Junior Surf

The aim of Junior Surf is to encourage all children ages 5 through to 13 to have fun, participate safely and develop skills and confidence in surf life saving activities. As children progress through these activities they learn about water safety, and how to keep themselves safe near surf beaches. Our Club also provides fun days of activities and games in mixed age groups. These activities are designed to encourage everyone to take part and have a great time whilst enjoying friendly competition in a team setting. Where conditions are suitable the senior club members demonstrate their front line rescue equipment with the children, e.g. take the children in the IRB to demonstrate how it is used for rescues, visit and see the patrol tower in action. On wet days we run an alternative programme focusing on beach and water safety, as well as rescue techniques for the older children.

Most of the information you will need is in our Junior Surf Handbook, which you can download. Hard copies are available from the Club.

Junior Surf Handbook 2017-18 ( Currently being finalised, watch this space! )

What is Junior Surf?

From the age of 5 years, children can join Waihi Beach Surf Life Saving Club to participate in Junior Surf.
We encourage children to have fun and develop their skills so that they can enjoy the beach safely.
Its about developing tomorrows lifeguards and opening up a whole new world to children in a fun safe environment.

Age Categories

Junior Surf starts at the age of 5 years and goes through to 13 years old.
Children are grouped together in age category. (Age they are at the 3oth September)
They are required to wear a hi-vis safety vest and a Club beanie to participate in water activities.

Registration for Junior Surf

Usually the Sunday of Labour weekend, from 9.30am 11.30am, but you can also register at any time during the season online here or on Sunday mornings from 9.30am.
Uniforms, togs etc can be purchased when you register online or ordered on Sunday mornings.

Junior Surf Coaching

The goal is to develop and foster your childs confidence and skill levels on the beach and in the water. As children move through the age groups they will develop a greater confidence in the surf environment.
Our coaches are parent volunteers or life guard volunteers and if you wish to assist we are always looking for new helpers.
The club policy is that each child must have a parent/guardian on the beach while their child is involved in Junior Surf. We need parents to assist in the water also, to ensure we have the correct adult:child safety ratios. For this reason, it is a good idea to come prepared to get wet sometimes just up to your ankles or knees, but sometimes more!
This is important to ensure the safety of the children.


For those Junior Surf members who want to represent the Club and compete in the events of Surf Sport there are a number of carnivals and competitions held throughout the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty regions. There are also events in other regions throughout NZ and our members may enter to compete in carnivals in different regions if they wish. For more information on Carnivals and Competitions, click here to download or view our booklet. Further enquiries about competing should, in the first instance, be directed to your coach. Otherwise, the Junior Surf Officer can assist you or you can contact our Sport Development Officer on the Committee, Natalie Lloyd.
For members 10 years of age and over, there is an added National Competition, Oceans. This is the Under 14 Surf lifesaving National Championships at Mt Maunganui at the end of February/early March each year. A commitment to this event requires a commitment to extra training during the week and during the Summer school holidays. Training is done under the guidance of our Clubs Head Coach. For information on Oceans, click here to download or view our booklet.

Rookie (Junior) Lifeguard

The Rookie Lifeguard programme is for 12 and 13 years olds, to develop and transition from Junior Surf members into active lifeguards.
Rookie lifeguards go through a training programme and assist lifeguards on patrol until they are old enough to sit and pass their lifeguard award and become a lifeguard.


If you want more information please contact Sue Stewart, Junior Surf Officer…..Ph: 027 280 8418 or email: info@waihibeachlifeguards.co.nz