Nippers Sundays at South Piha. 10am-12noon. Come and check us out for a free 1 day trial.
Nippers Sundays at South Piha. 10am-12noon. Come and check us out for a free 1 day trial.
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Our Club

Piha Surf Life Saving Club enjoys possibly the highest profile in the country – not only due to the top rating television programme but also as one of the busiest patrolled beaches in the country. We have a proud history as a patrolling club and it is a set requirement that every member perform patrol duties before they can compete in interclub Surf Sports.

Our next generation of beach guardians is being trained in our club Nippers programme. From a nonexistent programme a matter of seasons ago, the season just gone we registered a record number of Junior Surf members. We envisage this season’s junior membership will continue to increase and with this rapid growth comes a demand for the club to keep pace and deliver quality programmes and resources.

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piha life saving traditions
piha lifesaving surf patrols

Piha has junior members becoming involved from age 5 (as Tadpoles) and we have a programme that develops them from that young entry age through to 14 years when they move on to qualify as lifeguards. This unbroken chain of development is a unique feature of Surf Life Saving.

Elsewhere, under the expert tuition provided by a paid Head Coach, Piha has been the quiet achiever in Surf Sports competition with a growing programme and ever improving athletes. The focus for the immediate future is to now take these competitors the next step and see Piha stamp a real authority on carnival results.

We also have one of the finest club facilities in the country – though with the location on the wild West Coast, it demands extensive attention to facility maintenance and ongoing improvements.

Our vision is for our network of members, partners, sponsors and supporters to be a highly sought after circle to be associated with.


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.

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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.


Piha Surf Life Saving Club’s competition teams are going from strength to strength under the guidance of coach Bjorn Battaerd.


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 80 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 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.


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.

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