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Mangawhai Lifeguards Gear Up For The Season

Media Release
22 October 2008


Mangawhai Lifeguards Gear Up For The Season


With Labour weekend only a few days away it’s that time of year where Kiwis start thinking about barbeques, sun, surf and sand - meaning it’s also that time of year where volunteer surf lifeguards start their patrols.

From this Saturday (25 October 2008) Mangawhai Heads volunteer surf lifeguards will be on patrol every weekend and public holiday from 11am-4pm until Easter Monday (13 April 2009).

Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service Club Captain, Brent Goldschmidt, says the Mangawhai surf lifeguards are gearing up for the season but want to remind beachgoers of key surf safety tips while they’re having fun this summer.

“The key safety message we want to stress to beachgoers is to swim between the flags at a lifeguard patrolled beach. All our lifeguards have been through intensive surf training and are there to ensure the public can enjoy the beach safely.”

“Last season Mangawhai Heads volunteer lifeguards spent 3396 hours patrolling, saved 64 lives and performed 5975 preventative actions to keep the public safe.”

Surf safety tips
• Swim at lifeguard patrolled beaches
• Swim between the red and yellow flags
• If in doubt, stay out
• Never swim or surf alone
• Boaties, be aware of swell, tide and weather forecasts


SLSNR Regional Surf Lifeguards will patrol Mangawhai Heads Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm, from 19 December 2008.

To find out more about the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service visit To find out more about the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service visit www.mangawhaisurf.org.nz


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