St Clair Juniors

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About our Junior Club

The St Clair Junior Surf Lifesaving programme, is a great opportunity for families to become involved in surf lifesaving. Junior Beach Club teaches kids how they can keep themselves and their friends safe at the beach while having fun. It enables kids to learn about being ‘surf smart’, learning about rips and waves and being safe, and the fundamentals of surf sport. We encourage children to have fun and develop their skills, so they can enjoy the beach and one day may be able to save someone else.

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Junior Club Information

SATURday Junior Beach Club

Junior Beach Club is run on Saturdays starting at 2:30 pm sharp, ready to go in your wetsuit and hi-viz vest (compulsory). At least one parent or guardian must stay on the beach for all athletes.

Parent helpers are always welcome and appreciated. Club days are designed to be fun and we incorporate games and drills that match events run at carnivals. Juniors can compete at inter-club carnivals if they wish.

Juniors will be divided into groups based on their ability and experience. Click on the links below to learn more about the Groups, their Learning Outcomes and Carnival Events.

Group 1 - Korora

Group 2 - Kekeno

Group 3 - Toroa

Group 4 - Rapoka


All children are encouraged to work on their swimming. Our club has 3 lanes booked at Moana Pool on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. (Term time only). Jon Richardson runs these sessions with help from some of our amazing young Lifeguards. There are discount cards available for members, just ask Jon.


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200m Swim Safety Badge

All children using foam or fibreglass knee boards or competing in water events which go beyond waist depth, must have completed their 200m safety award. This is a mandatory safety requirement.

They must: Swim 200m with no stopping in under 7 minutes, then tread water for 1 minute. Testing is done at the start of Wednesday evening  swimming sessions at 6:30pm.

The purpose of this swim is so that candidates will demonstrate that they are confident in the ocean and are capable of returning to shore if they are separated from their equipment. Candidates must be able to swim the 200m confidently. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can re-test but they must have swum their 200m safety test in order to participate in open sea and board training.

Parents & Caregivers (your involvement)

We encourage all parents to take the opportunity to become active contributors to the junior programme. Your help during training sessions is always required and appreciated by the coaches whether setting up equipment, cleaning and packing away the gear, helping on the beach or being involved in the water. Parent involvement is also crucial at surf carnivals. Whether it be as an age-group manager, water helper/official or putting up the club tent. If you wish to be involved or have a great idea please contact the Junior Surf co-ordinator.

Junior Surf Gear Usage and Guidelines

All water equipment used in training and at the carnivals has been bought by St Clair SLSC for use by its members with money raised by club members through fundraising events, sponsorship and grants. The Club gear (boards, body boards, tubes, etc) is expensive to purchase and to maintain. Most gear damage is avoidable. Teach your kids to be careful and respectful of the hard work it has taken to get this equipment. If you see kids struggling with the gear, please give them a hand. Every ‘ding’ in a board costs time and money to repair.

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