The Sport of Lifesaving has a long and proud history within the Surf Life Saving community and continues to play a significant role in ensuring that out members have the ability, confidence and passion to meet the challenging environments which Surf Life Saving delivers its essential lifesaving service.

With early recordings of sport activity starting around 1912, lifesaving and sport have worked hand in hand for an organisation with volunteers at it's heart. You just have to talk with one of the many Life Members of Surf Life Saving about their involvement and the epic stories of huge surf, rescues they have performed and classic road trips to the many sport competitions to be inspired to say yes and become a part of the movement.

Lifesaving Sport competitions are enjoyed by our young Junior Surf members from the age of seven through to our experienced Masters. Like all sports delivered in Aotearoa, we have an amazing support network of Coaches, Officials, Team Managers and many more volunteers that bind sport together and deliver a Great "Experience" for everyone involved.

Sport Hall of Fame

The SLSNZ Sport Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to acknowledge outstanding competitive performances by members of our organisation so that their achievements in surf sport are not forgotten and can inspire future generations.

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Competitions have a long and proud history within the Surf Life Saving movement and cater for Juniors through to Masters. Click below for more information.



Coaching is a rewarding way to contribute to your community, stay involved and give back to your surf club. Click below to learn more.


Junior Surf


From local surf carnivals to our National Championships, Lifesaving Sport needs great officials. Being a surf official is a rewarding way to stay involved and contribute to the ongoing development of the sport, and to meet others who share a common passion for it. Click below to learn more about our courses.

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High Performance

Learn more about our Teams, International Competitions and follow the action of our World class athletes.

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