Sound on tape
""We were among twenty teams, all wearing our glamour suits for this event, as we marched up the beach together." Before the parade there were rehearsals with rope carriage, simulated rescue missions, and resuscitations, going through all the motions of practice. Then came the big event when the teams were in competition, each excited with the ambition and hope of winning, the judges noting every point in favor or against. A sporting day at the beach among the contestants and the spectators. "We didn't win but we were there as a team" is a sporting conclusion" PSA Journal, Nov. 1959, 47.
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington - 2005.2836
"00:08:34 Title ‘Sentinels of the Surf’, ‘Produced by Lindsay McLeod’. Waves in ocean. Steam train passes through station. Scenes at Surf Lifesaving Championships, [St Clair beach]. Two young women look at programme. Team of girls march along beach. Steam train passes, stops at station, lets off clouds of steam. Crowds at beach. Surf life saving teams march up beach, stand to attention. Two young women walk along. Surf life saving competitions, surf life saving boats compete. Pipe band. St Kilda team member feeds rope. Young woman looks at program, spectators watch from behind rails. Surf ski competitions. Swimming competition. Running competitions along beach. Two men on pole trying to knock each other off with pillows, watched by crowds. Teams march along beach with flags." Via Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.