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Between the Flags: Waihi Beach Surf Life Saving Club reveals how much it really costs to save lives

Posted by SLS Media on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Sometimes saving a life isn't the most challenging part of the job for Surf Life Saving - it's keeping the guards on the beach in the first place. Few people would think about the actual running costs when they see lifeguards on patrol in their yellow and red uniforms, standing between the flags and rushing to rescue someone in IRB's with sponsors' logos on them.

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Freddie, 12, saves people from rip at Mount beach

Posted by SLS Media on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Freddie Mitchell is too young to be an official lifeguard - but he has already saved lives from the water. The Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service junior oceans school athlete celebrated his 12th birthday on Friday.

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Between the flags: How to spot a deadly rip and what to do if you are caught in one

Posted by SLS Media on Monday, December 30, 2019

Swimmers caught in rip currents are the reason for 80 per cent of Surf Life Saving NZ's rescues. A patch of calm water in between choppy waves may look like an inviting spot to swim, but it's probably the most dangerous thing you'll encounter at the beach: a rip.

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Between the flags: Lifeguard Jimmy Kendrick saved three lives in one rescue

Posted by SLS Media on Sunday, December 29, 2019

As off-duty lifeguard Jimmy Kendrick swam out towards a struggling swimmer, he could see that the man was starting to drown.

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Between the Flags: Too many Kiwi blokes make bad decisions in the water

Posted by SLS Media on Sunday, December 29, 2019

There's something in our kiwi psyche that makes us rush in and help when someone is in trouble, usually without giving a second thought to our own safety. But when it comes to beach rescues, this heroic action sadly ends in tragedy for the rescuer far too often.

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