Our Junior Surf Philosophy is Fun, Safety & Confidence.
Registration for the 2023 - 2024 season is now open!
The first Nippers session is Sunday 29th October 2023 from 10am.
You can register at anytime online, but there is a 'Registration Day' Sunday 15th October 10:30am - 12pm at the club - when you can purchase a Nippers rash top, visit the club, see where the Nippers sessions meet, ask any questions.
Junior Surf fee (Nippers and Oceans) $65.00 per child
You can purchase the required Nippers rash top at most Sunday sessions and at the Registration Day in the Surf Club ($45 each) with contactless Eftpos available.
The beach is a fantastic place for kids and we provide a Junior Surf programme for 5-13 year olds, focused on fun, skill development and improving confidence in the water. With the bonus of making great friends along the way.
There are plenty of opportunities to get your youngster involved, with our Nippers programmes running on Sunday mornings, but we also need parents & caregivers to be involved every session on the beach and in the water - or just helping be the beach manger & marking the roll if gettting wet is not your thing. The more adults we have helping our awesome volunteer coaches, the more the kids can do, the more they stay active each session which equals more fun, more confidence developed and skills gained!
Regular news and important communications are provided via email and two Facebook groups, Mount Maunganui Nippers” and “Mount Maunganuui LS Ocean Athletes”. For Nippers search on Facebook and request to join. For Oceans ask another Oceans parent, or an Oceans coach to invite you to join and your request will be approved.
We also communicate general club information via the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Mount.Lifeguards and email club newsletters direct to your inbox.
Junior Surf begins with our Nippers programme running Sunday morning from 10.00am–12.00pm, starting 29th October through to early March. We take a break over the Christmas/New Year period after the Nippers Christmas party Sunday 17th December; starting back from Sunday 7th January 2023. Nippers is a great opportunity for families to become involved in surf lifesaving. Nippers teaches kids how to keep themselves and their friends safe at the beach while having heaps of fun along the way.
Nippers is not about teaching your child to swim. We focus on survival and rescue skills that are extremely valuable to children when enjoying time at any beach. Our Surf Life Saving education teaches Nippers everything they need to know to be a young surf lifesaver, starting with surf awareness and learning about rips.
Junior Surf Membership $65.00 per child
We require a parent/guardian Active Other Membership registration of $35.00 (for the first child registered for each Junior Surf family)
Complete your child/rens registration first, then using the registration email you receive from us; log into your profile and then register yourself at the top of the page, choosing the 'Parent of Junior/Guardian' of Junior Surf group
In the Downloads section you will find the Junior Surf Handbook. This has more detailed information on the Junior Surf Programme. The Junior Surf Calendar is useful to save for reference. (If you are on a device, scroll to the very bottom of the page).
Junior Surf members can choose to join the Oceans programme as a 10-13 year old, to be the next generation of competitive lifeguards. If your child loves being out on the water and racing up and down the sand the Oceans programme could be what you are looking for. This is a skills and fitness based programme, with an expectation to attend all carnivals including Oceans' 24 –Festival of Junior Surf Lifesaving, held on our Main Beach late February 2024.
Children new to this competitive programme may be required to attend an assessment to ensure this is the right programme for them, with completion of the Surf Life saving New Zealand "Junior Surf 200m Safety Badge".
Training will start Monday 16th October at 4.30pm and finishes at the Oceans Junior Festival '24 event. Training sessions are Monday to Friday 4.15–5.15pm and Saturday from 10.00am–12.00pm. Switching to 10am - 12pm during school hoiday times. You don’t need to attend every session – just pick the sessions that suit your family!
2023-24 Season Fees are:
Junior Surf Membership: $65.00 per child Active Other Parent/Guardian Membership $35.00 Oceans Coaching Fee: $280.00 Board Hire Fee: $170.00 (allocated by Head Coach)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an assessment for your child if they are new to our Junior Surf Programme,or Tauranga and your child is keen to participate in our Oceans programme.
In the Downloads section you will find the Junior Surf Handbook. This has more detailed information on the Junior Surf Programme.
The Rookie lifeguard programme is a transition programme from Nippers/Oceans into active lifeguarding every summer. Rookie lifeguards participate in a training programme and assist lifeguards on weekend patrols, until they turn 14 and can sit the Surf Life Saving New Zealand 'Surf Lifeguard Award'.
Rookies are 12 (and turning 13 before March 31st 2024) and 13 year olds , who can swim 200 meters in a pool in under 4 minutes 30 seconds wishing to become Lifeguards next season.
Our Rookie Lifeguard muster is Sunday 12th November, 10.00am upstairs in the Member Lounge at the club.
We invite all keen Rookies and a parent/guardian to attend - meet your Rookie Coordinator Carlin O'Neil, find out what the season will involve, pick up your Rookie Lifeguard uniform and ask any questions before the programme kicks off.
Register your child now for our Rookie Lifeguard programme, by contacting the club email@example.com and the Rookie LIfeguard Co-ordinator will be in touch with eligible Junior Surf members.
Junior Surf Membership: $65.00 per child