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Caring for People is at the heart of our core business ~ Life Guarding 

Wellness ...

As a valued member of the Surf Life Saving, and the Papamoa SLSC family, it is really important that we take time to acknowledge our own wellness. 


This page provides some easy to access wellness information for our membership.

We acknowledge, and value, the skills and qualifications our lifeguards gain to deliver their life guarding duties.  We also, acknowledge that this role can present us with some very challenging and confronting situations that may effect our wellness.

Care, compassion and support are key.  We wish to ensure our members are aware of processes around ‘membership wellness, well being and support’.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, please know you are supported.  We encourage you to reach out to either a fellow clubbie, a Peer Supporter or a specially trained Surf Life Saving staff member (listed below).

Signs our wellness may have been effected:

This can look different for everyone.  The effects are not exclusive.  If you believe your wellness has been effected we urge you to reach out.

  • Feeling withdrawn or agitated

  • Feeling overly emotional

  • Avoiding normal daily tasks/interactions

  • Repeated distressing memories or dreams of the event

  • Acting or feeling as if the event were happening again (flashbacks or a sense of reliving it)

  • Intense physical and/or emotional distress when you are exposed to things that remind you of the event

  • Avoiding thoughts, feelings, or conversations about the event

  • Avoiding activities and places or people who remind you of the event

  • Having problems sleeping

  • Feeling your range of emotions is restricted

  • Blanking out parts of the incident

  • Losing interest in significant activities in your life

  • Experiencing irritability or outbursts of anger

  • Problems concentrating

  • Feeling ‘on-guard’

In the case of a critical incident

A debrief will be recommended.  Its purpose of the is twofold;

1      To ensure the well being of the members involved, address what can be expected in terms of thoughts and feelings following a critical incident,          and provide the pathways for seeking further assistance should a member wish to seek it.

2      When there has been an incident that has been identified as a ‘traumatic event’ for Surf Lifeguards, and/or the public, it is important to                      complete an operational debrief.  The objective is for SLSNZ to review the events of an incident and the associated response efforts. Through            discussion with those participating in the incident an overall perspective of the operation can be gained. This provides an opportunity to                    evaluate the practices and procedures involved and make recommendations for improvement where necessary. An operational debrief is not              intended to justify actions, make recriminations, push a personal agenda or apportion blame. It is a fact finding exercise that should be both              positive and constructive.

SLSNZ Support:

Please be aware SLSNZ have a support network available at all times to talk to someone face to face or on the phone regarding lifesaving activities.

If you are feeling or experiencing any of above effects on your wellness please utilise one of the support options available:

Post Critical Incident Support Options:

  • Local Peer Supporters 

  • Staff  (Eastern Region) 

                       - Chase Cahalane - - 021975565

                       - Talia Comp - - 0211901727

  • EAP – Independent professional supporters

                        - For EAP simply call 0800 EAP NOW (0800327 669), State that you are from Surf Life Saving New Zealand. You can arrange a                                    phone  appointment or a face to face. (This service is free of charge and available 24/7)

Other Support:

  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357

  • Suicide Crisis helpline – 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO. Available 24/7 for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those concerned about family or friends.

  • Depression helpline – 0800 111 757 (available 24/7) or text 4202

  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (available 24/7)

  • Youthline – 0800 376 633 (available 24/7) or free text 234 (8am-12am), or email

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We welcome members to contribute to this space.  If you have a useful tool, link or information that you believe could benefit our membership please email the office.

Your wellness is important to us