Between the Flags – Nov 16

News from the Trust Waikato Whiritoa Lifeguard Service – November 2016

It is around 8 weeks until Christmas (where did the year go?). More importantly, there are just over four weeks until the start of our patrolling season which is the 3 rd December.

We have around 70 of our club members who will be volunteering their time to patrol the beach and keep us all safe over summer.

There is a lot of work happening behind the scenes, including:

  • Updating our procedures and documentation
  • Putting the lifeguards through “refresher” courses prior to patrolling
  • Getting the club and equipment ready
  • Recruiting coaches for our Junior Surf Programme

Thanks to a funding grant from Trust Waikato, a new Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) will be arriving any day now. The IRB’s are one of our most recognisable pieces of our lifeguarding equipment, and the most expensive. The generous grant from Trust Waikato means that we can spend club funds on other items.

What a massive change the vegetation clearing and dune planting in front of the club has made. Thanks to all those who helped with the pre-work and planting on the day.

It is a shame there are still people out there who can’t read or can read but just don’t care and continue to walk over the plants through the dunes.

I recently had a conversation with a couple of adults, two kids and a dog in tow, who walked up the dunes and said they did not see the signs. Hard to believe when they were sitting on the platform the rather large sign was nailed to!

For those of you who visited the club over Labour Weekend, you would have seen the renovation of the bar and kitchen area, as well as the replacement of the floor.

Not only does it look fantastic, there is a vast improvement from an operational/use point of view. The finishing touches will be done over the next couple of weeks and we will be all ready for the surf season.

My thanks go out to Ross McCullough who not only put 100’s of hours into managing the project, but came up with a lot of the design ideas e.g. kitchen/bar layout, the innovative bottle delivery chutes into the recycling wheelie bins and the custom made rimu nip pourer holder in the bar.

The highlight of my day last Friday was receiving a text message from Rosie Herbert of the Whiritoa tennis club. Rosie told me their committee would like to make a furniture donation to support our recent renovations. Wow, I was blown away, thank you very much for your support.

Patrolling of Whiritoa Beach will resume next month (December 2016). Until then we would like to remind everyone visiting Whiritoa during the off season to stay safe, never swim alone, know your limits, don’t overestimate your ability and if in doubt, stay out.

See you on the beach.

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