Nelson Surf Life Saving Club's Nippers were out training at Tahunanui Beach on Sunday. Photo: Jane Alloway

Life-savers start patrols at Tahuna


The summer surf life-saving patrols got off to a wintery start in Nelson on Sunday with life guards putting up the yellow and red flags on a rain-swept Tahuna Beach.

The Nelson Surf Life Saving Club started their summer beach patrols at Tahuna on Sunday after finishing their Nippers training programme in the morning.

Club captain Aaron Lyttle says the lifeguards will be back on the beach every weekend throughout the summer as well as public holidays over Christmas.

“We’ll be patrolling the whole beach, but we’ll be putting up the flags opposite the Tahuna playground so we want people to swim there because it’s safest,” Aaron says.

“We’ll have at least three or four lifeguards on duty at any one time and will be there through to mid-March.”

Aaron says the club has 30 trained lifeguards with another 10 trainees who will sit their exams on December 20.

The club also has about 50, seven to 13 year olds in their Nippers programme who have been training since the start of November.

The Nippers will be holding their first carnival of the season at Tahuna this Sunday with surf swimming, beach races and board events.

Aaron says the highlight of the season will be a carnival on January 23-24 when clubs from around the top of the South Island and Christchurch will compete at Tahuna.