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Rescue Water Craft

SLSNR Support Services | Rescue Water Craft

Rescue Water Craft (RWC) are SLS Personal Water Craft (often referred to as a Waverunner or Jet Ski) spec'd for SLS operations and operated by experienced Lifeguards from throughout the Region. RWC exist to provide operational support to existing patrols and patrolling / emergency response to non-patrolled areas.

Current RWC Patrols within Surf Life Saving Northern Region

'Support 1' based at Bethells Beach covers most of Auckland's West Coast area

'Support 2' based at Ruakaka covers Northland's Bream Bay area

'Support 3' based at Omaha covers Rodney District

'Support 4' based at Orewa covers Auckland's Hibiscus Coast

'Support 5' based at the Auckland Marine Rescue Center covers Auckland's East Coast Bays area

Service duration varies per vessel. All RWC are operational for weekends and public holidays over the peak of the summer period, and RWC are operated by both volunteer and paid lifeguards.

Becoming a RWC Operator

SLS needs to ensure that it's RWC Operators are responsible, mature and capable persons. At times RWC Operators may be tasked to critical incidents and it is important that all RWC Operators have the necessary pre-requites and training to ensure proper and effective support can be provided.

The pre-requisites for this course can be found here.

SLSNR require additional pre-requisites to also be met. The purpose of this is to ensure operators have the skills to look after themselves when operating solo and are typically are assessed the day of training.

- 3km run in under 20 minutes

- Rock navigation

Applications to become an RWC Operator are currently open and available here.

Note: SLSNR reserves the right to accept members onto the RWC program at their discretion