SLSNZ is a charity and the national association representing 74 Surf Life Saving Clubs across Aotearoa, and over 4500 volunteer Surf Lifeguards who patrol at over 80 locations through summer as well as 40 Emergency Call Out Squads throughout the year.

We are a swimming nation. New Zealand boasts 15,000 km of coastline and 90% of us live within 40 minutes of a beach. But our glorious surf can be a deadly playground. Since 1910, ordinary Kiwis have volunteered their weekends to patrol our beaches saving thousands of lives and keeping people safe. Surf Lifeguards can be the difference between life and death and every volunteer Surf Lifeguard knows the powerful motivation of saving or protecting a life.

We’re In it for Life.”

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Harry Mellor joins a coveted surf lifesaving cohort winning the DHL Volunteer of the Year Award

Boyd Harris’s enduring tenacity sees him win the NZ Lottery Grants Board Lifeguard of the Year Award

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