They may have got off to a soggy start to the week but with a hot, dry summer predicted, Mount Maunganui's paid lifeguards are gearing up for a busy season.
"Last year it was rather quiet with the weather, and Rena. This year we anticipate it'll be busy," said head lifeguard James Roy.
In his ninth year as a lifeguard, Mr Roy said the safety messages remained the same - swim between the flags, don't swim on your own, watch children closely and stay sun-smart.
Eight paid lifeguards have been appointed to patrol Mount Maunganui beach this summer. All are local university students except Stevie Gregory, 21, who's come from Cornwall, England.
Having just graduated in physiotherapy, Mr Gregory said he would work the summer here, then the summer at home, before getting "a real job".
A lifeguard for six years, he is following in the footsteps of a friend who did the same thing a while ago. "I've been meaning to do it ever since. As soon as university was done I was free."
He thought it would be "a bit different" to the highly populated beach he patrolled. "There are 1200 people in the water at peak times."
His home club also had a jetski and two boats, a 5km-long beach with more unpredictable surf and softer sand.
"The sand is a bit sharp, but my feet are getting used to it." Julia Proverbs