Senior Surf Sports
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Our Senior Surf Sport Programme is broken into summer and winter seasons to keep our lifeguards fit year-round.

The Pāpāmoa SLSC offers professional coaching by our Senior Coach Jake Cowdrey in all surf sports disciplines including swimming, board or ski paddling, canoe (four person) racing and the beach events of sprints and beach flags.

Surf Sports training and competition provides our members with the opportunity to refine and practice their lifesaving skills in the competition arena at local, regional, national and international level. Surf Sports forms a significant component of the surf lifesaving movement and helps Pāpāmoa SLSC recruit and retain quality lifeguards.

​Refining lifesaving skills is an important part of surf lifesaving sport and competitions such as inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racing, tube rescues and board rescues are specifically designed to hone a surf lifesaver’s knowledge and skills that they would use in an everyday patrol situation.

Costs & Requirements

Programme cost: $180 per season

Additional costs:

  • Uniform
  • Gear allocation
  • Carnival fees


  • Surf Lifeguard Award
  • 20 hours minimum patrol through the season
  • Current member of Pāpāmoa SLSC (click REGISTER NOW link above to become a member)​
Summer Training Programme

Block 2

18th October - 25th December 2021

Monday           Ski         5:30pm - 6:30pm

Tuesday          Board     5:30pm - 6:30pm

Wednesday     Iron        5:30pm - 6:30pm

Thursday         Board     5:30pm - 6:30pm

Friday              Ski         5:30pm - 6:30pm

Saturday         Iron        9:00am -10:30am

Block 3

5th January - 15th January 2022

Monday           Ski         9am - 10.30am

Tuesday          Board     9am - 10.30am

Wednesday     Iron        9am - 10.30am

Thursday         Board     9am - 10.30am

Friday              Ski         9am - 10.30am

Saturday         Iron        9am - 10.30am

Block 4

17th January - 13th March 2022

Same as Block 2 with the addition of:

Friday Club Nights        5.30pm - 6.30pm

Gear Allocation

There will be an allocation process which will be determined by: age, ability, experience, commitment to training, commitment to racing at carnivals, growing in line with the club values.

If you would like to be considered for a club board or ski please complete the gear allocation form and return it to Jake. A Craft Damage and Etiquette Agreement needs to be signed by every athlete regardless of whether they will be using personal or club gear. 

What To Bring
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable clothing  (active-wear for dry land, wetsuit for ski)
  • Running gear (shoes)
  • Paddle/bung
  • Stopwatch
2021 Competitions & Events

BOP Spring Board and Ski Series #1           Saturday 6th November 9am                                   Mount Maunganui

BOP Spring Board and Ski Series #2           Saturday 20th November 9am                                 Mount Maunganui

Whangamata Classic                                    Saturday 4th December                                           Whangamata

2022 Competitions & Events

BOP Seniors                                                 Saturday 15th January                                             Pāpāmoa

Pāpāmoa Palmers Beach Carnival               Sunday 16th January                                              Pāpāmoa

ERCs Seniors                                               Friday 28th – Sunday 30th January                          Mount Maunganui

TSB NZ Surf Lifesaving Championships       Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th March                       New Brighton, Christchurch


If you have any questions regarding the programmes, please email Jake Cowdrey at

Participants of the programme, please sign up to the Senior Surf Sports Facebook Group Page for regular updates.  

Winter Training Programme

Information on the Winter 2022 programme will be added closer to the season.