Junior Surf


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The Junior Surf Programme is a fun introduction to surf skills and water safety for children aged 6 to 13 years.

Registration Date: 30th November. Horowhenua Aquatic Centre 9.30am to 11.00am.

Saturday Beach Sessions:

Every Saturday at 2.30pm.  Season Dates 7th December 2018 to 14th March 2019

Open to Children aged 6 to 13 as of the first day of the Season (7th December 2019)

A parent/guardian must accompany a child to the beach.  This is not a drop-off session.  Please help supervise your child and be ready to take them into your care once they leave the water.  Sessions are run by volunteer lifeguards and parents.


2:15pm – Arrive at Surf Club and sign in

2:30pm – Go over the plan for the day

2:45 to 4:00pm – Beach and water activities

4pm – Showers and BBQ Sausage – $2

Summer Holiday Programme: 

This is in addition to our Saturday sessions. It runs in on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.   

Monday 6th January 2019 to Thursday 16th January 2019. 

Children in ages 7 to 9 participate from 10am to 12:30pm and ages 10 – 13 from 1:30pm to 4:00.  This is run by trained lifeguards, and you are able to leave your children in their care.

Note: Due to this program being a drop-off session, we only accept children aged 7 to 13.

Swimming Abilities and Expectations

Given that this is an aquatic sport, a reasonable level of swimming proficiency is required to ensure children’s safety and maximum enjoyment from the program. The benchmark is as follows:  Age 7 – 25 metres,   Age 8 – 50 metres,   Age 9 – 100 metres,   Age 10+ – 200 metres

The swimming trials will be conducted at registration day. The 2nd swimming trial may be conducted during the summer holiday program.

200m Badge

This is required in order to participate in ocean swim training, to use kneeboards and to compete in water events at surf carnivals for ages 10 -13. To attain the badge an individual must swim 200m in less than 7 minutes and tread water for one minute as per the specific requirements in the NZ surf handbook. Additionally they will need to do a comparable ocean swim. The Junior Surf Coaches will hold 200m badge trials at the pool before the season begins. Please note that each child MUST resit their badge each year.


Club membership fees – $20 per individual or $40 per family

Club Rashtop – $5 hire fee

Club Beanie – $20 (buy to own)

Summer Holiday Programme – $40 per week or $70 for 2 weeks (discount $10 if signed up for the full program)

Please pay online to our bank Account on or before Registration day.
Bank Account: 06-0669-0014842-000 – please add child’s name or family name as reference

Carnival Program 2019/2020:

Juniors from 7-13 years have the opportunity to compete at carnivals throughout the summer season. Carnivals are a great way to participate in both a fun and competitive environment, meet nippers from other clubs and see other beaches. While it can be competitive at times, the emphasis is always on safety, sportsmanship and enjoyment.

Junior Surf #1 17th November – Titahi Bay

Junior Surf #2 15th December – Maranui

Junior Surf #3 19th January – Riversdale 

Junior Surf #4 16th February – Paekakariki – Capital Coast Junior Champs

Many Juniors choose to further their skills by training to be51424804_10158157640429418_5498351131576762368_ocome active surf lifeguards once they turn 14.

For further information contact:

Liz Fitzgibbon – waitarerefitzy@gmail.com OR 027 9734226