About High Performance

What is the High Performance Squad?

The Ocean, Beach and pool rescue programme have a High Performance squad from which New Zealand representative teams are usually selected for international events.

Selection into the High Performance Squad is based on performance and potential in one or more disciplines, indicated by the icon/s next to the athlete name.

Click here to view the current Squads, Teams and selection information
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What is the High Performance System?

The High Performance System is the athletes and the people leading and operating the High Performance programmes, working together toward a common mission, vision and strategy.

The High Performance system provides a way to work collaboratively across the high performance programmes, to support athletes, and collectively help grow and strengthen the programmes for ongoing future success.

Click here to view the High Performance System as a PDF.

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What are the key international sport competitions?

New Zealand Teams compete in a range of International Competitions around the World and prove ourselves as leaders in sport. 

Click here to read more about the international competitions
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Details coming soon.

Preview of key features of the High Performance Strategy.


Athlete and coach development are a key focus of the HP strategy. With the impact of COVID-19 on international events, development and retention of athletes are necessary to focus on now, for the future.

A sustainable HP system will develop everyone involved (athletes, coaches, managers etc), and ensure the environment is flexible to the nature of the people, their capabilities and capacity.  In particular, connecting and developing a pool of experienced and capable coaches will enable flexibility to support athletes in their regions on their pathway to performance, as well as ensure the pipeline and growth of future HP coaches.


The HP System and programmes are operating on the principle that wellbeing is an enabler for sustainable success in high performance, and that HP sport should be a positive experience. 

Ensuring athlete mental, physical and emotional wellbeing come first, can be challenging when performance expectations are high. Equally, the experience for those supporting athletes, such as coaches and managers, can be challenging on top of full time jobs and family commitments.

SLSNZ athletes and support people are passionate and committed to what they do, and for the greater purpose that lifesaving sport plays in the lifesaving movement.

Wellbeing is influenced by culture, values, athlete engagement, processes and policies, accountability, communication, and providing an environment that is flexible to cater for whatever the future of international sport will be. Each of these aspects will be addressed specifically in relation to potential impact on wellbeing.


A campaign strategy identifies how high performance athletes and NZ teams will prepare to perform at their best at pinnacle events. Preparation for performance begins in the daily training environment and requires an understanding of what successful performance ultimately looks like at pinnacle events.


Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders is essential for the future of the HP programmes.  Ensuring we are transparent and working together is a way to strengthen the programmes moving forward.

Our stakeholders include SLSNZ Sport and the wider SLSNZ movement and membership, High Performance Sport New Zealand, International Life Saving, National Sporting Organisations such as Swimming NZ, Canoe Racing NZ and Athletics NZ, and Sport New Zealand.

The HP Programmes are keen to work with partners and/or sponsors that share our vision and mission, with a view to growing with us. If you are interested, please contact us tanya.hamilton@surflifesaving.org.nz 

Thanks to the ongoing support from High Performance Sport New Zealand for their investment into SLSNZ High Performance.