Welcome to our December newsletter. Thanks to all those who have already paid their club subscriptions. Information for those who are yet to do so can be found on the Join the Club page on our website.

Families, patrol teams & crews from our senior & junior club membership have been split into four tribes as the bid to win the tribal war continues! Follow the fun as the tribes battle it out against each other at our monthly tribal days! 

Head to the
Titahi Bay Tribe page on our website to find your tribe!

Tribal Day #2 - Sunday 17 December!

Recent Events

DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge | After three highly competitive tests, the New Zealand Black Fins finished in second place closely behind the Australian team with a great performance. A grueling 48 event programme in the heat of Mount Maunganui was contested in each of the three tests & every day was a battle between the nations to inch their way up the points board. Check out Surf Life Saving New Zealand You Tube for drone footage of the team racing.

Marty McDowell was part of the Black Fins team & had some outstanding results in the Open Men's Ski Race, as well as the ski leg in team events.

Visit DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge for full results and points.
2017 National Lifeguard School Candidate - Darryn Stapleton | National Lifeguard School is a three day course which combines dynamic theory sessions with a number of intensive practical & scenario based activities. Only 19 lifeguards from around New Zealand are selected to attend the school each year & this year Titahi Bay clubbie DJ Stapleton was one of them.  

What did you enjoy about National Lifeguard School?  
"I was really thankful that I got the opportunity to attend the 2017 National Lifeguard School. It was off the hook & there were a few moments where I found myself peaking out! It's such a great course, the challenges that you have to do & overcome made it well worthwhile attending".

What has been your motivation to get to where you are now?  
"My motivation has always been to try to be the best I can be, whether in lifesaving or sport. I’ve always had a certain drive & desire to succeed. SLSNZ provides a range of courses & pathways which makes it easier for anyone to achieve things that they put their minds to".

What do you enjoy about surf lifesaving?  
"My love of surf lifesaving comes from days spent at the beach & in the water. Having great clubbies/public to interact &/or compete with is another part I enjoy a lot! Helping others is a big part of surf lifesaving so being able to interact with different social groups makes it that much more enjoyable and unique!"

Any advice you have for other surf lifeguards?
"My advice to other lifeguards, whether they are young or old, is that if you really enjoy surf lifesaving keep up all the great work you do & keep challenging yourself. In doing this you’ll reach new heights with your skills and confidence".
Blenders Eyewear is offering a massive 40% off their full range of sunglasses (plus free shipping) when you purchase via their website using the code SLSNZ40.

This code is valid until December 17, 2017 * cannot be used with any other offers.

Treat someone to some new sunnies this Christmas or even treat yourself! Offers this good don't come around too often! 

Junior Surf Zone

Thanks to everyone who attended the Maranui Carnival earlier this month - we had some great results & our green machines were out in force again!

Christmas Training Hours | please note there will no training for the Oceans group this Sunday.
  • Sunday 17 December - last Nipper session before Christmas. 
  • Tuesday 19 December - normal training (BYO fish and chips afterwards). 
  • Christmas and New Years - no training. 
  • Thursday 11 January - normal Oceans training resumes. 
  • Sunday 14 January - normal Nipper training resumes.
Central Region Junior Championships | Waimarama, Saturday 20 January. Entries for this event are now open, please let Lizzy, Lauren or Carl know by Friday 22 December if you wish to attend this event.

Junior Surf #3 | Riversdale, Saturday 4 February. This event will be run in conjunction with the Capital Coast Senior Championships. If you plan on staying in Riversdale for this competition we recommend that you look to book accommodation ASAP. You can get in touch with Tanya on 027 278 6208 or for accommodation options. 

Check out this link for all Capital Coast Junior Surf Carnivals and Events. Get in touch with our Junior Surf Coordinators with any questions.

Lifeguard Tower

New Lifeguards | congratulations to our newest lifeguards! Please welcome the following highly-skilled new lifeguards onto our patrol teams - Nathan, Anthony, Graham, Quan, Nick, Brett & Trinity! Thanks to all of our awesome instructors who made sure these guys were trained up & ready to patrol! 
Thank you to those who have already started patrolling at Titahi Bay (and Foxton Beach), as we now head towards the busiest time of the season. As always, if you cannot make one of your patrols, please ensure you find a replacement of similar skills & qualifications, i.e. an IRB Driver should swap with another IRB Driver, & advise your Patrol Captain. If you do not turn up to patrol, you put your team under additional pressure, particularly if it is busy. A Facebook Group has been set up to assist you in finding a replacement; please join if you haven't already.

Lifesaving Committee | welcome to Tayne McMahon, Chloe Crowe, and Eli Jones to the Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Committee. They are heavily involved in surf lifesaving at Titahi Bay & have been essential to our patrols and training our members. 

Capital Coast Communications Network | this network is now operational & we have received a Tait base radio terminal as well as four Tait handheld radio terminals; thank you to Surf Life Saving New Zealand. We have ordered a number of new waterproof cases which will arrive in January. The network will provide us with considerably greater radio coverage along the Porirua City coastline. A number of training opportunities will be provided, the first of which will be held at Titahi Bay SLSC at 6:00 pm on Friday 22 December. It would be great if as many of you could make it as possible, in particular Patrol Captains and Vice Patrol Captains.

IRB's | As we head towards the busiest time of the year, we would like to remind you of the use of the IRB. As we operate among other water users, we must ensure we operate responsibly, lead by example, & abide by the Greater Wellington Regional Council Navigation and Safety Bylaws. Furthermore, only qualified IRB Drivers (or trainee IRB Drivers under direct supervision) are permitted to operate the IRB. Also, please ensure the you have all the correct equipment in the IRB, you wear the PFDs & helmets that are provided, and you have a radio (in a waterproof case).

Patrol Roster | this has been sent out to all lifeguards. Thanks to all those who have attended their patrols so far. A revised version of the patrol roster will be released onto our website shortly & sent to all lifeguards again.

Lifesaving Development Weekend - Foxton Beach | Titahi Bay lifeguards Brett, Trinity, Chloe, Eli & Danika headed along to the first Foxton patrol to assist the club with their patrols. Foxton SLSC only have a small number of active lifeguards whom are supported each weekend by lifeguards from other Capital Coast clubs. Titahi Bay joined guards from Paekakariki & Otaki & had a great time. We caught up with newly-qualified lifeguard Brett to find out how the team went on the weekend:

Brett Richardson - "Induction was held by Daniel from Foxton SLSC followed by team introductions. There were about five of us 'just qualified' lifeguards. Hollie (PC, Paekakariki) put it to us....'where would you put the flags' so it was great to have supportive interaction right from the word go. Loaded IRB with the beach gear, drove the club 4x4 down and with guidance from our (VPC, Otaki), set up the beach.

It was a hot busy day at the beach. Head count in the water was 76 at one stage. Preventative actions included removing a dead bird from the beach, sending out a mobile patrol in the 4x4 to work out what a large group was doing up the beach and the most important (according to some)....ringing the council to come and un-block the women's public toilet! After patrol, some of the team adjourned to enjoy their own aquatic pleasures. Classic nachos for dinner. A bonus desert of chocolate ice cream was found in a deep dark corner of the freezer. 

Sunday's weather wasn't as hot and the wind & sea conditions were up. A pre patrol swim was informative as to preferred placement of the flags (100m further north from Saturday). Trent (Paekakariki) conducted an IRB training session. This seemed very successful according to the wide eyes and adrenaline fueled description of their outing! Masterful driving by Chloe. It was great to experience another beach other than our own and to learn new conditions and scenarios. I would recommend partaking in the next Foxton Patrol in March if you get the opportunity".

The next Lifesaving Development Weekend at Foxton will be held on Saturday 3 March and Sunday 4 March. Please let Nick or Georgia know if you wish to attend.

If you have any questions regarding surf lifesaving, please contact the relevant member of the Surf Life Saving Committee or your Patrol Captain to discuss.


All merchandise will be available for purchase at our upcoming Club Day (Sunday 17 December). Have a browse of what we've got on offer this season on the Uniform page on our website.

Sport Calendar

  • New Zealand Surf Boat Series: Round 2 (2 January) - Whangamata
  • New Zealand Surf Boat Series: Round 3 (13 January) - Fitzroy
  • Central Region Championships (13 January) - Fitzroy
  • Central Region Junior Championships (20 January) - Waimarama
  • Eastern Region Championships (26 - 28 January) - Mount Maunganui
Check out the 2017/2018 Titahi Bay SLSC Sport Calendar for all local, regional and national sports events this season.

In The Spotlight

This month we interviewed J'Adoube Elkington - he's our First Aid Officer, a Patrol Captain, Surf Lifeguard Award Instructor, Regional Guard, Beach Ed Instructor, competitor & always nice guy! You'll see him around the beach all summer working on the regional guard team.
Day Job: Student
Dream Job: Club Captain
Favourite NZ beach? Paekakariki
Favourite quote? “Look good, feel good, go good” - Brett Hamer
What got you started is SLS, how many years have you been involved? I wanted to learn how to swim and 6 years now
Surf Lifesaving highlight? 2015-16 Nationals
Something people might not know about you? I still can’t swim...
Looking forward to this season? Checking out as many NZ beaches as I can!

In General

Regional Guard | will be operating from the surf club over the summer so the club will be open from 11am to 6pm every day. If you use club gear, make sure it is washed and put away correctly.

Lost Property | please try your best to keep all of your belongings with you when at the club but if you do misplace something, a box of lost items can be found in the patrol room.

Working Bees | a big thanks to those who helped out installing the new bar fridge & gave the club a tidy up this month. A date for a January working bee will be confirmed shortly & any help will be greatly appreciated.

Club Cleanliness | the clubhouse has the tendency to get messy with lots of people using it regularly. Please do your bit to keep it tidy by putting your rubbish in the bins provided & cleaning up after yourself. We thank you in advance for your efforts.
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