Surf Life Saving creates a safer environment on many of New Zealand’s favourite beaches through patrols, education and training.

With around 15,000 members and 74 clubs nationwide, Surf Life Saving is an active part of local communities and has been an iconic presence at New Zealand’s beaches for over 100 years.

Last season, surf lifeguards spent 213,975 hours patrolling around 80 beaches, rescuing 1,027 people. While you were out enjoying summer, they gave theirs up to keep you and your family safe in the water. But as a charity organisation, they rely on the generosity of the public to help keep their red and yellow flags flying.

Summer is not far away and we want it to be a safe one. Please swim between the flags, always keep an eye on children and watch out for rips. For more information on water safety visit the Surf Life Saving NZ website.

Akaroa Le Grande Swim, 22 February 2014