Senior Surf

Midway Surf Life Saving Club has a proud history in surf lifesaving competitions at local, national, and international level.  We’re proud to have helped coach and support exceptional talent.

While surf lifesaving exists to save lives, water is one of this region’s favourite playgrounds and so it also exists to create great surf sports for men and women.

Surf sports skills focus on swimming, knee boarding, surf ski, beach flags, beach sprints, two km run, IRB racing, boating and canoe. There’s a wide variety of disciplines and events all of which have been designed to keep surf lifesavers fit and active and replicate what may be required in a rescue situation.

Once an athlete has turned 14 and earned their Bronze, (Surf Lifeguard Award)  they can compete at senior surf sports events in under-15, under-17, under-19, open, or 30+ masters age groups.

Competition provides an environment for surf lifeguard training to better meet the physical and psychological demands of saving lives in the surf.

At Midway, the senior surf squad trains regularly throughout the year. Competitions range from club, regional and national events. Our coaches can cater to your needs.

For more information and the senior training schedule please contact 

Ocean athletes

This level of surf sport is for 10–13-year-olds who want to develop a healthy approach to sport and take part in competitive surf sport competitions around the country, keep fit or gain valuable skills needed to be a future lifeguard.  The pre-requisite is to be able to swim 200m in the sea and have a reasonable level of fitness.

Not all surf carnivals are beach based.  Surf Lifesaving New Zealand runs pool-based competitions for Ocean Athletes and older during the colder months.

(Top Left) Shaun Pahina and Jack Gavin, 10 years on and still competing (Top Right) Cory Taylor, Olivia Corrin, Chris Dawson – our Midway Black Fin Squad members for the Lifesaving World Championships for 2022-23 (Bottom left) Cory Taylor 2022/23 Nutri-Grain Ironman Competitor (Bottom Right) Olivia Corrin 2022/23 Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Competitor

Events calendar

Check out Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s calendar of events for more events happening around New Zealand.