Rescue of the Month-December 2008 (Period Two)

From Surf BOP: “The December Rescue of the Month is awarded to Hot Water Beach Regional and Volunteer lifeguards: Chris, Logan, Gary, Andre, Ashleigh, Peter and Paloma. These guards have been awarded for their mass rescue of five adults during unpredictable and dangerous conditions. 

“During this rescue the skill sets of each guard were practically applied to responsibilities throughout the incident. This included Peter, (a newly qualified lifeguard of one week) performing a single tube rescue and Chris (Regional Head Guard) with the remaining four victims on his rescue board awaiting further tube swimmers. This rescue demonstrated the impulsive and frequent unpredictability of Hot Water Beach, and above all it demonstrated a very well executed patrol team response and support for each other.”

See also the Surf Life Saving BOP website.

Congratulations to all involved – well done! 

Placings gained in weekend competitions

Two Bay of Plenty Region Patrol Team competitions were held over the weekend – the Rookie Cadets on Friday and the Lifeguards on Sunday. These meets are physically & mentally demanding, made up of eight different events during the day. Hot Water Beach fielded a team for each competition and both teams gained third place for their efforts.

The Rookie Cadets comprised of Callum Oliver, Mitchell Carter, Emily Adam, Ashlee Jackson & Baylee Horne. The highlight for their day was getting first place in the Tube Rescue. 

The Lifeguard Team was made up of Gary Hinds, Stacey Semmens, Chris Carter, Logan Carter, Megan McVerry & Andre Adam. The highlight from their day was getting first place in the Lifeguard scenario with 29 out of 30 points & second equal in the First Aid scenario.

Congratulations to all who participated – an impressive effort all round.

Photos below of the Seniors competition.

Hot Water Beach Lifeguard Service in the press

Heres a wrap up of recent articles in the media about the club:

“Guards battle odds to keep beach safe” – Waikato Times

“A sting in the holiday season” – Waikato Times

and a few links to older articles:

“Dead calm: dangerous rips” – Barossa Herald, 2008

“Beach warning for Waitangi Day” – TVNZ, 2008

“Coroner repeats lifeguard plea” – NZ Herald, 2002

“Coromandel beach a hidden killer” – NZ Herald, 2002

“Survivor pleads for guard boost at tourist spot” – NZ Herald, 2000

“Quieter year for rescuers” – NZ Herald, 2000