Busy time for Titahi Bay club
Staying safe this summer
Nick Mulcahy gets a bit antsy at this time of year.
The director of lifesaving at Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club has spent half his life patrolling beaches in summer.
He has been with the Titahi Bay club since 2007 and said he enjoyed the comfortable feel and team spirit there.
‘‘You do this because it’s a community service,’’ he said.
‘‘You’re helping to keep the beach as safe as possible, because it can be a hazardous place.
‘‘ The club looks after its members and the community and we’re well-known in competitions as well, so we hope to keep that going this summer.’’
University student Albert Alapati drowned at Titahi Bay in January 2012, after being caught in a rip.
It was an example that even the most docile-looking water could be dangerous, Mulcahy said.
Fifty lifeguards will patrol Titahi Bay Beach in shifts of four on weekends until the end of March.
Regional lifeguards will share duties at peak periods.
Although Mulcahy has plenty of responsibilities in the coming months, he hoped to get some time on the sand, too.
‘‘I love being out there. It’s easy to see the passion and fun people have for the water in the Bay.’’
It’s been a busy year for the surf club, with Nippers members continuing to grow and the 75th jubilee over Labour Weekend.
The club has a new $ 16,000 inflatable rescue boat, thanks to Mana Community Grants, and is looking to again dominate surfboat and beach competitions.
‘‘The jubilee was a big highlight,’’ club committee member Rachel Jones said.
‘‘ We had 180 people in Te Rauparaha Arena and the feedback was great.
‘‘It capped off a big year and showed that we’re going from strength to strength.’’
Nippers’ co- ordinator Peter Jones said there was a waiting list to join the programme and many of the Nippers’ parents were becoming more involved with the club.
Kerry Delaney and Karl Campbell have recently been made life members of the club.
Wil McDowell, Jono Boyd, Jordan Te Paa, Dean Ellis and Nick Boyd will form the senior men’s surfboat crew this year.
Find a beach that is patrolled.
Listen to the advice of lifeguards. Ask them if unsure about beach conditions.
Keep a close eye on children in the water.
Swim between the flags.
Look out for rips — they are calm patches of water that can sometimes have waves breaking to the side. Titahi Bay has three, at the southern and northern ends, and an area in the middle.
Lifeguards will be on Titahi Bay Beach from noon till 5pm on weekends until March 30.
Regional lifeguards will top up the volunteers from Dec 16 till Jan 24, from 11.30am till 6pm.
Ready to go: Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s Nick Mulcahy has his lifeguards prepared for a (hopefully) long, hot summer.