Rodney Times : January 11th 2011
5 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 11, 2011 NEWS • Fences • Retaining • Landscaping • Decks • Fences • Retaining • Landscaping • Decks Schiska Rd, Topuni, SH 1, 10 Min North of Wellsford. Fax: 09 431 2856 Email: email@example.com. Mon-Fri 7am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 12pm for the upsize to our 1.8m That's less than the price of our BIG JOBS No. 1s! PREMIUM POST WE DELIVER Ph: 09 431 2855 Phone, fax, email or come into the mill Quality Products - Friendly Advice - Great Service Posts • Strainers • Battens • Wire • Gates Poles • Timber • Plywood • Hardware g Strong Beautiful d 8.50 $ + gst only WHILE STOCKS LAST Coop Wools Wellsford based buyers of: • Wool • Dags • Oddments Ph: 0274 793 630 a/h 09 423 8433 3339638AA Friendly Family Dentistry Whangaparaoa Dental Centre Peter Rowell BDS Raymond Joe BDS Rishay Naidoo BDS The Plaza, Whangaparaoa Phone/Fax: 424 5294 2698442AA PHONE LESLEY 09 424 2210 For a FREE MEASURE & QUOTE WINDOW DÉCOR LTD RODNEY Mobile "In-your-home" service 20 years in interior design More samples than the average store Special Pensioners discount BLINDS & CURTAINS Purchasing Beautiful UP TO 40% OFF VENETIANS / VERTICALS WOODENS AT FACTORY PRICES FREE CURTAIN MAKING (OVER $30m) couldn't be easier 3393755AA 3d Moana Avenue, Orewa Open7days •PH094263258 Summer Picnic Deal Buy 2 Tear `n Shares Te ear n Shares for only $10 .00 T XAvailable in cheese & bacon and garlic cheese & chives XBaked fresh in-store daily You ll Get More At Brumby s Serving suggestion only. Not in conjunction with any other offer. 3362514AE Boaties need to watch for divers Buddy system: Divers should pair up and scuba divers need to have a flag to indicate where they are to boaties. Photos: TONY and JENNY ENDERBY Snorkel safely: Wear a wetsuit for comfort and buoyancy, and ensure you have the right gear. The death of a snorkeller at the Leigh Marine Reserve at Goat Island and a scuba diver with suspected decompression sickness the same day has brought safety issues there under scrutiny. Glass Bottom Boat operator Ivan Blackwell agrees safety improve- ments are needed but he says they should be geared to prevent divers being hit by boats rather than just targeting swimmers and snorkel- lers. About 350,000 people visit the reserve annually, and Mr Blackwell can recall only three drownings in the 13 years he's been operating. A lifeguard isn't necessary, nor are a defibrillator and oxygen station, he says. They can be dangerous if you don't know how to use them prop- erly.'' Emergency gear kept by the Leigh Fire Brigade is only five to 10 minutes away, so it makes more sense to educate swimmers and snorkellers about keeping safe, Mr Blackwell says. People don't have enough respect for the sea. They may not be strong swimmers but hire gear and go out alone in choppy water. They may get tired and cold, or get cramp. They think they're bullet proof,'' he says. The Glass Bottom Boat, which is at the beach most days, picks up about 12 people needing help each summer from the water or the island, he says. Generally, it's just people who are cold and tired. But we occasion- ally get someone who has climbed onto the outer side of the island after getting tired trying to swim around it. There's almost always a swell out there. While the inner side of the island is sandstone, out there its greywacke with barnacles. They'll be out there with bleeding hands and we'll come in and pick them up.'' Simply encouraging people to bring or hire a wetsuit for buoyancy and warmth, and to swim with a buddy rather than alone, would solve most problems, Mr Blackwell says. The risk of scuba divers being hit by boats in the reserve is a more serious issue, he says. Because they're very aware of snorkellers and divers, the Glass Bottom Boat travels slowly and keeps a close lookout for them. Other boats coming into the res- erve may not be used to negotiating the same space and are often mov- ing too fast, he says. While snorkellers are relatively easily seen because they are only under water for a few moments, scuba divers are more at risk -- par- ticularly when they surface. The problem is exacerbated by divers often not using dive flags to indicate where they are under waters. Regular divers to the reserve Tony and Jenny Enderby of Leigh say one of the best precautions when snorkelling or scuba diving is to go in buddy pairs to keep an eye on each other. A wetsuit provides protection from the sun and cold water while adding buoyancy, so is a must if crossing the channel to the island or for long swims.. Inexperienced snorkellers should go with an experienced person and learn safety basics first. Weather and sea conditions need to be considered. If you have doubts then it's prob- ably better to wait another day.''
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