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
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.
Our Membership Options
Active Member (14yrs+)
Junior Surf Member
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
PRESIDENT – Andy Shaw
FINANCE CHAIR – Michael Hyde
LIFESAVING CHAIR – Fraser Harvey
SPORT CHAIR – John McLarin
JUNIOR SURF CHAIR – Mark Chaafe
ADMINISTRATOR – Teresa Harvey
CLUB CAPTAIN – Joe Mulgrew
JUNIOR CLUB CAPTAIN – Sam Turbott
Management Committee and Officer Structure
Building Project Team
Chair – Stephen Pye