About the club
Waiheke Surf Club started in March 2019 so Waiheke Island’s tamariki could meet at the beach to improve their swimming and water skills and take part in team sports. We went from zero to 120 junior members in our first year. Our club’s senior members are in their teens and the juniors can start as young as five.
But aren’t Waiheke beaches safe? Why do we need a surf club?
Yes, we are fortunate to have such a great choice of safe swimming beaches on Waiheke Island and we generally don’t have dangerous rips or challenging surf conditions. Our club’s activities are more about growing confidence in the water, having fun, learning sea skills, taking part in team events, and keeping fit and active.
A surf club on the island has been a dream for Waihekeans for a long time. And now we have Waiheke High School student Ruby Wilson to thank for getting the club running in 2019.
Ruby’s dream was to have a safe place for Waiheke’s young people to become more confident in and on the water; a club for learning about safety, team sports, first aid and rescue drills.
Ruby enlisted the help of her school friends and parents and originally approached Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Patrol for advice on setting up the club. A committee was formed and the dream of having a surf club became a reality.
How much does it cost?
Club subscription differs for the Junior and Senior programmes. This fee allows us to purchase surf lifesaving equipment and run events.
Make a donation
Of course, there are costs to any sport, and we have registration fees, uniforms, transport, insurance, and equipment. Like any other club we raise money through sausage sizzles and raffles, but we would also be grateful for any donations. If you would like to help financially, our bank details are 12-3057-0016381-000. Any donation is very gratefully received – thank you!
Chair: Sophie Blackburn
Treasurer: Nathan Musson
Secretary: Anna Stuart
Committee members: Richard Klipin, Abby Kurtini, Larissa Ragan, Adele Weston, Jason Holding
Head Coaches: Adele Weston, Jason Holding
Our Awesome Sponsors
We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Waiheke which helped with the costs of setting up the club.
We have a wish list of equipment we would like to buy and would love to hear from potential sponsors.
Have you been a lifeguard?
We reckon there must be a few people in our wonderful island’s community who were surf lifeguards when they were growing up, too. If you would like to help train the next generation of life guards we’d love to hear from you!