For all water activities there must be 1 adult for every 5 children. If there are insufficient parents for this ratio, the children are unable to do water based activities. If you have any concerns about your child’s confidence and/or ability please see your child’s instructor or Tisha Bradley before they participate. Parents must be present and aware of their children during training sessions or Carnivals.
IMPORTANT – Medication
If your child has a medical condition that requires medication or immediate attention you must notify the coach and officials. Medication must be kept with the child at all times. The administration of medication is the responsibility of the child and their parents or guardians.
For safety reasons it is expected that Junior Surf members demonstrate that they are confident in the ocean and are capable of returning to shore if they are separated from their equipment. It is preferable that children are able to swim in the sea. We do not teach swimming, although we do work on competence in the sea and look to develop stamina. Every year juniors from 9 – 13 are required to attempt a timed 200 meter swim. In the sea the time is 9 minutes followed by 1 minute of treading water. In the pool it’s 5 minutes followed by 1 minute of treading water.
Once this has been successfully achieved they will be awarded their “200 m swim badge”. The badge must be sewn on to their togs or caps. It must be visible by the officials at carnivals and championships, without this they may not be allowed to compete or could be disqualified. The badge is also required before the children are allowed to use the boards including the “infront foamies”. It is not required to use boogie boards (7 and 8 year olds). Every year the swim is retested for everyone.
The club will run swimming sessions during the season so there will be lots of opportunities to achieve the badge. If parents are looking to develop their children’s swimming skills a good training session is with the Canterbury Amateur Swim Club, Christ College pool, Tuesday nights.