Surf patrols almost here

Summer must be almost here as the Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club prepares to recommence surf patrols.

Weekends patrols will commence on the 24th of November, and run through till the 24th of March. From the last week of December until the end of January, the region's paid lifeguards will be hitting the beach during the week as well.

Spokesperson Malcolm Rowson says the club has 9 patrol teams. All members sit a general refresher course each year, as well as Inflatable Rescue Boat driving refreshers for some.

Mr Rowson says the Club will be adding almost a dozen new lifeguards to this year's team, after 11 candidates passed their final exam last weekend.­

Michelle Keighley