Each year the club carries out a 200m Safety Badge assessment for our junior members. Children who are able to swim 200m under a target time of 7 minutes, followed immediately by continuously treading water for 1 minute will be awarded a cloth badge. This should be sewn onto their beanie so that it is visible to coaches at training and also to officials at carnivals.
The 200m badge assessment is carried out in a very supportive environment with the athletes, parents and coaches. Like all our Junior surf days, this is to be an enjoyable activity, so please let your child know that their best effort is all we are asking.
We require our Juniors to refresh their 200m badge every year so that we can update the SLSNZ database and children can track their improvement. Very young swimmers, who do not feel ready to attempt the full 200m will have the option of completing a 50m or 100m timed swim. Competent swimmers who can comfortably manage to swim 200m under 5 minutes will be given the opportunity of carrying on and completing a 400m timed swim. Throughout their final years at Junior Surf, children aim to build up to swimming 400m within under 9 minutes. This is the target time for the Lifeguard Award.
In addition to the 200m swim badge there are a number of achievement awards that we work towards during the season. Surf Lifesaving is not only about developing water competence; it also requires an understanding of rescue techniques.
In the course of their time in Junior Surf, the children will achieve a graduated series of certification. These Awards go from Level 1 for seven year olds to Level 7 for thirteen year olds.
More details on the SLSNZ achievement awards can be found here