***October 20th 2019 – Update: OUR JUNIOR PROGRAMME FOR 2019/20 SEASON IS NOW FULL. We have been overwhelmed with new membership subscriptions for our Junior Surf Programme and are NO LONGER ACCEPTING new registrations.
Our Junior Surf programme focuses on having fun, gaining water confidence and learning how to be safe in the surf.
Following the skills and knowledge framework designed by Surf Life Saving New Zealand, the Taylors Mistake Junior Surf Programme provides an engaging environment in which children participate in a variety of age and ability appropriate running, swimming and board activities each week.
Whilst building their surf skills, the children make strong friendships and our hope is that by the time they reach the end of the junior programme and enter the senior section of the club, they are actively engaged in both the lifeguarding and competitive aspects of Surf Life Saving.
Developing lifesaving skills is fundamental to what we do as a club, and the Junior Surf programme runs into our Rookie Lifeguard programme, which members can begin training for from the age of 13. Rookies are placed on patrols and overseen by the patrol captain who ensures that they learn the ropes of patrolling our beach.
As well as producing some outstanding lifeguards, Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club has an impressive history in the competition arena and we strongly recommend all juniors try at least one carnival during the season. Whilst this is not compulsory, participating in a carnival does help to develop water confidence at different beaches and gives children the opportunity to use the skills they have learnt in training. Carnivals also generate a great Taylors Club spirit and are lots of fun!
Between November and March, Junior Surf training sessions are provided for all members under 14 on Sunday mornings from 10 to 11.15am. In addition to this, our older children (U11 to U14) attend twice weekly evening training sessions to build their fitness and further develop their board and swimming skills. This year, our Junior programme starts on Sunday 3rd November 2019 and runs until March 8th 2020.
We are very much a family club and encourage everyone to get involved. Many of our parents have enjoyed developing their own water confidence and have gone on to gain their own Surf Lifeguard Award. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about this.
Please note that while the Junior Surf programme focuses on water skills and building water confidence, it is not a learn-to-swim programme. Swimming is fundamental to surf life saving and we strongly encourage our juniors to improve their swimming through regular lessons and training. Our older juniors (10+ years) are expected to be competent swimmers capable of swimming 200m in less than 7 minutes. If parents are looking to develop their children’s swimming skills a good training session is with the Christchurch Amateur Swim Club, Christ College pool, Tuesday nights.
If you have any questions about the Taylors Mistake Junior Surf programme, please contact us.