Mount Lifeguards talk to LGA Candidates (22/10/2014)
Training had finished for these three Mount Lifeguards but it seemed their work was not over... The winter Surf Class was very lucky to have Cameron, Hadyn and Jessica talk to them about their lifeguarding experiences at the Mount.
The Mount is considered to be one of New Zealand's busiest beach, coping with close to a massive 10,000 beach goers at any given time. The worst is at New Years; the lifeguards recount New Years Eve parties of beach goers and the service that they provide during this time. They talked about the surf conditions and patrol set-up which extend all the way to Tay Street along the beach front of the Mount (It is such a difference from Oriental Bay beach...).
Their perspective shed light on the service and the importance of understanding the basics; what the candidates were learning during Surf Class relates to all situations and surf conditions. Their insights gained a few ums and ahs as they continued to tell of the share volume and power of the waves at the Mount. They stressed the importance of keeping fit as a lifeguard because you will never know when you will be needed.
Thank you to our visitors for stopping in for a chat; they now return to a warmer climate, but maybe, not exactly a restful time on the beach at the Mount.
Maranui continues to provide this opportunity (19/10/2014)
Maranui has over the last five years initiated and developed a swim squad to help kids in Surf. Maranui believes that although we have naturally gifted swimming kids, the majority are those who need a little more help. Providing this opportunity to improve their swimming abilities mean kids will enjoy Surf; by actively participating and having a greater confidence in water. For parents, it's seeing the enthusiasm and competitiveness in their kids.
Though the efforts of Swim Teacher Lyn Coetzee (Aquazone) and Wayne Wickens (Club organiser) we are seeing fantastic results in swim fitness and swim technique.
There are two groups that swim at Freyberg Pool on Sundays, an older group and a younger group. The Squads are grouped on swimming ability not age. Age range from 7-13 years old.
Maranui SLSC has also access to other swimming resources like Maranui Swimming Club.
Cross-fit training to start the season (18/10/2014)
Maranui Oceans Team starts the season with cross-fit. The 30 strong team meet every Sat for the last 6 weeks training at Maia cross-fit. The session is for one hour which is packed with lots of activity and achieveable goals. It is amazing what can be packed into one hour. What a way to start the season, coupled with paddle training on Sundays for an hour, this group will have a great start to the season.
Some of the joys (as a parent) is watching your kid push themselves and then remembering (gee, I used to be like that...). Lots of water is definately needed after these sessions.
Patrol Auditor confirmed for Central area (18/10/2014)Maranui has a Regional Patrol Auditor in its ranks. Marc Pulepule has been confirmed as a Patrol Auditor for Capital Coast Region 2014-2015 season. He will be looking after the Central region
Maranui fostering relations with the Mount (15/10/2014)
It is a time long tradition in Surf that Clubs help each other and their members. A prime example of this is how Maranui has opened its doors to lifeguards from Mt Maunganui SLSC.
Studying at Victoria University during the day and training out of Maranui during the evening is now become a routine that these individuals have placed upon themselves, a routine that allows them to continue in the activities that they love.
Storage of equipment that is safe and close to a beach is vitally important. This allows freedom outside of uni-life and study, by taking away the struggle of setting up and getting equipment to the beach. Valuable time saved means valuable time that is used in training.
Cameron Hayes, Haydn Reardon and Jessica Millar have been seen over the last month paddling up and down Lyall Bay training on their Skis and Boards. Training in full wetsuits too... '...the temperature of the water here is not like at the Mount, it's a little colder.'
I (Marc Pulepule) met with them during one of their training sessions; we talked about talking to our Lifeguard Award Class and sharing some of their experiences as lifeguards at the Mount.
They will be returning to the Mount in Nov.