Surf date for junior lifesavers

Junior lifesavers under training

Junior members of the Mangawhai Volunteer Surf Life Saving Club will be demonstrating their skills at the Northern Region Junior Champs at Omaha on February 2 and 3, following up on recent surf carnivals at Orewa and Ruakaka.

“The club has had a busy summer so far with large crowds at the beach over the holiday season,” says the president, John Drucker. ”Lifeguards have performed hundreds of preventative actions, a handful of rescues and numerous first aids including a spinal incident and attempted resuscitation.

“We are increasing our lifesaving capacity this season by training 20 candidates for their surf life saving award, as well as two candidates to help with patrol support, and our extremely popular junior surf program has 140 children enrolled, with many competing successfully at Orewa and Ruakaka.

Taking a break with the club’s rescue craft

“The club is also very grateful for the support we have received from the Mangawhai community with our annual Door Knock campaign last month raising over $4,000. The club has also received generous donations from the Molesworth Four Square and Mangawhai Factory Op shop, and rescue equipment has been donated by Mangawhai St John for the new response vehicle.”

Mr Drucker added that fundraising is continuing for a two-way radio for the response vehicle.
“Anyone interested in donating can visit the Give A Little page through or email

“The club’s annual beach day will be held on Saturday, February 16, kicking off at 11am at Mangawhai Heads surf beach, promising a great day of activities at the beach. Come along and show your support for Mangawhai Volunteer Surf Lifesaving.”


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