The Rescue Water Craft (RWC) commonly known as a Personal Water Craft (PWC) or Jetski is specially outfitted for surf interaction and operated by experienced Surf Lifeguards. 

As the operator of a Rescue Water Craft you are responsible for the safety of your crew, the public and yourself. It is important that you understand the risks inherent in operating this type of equipment and your role in assessing and minimising risk.

The qualification has a number of theoretical and practical components such as driving in the surf, patient pick up and maritime regulations to prepare experienced Surf Lifeguards for RWC use.


  • Current & active member of a SLS club 

  • Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed) 

  • 20 years of age minimum on the first day of the introductory course.

  • Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate 

  • Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Driver (refreshed)*  

  • Full Motor Vehicle Licence (Class 1) 

  • Surf First Aid (refreshed)**

  • 400m Pool swim under 7.30 minutes 

A minimum of 2 years from IRB Award including 2 seasons operating as a IRB driver is required (at a minimum one IRB driver refresher must have been completed in the last year) 
*An RWC Operator must hold Surf First Aid prior to attending their RWC Introduction Course

Highly recommended: Advanced Surf First Aid (refreshed) | Advanced Lifeguard Award 
Duration: Variable depending on competency of candidates 
Delivered by: SLSNZ Regions 
Who should complete it: Experienced Lifeguards who hold all the required pre-requisites and wish to develop their skills and knowledge in RWC.

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