Hogan Ward captures the flag in the beach sprints on Saturday, during the Nelson Surf Life Saving Club open day. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Surf lifesavers dive into summer season


The Nelson Surf Lifesaving Club is gearing up for another summer of patrolling Nelson’s Tahunanui beach and keeping swimmers safe in the water.

The club’s open day last weekend was a fun way to promote their presence in Nelson and give new members a chance to see the skills involved in being a life-guard. Last year, the Nelson Lifesaving Club operated with around 30 qualified life-guards and another 60 children who were part of the junior Nippers section. As well as IRB rides, mock rescues and competitive beach sprints, the open day saw several potential new members, from children looking to work their way up the grades to adults thinking about getting back into the life-guard role.