Western Leader : December 30th 2010
www.westernleader.co.nz Thursday, December 30, 2010 We would like to wish all our customers a happy and prosperous 2011 Keeping safe: Karekare lifeguards from left: Phoebe Munro, Zane McLarin and patrol captain Matt Wade. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Sea rescues start By NICOLA MURPHY ' The most exciting thing we've had is a jellyfish sting. But we use that downtime to train the younger ones. ' Patrol captain Matt Wade on a quiet start to the season GET TOGETHER OVER DINNER Karekare surf club is celebrating its 75 year anniversary with a dinner on February 12. Anyone who has been involved with the club over the years is invited to attend. Tickets are $55. See www.karekare75years.org.nz for more information. LIFEGUARDS at west Auck- land beaches have already performed more than 25 rescues this season and are warning swimmers to be safe this summer. Guards have also given 25 first aid treatments and made 2000 safety interven- tions, Surf Life Saving New Zealand manager Andy Kent says. Interventions include pre- ventative measures such as making sure people swim between the flags. At Karekare, one of the most dangerous places to swim in the country, surf club patrol captain Matt Wade says people fishing on a rocky area of the beach known as the Cauldron frequently get into trouble. He warns fishermen not to turn their backs to the sea and says they shouldn't wear boots which are heavy and difficult to kick off if they get into trouble in the water. They are some of the more serious rescues,'' he says. The Karekare club has around 100 actively patrol- ling lifeguards. The club has been in existence for 75 years and has performed more than 5000 rescues in that time. It has recently bumped up the number of young members with several joining each week since the start of the season in October. Mr Wade says new members are very important for keeping the club going, particularly those aged 17 to 22 because they tend to stay on for a few years. Our retention rate is one of the better ones in the country,'' Mr Wade says. The club also has the most awards for rescues of any club in the country -- some- thing which can be attributed to the beach's notoriously dangerous waters. At this point in the season things are still pretty quiet for the crew at Karekare. The most exciting thing we've had is a jellyfish sting,'' Mr Wade says. But we use that downtime to train the younger ones.'' Mr Wade says the number of rescues will only increase as water temperatures rise and the beaches get busier. Surf Life Saving New Zea- land held its national fundraising Jandal Day earlier this month. All the funds raised in west Auck- land will be spent in the area. Mr Wade says the money raised in Karekare will go towards operational costs. The club has just been granted resource consent to build new clubrooms.
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