New sys­tem maps out beach life sav­ing clubs

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Beach lovers can eas­ily find the coun­try’s best beaches with the lo­ca­tions of beach and surf life sav­ing clubs dis­played on an on­line na­tional map­ping sys­tem.

The free walking ac­cess map­ping sys­tem, devel­oped by the New Zealand Walking Ac­cess Com­mis­sion, al­lows users to find pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble land on na­tion­wide topo­graph­i­cal and ae­rial maps.

Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand is the lat­est or­gan­i­sa­tion to make its out­door in­for­ma­tion avail­able.

The lo­ca­tions of all beaches with an on-site surf life sav­ing club will be dis­played on the maps. Users can then ac­cess fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand’s own web­site in­clud­ing pho­tos and tidal, weather, fish­ing and surf­ing con­di­tions at any given beach.

The beach in­for­ma­tion will help in­crease aware­ness of some of the best coastal out­door ac­cess op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try and has the po­ten­tial to save lives as peo­ple are able to find safe swim­ming beaches eas­ily.

The De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Fish and Game New Zealand are among other or­gan­i­sa­tions to har­ness the map­ping sys­tem.

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