Reminding ourselves of the best things about SummerTuesday, 18 January 2022
Luke Smith has been involved in surf life saving since he was four. Christchurch-based Smith is now the Southern Region Sport Manager for Surf Life Saving New Zealand and a volunteer surf lifeguard at Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club. He spoke to Stuff.co.nz to let them know his favourite things about summer.
What do you love about summer?
Summer for me revolves around the water. We’re lucky to have such magnificent beaches in NZ.
Your favourite summer activities:
I enjoy surfing at Taylors, or wherever there are waves.
How should we keep safe at the beach this summer?
My advice is to always chose a lifeguarded beach, swim between the red and yellow flags and know your limits - too many people get into trouble in the water because they overestimate their abilities and under-estimate the conditions.
When you’re at the beach, come and have a chat with the lifeguards. We love interacting with our local communities and answering any questions about water conditions or how to stay safe.