Surf Life Saving Grants
Autumn is here and Surf Life Saving clubs around the country have packed up their patrols for the summer and we’re proud to have supported the great work they do keeping Kiwis safe at the beach.
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Over the 2019/2020 summer through our on-going partnership with Surf Life Saving New Zealand, we’ve given out
$165,000 in grants. This year the money was used to fund a range of activities and essential equipment including a new
ATV for a club in Canterbury, to junior training initiatives in Palmerston North and Tairua and new rescue boards and
tubes for many others. Over the first 3 years of our sponsorship with Surf Life Saving New Zealand we have now
distributed over $390,000 directly to clubs.
Now that the season is over it’s great to be able to show you some of the grants in action and the work the dedicated
lifeguards have been doing.
The grant supported the replacement of the clubs All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). The ATV is one of the most important parts of safety equipment for patrolling the long stretch of beach. They currently use the ATV to transport safety equipment, tow IRB's and do roaming patrols along the beach. The ATV can also be used to help transport first aid responders and medical supplies into bottle lake forest in the case of a mountain bike or horse-riding accident.
The grant funded new junior training boards and rash vests and training for a junior surf initiative between Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School and the Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club. The programme saw over 80 kids learning essential water safety skills over an 8-week period
New Plymouth Old Boys
The grant funded a new IRB. The IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) is an essential piece of life saving equipment that enables lifeguards to get to people in trouble in the quickest possible time.
The grant was used to purchase equipment and provide training and coaching for the clubs’ junior surf program. This program provides a comprehensive water safety skills program for children and helps them train to become fully qualified senior lifeguards in the future.
The grant was used to repair the clubs water tanks to ensure a quality drinking water supply for the club and its members. Last season, the water tested below standard and because of this, the club had to provide bottled water for lifeguards patrolling the beach which was expensive and went against their environmental standards. The grant will be used to remove compromised liners and repair the structural damage of the tanks.
The grant was used to purchase equipment that will be used in the training of senior lifeguards. Having adequate training equipment ensures that lifeguards can receive the training that they need to be rescue ready.
The grant was used to pay for 35 new rescue tubes to be used for all lifeguarding work and also in training of junior lifeguards. With two beaches to patrol, over 340 junior surf children, event guard safety teams working at community events, surf lifeguard training, IRB training, and tubes in surf boats and canoes, there is a constant need for new rescue tubes.
The grant was used to pay for rescue equipment for volunteer beach patrols. East End purchased a rescue board, two radios and four rescue tubes for the use of their volunteer lifeguards. This additional equipment improved the club’s patrol capability and environment.
The grant was used to pay for first aid supplies, a rescue board and rescue tubes. This equipment is essential for the safe delivery of volunteer patrols and improved the service offered to the public.
The grant was used to pay for rescue coordination equipment. In their work of conducting missing people searches, the club identified that it needed extra equipment. This equipment enabled them to be more effective in their work and provide a better service
The grant was used to pay for the replacement of three gear shed doors. The current doors have deteriorated due to the harsh coastal environment to the point that they needed to be fully replaced.
The grant was used to pay for rescue coordination equipment. In their work of conducting missing people searches, the club identified that it needed extra equipment. This equipment enabled them to be more effective in their work and provide a better service.
In addition to the normal grants process, TSB also donated 11 rescue boards to clubs throughout New Zealand. All clubs were eligible to enter the draw and 11 clubs selected were:
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