Friday, 30 October 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Lifeguards prepare for a bumper summer season

Surf Lifesaving Clubs on the eastern seaboard of the Coromandel are gearing up and getting ready for what many anticipate will be a bumper summer season in terms of visitor numbers.

With international travel still pretty much off the menu due to quarantine requirements, local tourism operators are reporting strong interest from domestic tourists, with motels and campgrounds booking up fast. At Hot Water Beach, lifeguards have been back in training, while work continues at pace on a brand-new, purpose-built rescue base (pictured). Club chairman, Gary Hinds, says the new building has been 30 years in the making and is only happening as a result of huge support from Trust Waikato and the local community.

While Tairua’s lifeguards will need to wait another year for their new home, which is due to get under construction by March 2021, it has been a very busy couple of weekends for their active members. The club held an IRB training course attended by around 40 lifeguards on 3 October, while last weekend a practice missing persons drill was held at Ocean Beach along with a training course for those who will be working as instructors during January’s Junior Surf Programme. Tairua Surf Lifesaving Club expects to see more than 120 children and young people participate in three weeks of beach and water-based activities aimed at growing knowledge in relation to water safety and confidence in the surf.

Beachgoers can expect to see the lifeguards on duty on beaches from early December.

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