Jan. 15, 2020, 5:18 p.m.
The beauty of the Far North beaches is no secret, but calls for more education around water safety have been heard to prevent water related deaths across the region.
Waipu Surf Live Saving Club brought their water safety tour northwards to raise awareness of the hidden dangers at our local beach spots and club captain Kath Manning said the high use of the beaches in the Far North was enough of a draw card to bring them north.
“It’s a hugely populated area here in the Far North. These beaches are some of the most favourite destinations in Northland so it’s important for us to be here.
A Surf Life Saving Club in the Far North would be great, but it takes a lot of help and work to get off the ground”, said Manning.
Due to drownings at some of these hot spots, Doubtless Bay local Pat Millar established Operation Floatation where floatation devices were permanently housed at popular swimming spots. Ms Millar said there were far too many preventable drowning in the Far North and this was just one way to help prevent that happening.
“We’ve had multiple deaths here in Doubtless Bay and the wider Far North and many of these were preventable. It was just an idea I discussed with friends and we managed to raise the funds to get it off the ground”, said Ms Millar.