Life's a beach for Daniel Short.
The 18-year-old got hooked on surf lifesaving when he took part in the City Nippers programme at the age of 7.
Now he is a fully-fledged lifeguard coping with up to 600 people on the beach during Mairangi Bay's busiest times.
Daniel thrives on the club atmosphere and has made friends all around surf lifesaving's Northern Region.
"Everyone is mates. It's a dream job, you get to work down at the beach," he says.
It has been a quiet season at Mairangi Bay, with no-one needing rescuing.
The lifeguards have helped with a couple of first aid incidents, such as people tripping on the rocks or rolling their ankles.
Daniel says surf lifesaving is all about keeping people safe.
"Our number one goal is to make sure they don't get into danger."
Fellow lifeguard Duncan Buchanan, 21, from Beach Haven, says lifeguards at North Shore beaches have exactly the same training and skills as those at western beaches like Piha.
"Conditions might be different, but there are the same dangers."
He says not only does surf lifesaving benefit beachgoers, but the lifeguards themselves.
"It's an opportunity for young people to get involved in something as well, to give back to the local community."
Surf Life Saving's Summer Appeal is now on.
The appeal ends with a street collection tomorrow.
Go to lifesaving.org.nz to make a donation.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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