New Zealand has one of the highest fatal drowning rates in the OECD1. This report is our way of drawing a line in the sand. We, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, are saying “enough is enough”. No more unnecessary deaths from drowning on our beaches and along our coastline.
SURF LIFE SAVING PATROL LOCATIONS SURF LIFEGUARD CAPABILITY Figure 03 2018–19: Surf Life Saving Patrol Locations per Region There are a total of 74 Surf Life Saving Clubs in New Zealand who provide voluntary patrols, during varying season lengths between Labour and Easter weekends. SAVING PATROL LOCATIONS PER REGION Northland 6 Figure 04 2018-19: Total Volunteer Surf Life Saving Patrols and Contract Surf Lifeguard Service per Region There are a total of 74 Surf Life Saving Clubs in New Zealand which provide voluntary patrols, up to a maximum season length between Labour and Easter weekends. The Contract Surf Lifeguard Service (Monday-Friday) provides 80 Lifeguard Patrols nationally. 13 Auckland Bay of Plenty 14 15 12 Volunteer Surf Life Saving Patrols Contract Surf Lifeguard Service 5 10 Taranaki Waikato Gisborne 5 Patrols (n) 9 6 Hawke’s Bay 5 3 4 Manawatu-Wanganui 1 Nelson ND Tasman 0 NTL AUK WKO BOP GIS TKI MWT HKB WGN NSN MBH WTC CAN OTA STL Region Wellington 8 Marlborough 1 2 West Coast Canterbury 10 Figure 05 2018-19: Equipment Used in a Rescue Figure 06 2018-19: Patrolling Surf Lifeguards 6% 3% 1 Southland Otago 6 0 40 80 160 Kilometers 16% 38% Rescue Tube 38% 38% IRB 38% Rescue Tube IRB Rescue Board RWC No Gear 57% MALE 43% FEMALE SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND 12 <strong>NATIONAL</strong> BEACH & COASTAL SAFETY REPORT SECTION ONE 13 CAPABILITY