Whanganui lifeguards will find it easier to keep an eye on swimmers next summer thanks to a donation from Hunting and Fishing owner Clint Skedgwell.

Two pairs of binoculars with high magnification were donated for use by Castlecliff and Mowhanau beach patrols in summer.

Mr Skedgwell said Wanganui Surf Club member Jamie Newell was a regular customer and they had discussed the lack of binoculars at the surf clubs.

"I'm happy to donate to such a good cause," he said. "They could help save lives."

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Wanganui Surf Club promotions officer Melanie Miller said five new surf lifesavers qualified last summer and will be helping to patrol the beaches when lifeguard duties resume later this year.