Junior Surf

Junior Surf

Our emphasis with Junior Surf is enjoyment, participation and confidence building.

The skills our leaders pass on we hope encourage children to develop their abilities in and around the ocean enabling them to become confident, aware, and above all safe with a healthy respect for the ocean and its changing conditions.

What is Junior Surf ?

From the age of 5 years, children can join their local Surf Life Saving Club to participate in Junior Surf.

We encourage children to have fun and develop their skills, so that they can enjoy the beach and one day might be able to save someone else too.

It’s about developing tomorrow’s lifeguards and opening up a whole new world to children.

Omanu Beach SLSC has one of the biggest programmes in New Zealand

The Junior Surf season runs from November through to March. It’s easy to join, and you are welcome to come along on a Sunday morning where Junior Surf sessions start at 10am.

Registration and Opening Day

Please try to pre-register for children for Junior Surf – it would be a huge help to have as many registrations in prior to Opening Day.

You can register by:

  • Visiting the office Monday- Friday 9am-1pm.
  • Attending the Registration Day on Sunday 29th October 2017 10am to 2 pm.

First day of Junior Surf (Opening Day) is Sunday 5th November 2017 at 10am. Registrations will be taken on that day but the aim is to have the kids on the beach being active and not queuing to register so if possible please pre-register.

Junior Surf Age Groups

A child must start the season in their age group according to their age on 1st October 2015. A junior surf member can sometimes run with a higher age group.  This is with the discretion of the group leaders, directors and coaches and in consultation with the child’s parents. Their assigned group will be the group they will compete in at the club champs.

Under 6 – Pink Group (to be 5 yrs as at 31 December)
Under 7 – Orange Group
Under 8 – Red Group
Under 9 – Green Group
Under 10 – Yellow Group
Under 11 to Under 14 – Intermediate Surf

Important Dates and Calendar

  • Eastern Region Pool Championships. Saturday 23 September 12:00PM – Sunday 24 September 2017 3:00PM. Eastern – Bay of Plenty.Venue: Te Rapa Waterworld Pool
  • New Zealand Pool Championships. Friday 13 October – Sunday 15 October 2017.Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre, AUT Millenium, Auckland, National
  • Omanu Junior Surf Carnival. Sunday 26 November 2017. Eastern – Bay of Plenty
  • Bay of Plenty Junior Championships. Sunday 17 December 2017, 9:00AM
  • Papamoa SLSC, Eastern – Bay of Plenty. Papamoa Junior Surf Invitational Event.Saturday 20 January 2018 8:00AM.Papamoa SLSC, 561 Papamoa Beach Rd, , Papamoa Beach, , Papamoa 3118, Eastern – Bay of Plenty
  • Eastern Region Championships – Juniors. Saturday 10 February 2018. 8:00AM – Sunday 11 February 4:00PM. Ohope Beach, Eastern – Bay of Plenty
  • U14 New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships (Oceans’18).Thursday 1 March – Sunday 4 March. Orewa

Please note the club will not be block booking accommodation for any Junior Surf events so if you are attending out of town carnivals you’ll need to organise your own accommodation needs.

Who’s who with Junior Surf

Click here for a list the 2016/17 Junior Surf support crew.

Parent Help

Parents we need you!  All surf lifesaving clubs are volunteer and non profit making organisations and the only way we can function effectively is for you to take an active role. The roles we need help with now are:

Junior Surf Leaders
Ideally we want a system where we have 3 – 4 leaders per age group.  This works well with safety and so leaders are able to better manage smaller groups. Further this assists leaders in working together to ensure there is always someone present to lead their group on a Sunday morning. As far as you wanting to help out your community and our kids we highly recommend becoming a Omanu Junior Surf leader. There’s no pressure, you’re unlikely to be over committed and it’s a fun and positive way to be involved. Aside from your own good idea’s we’ll supply you with all the information and equipment you’ll need to fill in an hour on the beach on a Sunday morning.

Safety Support and Beach Help
We need you either in the water or on the beach watching your kids at all times.  Never leave the beach and leave your kids in the hands of others. Please keep an eye on what’s happening or join the groups when they’re enjoying water activities. When the session is over please assist us to get gear from the beach, cleaned and safely packed away.

Junior Surf Gear Steward
All equipment used and in particular the Junior Surf boards are expensive items. We want to look after and keep track of all gear and require a couple of parents to monitor and maintain this gear throughout the season. Contact Graham Dunn or Greg Swanberg now and we’ll set you up.

Junior Surf BBQ
Again this year we’ll use a roster system for the running of Junior Surf BBQ. This task requires parents of each age group helping out on the BBQ on about two Sunday’s per season. This is the major fundraiser for the junior club so when it’s your age groups turn then please assist.

Club Uniform

Club rash shirts or vests are compulsory and only red swim togs will be worn in the water. Wet suits are fine until the water and air temperature rises. When competing at carnivals aim to be wearing one of the Omanu club shirts – more info will be posted soon as to some clothing options. On Sundays all kids must wear their coloured caps relevant to their age group and at carnivals you must have an Omanu red and white cap.

Gear Policy

Omanu Beach SLSC provides as much equipment as it can to athletes for training and competition. Our club is large and there may not always be new or sufficient  equipment to go around.

All children (and adults) who regularly use gear and take advantage of coaching services outside of Sundays are required to pay the Sports Fee of $100 in addition to their normal subscription. This to help with equipment purchase, repair, and safety costs.

Some principles that must be adhered to re club gear includes:

  • You must have your 200M qualification to use any board
  • Don’t use damaged equipment and check for damage prior to use
  • Report any damaged equipment to your coaches immediately
  • Never stack boards on top of each other
  • Always carry boards (don’t drag!) and no surfing onto the beach
  • Soft boards for use of U12 only unless permission given
  • Allocated fibreglass boards only to be used by ‘owner’
  • General use boards are marked and can be used by any qualified member or assisting parent
  • Always wash gear and put away tidily

Communication

Our club methods of communication are via email, the club website and Facebook. We aim to get as much information out to you as we can but encourage you to ensure the club has your correct email addresses and check the club website and Facebook or club notice boards to gain updates on what’s happening throughout the season.

Cancellations

We do our best to minimise any cancellations but beach safety and comfort are major considerations.  If there is a cancellation we endeavour to post a message via the website email or Facebook by at least 9am on any Junior Surf day.  Failing that contact the club on (07) 5754805 or the Junior Surf Directors.

Sponsors

In recent times Omanu Junior Surf has been well supported by some key people and businesses in a variety of ways. These include Paul and Rachel Salmon and The Skin Centre, Bartlett Swim School, Mount New World, Greg Swanberg Plumbing,  Mount Surf Shop, Jon and Carla Hume, Page & McRae Engineering, the K D Kirkby Trust, the NZ Community Trust, Southern Trust and Pub Charities NZ.

We sincerely appreciate all of the assistance given to us by these groups and others and if you want to support Omanu Junior & Intermediate Surf and/or the club by way of sponsorship then contact our administrator on (07) 5754805 or admin@omanubeach.co.nz

Code of Conduct

A generic code of conduct is found on the club’s website and our local community generally does very well in this area. In the main we all exercise our commonsense as to positive behaviours required around Junior Surf and Sport but an excellent guide via Sport BOP sets out some reminders for all:

  • Encourage children to play within the rules and respect officials and coaches decisions
  • Teach children to respect the efforts of their opponents
  • Remember that children learn best by example so support and applaud the efforts and good performances of your own and others children
  • Give children positive comments that motivate and encourage
  • Encourage children to enjoy their sport and be competitive while ensuring it is  all within the ‘spirit and rules of the game’
  • Thank the coaches, officials and volunteers and help if asked for assistance

Omanu Beach SLSC Junior Surf added an event.

200m Swim Badge assessments at Mount College Pool
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2 days ago

Information for all Omanu parents with kids 8 years and over wanting to use a knee board this year.

The junior surf instructors are all looking forward to the start of the season. As always we are really looking forward to teaching the kids new safety and competition skills in the ocean, and to use a knee board your kids need to have their 200 meter badge. This year there are 2 ways the kids can do this ...

1. They can get their own swim instructors or coaches to write a note to Omanu confirming they can swim 200 meters in 7 minutes and then tread water for 1 minute afterwards.

2. On Sunday 12th of November the kids have the option of going to the Mount College pool where a swim instructor has kindly offered to help out and will carry out the assessments.

*If your kids would like to do the assessment on the 12th can you please ensure they are practicing now so that they can get the badge at the start of the season. And if your kids are ready to get the assessment done with their own instructor can you please make sure this is done before the start of the surf season.

The 12th will not be the only opportunity to get the badge, and if any of you have kids getting their 200 meter badge for the first time and have any questions, do give Jim Greetham or the Club a call.
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2 days ago

Information for all Omanu parents with kids 8 years and over wanting to use a knee board this year.

The junior surf instructors are all looking forward to the start of the season. As always we are really looking forward to teaching the kids new safety and competition skills in the ocean, and to use a knee board your kids need to have their 200 meter badge.   This year there are 2 ways the kids can do this ...

1.  They can get their own swim instructors or coaches to write a   note to Omanu confirming they can swim 200 meters in 7 minutes and then tread water for 1 minute afterwards.

2. On Sunday 12th of November the kids have the option of going to the Mount College pool where a swim instructor has kindly offered to help out and will carry out the assessments.

*If your kids would like to do the assessment on the 12th can you please ensure they are practicing now so that they can get the badge at the start of the season.  And if your kids are ready to get the assessment done with their own instructor can you please make sure this is done before the start of the surf season.

The 12th will not be the only opportunity to get the badge, and if any of you have kids getting their 200 meter badge for the first time  and have any questions, do give Jim Greetham or the Club a call.

Come to the Club this Friday evening from 6pm to meet the Junior Black Fins. It's a great opportunity for our budding athletes to get up close with the NZ surf stars of the future. The Bar will be open and the bbq sizzling. See you there. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Come to the Club this Friday evening from 6pm to meet the Junior Black Fins.   Its a great opportunity for our budding athletes to get up close with the NZ surf stars of the future.  The Bar will be open and the bbq sizzling.  See you there.

Hello Clubbies, some of our team need to borrow a white Omanu shirt for the upcoming Pool Champs Nationals next weekend.
If you have one or two that you can lend please drop it off to the Club by next Wednesday 11th Oct - please ensure your name is on the inside tag and we will ensure it is returned to you. Thank you
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3 weeks ago

Hello Clubbies, some of our team need to borrow a white Omanu shirt for the upcoming Pool Champs Nationals next weekend.  
If you have one or two that you can lend please drop it off to the Club by next Wednesday 11th Oct - please ensure your name is on the inside tag and we will ensure it is returned to you.  Thank you

Are you interested in helping out with Junior Surf? Any Surf Life Saving Club members interested in getting started in surf coaching, new junior surf coaches, or existing coaches with no formal training are welcome to attend the Introduction to Surf Coaching Course at Omanu SLSC on Sunday 8th October 2017 from 9am to 3.30pm.
- The cost is $70 per person and registrations close on Monday 2nd October 2017.
- Spaces are limited and filling fast so don't miss out, email admin@omanubeach.co.nz to secure your place.
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1 month ago

Are you interested in helping out with Junior Surf? Any Surf Life Saving Club members interested in getting started in surf coaching, new junior surf coaches, or existing coaches with no formal training are welcome to attend the Introduction to Surf Coaching Course at Omanu SLSC on Sunday 8th October 2017 from 9am to 3.30pm. 
- The cost is $70 per person and registrations close on Monday 2nd October 2017. 
- Spaces are limited and filling fast so dont miss out, email admin@omanubeach.co.nz to secure your place.

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1 month ago