Volunteer lifeguards patrol the beach from December through March on weekends with paid lifeguards, usually from within the club, providing a service on weekdays during the Christmas school holidays.
Lifeguards are tested annually in swimming skills in the sea, timed swims in the pool, CPR, and surf knowledge. They also attend training courses to become skilled in First Aid, CPR, radio operation, the use of IRB rescue boat and other small craft.
We are proud to have served the Community and visitors to Otaki since 1953. Whilst we have performed many rescues in the surf at Otaki beach, our core goal is to perform preventative actions and provide first aid & emergency care. Our lifeguards are also called out for land and sea searches from time to time. They are active in beach education programmes with local schools and also give talks/demonstrations to interested groups.
BECOME A LIFEGUARD
You can become a Surf lifeguard once you turn 14 years of age. Once you qualify as a lifeguard, the doors open to summer weekend patrols, surf competitions and additional skills development. There are heaps of other good reasons to become a lifeguard too:
Get fit, healthy, and hang out in the sun at the beach
Meet a bunch of like-minded people who value good clean fun
Become a paid Lifeguard and earn money with your skills
Develop first aid skills
Compete in surf competitions
Contribute to your community and help others enjoy their time at the beach
JUNIOR SURF (NIPPERS)
Junior Surf (also known as Nippers) is for keen kids aged between 7 and 13 years, inclusive.
If you're interested in seeing your child develop fitness, confidence in the water and the skills to keep themselves safe at the beach then involvement in the Junior Surf programme is the ideal way to go.
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