2021 Pool Rescue Champs Programme

Tube rescue at the Pool Rescue Champs

What is Pool Rescue Champs?

Pool Rescue Champs is a pool-based surf lifesaving competition for B and C groups that runs in the winter. Red Beach’s junior programme teaches all the skills required to compete in the winter Pool Rescue Champs events. 

The events are fun and involve everything from swimming with fins and tube rescues, to picking up and swimming with bricks and swimming under obstacles. You don’t have to be a champion swimmer to participate – it’s about building swimming and tube rescue skills and maintaining friendships and fitness during the off-season.

2021 Pool Rescue Champs Programme

Juniors will train at the same time as the club’s senior competitors, under the guidance of head coach Jack Gavin.

It will be a 10-week programme for those who want to compete at Northern Region events, and a 15-week programme for those who wish to compete at Nationals. All training sessions will take place at the National Aquatic Centre at the AUT Millennium complex. This will allow everyone to get used to the length and depth of National Aquatic Centre pool, which is where three of the four competitions are held during the season.

Not sure if Pool Rescue Champs is for you? 

Come along to the first ‘give it a go’ training session on Sunday June 27, which will be free of charge. For those who have not competed in these events before, there will be a newcomers’ information session at 2.30pm. Head coach Jack Gavin will explain each of the events, how the training sessions will work and the expectations for both competitors and parents. Kids can then join the 3pm training session and try the programme out.

Training dates and times

Training sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons between 3.00pm-4.30pm at the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) – 15 Antares Place, Rosedale, Auckland.

Sunday June 27

Newcomer’s information session (meet poolside before the scheduled training session) – 2.30pm-3.00pm

Sunday June 27

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

Sunday July 4

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

July 10-11

Northern Region Interclub #1 at NAC

Sunday July 18

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

Sunday July 25

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

Sunday August 1

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

Sunday August 8

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

August 14-15

Northern Region Interclub #2 at West Wave

Sunday August 22

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

Sunday August 29

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

September 4-5

Northern Region Pool Rescue Champs at NAC

Additional sessions for those competing at Nationals

Sunday September 12

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

Sunday September 19

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

Sunday September 26

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

Sunday October 3

Training session 3.00pm-4.30pm

October 8-10

National Pool Rescue Championships at NAC


The ‘give it a go’ session on June 27 is free of charge, but the cost for the rest of the Pool Rescue Championships programme will be approximately $8 per session at the National Aquatic Centre. We need to cover the cost of lane hire and competition gear.

You will be invoiced by the club after the July 4 training session for the first eight sessions leading up to Northern Region Pool Champs. And, if your child chooses to compete at Nationals, the cost of the additional four training sessions will be added to the online registration for the competition.

Please note competition entry fees are additional to the below costs.

Trial session on June 27


Northern Region Pool Rescue Champs programme – June 27 to Sept 5


National Pool Rescue Champs programme – Sep 12 to Oct 10

Additional $35


All you need to participate is a Red Beach club pool swimming cap (available for purchase at the bar), goggles and a pair of rubber fins.

So, if your child is interested in competing in the Pool Rescue Champs this season, or just finding out more about it, come along to the first session on June 27.

For further updates

For further updates, please also join our Pool Rescue Champs Team Reach Group. Go to www.teamreach.com to download the app to your phone and use the Group Code: Rescue21