BP and SLSNZ launched a competition earlier this year for submissions on why our Surf Life Saving Club would need a new IRB. Wainui Surf Life Saving Club made it though the initial rounds and is now 1 of 4 clubs around New Zealand in the running for a new IRB package worth $25,000.
In 2016, Wainui suffered a devastating blow to their IRB equipment. Vandals broke into their IRB shed and stole two of their engines while severally damaging a third beyond repair. With insurance only covering the cost of one engine, the club has since struggled to get enough IRBs to patrol their large chunk of coastline. Since then, the club has been working to re-build their IRB equipment, so they can safely patrol the Gisborne coastline, respond to after-hours rescues, and provide their community with the essential service it deserves. Wainui Beach is battered by large and constant swells, making it vital that all their response equipment is in good working order so they can continue to save lives.
Stats from our 2017/18 season:
- 914 hours spent patrolling the beach
- 118 preventative actions taken
- 13 assisted to safety
- 2 rescues
- Wainui Surf Life Saving Club patrols 4km of beach coastline and care for a community of 650+ homes
- They provide emergency cover from Wainui Beach to Tologa Bay (approx 47km) and recently became part of the new Gisborne Tairāwhiti Emergency Call Out Squad who can provide services 365 days of the year
- IRBs are one of the club’s biggest assets
- Rhythm and Vines brings thousands to the area during New Years, testing their lifeguarding capacity and equipment
- 26,631 people visited Wainui beach during December and January last summer
- In 10 years, they have participated in 55 rescues and completed 18,593 patrol hours
Make your vote count, support Wainui Surf Life Saving Club and vote the boat;