Surf Life Saving Season Extended For Hot Weather

Published: 28-May-2018

With forecasts showing the hottest days of summer are just around the corner, the Waimakariri District Council has extended the Surf Life Saving season for another three days at Waikuku Beach. Today, tomorrow and Wednesday are all expected to top 30 degrees, and this could see heavy demand placed on the district’s beaches.

Surf Life Saving at Woodend, Waikuku and Pegasus Beaches traditionally finishes with the end of school holidays, which was last Friday.

However with scorching temperatures on the way, Chris Brown from the Council’s Greenspace Team, said they wanted to be proactive and help ensure swimmer safety by contracting Surf Life Saving back to monitor Waikuku beach over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

“We’d encourage residents wanting to escape the heat and take a dip in the ocean use Waikuku beach and swim between the flags.”

Chris said that the Surf Life Saving hours on those days would also be extended later into the evening, from 11am until 7pm, to allow for residents making the trip to the beach after work.

After these dates, Waimakariri Aquatic Facilities will continue to provide swimmers with a safe alternative to the beach, with the Oxford Outdoor Pool and Waikuku Paddling Pool expected to be open until early March.