The Whakatane Surf Life Saving Club is delighted to be the recipient of the 2018 Hamerton’s Whakatane Charity Fishing Tournament. We thank all fisherfolk, individuals and supporting businesses for your generous support of this event.
The Whakatane SLSC was established in 1933 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008. The Club is located at Ohope Beach, an 11 kilometre beach, and operates patrols throughout the Surf Lifesaving season from November to March. The SLSC has a ready response call out squad which is available off season and outside usual patrol hours to attend emergency events.
The WSLS Club has approximately 300 members including 80 lifeguards all of whom are volunteers and dedicate thousands of hours each year towards maintaining a safe beach environment. The WSLS Club also responds to calls to assist fishermen and vessels in distress in the Surf zone and Ohiwa and Whakatane Bars. The Club this season assisted in a Mayday call for fishermen and a boat in distress in the surf zone off Ohope Beach.
We rely on financial support from Community Trusts, The Whakatane District Council, Service groups, Company sponsorships and individuals. We do not directly receive any financial support from Government.
The ongoing operation and maintenance of the Whakatane SLSC requires considerable financial resources. The purchase of rescue equipment including IRB boats, vehicle trailers, all-terrain vehicles, radio equipment, first aid equipment including defibrillators is expensive and due to the harsh marine environment requires regular replacement.
Rapid response by Lifeguards is necessary when it is considered that beachgoers/swimmers in difficulty can drown within seconds.
Surf Lifesaver technology has altered dramatically since the day of reel and line. IRB boats are now essential and recent developments in rescue equipment have led to the use of drone technology, aerial deployment of buoyancy aids and rescue water craft (RWC-jet skis) as rescue vehicles.
The Whakatane Surf LifeSaving Club intends to apply any proceeds received from the Hamerton’s Whakatane Charity Fishing Tournament towards the purchase of rescue vehicles, a replacement all-terrain vehicle and first aid equipment.
We thank you for your generous support.
The President and Committee
Whakatane Surf Life Saving Club