I met two lovely surf lifeguards last week, Hannah and Alesha. They were patrolling Bethells Beach (my local beach) while I was walking my dog and building sandcastles with my toddler. Hannah and Alesha are paid surf life savers, so they patrol during the week (where volunteers cover the weekends), and they rotate to different beaches around Auckland throughout the summer. Like a lot of the paid guards, it's their summer job while they're on holiday from university, where Hannah is studying geology and Alesha is studying surveying. It was really lovely to chat with such friendly surf life savers, since they play such a vital role in keeping our beaches safe over summer. Check out the Surf Life Saving New Zealand website for more info on the awesome work that they do.