Body-boarders Amelia Loudon (11, left) and Ella Wilson (10), both of Andersons Bay, played safely in the surf yesterday under the watchful eyes of lifeguards at Tomahawk Beach.
The plan to have lifeguards on duty at the beach from noon on Saturday was postponed until yesterday because of wild surf conditions.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand club support officer Otago-Southland Maddy Crawford said the decision to call off the patrol was made because of the danger posed by high waves and there were likely to be very few swimmers at the beach.
Because the Tomahawk patrol was not based at a clubhouse, it made sense to delay the patrol until yesterday, she said.
All other lifeguard patrols in and around Dunedin ran as normal.
Patrols were returning to Tomahawk Beach because it was becoming increasingly popular with swimmers and beach-goers.