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Surf Life Saving Patrols on Coromandel Beaches

14 December 2012

Regional Surf Life Saving patrols have started working at Hot Water Beach this week.

There are more than 300 active volunteer lifeguards and 27 Regional Guards employed to patrol the Coromandel's most popular beaches this summer. As well as Hot Water Beach, life guards will be stationed at Tairua, Pauanui, Onemana and Whangamata beaches.

"Summer's here and the number of tourists coming to the Coromandel and getting in the water are already starting to increase," says Matt Williams, Surf Life Saving New Zealand Club Development officer for the Coromandel region.

Hot Water Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the Coromandel but it can also be one of the most dangerous to swim at.  In the past few years Surf Lifeguards patrols at Hot Water Beach have been filmed for the reality TV series Piha Rescue. Last year there were 109 rescues at Hot Water Beach and 3,439 preventative actions by volunteer and regional guards at Hot Water Beach.

From the 10th December 3 lifeguards will be patrolling 5 hours around the low tide at Hot Water Beach with the hour and patrol numbers being extended over the Christmas/New Year period.

Surf Life Guards will be patrolling the Coromandel's highest usage beaches until Anniversary weekend next year.

"Right now we need to get the water safety message out there ahead of our busiest time of year," says Mr Williams.  "Don't swim or surf alone if you're not confident or familiar with the beach. And never fish off the rocks in gumboots!"

Mr Williams recommends people check out the website www.findabeach.co.nz

"This is basically a beaches guide for dummies," says Mr Williams. "You can log in and get all the coastal safety messages while it also allows you to login and create a collection of your own favourite beaches."

As well as regional and volunteer patrols Surf Life Saving New Zealand is heavily involved in youth development squads around the Coromandel from little nippers (from 7 years of age) right through to youths aged 14 and older.

This year our Council's Community Service contract gave Surf Life Saving New Zealand (Eastern Region) $105,983 to pay for training, development and allow for paid patrol hours to be extended until Easter weekend.  In 2013/2014 Surf Life Saving New Zealand will receive $111,180 and $111,180 in 2014/2015.

Hot Water Beach Lifeguards Service has received $6,000 from the Mercury Bay Community Board to install solar power to provide electricity, water, install a water tank and piping to provide running water; purchase fridge freezer to store ice and medical supplies.

Meanwhile our tourist provider Destination Coromandel contributed $3455 for the Hot Water Beach Surf LIfe Saving Guards to pay for new jackets and extend the patrol season through to Easter Weekend.

"We want to thank everyone who has donated their money and time to Surf Life Saving New Zealand," says Mr Williams. "In winter this helps pay towards training and education programmes. In summer it accounts for more patrols and more time on the beaches, which ultimately helps to save lives."


 

Surf Life Saving Patrol Guard Hours

The schedule for Surf Life Saving patrols on beaches around the Coromandel for summer 2012/2013:

Hot Water Beach Regional Guard Patrol:
10th – 14th December (5 hours around the low tide)
17 -21 December (10:00 am – 18:00)
24 – 28 December (10:00 am – 18:00)
31 December – 4 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
7-11 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
14 – 18 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
21 – 25 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
28 January – 1 February (10:00 am – 18:00)
4 – 8 February (5 hours around low tide)
11 – 15 February (5 hours around low tide)
18 -22 February (5 hours around low tide)
25 February – 1st March (5 hours – TBC)
Hot Water Beach Volunteer Guard Patrols
Each weekend from Labour Weekend 2012 through until Easter Monday 2013.

Tairua Beach Regional Guard
24 – 28 December (10:00 am – 18:00)
31 December – 4 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
7-11 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
14 – 18 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
21 – 25 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
Tairua Volunteer Guard Patrols
1 December 2012 - 10 March 2013
Saturdays: 11am-5pm
Sundays and public holidays: 11am-4pm

Pauanui Beach Regional Guards
24 – 28 December (10:00 am – 18:00)
31 December – 4 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
7-11 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
14 – 18 January (10:00 am – 18:00
21 – 25 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
Pauanui Volunteer Guard Patrols
Saturday 1st December 2012 - Sunday 24th February 2013
Saturdays 12pm – 4pm
Sundays 11am – 4pm

Onemana Beach Regional Lifeguards
24 – 28 December (10:00 am – 18:00)
31 December – 4 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
7-11 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
14 – 18 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
Onemana Volunteer Guard Patrols
Saturday 29th December 2012 - Sunday 2 February 2013
Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Sundays: 10am-5pm

Whangamata Beach Regional Guards
17 -21 December (10:00 am – 18:00)
24 – 28 December (10:00 am – 18:00)
31 December – 4 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
7-11 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
14 – 18 January (10:00 am – 18:00)
21 – 25 January (10:00 am – 18:00)  
28 January – 1 February (10:00 am – 18:00)           
Whangamata Volunteer Guard Patrols
Saturday 20th October 2012 - Monday 1st April 2013
Saturdays 11am – 5pm
Sundays 10am – 4pm