Junior surf life saving rookie programme

It’s that time of year again, the weather is heating up, the days are getting longer and Raglan Surf Lifesaving Club is getting prepared to open the doors to another season of Junior Surf.

There are many reasons why children may benefit from coming along to Junior Surf sessions. Raglan revolves around the ocean, a wonderful yet powerful force which provides both immense fun but in turn, is at times strong and dangerous. Teaching our children how to read the beach enables them to understand the forces in action within the water and how to have fun in a safe way. Having an active involvement in managing risk around the water provides opportunities to make choices which will keep both them and their friends safe long after they have left home.

Junior Surf encourages children who have an active competitive streak and at the same time those with a more relaxed personality.

There are opportunities for Carnival and competition participation throughout the year, we enter the raft race, attend the Anzac parade and have a float at the New Year’s Eve parade. There are fun overnight stays at the club where movies and marshmallows will be up for grabs.

The Junior Surf programme works through a framework to allow students to progress both within the season and over the years with the ultimate goal of being Surf Lifeguards themselves. Once you reach 13 years old, you can join the Rookies programme which fine tunes your Lifeguard skills, allows you to spend time on patrol and prepares you for your Surf lifesaving award. You will also have the opportunity to take part in the annual Northern Region Rookie challenge.

Junior Surf is supported by a committed and experienced team of coaches. This year we fortunate enough to include a number of lifeguards within the coaching team. Anne Snowden is the convener of Junior Surf and has supported the growth of Junior Surf within the club for many years. Together with the coaches, Anne is aiming to make Junior Surf a key element within the club and wider community.

We are always looking for new coaches and full training is provided to anyone who feels they would like to volunteer their services. Families are actively encouraged to participate and to support the children both in the sea and on the beach.

The club always welcomes new members and as part of Junior Surf, families become club members. If you have always wondered what the view looks like from the clubrooms, here’s your opportunity!!

Junior Surf registration is on 28th October 10am -12pm at the Surf Lifesaving Club at Ngarunui Beach. This will be for 7 to 13 year olds. The first session at the beach will be November 4th November. Under 7’s will start in January 2019 when the weather and water warms up.

Any enquiries give us an email: Anne or Nikki- raglanjuniorsurf@gmail.com