatively if your Club is not currently involved in SAR operations then contact your Regional Lifesaving Manager for further information about how you could be involved in SAR.  Click here for Staff Contact

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • SAR members must be 18+ years old before they can be involved in SAR Training and Callouts.
  • Be a current member and refreshed Patrol Support or Lifeguard.
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Furthering your SAR education

Your Club SAR training is your first step to learn what is required to perform SAR activity effectively and safely.  This may involve learning about the SAR standard operating procedures, Club SAR training and what to do when messaged about a SAR activity or learning about Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) with other rescue agencies.

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“Purpose: Rescue those who are injured, missing or lost .”