Our Club

Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Patrol Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation.

Based on Auckland's rugged West Coast Bethells Beach is well worth a visit for both locals and tourists, offering an unspoilt West Coast landscape.

During the summer months Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Patrol provides life guarding services to protect the public visiting Bethells Beach.  Volunteer lifeguards are rostered on every weekend and public holiday, between October and April, with paid Regional Guards filling in the week days during the peak Christmas period.

We have an active Junior Surf programme as well as adult Surf Sports and we welcome new members.  Head here to find out more about becoming a Lifeguard  

Bethells History

For a few summers during the 1950's, life guarding was made up by swimmers doing their compulsory Military Training in the Navy keeping fit for their specialty sports. Once the compulsory military training scheme was terminated, so was life guard service.

Although the club was incorporated in October 1958, it was not until 1963 when a triple drowning known as Black Sunday occurred that the formation of the surf life saving club, as we know it today, eventuated.

A clubhouse was sourced (retired chook house) that would also store rescue equipment like reels, belts, surf ski's etc. and protect against vandalism (below).

By 1967 the club had grown to more than 2 dozen members and 3 separate buildings, so in September 1968, building of a spacious new $7,500 clubhouse began.

The new clubhouse was opened 22nd December 1968.

New club house opening

Over the years the clubhouse has had many changes and was recently extended again at the end of 2004 with the addition of a First Aid Room, new toilet/shower block and extended gear shed.

New club house

For a personal view of Bethells Surf Life Saving early history download Barrie Smiths Bethells History.


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