SLSNZ Brand photo shoot at Mount Maunganui beach. August 2014 Photography by Jo Caird ©JOGIE & CO

Our volunteer lifeguards patrol on weekends from Labour weekend to Easter each summer.

During the summer school holidays, Regional Surf Lifeguards are employed by SLSNZ to patrol weekdays.

Patrols run from 10am to 5pm, sometimes finishing later in the evening if there is a need.


Patrolling areas

Omanu Beach lifeguards cover 8 km of coastline from Te Ara Place in Papamoa to Tay Street in Mount Maunganui.

During the patrolling season you will most likely find the Red and Yellow flags near our clubhouse at the end of Surf Road.

During the peak season Omanu also set up a flagged area near Tay Street.

The red and yellow flags to show the safest place to swim.


How do I become a Surf Lifeguard?

To gain your Surf Lifeguard Award you need to first join Omanu Beach SLSC

You will be taught first aid, resuscitation, practical rescue skills and you must complete a 400m swim within the time limit. The Club will provide the training and equipment you need to learn the skills to be ready to sit the examination. For more information visit our Becoming a Lifeguard page.

Once you have achieved your Surf Lifeguard Award you will join one of Omanu’s patrol teams and a whole world of opportunities will be available to you.

You can continue to develop your Lifeguard skills through first aid courses, programmes to develop your Lifeguard skills or learn to drive the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB).