The beach is an amazing environment to play, catch waves, build sandcastles or have picnics. There is something for everyone and our volunteer Surf Lifeguards are here to help you enjoy these special places across Aotearoa.
Rips, tides, waves (certain types) and holes are hazards that you need to be aware of and prepared for . . . . if not, they can be deadly.
When we’re on patrol, make sure you talk to our volunteer Surf Lifeguards and ask for advice as beach conditions can change.
Rips are strong currents of water flowing away from shore through the surf zone. Rips are one of the major hazards on New Zealand beaches and can be deadly.LEARN MORE
Changes in the tide can affect the conditions in the water in a number of ways. They can change the wave action or cause rips and other currents to form.LEARN MORE
It's important to be able to recognise different types of waves, as some are suitable for swimming and some can be very dangerous.LEARN MORE
A hole is exactly as its name suggests - a deeper area of the shore bed, which can take unsuspecting swimmers by surprise.LEARN MORE