Pool Rescue
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8th June - 6th October 2024

Our Pool Rescue Programme is for all members aged 10 years and above as of 30th September 2024 - Junior Surf and Junior Surf parents, Ocean Athletes, Seniors and Masters.

Building lifesaving skills and confidence in the water is not limited to the ocean. As the ocean gets colder, we jump in the pool!

Our Pool Rescue Programme is a skills-based programme that prepares our club members to compete in the Surf Life Saving New Zealand National Pool Rescue Championship and regional events. All of which are hosted over the winter while the ocean is too cold to race in. In Pool Rescue, athletes learn various skills that include tube rescues, object recovery, underwater swimming, swimming with obstacles and fins. With these skills, athletes can race in an environment similar to competitive swimming but with an alternative set of races that utilise the skills listed above in individual and team formats. These skill-based sessions should be complemented by participation in an external swim programme to best prepare athletes for Pool Rescue competitions. 


Please note:

  • Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club’s annual membership runs from 1st June to 31st May each year, therefore if you sign up for the Pool Rescue Programme you will need to pay your annual membership at the same time.
  • For Pool Rescue, seniors and masters DO NOT need to be a lifeguard. However the system will not allow you to sign up online, so any senior or master non-lifeguards, please email Coach Jack Bullock oceans@papamoalifeguards.co.nz, and he will add you to our system for pool rescue only.

Step 1

Click on REGISTER NOW (top right of page)

Step 2

Click on the relevant group for your registration:

Juniors – click Junior Programmes

Current lifeguards – click either Lifeguard Membership Under 18 yrs or 18+ yrs

Step 3

Under Choose Groups, ensure you choose either the Junior Membership or Lifeguard membership, as well as Pool Rescue.

Step 4

Continue to follow the steps through to payment.  You can either Pay by Credit Card or choose Other to pay by internet banking.

  • Participants must have a competent base level of swimming ability.
  • A 200m badge is recommended but not required.
  • This programme should be complimented by an external swim programme such as squad swimming at a local swim club.
  • Seniors and Masters do not have to be a lifeguard to take part in the Pool Rescue Programme.
  • Participants must be a current member of Pāpāmoa Surf LIfe Saving Club.
  • Programme Fee = $95 (Juniors & Seniors), $60 (Masters)
  • Club Racing Swim Cap = $20
  • Competition Entry Fees = $50-$100
  • Pool Entry (Baywave only) = see Baywave website for costs (concession cards available)
  • Club Membership Fee = $25 (all participants must be a paid member of PSLSC)
  • Togs
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Club cap for competitions

Click on the image to the left to view the Juniors Pool Rescue timetable.

Click on the Downloads (top right of page) for a printable version.





Click on the image to the left to view the Seniors Pool Rescue timetable.

Click on the Downloads (top right of page) for a printable version.




Click on the image to the left to view the Masters Pool Rescue timetable.

Click on the Downloads (top right of page) for a printable version.




Pool Rescue participants can compete in local and regional events throughout winter with the goal of attending the National Pool Rescue Championships at the end of the season.

Mock Racing Day
When: 27th July 2024
Where: Rotorua Aquatic Centre
Jump in our closest 50m pool to try each individual race in a training environment before race day.

Eastern Region Pool Rescue Championships
When: 17th - 18th August 2024
Where: Kiwa Pool, Gisborne
A small regional event which encourages all abilities to experience racing in the lead up to Nationals.

National Pool Rescue Chamionships
When: 4th - 6th October 2024
Where: Sir Owen Glen National Aquatic Centre, Auckland
Race your fellow surf lifesaving peers in an inclusive environment for the title of best in the country. No qualifying times are required, all abilities welcome. 


Email: oceans@papamoalifeguards.co.nz

Please sign up to the following Facebook pages as Pool Rescue updates and cancellations will be posted here:

JUNIORS: Papamoa SLSC Ocean Athletes

SENIORS: Papamoa SLSC Senior Surf Sports

MASTERS: Papamoa SLSC Masters