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Welcome to Sumner SLSC.

Preventing drownings on our beaches for over 100 years. 

Who we are and what we do:

Welcome to our Club

Sumner Surf Life Saving Club has been part of the Sumner Community now for over 100 years, having been established in 1911.

It’s looked after by an army of volunteers, young and old alike, with a common goal of making sure all our beach goers can enjoy the beach and surf environment safely.

We do this primarily by providing a volunteer weekend patrol service that runs in the Summer Season starting mid-November and ending towards the end of March.  And we can’t do this without our members.

We start young with our Junior Surf Programme that teaches water safety and awareness from the age of seven, through to 14.  It’s a hugely successful programme with some 150 junior members, who currently hold the title of Junior South Island Champions for both the open water and pool.

At 14 our Juniors transition into the Senior part of our Club and are lucky to be trained by some superb instructors to become new lifeguards.  And it doesn’t stop there.  We have comprehensive programmes, teaching and training for additional lifeguard awards in the surf (intermediate, advanced, rock climbing modules, board modules, VHF radio) and Inflatable Rescue Boat (crewperson and driver awards).

We are first aiders, with all our members having a level of competency that can be applied in many situations; not just on the beach.

Our members are skilled athletes, with a purpose.  Our senior team is very much successfully involved with the Surf Life Saving New Zealand competition calendar; we understand that it’s not just about patrolling and training.  We have a lot of fun as a team.  Whether competing or enjoying the sport the surf environment has to offer, we do it together and to our best abilities.

I’m personally very proud to be a part of our Club and we’d love to invite you to become a part of it also.



Mark (Club Chair)


What we do:



Patrolling our Beaches Since 1911



Surf Sport, IRBs and More


Junior Surf

For 7 to 14 year olds.

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