WHAT WE DO
The beach provides the single most significant access to water for the New Zealand public. The NZSAR recreational report identified that 69% of all New Zealanders visited a beach at least once during the year the report was conducted. However, the beach and coastal environment in New Zealand is high-risk, with significant potential for loss of life by drowning.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s purpose “To lead and support Surf Lifesaving in New Zealand in partnership with its Clubs” seeks to continually minimise the inherent risk in the coastal environment. By supporting the Clubs to develop and maintain their Search and Rescue Squads, countless lives have been saved and families left intact as a result of the fantastic work the SAR squads carry out in their communities.
In New Zealand, there are forty surf lifesaving Search and Rescue Squads; made up of around 450 dedicated volunteers committed to keeping our communities safe, helping save those in peril or recovering those who have been lost at sea.
The SAR squads primarily consist of several Surf Life Saving Clubs working together to supply a sustainable, high-quality, reliable service 24/7, 365 days a year. Squads cover almost the entire country, from Invercargill to the Far North and the West Coast across to the East Coast of both Islands.
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.
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.
SAR Summit 2022
The SLSNZ Search and Rescue Summit combines dynamic theory sessions, sector-led operational reviews and presentations with several intensive practical and scenario-based activities. Participants will be extended both physically and mentally, and a good fitness level is required.
Dates for the next SAR Summit are Friday 13 May to Sunday 15 May 2022, applications are now open.Search and Rescue (SAR) Summit