Lifeguard Award and Patrol Support
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At Omanu Beach SLSC we run our Surf Lifeguard and Patrol Support courses over three weekends which includes your First Aid Level One qualification and exam. You must be 14 years old by the day of the exam to sit the Surf Lifeguard Award or Patrol Support qualification.
You can find the course dates for the current season here
Our team of instructors will teach you everything you need to know to pass your lifeguard exam, and be ready to patrol the beach as a Junior Lifeguard or Patrol Support member.
In order to pass your Surf Lifeguard Award, you will need to be able to swim (pool swim) 400 meters in under 8 minutes and 45secs. If you would like support with swim training, Omanu Beach SLSC has it’s own swim club. Please contact the Omanu Swim Club for more information.
If you are unable to make the pool swim in the required time, you have the option of becoming a Patrol Support member. The Patrol Support qualification allows you to do everything a lifeguard would do (First aid, scanning the beach, communications) except the water components including rescues. Patrol Support members can be a vital asset to our patrols, and often specialise in areas such as first aid and search and rescue operations.
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.
Becoming a lifeguard is just the first step on the lifeguard pathway. There are many different options for you to upskill and work your way to becoming a senior or advanced lifeguard. There is also the option of becoming a professional lifeguard which can be a great summer job especially for high school and university students. Check out the Lifeguard Development page for more information.