The Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service (MHVLS) has had a busy festive period with large numbers of swimmers flocking to the beach, especially after Christmas Day.
Despite this, lifeguards have had a relatively quiet time said club captain Tim Gibb, who noted the small swell and calm weather as a factor.
“Although the beach has been super busy, it’s been very safe with minimal rips," he said.
"Remember that the beach can change easily,” he added cautiously, “especially when we get a few late summer cyclone swells. Boaties should remember to check conditions before heading across the bar.”
The club would like to thank all those members of the Mangawhai community that kindly donated to the annual MHVLS Door Knock held on the December 29.
Event co-organiser Jess Costello was ‘stoked’ with the almost $4500 donated.
“It's awesome to see people recognising the contribution our volunteer lifeguards give to the community, and we were rapt with all of the good people who donated to the surf club," she said.
The money raised will be used to purchase new lifesaving equipment and fund training courses.
On the horizon is the annual MHVLS Beach Day on Anniversary Weekend, January 26. A fun family day for everyone, activities include beach games, sausage sizzle and the famous Big Dig.
Other events include The Jackman Waterman Classic on February 1 along with the Lifeguard Longboard Nationals on February 22.
Lifeguards will be patrolling between 10am-4pm (Dec-Feb) on weekends and public holidays through to Easter 2014. SLSNZ Regional Lifeguards are patrolling weekdays until mid January.