Junior Surf

What is Junior Surf?
Junior Surf is a program for children aged 5-13 designed to develop tomorrow’s lifeguards. In a fun and safe environment the ‘Nippers’ learn essential water safety skills, rescue techniques and basic first aid together with the importance of leadership and teamwork.

SLSNZ Junior Surf Parent Handbook

Junior Surf at MBSLSC…
Sunday Club Day is at the core of our Junior Surf Programme, which is designed to develop tomorrow’s lifeguards. We strongly encourage regular attendance and active participation from our Junior Member families at our Sunday Club Day sessions.

Mairangi Bay SLSC has one of the largest Junior Surf programs in New Zealand with a roll of over 600. At Mairangi Bay SLSC, Junior Surf is held on Sunday mornings over most of summer between 9am and 12pm. Our Programme starts the weekend after Labour weekend and concludes the weekend before Easter. There is a two week break over the Christmas period.

Our Junior Surf Programme also includes our Junior Development Squad (JDS) and Pool Champs, which are optional extras for those looking to hone their surf sport and lifesaving skills. (ages 10-13)

The key objectives of Junior Surf set out by Surf Lifesaving NZ are:

To learn the skills required to gain the Surf Lifeguard Award
To provide the best possible life saving experience for all Juniors with the view to encouraging long-term active participation
To provide opportunities for Juniors to actively participate in and enjoy life saving and competition in an aquatic environment
To ensure our Junior members are safe on New Zealand’s beaches through building knowledge and experiences in the Junior Surf Programme
To develop a team based philosophy encompassing leadership, camaraderie, teamwork and FUN
To promote social, emotional and physical growth and development in a healthy and safe environment

With these objectives in mind, children must be current members of Mairangi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and attend a minimum of 5 Sunday Club Day sessions before the date set for the Junior Club Champs to be eligible for medals from the Junior Club Champs and other end of season awards, as well as to attend JDS Sessions.

MBSLSC Junior Surf Handbook:
This handbook contains most of the information you will need as Junior Surf member. It provides a great overview of the Junior Surf Programme and everything you need to know to get the most out of your time as a club member.
<<Click here to view and download the document>>

What about parents?
All Mairangi Bay SLSC Junior Surf members are required to have a parent join the Club for communication and safety purposes. Parents are requested to encourage their children and to accompany them on the beach. Parents are also encouraged to get involved in coaching and/or administration of the Junior Surf programme. Our club is built on families and this is where it all starts.  

Become a Surf Lifeguard!

If you’re interested in serving your community in a fun, challenging and rewarding environment, then becoming a Surf Lifeguard is a great option. Please join our Surf Lifeguard Award Course Facebook Group, and complete this form to register your interest in becoming a lifeguard, so you can be kept informed of upcoming courses.

To be a qualified lifeguard, you need to be 14 years or older and pass your surf lifeguard award exam, which includes:

  • 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
  • run/swim/run in the surf
  • resuscitation test
  • rescue test
  • theory questions
  • practical surf knowledge test

Each season active Surf Lifeguards must perform a refresher test. This includes a swim, resuscitation test and first aid questions.