Surf lifeguard patrols are the core activity of all surf lifesaving clubs. A typical patrol at Red Beach includes setting up the flagged area for safe swimming, as well as testing, setting up and monitoring the communications and rescue equipment including the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB). Each patrol ensures the first aid room is ready for any emergency, and constantly scans and patrols the beach to educate and prevent injury/harm to members of the public.
All surf sports competitors (other than Masters) are required to undertake a minimum number of patrols throughout the season to qualify for competition. This ensures that surf athletes maintain their core lifesaving skills.
Equally, clubs are required to ensure that a good standard of patrolling is maintained and this requires minimum numbers of lifeguards with appropriate qualifications, including IRB and First Aid Levels 1 & 2, to be present on patrolling days. Club patrols are audited regularly by SLSNR and it is beholden on the club to present and resource its patrols to the highest possible standard.
Our patrolling members can be proud to wear their surf lifeguard uniforms and undertake their patrolling duties. They present a professional and re-assuring presence to beach users and the general public and are responsible for a number of rescues and many preventative actions at Red Beach and Pakiri each year.
Patrolling Season : Red Beach
The 2016/17 patrolling season is from Saturday 22nd October - Monday 17th April (Easter Monday). The minimum SLSNR patrol hours are as follows:
11am – 4pm Months of October, November, March, April.
11am – 5pm Months of December, January, February.
Note: These times are the same for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
These hours may be extended on any particular day at the discretion of the Patrol Captain on duty.
Public holidays covered by patrols at Red Beach include:
Boxing Day (26 Dec 2016)
New Year Holiday (1 & 2 Jan 2017)
Auckland Anniversary Day (30 Jan 2017)
Waitangi Day (observed Monday 6 February 2017)
Easter Friday (14 April 2017)
Easter Sunday (16 April 2017)
Easter Monday (17 April 2017)
All weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) in between Labour Weekend and Easter are covered by patrols at Red Beach.