200 Metre Safety Test
For safety reasons, we strive to have the children demonstrate
that they are confident in the ocean and are capable of returning
to shore if they are separated from their equipment. Each year, the
children are asked to attempt a timed 200 metre swim.
The children must swim 200 metres (using any stroke competently)
in either ocean (within 9 minutes) or pool (within 7
minutes). Following the 200m swim, the children must tread
water for one minute.
We will hold 200 metre tests within the first few weeks of the
season. The test must be passed before the children are allowed to
compete in the competitive arena at carnivals. Children who do not
pass the test can still compete in the land events in the
competitive arena but they cannot compete in the surf events in the
Clothing and Equipment
At each session the children will need swimwear, a cap (retro
pink) and possibly a wetsuit. The weather can be cool before
Christmas so extra gear can be handy. Thermal shirts are
great as well as wind breakers, beanies, towels, food and drink and
a bag to carry your gear down to the beach.
All children entering the water will need to wear a club
Hi-viz vest & a club cap (beanie) for safety reasons.
Ideally they should also wear their OBK togs but that is not
compulsory. The club has OBK togs, vests and caps available for purchase.