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Rescue Water Craft

Rescue Water Craft are jet skis manned by some of Surf Life Saving’s most skilled lifeguards. They’re able to respond quickly to in-water incidents and also conduct roving patrols in their geographical region.

There are currently five RWCs in Northern Region covering the following areas:

  • Bream Bay in Northland, based at Ruakākā Surf Club.
  • Rodney in North Auckland, based at Ōmaha Surf Club.
  • Hibiscus Coast in Auckland, based at Ōrewa Surf Club.
  • North Shore in Auckland, based at the Marine Rescue Centre.
  • Waitākere in Auckland, based at United North Piha Surf Club.

Becoming a RWC Operator: 

At times RWC Operators may be tasked to critical incidents and it is important all personnel have the necessary prerequisites and training.


  • 20 years of age
  • Current & active member of a SLS club
  • Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
  • Senior Lifeguard Award: IRB Driver (refreshed)
  • Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate
  • Full Motor Vehicle License (Class 1)
  • First Aid Level 2 (current) (refreshed)
  • 400m pool swim in under 7:30min
  • A minimum of 2 years as a refreshed Senior Lifeguard / IRB Driver.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants also have First Aid Level 3 (current) and have obtained their Advanced Lifeguard Award.

SLSNR require additional pre-requisites to also be met. The purpose of these pre-requisites are to ensure operators have the skills to look after themselves when operating solo. Northern Region will help you though these extra criteria:

  • 3km run in under 20 minutes
  • Rock navigation

SLSNR reserves the right to accept members into the RWC program at their discretion