Kariaotahi’s Junior Surf programme, Junior Surf for 7-12 years and Rookies for 13 years is a popular and well -run programme.
Both are an integral part of the surf club activities and a training ground for the future face of our Lifeguards.
The components of both Junior Surf and Rookies are instrumental in preparing the children for undertaking their Surf Lifesaver award at age 14.
The Junior Surf programme, which leads into The Rookie Programme ensures that the children become aware of and practise surf, beach and water safety.
The Junior programme is delivered through theoretical and practical education by trained coaches, surf lifeguards and parent helpers. The Juniors are shown how the Surf Lifeguard award can shape their future careers by visiting other emergency service providers.
It encourages personal development in participating children to:
· work as a team,
· mix with adults and their peers,
· take personal responsibility and accountability.
The Rookie Lifeguard programme prepares budding Juniors to become confident in undertaking their Surf Lifeguard award from age 14.
Our Rookie programme is designed for 12-13 year olds wanting to get involved with lifesaving and prepare them for their lifeguard award when they turn 14 but also to give these young ones information and experience with being safe in and around water. The programme is developed to teach the fundamental skills of surf life saving including first aid, surf and pool swimming, tube rescues, water safety and knowledge and how to be sun smart. Rookies are also required to complete 20 hours of patrolling which enables them to interact with our guards and experience how patrols run and what they are like.
The programme runs through most of our patrolling season on Sunday mornings with some sessions being run in different locations such as the pool or river depending on what module is being covered that day. Through the 2020/2021 season we even had the police Search and Rescue team come out and demonstrate what a cliff rescue looks like. The rookies also have dedicated competitions run for the by Surf Life Saving Northern Region which we do our best to attend.
The Rookie Programme is a great way for older children to get involved in the community as well as gain valuable information around water and surf safety
The Rookies are taught self-care, first aid and emergency care, radio operation and communication, IRB maintenance and awareness, beach safety and awareness. Rookies become part of a regular Lifeguard squad and are expected to complete 20 patrol hours as part of the Rookie award. Child safety courses are available for all adults involved in both Junior Surf and Rookies, an online coaching course will be available. As of 2021 there were 62 children in Junior Surf and 15 in The Rookies.
The Junior Surf and Rookie programmes are instrumental in teaching the next generation of children how to keep our beaches safe during the summer
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