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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 Centre covers Auckland's East Coast Bays area

Service duration varies per vessel. All RWC's are operational for weekends and public holidays over the peak of the summer period, and RWC are operated by both volunteer and paid lifeguards. All lifeguards applying must have a high level of fitness and be able to attend a minimum of five shifts per summer.

Becoming a RWC Operator

SLSNR needs to ensure that it's RWC Operators are responsible, mature and capable persons. At times RWC Operators may be tasked to critical incidents 

It is important that all RWC Operators have the necessary pre-requites and training to ensure proper and effective support can be provided.

Training applications for the 2018-19 season have closed. If you have any queries please contact the Support Services Supervisor.

RWC Operator applciations will go live alongside the Seasonal SLS Applications.


  • 20 years of age
  • Restricted Motor Vehicle License
  • SLS Member
  • SLS Award (refreshed)
  • Club Endorsement
  • First Aid Level 2 (refreshed)
  • Senior Lifeguard Award: IRB Driver (refreshed)
  • VHF Radio Operator
  • Credible Patrol Captain Experience
  • Minimum of 5 Seasons Credible Patrolling Experience
  • Must be able to swim 400m in under 7min 30 seconds
  • Must be able to run 3km in under 20 minutes
  • Must be able to demonstrate competency in the Rock Navigation Module
  • must be able to demonstrate competency in surf 

The fitness and experience pre-requisites for this role are minimums, it is expected that all applicants exceed these minimums.

Highly Recommended:

  • First Aid Level 3 (refreshed)
  • Advanced Lifeguard Award

Who Should Complete It:

Highly experienced lifeguards who hold and ideally exceed all the pre requisites and wish to develop their skills and knowledge in RWC.

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

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