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 IRB Exam - Sunday 25th March 2007

Joel Oxborrow, Chris Palmer, Eden Palmer & Andrew De Vine (Omaha) being put through their paces on a messy surf day so they can gain their IRB qualification.  Conditions were testing to say the least, and everyone did a fantastic job, with all IRB's staying upright in the surf.

As we all know, Rod formally departed from the surfclub this season to take up new job prospects in Whakatane. A few of the guards turned out to farewell Rod with a quiet beverage and the presentation of a thank you for your many years of hard work gift.

Rod has been a foundation of the surfclub for many years, and has undertaken many of the admin duties which take up a lot of time, and often go unrecognised. Rod has done all of this without being asked, and without complaint, which has meant that we, as lifeguards, have been able to provide the service we love, being lifeguards on our beach. Running a volunteer organisation like ours is not easy but Rod makes it seem so with his carefree laid back attitude.

We will greatly miss Rod's input into the club, and his experience on the beach. Rod has run effective patrols on the beach for many years, helping contribute to the regional mission of "being committed to the prevention of drowning and injury in the aquatic environment through the provision of lifeguarding, water safety and education services." He has done with whilst also managing to train new lifeguards, and motivate and upskill his existing lifeguards which has given our club a much stronger position this season than we have ever been in the past.

Thanks again Rod for all of your hard work, we hope to see you back on occasion next season, and will always keep a beer cold for you for when you do return to take up your duties again.


(thanks also go out to Jenny Brown and her team for organising Rod's farewell gift, Lana for providing the photos and to Matt for organising the crate to keep the farewell party going!!)


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