SLSNZ Coastal Safety Team

Monday, 11 February 2019

Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Coastal Safety Team are using an evidence-based decision making process (i.e collecting and using data) to help reduce the risk of drowning and injury on New Zealand beaches.

The Coastal Safety Team’s primary role is to review the requirement for surf lifeguarding services on beaches around the country, and look beyond current patrol areas.

The team will work with Surf Life Saving Clubs, Local Lifesaving Committees and relevant stakeholders to ensure lifesaving delivery is both simple and effective, with a key focus on working ‘smarter not harder’. This will ensure the organisation can meet the needs of the community now and into the future. We will be asking for your help to provide local lifesaving knowledge and experiences to help us with this project, we need and value your feedback for this project to be a success.

We also aim to produce a series of reports investigating coastal drownings that occur on our coastline, plus we’ll investigate and review current local safety measures. The team will then produce targeted public safety messages and recommendations to inform stakeholders and members of the public of ways that they can keep themselves, their families and friends safe at the beach.

The Coastal Safety team is led by Nick Mulcahy (Coastal Safety Manager) and Dan Lee (Coastal Safety Officer), overseen by Allan Mundy (National Lifesaving Manager). You can reach them on the details below if you’d like to chat more about this upcoming research and how it might help your club.


For more information, please contact:

Daniel Lee, Coastal Safety Officer
Phone 021 190 5280

Nick Mulcahy, Coastal Safety Manager

Or: Allan Mundy, National Lifesaving Manager