Surf patrols begin

The Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club will start patrolling Ohope Beach from this weekend.

Surf patrols kick off tomorrow running right through until the 24th of March.

Over the last week of December and through till January the Regions Paid lifeguards will also be on the beach through the week days.

Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club spokesman Malcolm Rowson says 11 new lifeguards will join the team, and have gone through extensive training.

Emma Griffiths