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