Aquatic Innovation Award
The Lifeguard of the Year Award recognises an outstanding lifeguard who contributes to their facility, community, and the aquatics industry in Aotearoa. We are looking for those exceptional people that enhance the aquatic experience for both customers and staff through their enthusiasm and professionalism.

The winning lifeguard will:

  • Receive Waves 2022 registration (including travel and accommodation)

  • Be presented the award at the Waves Awards dinner

  • Be spotlighted in the Recreation Aotearoa Aquatics newsletter

  • Receive mentoring from industry peers

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 4PM,  15 JULY 2022

HOT TIP: There's nothing more annoying than your computer crashing just before you submit your application, so a great tip is to write your application in word or notepad first and then copy it into the form - that way you'll never lose your hard work!

All applicants are to:

  • Complete the above application/nominationf form, providing data / evidence to show how the applicant meets each of the judging criteria.

  • A one minute video – to give a high-level overview of the nominee.

  • Three photos – to showcase the nominee.


Applications/nominations must respond to each of the judging criteria specified for each award. Applications that do not address or provide relevant evidence for each criteria will likely score lower than those that do.


Photos and videos may be used to showcase the applicants and winners at the Awards Presentation Dinner. 

Please note winners will NOT be notified prior to the Awards’ ceremony so we encourage all nominees to attend the awards dinner. All nominations are to be made electronically. No hard copies will be accepted.

Applications open 16 May 2022.


Who can apply? 

  • Any organisation or individual who is involved in the aquatics industry.

  • An organisation can apply for recognition themselves, or be nominated by another party 

  • Applicants do not need to be members of Recreation Aotearoa (however will be given automatic virtual membership)