South Brighton Beach

South Brighton beach is a small beach on a very long coastline in the Pegasus Bay area of Christchurch, New Zealand. It is probably not the busiest beach in Canterbury but it is one of the safer beaches. Our patrol area is usually set up on the beach in front of the clubhouse between the Red and Yellow flags which indicate the swimming area that is patrolled by lifeguards. 

Due to the vast area of beach and surf along the Canterbury coastline not patrolled by lifeguards with hazards like holes and rips, we strongly advise for your safety to swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags. South Brighton beach is usually safe however that does not mean its not dangerous at times. Be aware of the Norwest wind as its can cause a strong drift to the south and beware of the dumping waves on the first bar especially at low tide.


All Lifeguards at South Brighton beach on patrol are qualified lifeguards having passed their bronze medallion award, most have also chosen to do a senior lifeguard course which teaches the lifeguards more advanced skills for patrolling local beaches. Our Lifeguards also know the beach and surrounding areas very well, so are experts in knowing the local surf conditions. All lifeguards dedicate their own time in the weekends during summer to make the beach a much safer environment for you, your family and the general public.



The South Brighton beach is patrolled from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on a Saturday and 11.00am to 5.00pm on a Sunday. Patrols for the 2019/2020 summer season will commence on November the 15th 2019. Yep, a public holiday.


Swimming advice

With summer comes the hot weather and the time to swim at the beach. When swimming at any beach this summer, stay safe and be careful. Remember to:

  • Swim between the flags if possible. The life guards are there to ensure your safety.

  • Adults should always watch your children. It only takes a moment to drown.

  • Never swim or surf alone if your not confident in the ocean or are unsure about conditions.

  • Avoid flat spots in the surf. These usually indicate rips in the surf line or a hole.

  • Never swim when cold or tired. Being tired or cold makes you less able to recognize danger.

  • Be sun smart. Wear sunscreen, cover up and use sunglasses.