Pool Rescue
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Please note:

  • Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club’s annual membership runs from June to June each year, therefore if you sign up for the Pool Rescue Programme you will need to pay your annual membership now.
  • If you are new to the club, or you are a parent of a junior, you do not need to register online, please email Coach Jack Bullock oceans@papamoalifeguards.co.nz and he will add you to our system for pool rescue only.

To sign up for the 2022 Pool Rescue Programme please follow the steps below.

For Juniors and Lifeguards:

  • click the REGISTER NOW button (top right)
  • log in to the system
  • once logged in click Register Now from the top right-hand corner of the page
  • tick the name of the person or people you are registering and choose the relevant blue box e.g. Junior Programme for a junior or one of the lifeguard boxes
  • for Juniors, under ‘Choose Groups’ you will need to add in Pool Rescue and the Junior Surf age group they will be in this year – this is their age as at 30th September 2022 (add this in even if the child is not planning on doing Junior Surf this year as this is their annual membership fee)
  • for Lifeguards, under 'Choose Groups' you will need to add in Lifeguard 2022 2023 and Pool Rescue
  • under merchandise, add in a swimming cap if you don’t already have one
  • proceed to summary and payment.

If you have any questions or have any problems registering, please contact Coach Jack Bullock oceans@papamoalifeguards.co.nz.

11th June - 9th October 2022

Our Pool Rescue Programme is for all members aged 10 years or above as of 30th September 2022 - 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.

Do you have a friend who might be interested in Pool Rescue? CLICK HERE to download a brochure that you can print and give to them with all the information. 

  • 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 = $120 (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 = $65 (all participants must be a paid member of PSLSC)
  • Togs
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Club cap for competitions

Click on the image (left) to view the season timetable - this can be printed.


Masters have two training options depending on their needs. At all sessions, masters can train alongside the senior team with access to coaching and equipment. At Baywave sessions, lane space and equipment will also be made available for masters at junior sessions, however, coaching will not be available at this time. If masters choose to train during the junior session it will be self-led.


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.

BOP Pool Rescue Day
When: 24th July 2022
Where: Baywave
An early season local pool rescue event with an emphasis on mixed relays, individual events and having a go!

Mock Racing Day
When: 6th August 2022
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: 10th - 11th September 2022
Where: Water World Hamilton
A small regional event which encourages all abilities to experience racing in the lead up to Nationals.

National Pool Rescue Chamionships
When: 7th - 9th October 2022
Where: AUT Millennium 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.