Between the Flags – December

News from the Trust Waikato Whiritoa Lifeguard Service – December 2016

Merry Christmas from the Whiritoa Lifeguard Service! By the time you read this, our first weekend of patrolling will be completed. The weather tried to play its part, and it was hot at times on the beach. However, I can report from experience the water temperature is still in the “refreshing” range. Let’s cross our fingers that the water temperature warms up a bit before Christmas!

A big thank you to Neville Singh of New World Whangamata who donated a $100 grocery voucher to each of our three patrols as a “Welcome to the Season”. We really appreciate kind donations such as this and the recognition by the community of our volunteer lifeguards great work.

The third stage of the club renovations are almost complete, with the finishing touches to be completed next week. You will notice the obvious changes such as the new kitchen and bar area, but now when you look at the ceiling anywhere in the club you will notice the new fire detection systems that have been installed.

The fire compliance was a big part of this stage of work. As well as the fire detection systems, there are a number of self-closing fire doors and a very expensive “fire curtain” (that is still on its way from the USA). This is all part of keeping the people who use our club safe.

We will be having a “Celebration” on the 30th December as the “Official Opening”. Everybody is welcome to come along and join us and see all the changes. More detail will be published at the surf club closer to the date.

All things going well, Zenbu WIFI will be available at the surf club for public use this summer. The first 50MB of data each day will be free and after that you pay for what you use. Keep an eye out for Zenbu on your mobile device WIFI connection list this summer.

Mid-January in the New Year we will be hosting lifeguards from Australia. This is part of the ANZAC program we have been part of for a while now. It’s an opportunity for lifeguards to see how things work on the other side of the Tasman.

Last summer several of our lifeguards went to Australia, learnt new skills and had a great experience. Now it’s our turn to reciprocate. If you see the Australians on the beach, don’t hesitate to say “hi” (they’ll be the ones with the corks on their hats … kidding).

As always, we remind everyone visiting Whiritoa to stay safe, swim between the flags when they are out, never swim alone, don’t overestimate your ability and if in doubt, stay out.

Have a safe Christmas and New Year,

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