Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club
Formed in 1935 Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club has been patrolling and saving lives ever since. A family friendly surf club set on one of New Zealands most beautiful beaches, our volunteer lifeguards ensure visitors to this stunningly beautiful west coast beach can swim, surf and play safely. Our club is made up of a diverse group of lifeguards with countless hours of combined experience. From local Karekare based members to families that have three generations of lifeguards actively patrolling, old hands through to recently qualified lifeguards, rookies, juniors and patrol supporters from all over Auckland- our members are all “In it for Life” contribute to making our beach safe and who make patrolling as a volunteer lifeguard a fun and satisfying activity to be involved with. We are always keen to welcome new members and hope you will consider joining our awesome club where we have been “keeping it real since 1935.” See you at the beach and remember- always swim between the flags!
In 2004 we started looking at how we could update our facility and have now embarked on a project to completely replace the current building. The resource consent process took a total of six years and involved an immense amount of consultation, planning and meetings. Through this process the club has the full knowledge that we have all the necessary approvals to commence the project and the complete support of the local and wider community, Tangata Whenua, council, politicians and local funders. The building is the most modest of the new facilities planned by the Auckland lifesaving clubs and has the smallest overall footprint of 522m2. This is being built on the clubs own freehold land. We have a team of professionals supporting us with design work and Project Management and a great team of volunteers from the club and community to make the project happen. The club has secured Council funding along with substantial grants from Lotteries, the Waitakere and Portage Licensing Trusts - who are long term supporters of the club, Foundation North, the Grassroots Trust and NZCT. In developing the project, we have been respectful of the site and in not over-building the facility and have sort to create an attractive albeit utilitarian facility with multiple uses that can be served from within the lifesaving footprint and will also be available to other community and local groups. We currently have all the resource and building consents and are in the final stages of fundraising with a start date of early 2020.
**$20 additional for Sport Carnival Competition (can you add this in below as a subscript that applies to all)
To join Karekare surf club go to www.surflifesaving.org.nz. Press join a club and scroll down for Karekare. Fill in all your personal details and then an invite will be sent to the Karekare Administrator to accept your membership into the club. All members under the age of 14 need to register an adult/guardian at the same time however there is no additional cost.