Junior Surf

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Welcome to the 2018-19 Season! Our Junior Surf programme focuses on having fun, gaining water and beach confidence and learning how to be safe in the surf.

Following the skills and knowledge framework designed by Surf Life Saving New Zealand, the TMSLSC Junior Surf Programme has been designed to provide an engaging environment in which children participate in a variety of age and ability appropriate running, swimming and board activities each week.  For full details on events and training sessions this season please see the Junior Surf Calendar.

Whilst building their surf skills, the children make strong friendships and our hope is that they go on to become part of the lifelong community of Surf Life Saving either as a lifeguard or as a competitive athlete. By the time they reach the end of the junior programme and enter the senior section of the club, the children are often actively engaged in both these 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, TMSLSC has an impressive history in the competitive side of Surf Life Saving and we strongly recommend all juniors try at least one carnival during the season. Whilst this is not compulsory, participating in a competition 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!

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 let us know if you are keen to do 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 lifesaving and we strongly encourage our juniors to improve their swimming through regular lessons and training.