Training and Courses

Mairangi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club offers it’s members many development pathways and opportunities to upskill.
If you are not a Surf Lifeguard or Patrol Support and would like to qualify, please join our Surf Lifeguard Award Course Facebook Group in order to
stay informed of upcoming courses.

Lifeguard skill development: 

Becoming a lifeguard is just the first step on the lifeguard pathway. There are many different options for you to upskill and work your way to becoming a senior or advanced lifeguard. There is also the option of becoming a professional lifeguard which can be a great summer job especially for high school and university students. Check out the course outlines below for more information.

Surf Lifeguard Award

To be a qualified surf lifeguard, you need to be 14 years or older and pass your surf lifeguard award, which includes:
– 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
– run/swim/run in the surf
– resuscitation test
– rescue test
– theory questions
– practical surf knowledge test


Surf First Aid Courses:

Numerous courses have been run through the year. New course dates will be updated as they are booked. 
For further information, please email

Surf First Aid Refreshers:

This is a one day course for people who have done a first aid course before (either FA1 or FA2 under the old system or the new Surf First Aid Course) and need to refresh to maintain their first aid staus and who are not doing the Advanced Course. 
Courses are taught to the SLSNZ Surf First Aid Curriculum.

Advanced Surf First Aid Course:

This is a three day course and includes the pain management module. Courses are taught to SLSNZ Surf First Aid Curriculum.

Advanced Surf First Aid Course Refresher:

This is a one day course. This is taught to SLSNZ First Aid Curriculum.

First Aid Course Policy


SLSNZ Radio Module

The SLSNZ Radio Module is designed to give give Surf Lifeguards the knowledge and skill needed to be able to use a VHF radio while on patrol including emergency situations. This is  a pre- requisite for the IRB Drivers Award.

IRB Crew Award 

The first step along the IRB development pathway, involves general IRB components such as patient rescues and IRB care. 

IRB Driver Award 

For those who want to drive IRB’s. The qualification has a number of theoretical and practical components such driving in the surf, solo driving and maritime regulations to prepare Surf Lifeguards for IRB use.

Patrol Captains Course

A course that provides skills and knowledge that is required to be a Patrol Captain.

National Lifeguard School / Advanced Lifeguard Award

A course that combines dynamic theory sessions with a number of intensive practical and scenario based activities extending participants both physically and mentally. If this course is successfully completed the Advanced Lifeguard Award is given which is the highest qualification a Lifeguard can get.

Instructors Award – Surf Lifeguard

A course for people who want to teach new lifeguards. Learn how to plan lessons and teach effectively.

Instructors Award – IRB

A course for people who want to teach IRB crew persons and drivers. Learn how to teach the practical and theoretical components to IRB operation.

Examiners Award – Surf Lifeguard

A course for Instructors who want to further their qualifications to be able to run and examine the Surf Lifeguard Awards.

Examiners Award – IRB

A course for Instructors who want to further their qualifications to be able to run and examine the
IRB Driver candidates.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Mairangi Bay Surf Life Saving Club is now an Award unit for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
This is an award for people aged between 14 and 25.
This award is for you if you regularly:
* Take part in sport
* Enjoy learning new skills
* Volunteer your services
* Enjoy the outdoors
* Want to earn an international award for already doing some or all of the above.
For more information about the award, please 
click here.

If you want to register your interest or have further queries, please email
Once you have informed our MBSLSC award unit leader of your interest, you will be able to register online and pay the National Office directly.
Costs are as follows:
Bronze $86.25
Silver $86.25
Gold $115