Junior Surf

The NZSLS Junior Surf Programme is designed for young people aged 7-14 years of age, but here at Wainui we have extended the age to include all family members.

This season will see the introduction of achievement levels within our Junior Surf programme to provide a managed pathway for children to gain confidence in the surf and lead towards a framework of skill acquisition and mastery of key stages and progressions. This guides our juniors towards the Surf Lifeguard Award.

The wellbeing and safety or our Juniors, Club members and community is paramount. Please ensure your child reports to their Age Group Leader on arrival to the beach. It is a mandatory requirement that we must have 1 adult for every 5 juniors – if it is not obtained we will be unable to enter the water.  Parental assistance is crucial!! Please enjoy and engage in our sessions, if not as a leader, helper or water safety then your eyes on our Juniors will help keep them safe.

The 200 metre Swim Standard must be obtained by any Junior wishing to participate in advanced water activities, competitions or use a foam or fibreglass paddle board whether that be U10, Intermediate Surf or as part of the Oceans Training Squad. The 200 metre swim qualification must be refreshed at the start of every season.

Junior Surf Events Calendar

All Junior Surf participants must wear the Wainui Club Cap and Hi Vis Vest during Junior Surf Sessions.
Wainui SLSC swimwear is the choice for local Junior carnivals and is a required as team uniform for the NZ Oceans Compeitition.

The club also has a number of other garments available to show your support, wear it with pride! 


Oceans is the celebration of all that is Under 14 in surf lifesaving as our juniors compete for fun and glory against their friends and fellow athletes at the annual NZ Junior National Surf Lifesaving carnival held at Mt Maunganui.


As a Club Wainui members work hard to maintain the condition of and fundraise for our equipment. It is essential that we respect and take responsibility for all gear used.
If you notice any damage to any equipment please report it to a Junior Surf Crew member and we will ensure that it is fixed and safe to use. 

Some principles that must be adhered to regarding use of club gear includes:

  • You must have your 200M qualification to use any board
  • Don’t use damaged equipment and check for damage prior to use
  • Report any damaged equipment to your coaches immediately
  • Never stack boards on top of each other
  • Always carry boards (don’t drag!) and no surfing onto the beach
  • Soft boards for use of U12 only unless permission given
  • Allocated fibreglass boards only to be used as allocated by the coaches
  • General use boards are marked and can be used by any qualified member or assisting parent
  • Always wash gear and put away tidily