The Junior Surf Programme is an integral part of surf club activity. It is designed to enrich the lives of our young members through engaging activities and active participation, leading to the acquisition of personal, life saving and competition skills, in a safe aquatic environment. Children between 7-13 years participate in organised activity that ensures they are educated in surf safety as well as confident to undertake training for their Surf Lifeguard Award at age 14.
The aims of the Junior Surf Programme include;
1.To learn the skills required to gain the Surf Lifeguard Award.
2.To provide the best possible life saving experience for all juniors with the view to encouraging long-term active participation.
3. To provide opportunities for juniors to actively participate in and enjoy life saving and competition in an aquatic environment.
4. To ensure our junior members are safe on new Zealand's beaches through building knowledge and experiences in the Junior Surf programme.
5. To develop a team based philosophy encompassing leadership, camaraderie, teamwork and fun.
6. To promote social, emotional and physical growth and development in a healthy and safe environment.
Northern Region clubs conduct their Junior Surf activities between the months of October and March. Members can participate in Inter-club, Regional and National Competitions. Junior Surf is designed to provide an educational experience in a wide range of subjects and skills within the aquatic/marine environment. The programme also aids in the preparation of junior members for eventual transition into the lifeguarding and sporting aspects of our organisation.
Information on the updated Junior Surf Programme can now be found here.