WELCOME TO PIHA SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB INC.
Piha Surf Life Saving Club is one of New Zealand’s best. We patrol to the highest standard to keep you safe at one of New Zealand’s busiest, and most unique beaches. Proudly celebrating 87 years of lifeguarding.
Piha’s lifeguards are a mixture of youth and experience, from 7 years to 70 years, and beyond. There are experienced lifeguards who have been there for decades, and a great Junior section.
Piha Boaties (our surfboat crews) are on top both nationally and internationally. We are leaders in promoting surfboat racing throughout NZ and are recognised far and wide.
OUR SPORTS TEAMS
Piha Surf Life Saving Club’s competition teams are going from strength to strength under the guidance of coach Steve Ferg.
Our lifeguards are amongst NZ’s finest, and we pride ourselves on the hundreds of preventative actions we take to alleviate rescues to keep you safe. You can help by always swimming between the flags.
Piha celebrates 87 years of life guarding this year. A fantastic achievement, with the traditions of old still apparent amongst the ‘clubbies’.
Piha has a fabulous Junior Surf section (‘Nippers’) with many strong family connections stretching through the generations. A fun environment for children, whilst learning about surf safety at an early age.
OUR SURF PATROLS
Our lifeguards are amongst NZ’s finest, and we enjoy an enviable reputation for our high standards. When you swim you must swim between the flags, and lifeguards will ensure your safety.
OUR UNIQUE PLACE
Located on Auckland’s rugged West Coast, Piha is full of stunning scenery and has a unique character renowned worldwide. Piha has one of New Zealand’s best known surf breaks.
Day of Giants Invitational 2023Whole dayRead more
Lifeguard Development Camp – PihaWhole dayRead more
Advanced FA Refresher – PihaWhole dayRead more
Private BookingWhole dayRead more
FA1 Course – PihaWhole dayRead more
IRB TrainingWhole dayRead more
IRB TrainingWhole dayRead more
Paid Lifeguard Service commences10:00 am - 5:00 pmRead more
DAY OF THE GIANTS EVENT 2023
OUR LIFE GUARDS ARE SPECIAL
OUR CORE ROLE IS LIFESAVING
Piha Surf Life Saving Club is proud of its lifeguarding services. Our beach is dangerous and must be respected, and with many tourists and visitors each summer we work hundreds of hours keeping everyone safe. We are a volunteer service reliant on grants, sponsors and donations and if you can assist us we’d love to hear from you.
HOW YOU CAN STAY SAFE
SURF SAFETY TIPS
ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE RED & YELLOW FLAGS
Between the red & yellow flags is the area we patrol most, and where you will be safe. We are always watching this area, so always make sure you swim there and stay inside the two flags.
IF YOU GET IN TROUBLE RAISE ONE HAND STRAIGHT ABOVE YOUR HEAD, AND TRY NOT TO PANIC.
One hand raised above your head is the signal that you are in trouble and we will respond as quickly as possible. Try to stay calm.
TAKE EXTREME CARE WHEN FISHING FROM ROCKS.
When fishing from rocks always wear a life jacket, and don’t go alone. Don’t stand near the waters wedge as waves can be unpredictable and yo may get washed into the sea.
IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP.
Try swimming parallel with the shore to escape the rip, then swim ashore. Don’t try and swim against the rip current as yo will tire quickly. Raise your hand directly above your head and stay calm.