"We don't want people getting sick at our beach."
People should avoid swimming for at least two days following downpours.
Border closures are expected to lead to a surge in Kiwis hitting the water.
Surf Lifesaving National Search and Rescue manager, Allan Mundy, joined The AM Show.
But it's being compared well to the weekend's road toll.
Life-saving clubs across the country are in dire need of renovations they can't afford.