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St Clair Surf Life Saving Club chairman James Coombes said the patrols would resume at the Dunedin beach from the weekend of January 6 and 7.
Full lifeguard services will be available over five weekends in early 2018.
''There's quite a bit of anecdotal evidence suggesting usage was quite high and there were a number of high-profile rescues there as well, so it's definitely an area that's kind of calling out for this service,'' Mr Coombes said.
The patrols will be a joint initiative between the two local surf life-saving clubs at St Clair and St Kilda.
It will be shared between the two clubs so it would not ''overly stretch'' one club.
A previous patrol at Tomahawk ended when the beach was declared off-limits to swimmers due to contamination from a nearby sewage pipe.
The beach was declared clean in 2009 after the new outfall pipe was completed.
Otago-Southland Life Guard Committee chairman Cameron Burrow said it was a proactive step by the two clubs.
''Obviously in the future there might be a need to look at a surf life-saving club there or whether we put guards there during the day over that summer period.''
The weekend patrols were just a step in that direction.
The two clubs willassess at the end of the season whether an increased service is needed.
The weekends when services will be available are January 6 and 7, 13 and 14, 20 and 21, 27 and 28 and February 3 and 4.