Summer is just around the corner and Surf Life Saving clubs around the country are gearing up for the busiest summer ever! We are proud to be supporting the great work they are doing to keep Kiwis safe at the beach.
TSB grants will help Surf Life Savers
deliver great results this summer
helping our regions Surf Life Saving clubs get rescue ready. In addition to our national partnership with
Surf Life Saving New Zealand, for the fourth year in a row TSB is supporting the essential work done by clubs
around the country by giving out $100,000 in grants.
This year the money was used to fund a range of essential
equipment including a new ATV for the Mount Maunganui club, to portable patrol towers in Whangamata and Foxton Beach
and new beach equipment for many others. Over the 4 years of our sponsorship with Surf Life Saving New Zealand we have now
distributed over $490,000 directly to clubs.
(Bay of Plenty)
The grant will fund a new All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) for the club to support its 24/7 Emergency Response Squad with rescues on the beach and Mauao (Mount Maunganui). The club’s location at the base of Mauao means it’s relied on to support a range of rescues all year round.
Karekare is currently rebuilding its club and has had to move to a temporary location 10 minutes away from the beach. TSB’s grant has enabled the club to purchase a 20 ft powered seafreight container to be based on the beach and house an IRB, ATV and other equipment so the club is ready to respond promptly during the patrol season.
TSB’s grant will fund a new, purpose built portable patrol tower for the club to use on the main beach. This will support lifeguards to get a better assessment of surf conditions and weather, as well as wider visibility across the beach during peak season.
TSB’s grant will be used to purchase equipment needed to train new members and provide effective patrols. This includes three sonic paddle boards, two Fenn ski kayaks, 10 radios with dry bags and searchlights, new rash vests and repair equipment.
TSB is providing funding for Muriwai SLSC to buy three EZ-Up, high quality mobile cover from the elements to support club training and functions, as well as six Sonic paddle boards to support junior lifeguards in building their surf skills.
TSB’s grant will be used to purchase replacement rescue equipment including handheld submersible floating radios for IRB, a new radio and antenna for quad bike, speakers for the patrol tower and two-way VHF handheld radios for beach use. As well as this, the grant will fund a new $4,000 defib AED which will be housed in the club van and readily available for emergency use.
Foxton SLSC is using its grant to buy a replacement mobile patrol tower to facilitate beach patrols. A portable tower will maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the club’s lifeguards because it will enable them to set up as close to the water’s edge as possible at all times.
TSB’s grant will support the South Brighton club to introduce a new community AED station for the wider public to use 24/7. Providing 24/7 AED access in public places increases the chances of survival for people who have heart-related emergencies.
TSB’s grant will support the club to buy two new gazebos’ in time for patrol season. These will also be used during regular training days and functions like championships and fundraising events at the club.
Currently the gear shed doors have reached the end of their life due to the harsh environment. TSB’s grant will support the club to replace shed doors and flashings at the clubhouse to ensure they’re set up for summer.
(Bay of Plenty)
Pukehina Surf Rescue is currently developing a call out squad which will provide 24/7 lifesaving capability. As part of the club’s preparation, it’s currently training a group of guards to levels suitable for responding in the conditions they’re likely to experience during emergency all-hours call outs, so TSB is coming to the party with $5,000 to support the Pukehina call out squad.
The Waikuku club is in urgent need of new rescue tubes to replace its current set which are falling apart and no longer fit for purpose. Rescue tubes are a critical piece of equipment for the club, used by its 40+ lifeguards to patrol busy beach and undertake regular training sessions, including the junior surf, surf sports and rookie lifeguard programmes.