Coastguard volunteers

Good people have been volunteering their time to save New Zealanders since ships started arriving on our shores.

Nationally, 1,988 Coastguard volunteers save 6,774 lives on our seas, lakes and rivers each year. Our volunteers are supported by four regional teams based in Christchurch, Wanganui, Tauranga and Auckland, and a national office located in Auckland.


Coastguard volunteers give over 290,000 hours of their free time every year to make sure you can enjoy our magnificent waterways, secure in the knowledge that should anything go wrong, Coastguard will be there to help. 

Discover what it means to be a Coastguard volunteer - the sense of reward and camaraderie, the mental and physical challenges and the priceless opportunity to save lives on the water.

Find out more about volunteering for Coastguard today!

Donate now

Coastguard is a charity. Our volunteers need your help to save lives at sea.

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Become a Member

Peace of mind every time you hit the water, knowing we’ve got your back.

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Book a Course

Increase your knowledge and confidence by completing a boating course.

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No matter your skill set, there’s a place for you in the Coastguard whānau.

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Thanks to our life-saving partners:
  • Auckland Council
  • Northland Regional Council
  • Waikato Regional Council
  • Hutchwilco
  • Marine Deals
  • Tower
  • Kordia
  • Hyundai
  • Line7
  • Century Batteries
  • Half Moon Bay
  • NZCT
  • Lotteries Grants Board
  • Lion Foundation
  • Pub Charity