Proactive surf live-saving is seen as the reason why Otago
and Southland clubs recorded no rescues over the busy summer
Over the weekend, a total of 42 rescues were recorded by
clubs in the Canterbury region, including 30 by lifeguards at
Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving New Zealand Southern
regional manager Stu Bryce confirmed, while no rescues had
been carried out in the Southland and Otago areas, ''that is
not because of the conditions but because of the proactive
''We have had feedback from the public and older members
saying if the guys weren't as active as they are, there would
have been rescues.''
That included lifeguards communicating surf conditions to the
public, and making sure they swam between the flags.
The goal was to have no rescues and, given there had been
some extremely busy days, such as Christmas Day and last
Saturday, this was pleasing, he said.
The season for the Dunedin City Council-funded regional
lifeguards at St Kilda, St Clair, Brighton and Warrington
will finish on January 25, while volunteers would be on until
mid-March, but only at weekends.