The awards of Excellence evening tomorrow will cap a surf life saving season that was busy, despite poor weather and fewer rescues.
The Surf Life Saving Northern Region Awards of Excellence will recognise the outstanding efforts of those members who have excelled in their chosen areas of expertise including lifesaving, sport and administration during the past summer.
The Northern Region covers the 17 surf clubs from Ninety Mile Beach down to Raglan and up to 400 people will attend the awards.
The season runs from Labour weekend to Easter weekend.
While there were fewer rescues, that could be put down to prevention as well as fewer people in the water, SLSNR spokeswoman Madeline White says.
The weather conditions weren't perfect during the summer holidays and she says that was one of the main reasons for the lower number.
But the high number of preventative actions meant lifeguards were active and ensuring public safety throughout the season.
Wenderholm was patrolled for the first time this season through the Christmas and New Year holidays.
It proved to be a very popular beach and the lifeguards called for ambulance backup on three occasions.
Clubs in line for honours in tomorrow's awards include Mangawhai Heads, Omaha, Orewa, Red Beach, Muriwai Beach and Bethells Beach.
And Red Beach and Muriwai are among the finalists for Club of the Year – an award Red Beach won last year.
The Awards of Excellence will be held at the Ellerslie Event Centre tomorrow from 7pm. No more tickets are available.
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