Rookie Junior Lifeguarding
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Make friends, learn about our beach and ocean environment, develop the practical skills that will help you become a lifeguard, and provide service to your community.

Once registered please join our Facebook group page Pāpāmoa SLSC Rookies for notices and session updates.


Details of the 2022/2023 season will be updated closer to the start of the season. 

Rookies Programme

Our Rookies Junior Lifeguards Programme provides the vital bridge between Junior Surf and Senior Lifeguarding. It is an educational programme that introduces children aged 13-14 to a higher level of lifeguarding skills such as first aid, CPR, communication (radio and other) and patrolling requirements. Ultimately, growing them into our lifeguards of the future, ensuring as a club we can continue to meet the demands of our core business in the community.

Although there is a Rookies challenge at the end of the season (for Eastern Regional Clubs), the programme is not competitive and previous participation in Junior Surf activities is not required.

  • 13 years old as at 1st October
  • Be able to swim 200m in a pool in under 4mins 30secs (or committed to reaching this goal over the season)*
  • Belong to Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club
  • Be able to participate in four weekend patrols to accumulate at least 12 hours of lifeguarding experience

 * Water activities will be restricted until 200m swim goal is achieved

2021/2022 Season Dates
7th November 2021 - 2nd April 2022

Time: Sunday’s 10am – 12pm

Location: Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment: each Rookie will need to bring surf fins for water-based activities and a wetsuit is recommended for cooler days

Uniform: Rookie uniforms are provided and need to be returned at the end of the season

200m Safety Badge Testing
30th October and 20th November 2021

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: Bartlett's Swim School

To complete the badge, participants must swim 200m in a pool unaided under 4mins 30secs.

If the swim competency test isn’t achieved, Rookies can still join but will be unable to take part in water-based activities.

Members of either Bartlett’s Swim School or the Pāpāmoa Swimming Club can ask their instructor to assess them and give them a certificate of completion. A scanned or photographed copy of this can be emailed to

Please note that the 200m safety badge needs to be completed at the start of each season.

Andrew King
Rookies Coach

“Kia ora. My name is Andrew King and I have been a Lifeguard at Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club since 2015, served on the Board for two years, and have supported Junior Surf and Rookies in the past, with my three children participating. I am a teacher by trade and am currently the Principal at Oropi School. I look forward to working with you and your son/daughter."

Marama Mateparae
Rookies Coach

“Kia ora. My name is Marama Mateparae. Our whanau is new to surf lifesaving, joining Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club last year, when I became a Lifeguard. My son, Sam, was a Rookie last year and is looking forward to becoming a lifeguard when he turns 14 next year. My daughter, Billie, will join Rookies next year. I’m looking forward to getting to know all the new Rookies and hope they’ll enjoy the programme.”

Rookies Season Calendar

Please click the image below to view the Rookies Season Calendar.