If you’re thinking of introducing your child to lifesaving, then Junior Activities is for you. Junior Activities is open to children from the age seven up to thirteen years (age for a season is calculated as of midnight September 30). Lifesaving is something for the whole family to get involved in and there are many supporting roles that you can play as a parent of a child involved in Junior Activities.
Surf lifesaving is an amazing activity for growing a child’s confidence, knowledge and skills in the beach environment. Not only will your child have fun and meet new friends they will become part of an iconic organisation that has served the Australian community for over 100 years.
The program is focused on play, participation and fun. It offers an educational pathway through the delivery of the Junior Development Resource Kit which is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will develop them to become a knowledgeable participant in both lifesaving and sport.
Before the start of the Junior Activities season each child is required to complete a Preliminary Skills Assessment designed to ensure that each child demonstrates a standard of competence in an aquatic environment.
Junior Activities at Marcoola SLSC
Marcoola SLSC is a small family oriented club and has a strong focus on growing a child’s confidence, knowledge and skills in the surf and beach environment.
Our training days run from 7.45am until 10.30am every Sunday morning (from September through to March) unless conditions prevent us from doing so. All nippers must have completed a pool swim competency before they are able to participate in any nipper activities.
Each Sunday begins with a short meeting on the beach at 7.45am. The location generally is on the sand dune near clubhouse however this will vary depending on weather and beach conditions. All children and parents are required to attend these meetings as it is a great way to find out what is happening in the club and how the morning will be run. All nippers should assemble with their age groups and Age Managers at this time.
After the meeting, parents must sign the children on forthe morning with their Age Managers and then remain at the beach for safety reasons in accordance with SLSA Policy. Once signed on everyone shall proceed to their designated areas for the commencement of the program forthe morning.
Any child who arrives to sign on without a parent/guardian present, unfortunately, will not be allowed to participate in nipper activities for the morning. No child should be left on the beach unsupervised by a parent/guardian.
Age Managers require assistance with water safety and with teaching the children skills however only qualified water safety officers may assist with water activities and only members who hold a Blue Card (suitability for working with children check) are allowed to assist on the beach. Consequently, at least one parent is required to help out. Training is provided for parents wanting to become water safety officers. Please ask your Age Manager how you can help.