Joining Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) is a one time only
registration and there is no subscription fee. Every year a member
must renew their membership by contacting their Club and paying the
Club annual subscription fee (see more details
about Club subscription fees here).
First off you need to select the Surf Life Saving Club you wish
to join. This may be the Club closest to you, a Club where your
friends and your family are members or purely just because you
spend your summer months at this beach. Find a Club by searching here -
Once you have decided what Club you would like to join, complete
the online membership application form. Make sure you read the
membership declaration and agree before proceeding. Please note: A
membership form for someone under 18 year olds must be filled in by
a parent or guardian. Anyone over 18 years must fill in your own
Once this has been submitted, you will receive an email
notification when your application for membership has been accepted
by your chosen Club.
Frequently asked questions
What membership type do you choose?
There are two types of membership that are allocated on PAM:
Active and Associate. These should not be confused with sport
competition categories (Open, U19, U16, U14), which can be used by
clubs to define membership subsets.
What is an Active membership?
An active memberships is a 'full' membership of your club; the
people who are actively involved.
Most people who are involved with your club will be Active
members, regardless of age. Active members are entitled to vote at
club meetings (through a parent if under 18).
What is an Associate membership?
Associate members have the same rights as Active members, except
they do not have the right to vote. Most people who are not Active
members, but have an interest in the club (such as parents, social
and honorary members), will be Associate members.
This might be for social purposes, or might be because the
member lives away from their Primary Club for part of the year and wants to
be involved with Surf Life Saving in both locations (as a student
What is a Primary membership?
If a member only has a single club membership, this will be
their Primary membership. If a member has more than one club
relationship they can still only have one Primary membership, and
subsequent ones will be Associate memberships. Their Primary Club
is the only one they can compete for. Generally, the Primary
membership will stay with the club the member joined first, unless
the member requests a transfer.
Membership types do not confer competition rights to compete for
the club in question; only primary membership does this.
How much is a Club Membership subscription
Club Membership subscriptions vary from Club to Club. Contact
the Club directly or have a look on the Club website. Club contact
details are available at www.surflifesaving.org.nz/findaclubinnz.
Generally, membership subscriptions have to be paid before you
become a current renewed member of the Club.