Junior Surf

Junior Surf is a fantastic, fun programme for children aged 5-13 years. The programme encourages children to develop their fitness and to learn surf beach specific water safety skills so they know how to keep themselves safe near surf beaches.
As children progress through a range of activities they build confidence in surf lifesaving activities, while having lots of fun and making friends.
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.
When conditions are suitable the senior club members demonstrate their front line rescue equipment with the children, e.g. show the children the IRB and demonstrate how it is used for rescues, visit and see the patrol tower in action.
Junior Surf runs rain or shine! Most of the information you will need is in our Junior Surf Handbook, which you can download here. Hard copies are available from the Club.

What is Junior Surf?

Sunday Junior Surf Club sessions take place at 10am on Sunday mornings at the Surf Club, Waihi Beach, from Labour Day (registration) until the Junior Club Championships at the end of February. These sessions involve both land-based and water-based activities. We sometimes utilise a local pool for pool-based activities.

Age Categories

From the age of 5 to 13 years, children can join the Club to participate in Junior Surf. Children are placed into age categories for competition and training based upon their age as at midnight on 30th September.

Registration for Junior Surf

The first day of Junior Surf is the Sunday of Labour weekend, with a fun open day and registrations from 9.30am – 11.30am, but you can also register at any time during the season on Sunday mornings from 9.30am at the club or by downloading the Junior Surf Registration Form and emailing it to: info@waihibeachlifeguards.co.nz.

For safety reasons, all children are required to wear a hi-vis safety vest and a Waihi Beach Surf Club beanie to participate in water activities. These and other items of club uniform, togs etc can be ordered when you register or on Sunday mornings.

Registering with Surf Life Saving New Zealand

If you are wishing to register your child/ren into our surf program, it is a requirement that they become members of Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Please follow this link to visit the SLSNZ website and complete a new membership application. This will give your child/ren a SLSNZ member number which will be with them throughout their surf life.

If you are already a member of SLSNZ and wish to transfer from an existing club to Waihi Beach SLSC or for any further help or enquires on registration please email: info@waihibeachlifeguards.co.nz

Junior Surf Coaching

Our coaches are parent volunteers or lifeguard 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. Please expect to participate in your child’s Junior Surf session. This may include assistance with beach-based and / or water-based activities. In particular, each age-based group must have the correct adult:child safety ratios to ensure the safety of the children in the water. Please come prepared to support and encourage your own and other children in a positive way, have fun and get wet – sometimes just up to your ankles or knees, but sometimes more!


For those Junior Surf members who want to represent the Club and compete in Surf Sport events, 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, download our Guide to Junior Surf Competitions & Carnivals.

Further enquiries about competing should, in the first instance, be directed to your coach. Otherwise, the Junior Surf Competitions Coordinator 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 held at the beginning of March each year. Additional training during the week and during the summer school holidays is mandatory for all members wishing to compete at this national event. Training is done under the guidance of our Club’s Head Coach. For information on Oceans, download or view our Guide to Oceans ’18 booklet.

Junior Surf Sport Programme

Over the last 5 years the Club has been very fortunate to be able to offer athletes a sports programme run by experienced surf coaches. Our presence at competitions has increased significantly and the royal blue and white club colours have been proudly displayed on the podium many times.
We believe this programme provides young athletes with a pathway to developing their own strength, build confidence and determination while improving their surf skills. This programme is available for both our Development Squad and Oceans Training Squad members in the 10+ age groups.

You can find out more about our Junior Surf Sport Programme here.

Below is the 2017/2018 training schedule for Oceans and Development Squads in our Junior Sport Programme:

Junior Surf Equipment Hire

To ensure Junior Surf Club members have access to suitable surf-craft/equipment to support their sports and lifeguard development, the Club has foam (foamie) and fibreglass kneeboards available for hire on a per season basis. All equipment is allocated relative to skill levels, commitment to training, attendance at competitions and Club involvement.

All Junior Surf athletes wishing to train on and use either a foam or fibreglass kneeboard must read, complete and return the Equipment Policy and Hire Form before equipment allocation can take place. This form can be completed electronically here and returned via email to the office: info@waihibeachlifeguards.co.nz

Rookie (Junior) Lifeguard

The Rookie Lifeguard programme is for 12 and 13 year olds, to develop and transition from Junior Surf members into active lifeguards. The programme has a number of components, including spending time on patrol under the guidance of a qualified lifeguard mentor and completion of the Surf Lifesaving Certificate. For more information on the Rookie Lifeguard programme visit our Rookie Lifeguard Programme page.


If you want more information please email: info@waihibeachlifeguards.co.nz

For more information on Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and the Junior Surf programme, click here.

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