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On Saturday, October 28, the St Clair Surf Lifesaving club will be putting out the patrol flags on St Clair beach for the 106th consecutive year.
The club will be putting on patrols every weekend between the 28th of October and the 18th of March next year, with patrols starting at 12pm and ending at 5pm.
This season is an exciting one with the club coming off a good winter of training where the club was the top South Island club at the national pool champs, winning 17 medals, and the successful White Island race last weekend.
One of the key values of the club is that fitter faster lifeguards save lives, lifeguards train up to 6 times a week on lifesaving craft and in the pool ensuring they are continuing to grow their capability as lifeguards.
The beach is expected to be more vibrant this year with more sand returning to the front of the club and better access to the beach. The public can expect to see flagged areas either in front of the esplanade or on the south side of the piles. The club has over 70 volunteer lifeguards putting on the the patrol uniform this season who are set to be busy after doing 2504 volunteer hours last season, 366 preventative actions, 18 first aids and two rescues
The key message from the club this year is be safe when around water this summer, never swim alone, watch out for rips- calm, deep patches of water close to shore that can sometimes have waves breaking to the side.
Rippled, discoloured or foamy water with debris can also mean there is a rip present, choose a patrolled beach and swim between the flags and if in doubt, stay out!