Junior surf options 2022/23

Junior Surf Programme (JSP) Tuesday 27 December 2022 to Friday 13 January 2023, weekday mornings 10am - 12pm, for 6-14yr olds. This programme encourages kids to have fun and develop skills so they can stay safe on the beach and in the water. It is a pathway through to becoming a lifeguard, should they wish to do so. 

Rippers 28 January - 25 March 2023, Saturday morning 11am - 12.30pm, from 6yr+. 

Swimming ability

As a general guide

Delta squad 6 - 8 years need to be able to swim (any stroke) for at least 15 metres with their feet off the bottom.

Charlie squad 8 - 11 years need to be able to swim (any stroke) for at least 50 metres in waist deep water. Bravo 2 squad is required to swim a minimum of 100 metre (and ideally 200 metre) in deep water, in the ocean. Bravo 1 squad is required to swim a minimum of 200 metres in deep water, in the ocean.

Alpha 2 squad should be able to confidently complete a 200 metre buoy swim. Alpha 1 squad should be able to confidently complete a 200 metre buoy swim under 4.30mins.

Becoming a Rookie Guard

Once graduated from the Junior Surf Programme, our members can progress to a Rookie Guard, volunteering time on the beach and undertaking further study to progress to a qualified lifeguard position. 

Level 1

Confidence in the water
Theory questions on keeping safe at the beach

Level 2

Bodysurfing and wading technique
Nine theory questions

Level 3

50m pool swim
Catching waves
Theory questions covering surf lifeguard roles as well as keeping safe at the beach

Level 4

200m pool swim
Correct technique for duck diving
Identifying rips and wave types

Level 5

Increased skill development for surf swimming
Theory questions cover setting up for patrol and parts of the inflatable rescue boat (IRB)

Upcoming Courses

DECEMBER

01 Dec: LG Camp at TBC with Terri, Mitch, Gabby Cancelled

03 Dec: Patrols begin at Tairua SLSC
03 Dec: Surf First Aid Course at Tairua School with Gabby & Briarna

04 Dec: Coromandel & BOP IRB Driver Exam at Waihi with SLSNZ ER

09 Dec: Missing Persons at Sea Scenario at Whangamata with SLSNZ ER

11 Dec: Intro to Surf Coaching Course at Onemana with SLSNZ ER
11 Dec: Coro Surf LG & Patrol Support Exam #2 at Waihi Beach with SLSNZ ER
11 Dec: RWC Exam at Muriwai with SLSNZ ER

TBC: Rock Rescue Module Instructor's course at Pauanui

JANUARY 2023

15 Jan: Coromandel Surf Lifeguard & Patrol Support Exam #3 at TBC with SLSNZ ER

FEBRUARY

05 Feb: Coromandel Surf LG & Patrol Support Exam #4 at Whangamata with SLSNZ ER

MARCH

18 Mar: Coromandel Surf LG & Patrol Support Exam #5 at Hot Water Beach with SLSNZ ER

19 Mar: Eastern Region Rookie Champs, BOP Beach (TBC) with SLSNZ ER

On Demand: Missing Person/Swimmer at Sean - theory & practical, ask CDO

Become a volunteer lifeguard

We have volunteer and paid lifeguard positions available within our club. You must be at least 14 years old, be a member of a Surf Life Saving Club, attend regular training sessions and pass the SLSNZ Surf Lifeguard Award Examination.

The exam comprises of: 
  • 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
  • Rescue releases assessment in the pool
  • Run/swim/run in the surf
  • Tube rescue assessment
  • Practical surf knowledge test and theory exam

Becoming a Rookie Guard

Targeting 13 year old Junior Surf Members, this is a transition programme for those wanting to become Surf Lifeguards. The programme can take 2-8 weeks to complete. 

  • Able to swim 200m in a pool under 4:30
  • Current club member
  • Available to particpate in four patrols (minimum 12 hours total)
  • Complete all Rookie Surf Lifeguard Log Book Modules

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