|Junior Surf is the name we give to our junior lifeguard training programmes for children between 7 and 13 years.
The Club is delighted to announce that after many years of running Junior Surf with complete reliance on parental help, the Club is taking a step into the future with a new format and a new way of doing things.
There will be (aside from the Rookies), three groups of Nippers. They will be:-
Please note that we do not take children under the age of 7. In order to be eligible, they must be 7 years old as at 1 October 2017.
We are appointing a Junior Surf Coordinator and three Coaches, all of whom will be qualified Lifeguards. They will run the Junior Surf Programme under the control and direction of the Junior Surf Club Captain.
The Carnival date this season is to be confirmed.
The Junior Surf Programme will start on Wednesday, 27 December 2017 and run daily Monday – Friday, through until Friday, 5 January 2018.
After the Carnival, it will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at least for one further week and, depending on interest, for another week after that if required.
Proudly supported by
Trust Waikato Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club Inc.
We have extended the hours for the children:-
- 7 and 8 year olds.
- 9 and 10 year olds.
- 11 and 12 year olds.
- Rookie Guards 13 year olds.
Parental involvement will still be required to ensure that there are sufficient numbers available to get the children into the water. We are looking to increase the children’s knowledge of the 10 central disciplines in surf as well as entertainment with games around those disciplines.
In addition, the Coaches will all have Junior Surf Handbooks which have been developed by a Senior Life Guard to teach the children how to do certain things in the water and on land and explain why they do it this way. This is a completely new format and a new direction we are taking. We will still be looking for parents who have undertaken surf coaching to assist the Life Guards in charge of the groups because inevitably the groups that will be taken will be larger than previous years. The Executive Committee believes that this step into the more professional type of coaching is the right direction for the Club and for the children. We look forward to seeing you on the beach at Christmas 2017.
The program is customised to suit the age groups of the participants. A typical nipper program will include the following aspects
- 7 and 8 year olds will attend from 10.00 am – 11.30 am.
- The other two groups (9 and 10 year olds and 11 and 12 year olds) from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm.
The Junior Surf programme relies heavily on parent support to ensure that the safety of the children is maintained. Parents can be asked to do anything on the beach – from setting up the arenas to being an official. All necessary training is provided on the day, or for the more committed the Trust Waikato Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club will pay course cost for parents or other caregivers to attend Surf Lifesaving New Zealand-run training coaching courses.
The Junior Surf programme is overseen by a team of keen and dedicated members forming the Junior Surf committee. It is the committee’s responsibility to ensure that the programme is providing for every need of the participants, making decisions on how the season is going to run, working with the patrolling lifeguards to ensure that the programme is running in a safe and responsible manner during the time on the beach. The committee also co-ordinates the annual Junior Surf competition against some of the other local surf clubs in the area. The junior surf committee reports back into the general club executive team.
- Beach flags
- Beach relays/sprints
- Water activities – including basic water safety for the younger members leading on to basic boogie board use and techinques