About United North Piha

What is Surf Life Saving?

Our purpose is the commitment to the prevention of drowning and injury in our aquatic environment, through the provision of lifeguarding, water safety and education services.

Primarily we do this through the provision of patrols and the marking the safest swimming area between two red and yellow flags. We also provide additional services such as Aquatic Risk Consultancy, Public Education and Support Services to meet this purpose.

Our training allows us to operate in the near-shore surf zone during hours of daylight. This is our specialty and we often plug the gap between the land and air based rescue services and marine rescue operators in this unique environment.

Surf Lifeguards are trained to handle most conditions at their beaches and are extremely competent at performing rescues in the surf and in the water around coastal rock formations.

We are patrol based, that is we work in teams to perform rescues safe in the knowledge that we have back-up available. We are not a 24-hour rescue service, although we do have after-hours emergency response capability, in conjunction with our partners at the Police, Coastguard and the Rescue Helicopter Services.

Surf lifesaving differs from nearly every other rescue service by the fact that we proactively patrol rather than react. Most of the work that we do is preventative, warning people of danger.
Our Training

Our lifeguards are extensively trained in:
•surf rescue
•first aid / emergency care
•helicopter operations
•rescue boat / Rescue water craft operation
•radio communications

About United North Piha

North Piha Lifeguard Service has protected the lives of those who visit North Piha for over 50years. United North Piha Lifeguard Service was created in 1973 as the result of the amalgamation of North Piha Surf Club and Eastern United Surf Club from Browns Bay.  

Like most Surf Lifesaving Clubs throughout New Zealand United North Piha's beginnings were the result of a few determined genuinely caring citizens. The drive to Piha back in the 1940's until the 1970's was a dust chocked narrow metal road in summer and a slippery mud bath in winter. Those harty volunteers would often travel out on a Friday evening and patrol for the entire weekend. Todays volunteers whip over the hills in airconditioned cars in less than 30 minutes from Henderson.

There was a great need for a club house. Local identity Les Waygood donated land, locals and members fund raised and lobied for materials to build the club house which still stands today but in a modified form.