Hundreds cool off at city beaches

A class of ''Nippers'' from the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club join swimmers at St Clair Beach on...
A class of ''Nippers'' from the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club join swimmers at St Clair Beach on Saturday afternoon. Photos by Gerard O'Brien.
St Clair Surf Life Saving Club lifeguards Angus MacKenzie (left) and Andrew Trembath enjoy  the...
St Clair Surf Life Saving Club lifeguards Angus MacKenzie (left) and Andrew Trembath enjoy the surf at the beach on Saturday.

Lifeguards are praising the behaviour of swimmers as the city's beaches prove popular on hot summer days.

Hundreds of people again made their way to St Clair and St Kilda Beaches over the weekend, as temperatures topped 26degC on Saturday and yesterday. St Clair Surf Life Saving Club lifeguard Niam Chronican said St Clair was ''pretty crazy'' by mid-afternoon on Saturday, as up to 300 people hit the beach and 50 swam in the water.

Despite that, swimmers were well behaved, following instructions and swimming between the flags, and no rescues had been recorded in recent days.

There had been only ''a few'' minor preventive actions - lifeguards checking on swimmers or telling people to move - in that time, he said.

St Kilda staff reported a similar trend, as between 200 and 300 people visited the beach to enjoy the sunshine and a small, safe swell.

About 150 people visited St Clair yesterday. A southerly wind and rain cleared the beach at 3pm, lifeguard Steph Laughton said.

-chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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