Junior Surf at East End is a fantastic family based activity. We take ages from Under 7 (Nips Nips) to Under 14 (Cadets) with groups for each age in-between. Safety if a key priority and we are fortunate to have a highly skilled and competent coaching team who can provide a safe training environment in line with Surf Lifesaving New Zealand best practice. The age is as of September 30th in the current season.
Surf Lifesaving is a Sport, Community Service and equips members with skills that will help them stay safe near the ocean. Younger members do Junior Surf Awards and the older cadets train towards their Rookie Lifeguard Award (which involves being on a patrol as a helper, they cannot be active in any rescue). The premier sports event is the “Oceans” championship and we are fortunate to have coaches who run an intensive training program to prepare athletes who wish to compete at this level.
We have the best equipment and will train members how to use it and care for it. During the Winter we offer a pool session to maintain swim fitness.
Prior to going beyond knee depth in the water, members need to pass a 200m competence test swimming in the Ocean. For members who need to work towards this goal, we will train and develop them. The first time someone sits this award, we need them to swim 200m in a pool prior to doing the ocean test.
Our main training session is on a Sunday from 10:00 until Noon from December onwards. We also offer a second Ocean session during the week (which is optional) to build confidence in those who have their 200m badge and the Oceans campaign (which is optional) will be training 4 or 5 times a week during the Summer in preparation for the championships in March.
At the end of the Sunday session, we have a sausage sizzle and let the kids have some social time after they have worked hard. On a nice day its awesome to be at East End after training.
We have a Christmas fun session and get together regularly for fundraising events; it is a real community. Parents have the opportunity to gain coaching awards or become qualified as a lifeguard. During the Summer we compete in local and regional Junior Carnival events.
It takes dozens of adults to run Junior Surf, safety is our top priority. If you can help out as a parent helper, trainee coach, spotter or help with the land based side of Junior Surf then please let us know and we will lay out a plan.
Here is a link with more detailed information about Junior Surf : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9HBRwVm4k-aYTJmMnFSaTI0V1U