News and Media July

Out on the water in June

June is historically a slower month out on the water and this year was no exception.
Only four call outs this month with one being urgent. This was related to a group of kayakers on rocks with conditions described as ugly.  5 People in 4 kayaks were assisted by our team.
The remaining call outs were of a general nature, with all being towed back to safety to either Whitianga or Kuoatunu.
 
However, as per usual, behind the scenes work continues unabated with over 100 hours of training completed, ongoing planning for the scallop festival weekend, planning for the Tuia 250 celebrations, shed extension workings continue, updating the software for our VHF digital platform to name but a few of the activities that we are working on.

A reminder that your Coastguard Whitianga Membership will be due again on 1st October.   

You will receive notification either by post or by email shortly.
With Coastguard NZ now competing for members, people have the option to join either their local unit (where ever that maybe) or the Coastguard NZ National membership scheme.
Membership of either scheme provides free assistance to the member no matter where they are when they require assistance on the water.
The main difference in buying membership with your local coastguard Unit is that all the funds you pay go direct to the unit.  If you decide to join the National scheme, your unit, if nominated,  will only receive a small percentage of your membership subscriptions.
If you have any questions about membership, do not hesitate to contact us
 

Our cadets have been progressing extremely well and will soon be completing their In Water Survival and First Aid certificates and assessments.  Then its final Day Skipper exams and presentation day.   You can see some of the pictures of the cadets in action on our Facebook page.

Whitianga Coastguard has its
Annual General Meeting at 11.00 am on the 31st August 2019 in the Coastguard shed at Dundas Street.
All members are welcome to attend.

Safe and Happy Boating
Stuart Brown
President
Whitianga Coastguard