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Junior Surf is about developing tomorrow's lifeguards and opening up a whole new world to children.  By encouraging our kids to have fun and to participate safely in the Surf Life Saving spirit of fair play, it is an ideal way for children to develop and improve their surf lifesaving knowledge and skills for themselves, and one day possibly for others.  At the same time, they will have a ton of fun and some good, clean, healthy physical exercise and learn to be safe on the beach.  Regular participation in sport promotes growth and body awareness, assists fitness and the acquisition of skills and provides opportunities for the development of many personal and social skills.

The national Junior Surf programme is designed for 7-14 year olds but at Papamoa we have extended this to include 5 and 6 year olds also (determined by the age the child is on September 30).  Each age group is assigned a coach and assistant coaches who will oversee the activities for the children in their group.   The activities will generally start off with a short warm up, followed by a mixture of some fun games, some races and competitions and some skill-based activities on the beach.  These will then be followed by some water-based activities, which will vary according to the age of the group.  

Junior Surf is on every Sunday from 10am-12 over the summer months and will start in November and will finish in mid-March (specific dates in calendar below).  There is a two-week break over the Christmas period and there is no obligation to attend every weekend.  During the season there are various carnivals that the older children (7+) are encouraged to attend and at the and at the end of the season there is a Club Championships for all Papamoa Surf Club members aged 5 +.





Purchase Uniform. Children must wear the club beanie and long sleeved rash shirt (or a high vis singlet if the child has sat and passed their 200m badge) at all times during the session. These items and the club togs are available for purchase at registration and on Sundays during the Junior Surf sessions. High vis vests must be worn if using knee boards.  We have other optional items available in our clothing range.  Board shorts are not permitted at all as swimming in clothing is a practice lifeguards actively discourage.  Wetsuits may be worn on colder days.


We hold  preseason 200m pool testing session – (see Important Dates Calendar below)

All children using foam or fiberglass knee boards, must have completed the requirements for their safety award. This is a mandatory safety requirement.

Must swim 200m of a competent non stop single freestyle stroke with no stopping or changing of strokes. The beginner pass time is 7 minutes with the expectation that the swim will be under 4.5 minutes by the time the child reaches 12 years of age. Plus tread water for 1 minute. The purpose of this swim is so that candidates will demonstrate that they are confident in the ocean and are capable of returning to shore if they are separated from their equipment. Candidates must be able to swim the 200m confidently.


Parents are requested to accompany your children to Junior Surf. We realise that you may have children in different age groups - please let your age group coaches know if you are going between age groups. For safety reasons please do not just drop your children off at the beach.


Interested in coaching? If you are keen to take the journey and learn along with your kids and jump in with others with the same passion, then Robynne would love to hear from you We will be holding some preseason coaching sessions and would love to see you come along to those.




WHO:               5-14 year olds **age as at midnight on the 30th September

WHEN:             Every Sunday from 10.00am-12.00pm over the summer months.

STARTING:       November  (see Important Dates Calendar below) and will finish mid-March 2018


Our head coach, will be launching two exciting new programmes aimed at extending the surf sports skills of Junior Surf members.  Preparing our athletes for some exciting competition events.  A highlight in the calender for some of our budding athletes will be the  "Oceans19" event will be a highlight for many of these athletes. Links below will take you to specific programme information:


WHO:              8-14 years old


WHO:              8-14 years old



WHO:             12-14 years old


Learning alongside the big-guns! Please clink this link for specific programme details 




Anticipated Outcomes

  • Positive, safe, fun, healthy and educational for participants

  • Increased beach and water safety awareness

  • Participants learn new skills

  • Pathway to becoming a Junior then Senior Lifeguard



See you on the beach!

Remember to bring:

  • Water bottle

  • Sun-block – plenty of it

  • Towels and warm clothes for when they come out of the water

  • Loose change for the sausage sizzle & coffee cart!


   In the case of a cancellation, or postponement, our Junior Surf committee will post a notification of  by 8.30am on the Junior Surf Facebook page (click this link)

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Junior Surf Calendar - 2019/20
• Sunday 13th October - Registration 3pm @club

• Saturday 19th October - 200m pool testing 3pm @ Bartlett's 

• Sunday 20th October - Registration 3pm @ club

• tbc -  Coaches training

• Sunday 10th November - JS Nippers program begins - starts 10am

• Saturday 23rd November - 200m pool testing 3pm@ Bartlett's Papamoa

• tbc a visit from the big guy in red to JS

• Sunday 15th December - BOP JS Champs @ Waihi

                    Only JS for 5 & 6 years olds @ PSLSC Last day of JS before Xmas

• Sunday 5th January - JS restarts

• tbc January - PSLSC JS Carnival @ PSLSC

• Saturday 15th & Sun 16th February - Eastern Regions JS Champs @ Ohope

                   Only JS for 5 & 6 years olds at PSLSC

• Sunday 23rd Feb - Club Champs @ PSLS

• Thursday 27th Feb- Sunday 1st March - U14 National Surf Lifesaving Champs

• Sunday 8th March - JS Prizegiving @ PSLS (and last session for the season)

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