There were hundreds of people on Waimairi Beach this morning, and the car parks were full.
It was the Junior Life Saving Carnival. Juniors, aged 7-14, are taught the basic skills they need to feel safe in the surf. Over 14 they can become eligible to join the beach patrol which is on duty Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday during the summer. The Waimairi Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1949 and is run entirley by volunteers.
“At this surf club they aim to teach
skills that keep folk safe on the beach.”