Patrol Captains

Patrol Captains

Waimarama Patrol Captain

John Sanko

I have been involved with the Waimārama since 2010. We joined up with the Junior Surf program with our two children Logan and Bianca with the objective of them learning about the beach and surf given that we are a Island Nation surrounded by sea. From there, I became more involved and qualified as Lifeguard with lots of encouragement from Club Members. I then went on to attain further awards. Since then both Logan and Bianca have qualified as lifeguards in their own right.

I love giving back to the club that provides such a valuable community service and provides such an excellent environment for our young members to grow and develop with both surf and life skills

Waimarama Patrol Captain

Greer Whiting

I have been involved with Waimārama Surf Life Saving Club since 2008 when I was 11 years old. I am in my final year at university, finishing my Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Ecology. I have loved spending every summer at my grandparents holiday home on Harper Rd. Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed competing in all areas of surf although now I mainly focus on IRBs and canoes. I recently became a Patrol Captain at the beginning of the 16/17 season and look forward to the patrolling seasons to come!

Waimarama Patrol Captain

Phil Harman

A few years (maybe decades) of experience as a Patrol Captain.  A few decades of experience as a senior lifeguard.  Surf lifesaving Instructor, Examiner, IRB Instructor, IRB Examiner, HB area IRB Chief Examiner. HB Surf lifesaving Search & Rescue Co-ordinator, Patrol Captain training facilitator, Instructor training facilitator. Long term member of the Hawkes Bay Area Lifeguarding Advisory Committee. Holds current Pre Hospital Emergency certificate and pain relief care.  Has the best patrol crew in the club!!

Waimarama Patrol Captain

Ben Morgan

I’m a second year university student and have been a lifeguard for 6 years at Waimārama Surf Lifesaving Club. I joined the club in the summer of 2011, and quickly became involved with many different aspects of what we do at Waimārama. I remember being quickly inducted into one of the canoe teams, a sport that I still take part in today with much more success than I ever expected. Going into this season I have one previous season as Patrol captain under my belt, building and nurturing a positive team environment was a particularly enjoyable experience that I look forward to doing again. I’ve completed many of the courses, programmes and camps that the Surf Lifesaving community offers examples being the IRB drivers course, First aid courses and trips to The Mount and Ohope for Nationals, with experience as a Regional Guard at both a Senior and Patrol Captain level as well.

Reflecting on my years as a lifeguard I believe I’ve managed to build friendships that will last a lifetime and have memories that will stick around for ever, with these years being counted amongst the best of my life.


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