Welcome to Karekare Surf Life Saving Club

Formed in 1935, Karekare Surf Club has been patrolling the beach and saving lives ever since. The club has an unequalled record in New Zealand for keeping the beach safe. The club ensures that visitors to this beautiful and wild west coast beach can swim, surf, fish and play, knowing that help is at hand – should things go wrong.

The lives of visitors aren’t the only lives influenced by this iconic club.  Over the years, literally hundreds of lives have been changed in some way as a result of their participation in Karekare Surf Life Saving Club.  The club helps mould future leaders.  It provides opportunities to grow and learn and thrive.  It provides people with unique challenges and builds within them the tools to turn those challenges into life-long strengths.

No-one leaves Karekare untouched, and everyone who associates with our club has been enriched in some way by the experience.

We hope you find this website useful as a guide to the history, activities, and services of our club.

What we do

Karekare, the Beach
Karekare Beach
A Weekend on Patrol
A Weekend on Patrol
Swim to Cathedral Cave
Swim to Cathedral Cave

The Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club has just one goal when it comes to trialling their new surveillance drone;

Bringing back people alive. It’s as simple as that.

Sir Bob Harvey is a life member of the Club and says that over the eighty year history of lifesaving on Karekare Beach, they have always tried to move with the changes in technology.

“[It was once] the reel on the beach with the old cork belt, then it moved to a safety belt and then in the seventies… a revolution happened when we brought in helicopters…then jet boats – exciting, but [they] didn’t work, really; IRBs (inflatable rubber boats) and now this is the next step – of surveillance and speed.”

Surveillance and speed – two crucial factors when it comes to saving lives in the surf.

100 Years of Lifesaving
100 Years of Lifesaving
National Lifeguard School
Swim to Cathedral Cave

Our Calendar

Our Membership Options

Active Member (14yrs+)

Active Member (14yrs+)
$ 30 /year

Active Membership is for those performing lifesaving duties on a regular basis. As part of a large team, gaining knowledge and skill in an ever changing environment. As part of the active membership for those guards that have qualified for their Bronze Lifesaving Award there is opportunity to complete additional training and experience with First Aid courses, scholarships, lifeguard exchange and leadership and instructor development. There is also an opportunity for paid employment through the regional guard service over summer. The members also have access to the clubhouse facilities, invites to all social events and will receive updates from the club with our newsletter. They are also eligible to be part of the surf sports programme run by the club. Active members are also invited to swim training each tuesday at West Wave Henderson with instruction and coaching.

Junior Surf Member

Junior Surf Member
$ 30 /year

Junior Surf Members join the Karekare Junior Surf Programme from the ages of 7-11. Parents/guardians of the children receive membership to the club on a complimentary basis and only require to sign up using the Surf Lifesaving webiste. The Junior Surf Programme runs every second Sunday through the Lifesaving season and is designed to teach water safety and surf skills in a fun and engaging way with the main focus on building knowledge and confidence in the surf. Junior Surf families are invited to social club events, pool swim qualifications and club day events and barbecues. All Junior families also receive club the club newsletter and can use the club facilities.

Associate/Supporter (Non-Active)

Associate/Supporter (Non-Active)
$ 30 /year

Associate and Supporter Membership is for those not wishing to become active lifeguards, but are friends and extended family of the club.  Membership includes invites to all social events hosted by the club and receiving our newsletter.  These members are often family members of clubbies, past lifeguards, local residents and visitors who wish to enjoy more of the Karekare experience and receive updated news.

Family Subscription

Family Subscription
$ 70 /year

This membership subscription includes Mum, Dad and all the kids who are under 18 years of age.

To join Karekare surf club go to www.surflifesaving.org.nz. Press join a club and scroll down for Karekare. Fill in all your personal details and then an invite will be sent to the Karekare Administrator to accept your membership into the club. All members under the age of 14 need to register an adult/guardian at the same time however there is no additional cost.

Governance and Leadership

Club Management Committee

CHAIR – David Munro


FINANCE CHAIR – Michael Hyde


SPORT CHAIR – John McLarin



Lifesaving Committee


CLUB CAPTAIN – Joe Mulgrew


Management Committee and Officer Structure


The New Clubhouse – Concept

Building Project Team

Chair – Stephen Pye

Richard Priest

Fraser Harvey

Duncan Stuart

James Hutchinson

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