Mount Maunganui lifeguard Vivien Conway has achieved the highest award when it comes to lifeguarding in New Zealand.
The 18 year-old gained her Advanced Lifeguard Award while attending Surf Life Saving New Zealand's National Lifeguard School in Taranaki over the weekend. Of the 20 lifeguards who took part, Vivien gained the highest marks.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Lifesaving Services and Education Manager Brent Harvey says gaining your Advanced Lifeguard Award through the National Lifeguard School is a big deal amongst lifeguards and finishing with top marks is a real honour.
"All 20 candidates who attended this year's school were of an exceptionally high calibre which made choosing the overall top candidate very difficult. Vivien's positive attitude and ability across all aspects of the school gave her the edge over the other candidates," he says.
Vivien, who lives in Tauranga and is a member of the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service, is into her fifth season of lifeguarding. She says being part of the school was a fantastic experience. Coming top of the class was a huge honour when all the other candidates are such great lifeguards, she says.
National Lifeguard Schools are something that lifeguards aspire to. They combine dynamic theory sessions with a number of intensive practical and scenario based activities extending participants both physically and mentally - honing already advanced skills.
Lifeguards who successfully complete a National Lifeguard School with all the required prerequisites are then awarded their Advanced Lifeguard Award - the highest award for surf lifeguards in New Zealand.
The top candidate from last year's National Lifeguard School, Callum Knox, also hailed from Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service.
Head Instructor Ben Flynn with Vivien Conway.
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