Omaha Beach SLSC Inc

Junior Surf


Welcome new and existing members to Junior Surf at Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Our Junior Surf Program is all about fun, safety and skills. The program is based on the NZ Surf Life Saving model and aims to teach the children invaluable skills particularly around water safety. In doing so we encourage them to have fun, strive to do their best and develop to their full potential.

The first day of the season is Sunday, 5th November 2023 and it will run every Sunday morning (apart from a short break 17 Dec 23 - 7 Jan 24) until and including Sunday 17th March 2024.

Sign on from 9:45am for 10am start time (all ages).

Key dates are:
● Information & Registration days: Sunday 22rd Oct & Sunday 29th Oct 2023 10am - 12pm @ the Omaha Surf Life Saving Club
● Season start: Sunday 5th November 2023 9:45am sign on for 10am start
● Club champs: Sunday 3rd March 2024 (back up date Sunday 10th March 2024).
● Last session and   prize giving: Sunday 17th March 2024

Please ensure you are registered with the club and have purchased your safety gear (hi-vis vest and beanie) prior to the start of the season.

Register via the club website, Membership fees are $150 for 1 child or $250 for 2 or more children for the season.
All participants need to wear a club beanie ($20 and a hi-vis safety vest ($30), available for purchase from the Club.

Compulsory Safety Gear
To buy safety gear, please pay via Kindo, you can add Omaha Beach SLSC to your existing Kindo account if you have one already. If you are not able to use Kindo, please email for an invoice option. These will also be available to purchase at the enrollment/open days and from 9:30am on the first couple of sessions. We have a small amount of loan gear available too.

Age Groups
As with last season, age groups will be split to cater for our increased membership numbers over recent years, and to help our coaches further tailor activities to the needs of the group.

Please see the table below for your childs age group:

Age at 30th September 2023:

Age Group
5      Tadpoles
6      Turtles
7      Seahorses
8      Stingrays
9      Sharks
10    Dolphins*
11    Orcas*
12    Marlins*
13+ Marlins or Rookies**

NOTE we can accommodate a child in a lower group if it is a better fit for their confidence / ability - please talk to the coach / manager first.

* It is recommended for Dolphins and above for children to be able to swim 200m. Children will be asked to complete a 200m swim when conditions are right to obtain their “200m badge”. Children must have a “200m badge” to use the long foam boards.

** It is recommended that if your child is 13 years old and has not participated in a surf club before, then they join the Marlins group for a season season and then Rookies the following season. Please feel free to chat to us for the best option.

Rookie Lifeguards
In the Rookies group, the students will participate in all the training required to complete their SLSA (Surf Life Saving Award) and work towards become real lifeguards! This includes beach/water safety skills, rescues & releases, first aid and beach management training. An assessment will be conducted after the end of the season where they will have the opportunity to be assessed for the SLSA. Rookies will meet & sign on at the club training room.

Surf Sports
For those children that are interested in competing in surf life saving competitions, the club runs additional training sessions at a cost of $50 per child for the season. These training sessions will be on certain weekdays after school. Please register your interest in surf sports when you join or renew your membership. We will send more details out on competitions and training closer to the start of the season.

NB: At least one parent volunteer will be required for competition children to fill the roles of water safety, officials and management at competitions.