Surf club stars
TOP candidate 2018: Lukas Harris, Pukehina Surf Rescue
Top Mentor 2018: Georgia Eldridge, Waihi Beach Lifeguard School Best attitude 2018: Sam Cox, Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club
Some of the skills the young lifeguards learned: ■ Setting up helicopter landing zones and safety around helicopters.
■ An introduction to SAR (search and rescue).
■ Navigation and rescues from rocky areas, and entering and exiting the water around rocks.
■ Tube and board rescues.
■ Communication while under pressure, teamwork and leadership.
■ How to request help from, and work with, external agencies.
■ Reinforcing and building on first aid skills. ■ Scanning and surveillance.