The Brighton Junior Surf Programme is an integral part of our surf club activity. It is also the training ground for our life guards. Children aged between 7-13 can take part in organised activities teaching them surf, safety education and building their confidence to undertake further training for their Surf Lifeguard Award at age 14. Throughout the Junior Surf programme there are a variety of activities including surf carnivals, courses, parent coaching days and skill development training integrated into the programmes. Through skill development 12 and 13 year olds can be trained in areas such as first aid, emergency care, radio operation, IRB operation and beach awareness. The Junior Surf programme also involves the children competing in both land and water-based events, culminating in the South Island under 14 Championships.
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During the season Junior Surf is held on a Sunday from 10 – 11.00 for our Under 8 and Under 10 athletes and 10 – 11.30 for the Under 12 and Under 14 athletes. Age of the athletes is determined by their age as at the 30 September.
Finishing times can be affected by weather and surf conditions. If we need to cancel junior surf due to the weather please check you emails or the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Facebook page for a cancellation notice.
Under 12 and under 14 kids must swim 200 metres (using any stroke competently) in either ocean (within nine minutes) or pool (within seven minutes). Following the 200m swim, candidates will be expected to tread water for one minute. Kids must demonstrate they are confident in the ocean and are capable of returning to shore if they are separated from their equipment. This is done at Moana Pool on some Wednesday nights at 6.30pm. This is a safety requirement for kids to use the club boards.
The clubs policy is that under 12 kids should not be left at the beach without adult supervision. This is a safety consideration. We do need help running the junior surf programme so please get involved. We are looking for parents to help with Junior Surf. We will help you with the necessary skills to coach. It’s relatively easy and certainly fun!
On days when we have a surf carnival (where we compete against other clubs) we don’t have Junior Surf. There are for two reasons – to encourage kids to compete and because the coaches are at the carnivals. Carnival dates are posted on the Surf Lifesaving New Zealand Website.