Join the Raglan Surf Life Saving Club

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 and we are offering a weekend training camp to prepare for the Northern region competitions..

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 12 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 are fortunate enough to include a high number of lifeguards within the coaching team.

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 24th October 12 -2pm at the Papahua domain. This will be for 7 to 13 year olds. The first session at the beach will be November 2nd meet at the Raglan Surf club, Ngaranui beach. Under 7’s will start in January 2021 when the weather and water warms up.

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

Raglan Surf Club provides free training for people aged 14 and over who are keen to train as lifeguards and to commit to patrolling on the beach over the summer season. This runs from Labour weekend until Easter and lifeguards generally patrol for 1 weekend per month. Lifeguarding is an excellent opportunity to gain new skills, meet new people, have fun, get fit and give something really important back to the community. There are even opportunities to get paid over the peak season if you reach minimum requirements at interviews.

Pre-requisites for being able to register for the training are:

Age 14 and over

Ability to swim 400m in under 9 minutes

Confidence in ocean swimming and waves

Strong commitment to being a lifeguarding

Next intake is Wednesday 28th October with sessions at Waterworld pool on 3 Wednesdays and training weekends at the Surf Club at Ngaranui beach, Raglan.

For more information contact: Mollie Abrams

Email: chiefinstructor@raglansurflifesaving.org.nz