November 2014 Patrol ReportPosted by MidwayAdmin on Sunday, 30 November 2014
The first day of November saw Midway Club members partake in the annual clubhouse clean up. It was fantastic to see everyone get stuck in and clean up around the Club ready for our summer season. Once the work was completed it was time for the MIDWAY NIPPER FUN DAY. And what a Fun Day it was! At 2.30pm the first seasonal Patrol was set up and hundreds upon hundreds of young-lifeguards-to-be took over the beach for three hours of fun and surf skills. Thankfully the weather turned it on, with parents, children and lifeguards alike making the most of freshly cleaned beach and club.
Sunday morning brought along the first official day of nippers. With around 300 nippers and parents over the beach, a patrol was set up nice an early for the coming masses. The weather held out for us to make sure the first nipper session was a success among the wind and waves. And what a sight it was to see so many in the Yellow Lifeguard shirts or Red Nipper Crew singlet's getting in and helping out with the safety and coaching of the enthusiastic nippers!
The first official weekend of patrols brought was some mixed weather. TAHI patrol on Saturday afternoon had to deal with strong winds and cold water! Of course it was a quiet patrol with such conditions. What a way to welcome in the new patrol season!
Sunday morning broke in with gorgeous sunshine, very small waves and a low tide. Perfect for nippers. Once again hundreds of nippers swarmed the beach and made the most of the conditions. RUA patrol made sure that everything was safe and smooth helping out the nippers in any way they could. Once again it was fantastic to see so many on the beach and in uniforms looking after our small slice of paradise.
Once nippers had ended, back came the wind and a cold sea breeze tearing up the beach. Meaning TORU patrol had to look out for a total of 23 people on the beach in the afternoon. Easy does it for the first weekend. We can't wait for the community arrive once it warms up a bit more.
Each of TAHI, RUA, and TORU patrols were put through their refreshers for the season, and this will continue patrol by patrol until we are all refreshed by 31st December.
Well it was only a matter of time before we had our first real horrible weekend of weather for patrols. The clouds are wind rolled in and made for rather unpleasant conditions for all three patrols teams on for this weekend. The numbers on the beach confirmed this. Apart from Nippers on Sunday morning there was a maximum of fourteen public down at Midway Beach at any one time! This did not deter patrol teams WHA, RIMA and ONO however, from getting down in large numbers to look out for our keen beach goers.
After last weekend it was a real relief to have such a glorious weekend upon us! The sun came out, the wind stayed NW and light, which can only mean a grand weekend for Beach goers. With 11 lifeguards posted on each or WHITU, WARU and TAHI patrol teams the masses that came down to enjoy Midway were well looked after. Clean small 1m waves also meant that there was plenty of board and IRB training going on next to our patrol flags. TAHI patrol even got their hands dirty to take care of the first aid incident of the patrol season. Good Work guys!
We now have well over half of our lifeguards refreshed for their Surf Lifeguard Award, with the rest to be completed over the coming two weekends.
Every patrol now has had their first scheduled patrol, so we are well into the season now, we look forward to seeing more and more people come enjoy Midway beach as the Summer weather warms up and the sea becomes ever more inviting.