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about junior surf

Ocean Beach Kiwi Surf Life Saving Club runs a Junior Surf (Nippers) program for 7 - 13 year olds on Sundays during the summer.

We do accept under 7 year olds if they are especially keen, are confident in the water & have a parent to assist.

The aim of the program is to teach some basic surf safety skills while having fun. Many of the children also take part in regular competitions against other Hawke's Bay clubs. The program relies on parents helping to coach and supervise on the beach and we expect one parent to stay for the entire session.

We start the season's training with some water confidence work in the pool before going to the beach (when the weather warms up!). There is no requirement for the children to be strong swimmers, but they will be encouraged to become competent swimmers as they progress through the season. Accordingly, we encourage the children to join swim programmes suited to their ability levels. Swimming is the key to the fitness and strength required in many surf life saving disciplines.

Swimming lessons, improvement classes and fitness training is provided by many pool complexes and swim clubs around Hawke's Bay e.g.  Napier Aquahawks at the Onekawa Pool, Sundevils at Flaxmere Waterworld and the Greendale Swim Club at the Greendale Pool.

Competitive Program

We also run a competitive program for 10 - 13 year olds who are capable of attending the National U14 (Ocean Athletes) championships in early March.

The Ocean Athletes squad will be coached by Farren McGregor-Smythe, with weekly sessions over the summer and is a lot of fun for the athletes.

For more information on our Junior Surf programme please email Alison Prins at juniorsurf@obk.org.nz