Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service provides unique mix of volunteer surf lifeguards and surf sports athletes. It started in 1929 with a few young adventurers, some wooden planks and a surf reel and line rescue…. for more than 75 years the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service has been a loyal part of the Tauranga City Community. Initially, as the Mount Maunganui members of the Royal Life Saving Service, the association of volunteers patrolled the ocean beaches over the peak holiday periods. They operated from a prefab hut, appropriated from the east coast railway, close to the site that the Lifeguard Service occupies today. When a veranda was added to the hut it became the control centre for rescue patrols and adventures in early wooden surfboard building. The wreck of the fishing launch ‘Ranui’ in the harbour entrance 28th December 1950, resulted in the loss of 22 lives. This created the rationale to expand the Surf Lifesaving Service. The dedication of club members in assisting in the grim task of body recovery was international news that cemented the partnership between the ?club? and the professional civic services of the Tauranga City.