For some, summer is all about relaxation, but for lifeguards across the country this is the busiest time of the year.
So busy that sometimes a day on patrol means saving 27 people in 10 minutes.
That's what happened on Sumner beach in December - and the Surf Lifesaving crew there have won an award for their efforts.
Kate Suter is part of the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club.
She speaks to Corin Dann.