Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Surf life saving message - “enjoy the beach.”

Surf life saving message - “enjoy the beach.”

“Enjoy the beach with us.” That’s the message from the Surf Life Saving Northern region (SLSNR) team as they prepare for the 2016/2017 season, which traditionally kicks off on Labour Weekend.

Speaking at the organisation’s season launch at Muriwai today (subs: 16 October), SLSNR Operations Manager Adam Wooler said the region’s lifeguards, who look after 17 beaches from Sunset Beach north to North Cape and down the east coast to the North Shore, were totally committed to one objective – “to help beachgoers enjoy their time in the water.”

Wooler told the audience of sponsors, funders and other VIPs that “swim between the flags” might have become a time-worn phrase, “but it’s still the best way to ensure you enjoy your time in the water. We’ve never had a drowning inside the flagged area, so we’re saying to the public – join us there and enjoy your swim.”

Patrolled beaches were the best option for families looking for a day of fun at the beach, said Wooler, who joined the organisation in September from an extensive career in surf life saving in the UK and Australia. “Our volunteers are incredibly well prepared, trained and committed to supporting the public. But they are our insurance that if anything goes wrong for a swimmer, we can intervene to avoid a tragedy. We’d much rather the public didn’t put themselves at risk, and the key to that is swimming in the safe areas, especially when ocean conditions are heavy.”

Wooler said volunteer recruitment, retention and working collaboratively with other emergency organizations would be key focuses for him in his new role. “We’re keen to encourage more diversity in the volunteer ranks to mirror the very cosmopolitan mix we are seeing on our beaches, as well as working collaboratively with our Search & Rescue partners in a joined-up approach to saving lives.”

SLSNR CEO Matt Williams told launch attendees the organisation was moving into a new phase, involving improvements to how it operated on the beach, within clubs and financially.

“We want to change the way we do things to focus more on delivering our core service – which is to provide a safe and enjoyable beach experience for the public,” said Williams. “Our challenge is to do that sustainably under the current funding culture. We’re still seen in some quarters as just a charity or a sport, and we are those things. But we’re also and established and essential emergency service.

“Over the next 6-12 months, we’ll be focusing on growing our operations, improving efficiencies where we can, improving our health and safety profile as an organisation through better risk management and insurance provision, and improving our brand.
“If we can make improvements in those areas, we will be able to make a much more compelling case for more secure funding.”

Launch attendees observed a series of activities taking place on the beach and in the water at Muriwai during the Launch. Those activities included training drills, lifeguard undergoing practical exams, surfboat exercises and medical training along with displays by SLSNR sponsors Toyota Financial Services, Harcourts, and Yamaha.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals


Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. Given that the National Party is enmeshed in a donation scandal of its own that shares the same core features, it is a bit like Al Capone being accused of wrongdoing by Bonnie and Clyde. Unfortunately, the entire country seems to be living in denial about the existence of these sort of shenanigans... More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


 

UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>

ALSO:

Water Woes: Wellington Reflects National Problem

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says Wellington’s waste water woes are not unique to the capital city... More>>

ALSO:

2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels