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Courses & Training Programmes

We offer a range of courses and programmes throughout the year, for people of all ages and abilities.

Upcoming Courses

06 Aug: SLGA Training Two, Rookie Camp at Tairua School with Gabby & Terri

13 Aug: IRB Driver Instructors Clinic (including Pre-season briefing) at the Mount with SLSNZ ER

14 Aug: ADVANCED IRB Driver Development day at Omanu Beach with SLSNZ ER

20 Aug: Coromandel Engine Maintenance Workshop, at Tairua with SLSNZ ER

21 Aug: (Rescheduled to 24 Sep) Instructor's Training Course at Onemana with SLSNZ ER

28 Aug: Coromandel IRB Instructor Clinic at Whangamata with SLSNZ ER

30 Aug: Patrol App Presentation + Q&A online with SLSNZ

01 Sep: IRB Training at TBC with Terri Warner and Sean Ridler
01 Sep: JSP Instructor Induction Day at Tairua with Gabby Hughes & Mitchell White
01 Sep: Patrol Captain's Training Day at Tairua with Terri Warner, Mitchell White & Gabby Hughes

03 Sep: Instructor's Training Course at Omanu Mt Maunganui with SLSNZ ER (limited spaces)

11 Sep: Patrol Captain's workshop #1 at Tairua moved to Whangamata with SLSNZ ER
11 Sep: Coromandel & BOP IRB Driver Exam at Waihi with SLSNZ ER

17-18 Sep: SLGA Training Three Rookie Camp at Tairua School with Gabby & Terri.

19 Sep: SLGA Examiners & Instructors pre-season briefing - online with SLSNZ ER

24 Sep: Coromandel Engine Workshops, at Waihi with SLSNZ ER
24 Sep: (Rescheduled from 21 Aug) Instructor's Training Course at Onemana with SLSNZ ER

25 Sep: Introduction to Surf Coaching Course at Papamoa with SLSNZ ER
25 Sep: Coromandel Engine Workshops, at Whangamata with SLSNZ ER

01 Oct: SLGA Exam will be held Labour Weekend at Tairua with Gabby, Terri & Briarna
01-02 Oct: IRB Instructor's Clinic (including pre-season briefing) at Papamoa with SLSNZ ER

08 Oct: Wahine on Water at Hot Water Beach with SLSNZ ER

08-09 Oct: SLGA Training Four, Final Rookie Camp at TBC with Gabby & Terri

09 Oct: IRB Driver Exam #2 at TBC (Western Beach) with SLSNZ ER

15 Oct: JSP Instructor induction and training day at Tairua with the JSP Tairua Committee

18 Oct: Rookies pre-season briefing - online

20 Oct: Junior Surf pre-season briefing - online

22 Oct: Labour Weekend Refresher Day - All Lifeguards at Tairua Club

23 Oct: Coromandel Surf LG & Patrol Support Exam #1 at Whangamata with SLSNZ ER

25 Oct: Missing Persons at Sea Scenario at Omanu with SLSNZ ER

01 Nov: Patrol Captain's Training Day at Tairua with Terri, Mitch, Gabby

06 Nov: Intro to Junior Surf Coaching at Tairua

19 Nov: Patrol Captain's workshop #2 at Whangamata

25-27 Nov: Intermediate Lifeguard School #1 at Pauanui with SLSNZ ER

01 Dec: LG Camp at TBC with Terri, Mitch, Gabby

01 Dec: Patrols begin

04 Dec: Coromandel & BOP IRB Driver Exam at Waihi with SLSNZ ER

09-11 Dec: National LG School weekend at Waihi Beach

11 Dec: Intro to Junior Surf Coaching at Onemana
11 Dec: Coro Surf LG & Patrol Support Exam #2 at Waihi Beach with SLSNZ ER

TBC: Rock Rescue Module Instructor's course at Pauanui

15 Jan: Coromandel Surf Lifeguard & Patrol Support Exam #3 at TBC with SLSNZ ER

05 Feb: Coromandel Surf LG & Patrol Support Exam #4 at Whangamata with SLSNZ ER

18 Mar: Coromandel Surf LG & Patrol Support Exam #5 at Hot Water Beach with SLSNZ ER

19 Mar: ER Rookie Champs, BOP Beach (TBC) with SLSNZ ER

On Demand: Missing Person/Swimmer at Sean - theory & practical, ask CDO

Junior Surf Programme

Tuesday 27 Dec 2022 - Friday 13 Jan 2023,
weekday mornings 10am - 12pm.

From the age of 6, children can join Tairua SLSC to participate in the Junior Surf Programme (JSP) and the Saturday Rippers Programme (Rippers).  These programmes encourage kids to have fun and develop skills so that they can stay safe on the beach and in the water.  Also, with the skills they learn and the confidence they can develop, they can go on to become a lifeguard of tomorrow, able to save the life of someone else.

Wetsuits, fins and regular attendance recommended.

There are five levels within the JSP programme which provide a managed pathway for children to gain confidence in the surf. Once children have progressed through the following five levels, they are eligible for the Rookie Lifeguard Programme - which is the next step in developing our surf lifeguards.

Registration form will be emailed to our database and announcements will be in our newsletters and on this website closer to summer.

Remember you need to be a member of the Tairua SLSC to participate in this programme.

Please contact Janine on tairuaslsc@gmail.com to be added to database and for any queries.

Level 1

Confidence in the water
Theory questions on keeping safe at the beach

Level 2

Bodysurfing and wading technique
Nine theory questions

Level 3

50m pool swim
Catching waves
Theory questions covering surf lifeguard roles as well as keeping safe at the beach

Level 4

200m pool swim
Correct technique for duck diving
Identifying rips and wave types

Level 5

Increased skill development for surf swimming
Theory questions cover setting up for patrol and parts of the inflatable rescue boat (IRB)

Becoming a Rookie Guard

Once graduated from the Junior Surf Programme, our members can progress to a Rookie Guard, volunteering time on the beach and undertaking further study to progress to a qualified lifeguard position. 

Saturday Rippers Programme

Rippers will run from 28 January - 25 March 2023, Saturday mornings 10am - 12pm.

From the age of 6, children can join Tairua SLSC to participate in the Junior Surf Programme (JSP) and the Saturday Rippers Programme (Rippers).  These programmes encourage kids to have fun and develop skills so that they can stay safe on the beach and in the water.  Also, with the skills they learn and the confidence they can develop, they can go on to become a lifeguard of tomorrow, able to save the life of someone else.

Wetsuits, fins and regular attendance recommended.

Become a volunteer lifeguard

We have volunteer and paid lifeguard positions available within our club. You must be at least 14 years old, be a member of a Surf Life Saving Club, attend regular training sessions and pass the SLSNZ Surf Lifeguard Award Examination.

The exam comprises of: 
  • 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
  • Rescue releases assessment in the pool
  • Run/swim/run in the surf
  • Tube rescue assessment
  • Practical surf knowledge test and theory exam

Becoming a Rookie Guard

Targeting 13 year old Junior Surf Members, this is a transition programme for those wanting to become Surf Lifeguards. The programme can take 2-8 weeks to complete. 

  • Able to swim 200m in a pool under 4:30
  • Current club member
  • Available to particpate in four patrols (minimum 12 hours total)
  • Complete all Rookie Surf Lifeguard Log Book Modules

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