The Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service (MHVLS) was formed in 1963.
With a borrowed reel from Waipu Cove SLSC a small group of volunteers started to patrol the Mangawhai beach every weekend over summer. The reel was stored in a tin shed that the members built to house the equipment.
In 1967 the club house was built at the beach. This was a modern facility to house all the members over the weekends and public holidays.