Junior Surf Club

Junior Surf caters for kids under the age of 14. The Rookie training programme is offered to kids over 12yrs to develop surf lifesaving skills needed to become Surf Lifeguards. The emphasis is on fun and participation while encouraging children to develop surf skills and knowledge through surf activities and surf sports.

Mangawhai Heads Surf Club offers regular Junior Surf training sessions every Sunday morning at 10.00 a.m. throughout the surf season. We also organize special club days as well as the End of Year Prizegiving ( See our club calendar )

The program is designed to introduce our youngest members to promote water safety and ‘surf sense’ and surf sports and events. There are opportunities to meet with other surf clubs for surf carnivals and regional competitions. Surf sports provide individuals the opportunity to develop confidence and compete in surf events.

1 child and adult(s) $100
2 children and adult(s)) $110
3 children and adult(s) $120

Junior Surf is divided into age groups as follows:

Tadpoles (nippers) ages 4, 5, 6: The emphasis is on teaching water safety and encouraging confidence.  A parent or adult guardian is required to participate along with the children in this age group.

A Group - ages 7,8,9

At A Group level, the children will be introduced to the possibility of competing at club and inter-club carnivals and competitions. (participation at carnivals is not mandatory, but is an option available for any interested Junior Surf Club member)
Group A practices beach flags, beach sprints, relays, run-wade-run, and boogie board races.
At the A level, children are expected to  continue developing their swimming skills. 7 and 8 year olds can still compete at carnivals in beach events without developed swimming ability. 9 year olds who have obtained a 200 m safety badge are able to compete in water events such as surf swimming and board races.

B Group - ages 10, 11
B Group training builds on the skills and events taught at the A group level. The shift is towards participation in water events. At this level, B group participants should be developing their swimming skills towards attaining their 200m badge if they have not done so previously. B Groupers should be able to attain their 200m badge towards the beginning of the season. Once badged, participants earn access to the use of club boards.

C Group - ages 12, 13
At C group level, training becomes more intensive with a focus primarily towards developing life saving skills and providing an environment where participants become actively involved in surf sports (swimming, beach flags and sprints, rescue board work, and rescue tube work)
C group athletes should be able to compete their 200m badge with ease.

Surf Carnivals and Competition dates for the 2016-2017 season:
(Participation is not required, but is encouraged for any athletes who are interested)

Saturday December 3  Harcourts Northern Region Junior Interclub at Red Beach

Saturday January  14 Harcourts Northern Region Junior Interclub at Ruakaka

Saturday and Sunday February 4 and 5 Harcourts Northern Region Junior Champs at Orewa

March 2-5 U14 NZ Surf Life Saving Junior Championships OCEANS 17 at Mt Maunganui

What are the possible events to participate in at carnivals?

  1. Beach flags
  2. Beach sprints
  3. Beach relays
  4. Run Wade Run
  5. Run Swim Run
  6. Surf Swim
  7. Run Board Run
  8. Board Races
  9. Diamond Race (run, swim, board, run)
  10. Cameron Relay (team run, swim, board race)


What happens each Sunday:

    - Meet in front of the surf club at 9:55 ready for 10 am start
  1. - Sign all children in to the age group rosters
  2. - all participants must have on sun screen
  3. - all participants must where the club provided rash guard and cap, which will be returned at the end of the session
    when you sign your child out.
  4. - bring a bottle of water or snack if you feel it will be needed
  5. - children will go in the water even if it is cold, so wetsuits may be used if desired
  6. - come prepared with a towel and a warm dry change of clothes for chilly days
  7. - Parents are expected to assist in supervision of children and in helping the coaches to maintain minimum adult to child ratios.(Parent MAY NOT drop off children to the program and then leave) Training ends at noon. Parent sign out children. Children return rash shirts and caps to the bucket for cleaning
  8. - Parent volunteers are always welcome to help anywhere needed on the beach or preparing bbq for sausage sizzle.
  9. we will meet every Sunday from 10 am to noon except for the two Sundays of Christmas and New Year’s weekends


Club Equipment Use Guidelines during Junior Surf Training:

NOTE; Use of club equipment is for Junior Surf Members only and is with prior approval from coaches. Do Not leave equipment on the beach when you are done with it.

All Under 8’s - body (boogie) boards
Under 9’s  - 8’10” maximum length foam board (must have completed 200 m badge to use these boards)
Under 10’s - Under 12’s - 8’10” maximum length board made from foam, plastic, or fibreglass. (Coaches will advise on which boards are appropriate for use. Respect coach and directors decisions)
12 years and over 10’6” maximum length fibreglass or foam boards


EQUIPMENT USE IS A PRIVILEGE! If you use club equipment, you are required to wash it and return it to its proper storage location after use. Report any damage to the Junior Surf Coordinator so unsafe equipment can be repaired.

CLUBHOUSE USE IS A PRIVILEGE! Respect  the club house and grounds. Pick up after your self. DO NOT use the cliff side in front of the club for access to the beach. Use the provided staircase to the beach and keep the club ramp clear for Lifeguard IRB, Jeep, and equipment passage.