Rock Activities - Policy Update

Thursday, 20 December 2018

SLSNZ is launching an updated version of the new lifesaving policy SLS032 Lifesaving activities around rocks. This policy will go live on January 1st 2019. Follow the link to view the new policy.

Following a serious injury to one of our lifeguards in 2016 a work safe investigation found we could do better in providing clubs with the tools they need in the management of safety around rock activities such as supporting materials to help assess the risk on the day and learning programs to assist those who wish to train lifeguards in rock activities.

In preparation for clubs to offer the training, SLSNZ has developed three key documents and procedure required to be followed to ensure those who are trained and wish to train are provided with the best possible support available;

1        “Rock Training & Rescue Module”     

This includes learning material for lifeguards wishing to train in rock activates and operations. Lifeguards will have access to this following their registration to attend a Rock Training and Rescue Module at their club or in their region.  Information about this new module can be found here: 

2        “Rock Instructor Training course”

This course is required to be taken by all Instructors who wish to train members in rock activities and operations. The duration of the course is half day and can be run for multiple clubs at once.   Information about the new Rock Instructors Award can be found here:

3        “Rock Instructor Recognition of Prior Learning and Assessor -Process”

SLSNZ recognises there are those who are already appropriately qualified/experienced to offer the Rock Training and Rescue Module to members and facilitate Rock Instructor Training courses. For this reason a RPL process has been developed for those who wish to have their experienced recognised. Information about this process and how to apply can be found here:

SLSNZ wishers to thank and acknowledge the BP Leaders For Life Rock Training project group 2017-2018, and all those experienced rock rescue training experts who have made this body of work possible.

For more information, please contact:

Allan Mundy, National Lifesaving Manager
Mobile 027 245 2660 
Phone: 07 574 2061 ext 708