Many activities that will be completed by children as part of junior activities will be conducted in the water. To ensure that all children have a suitable swimming ability to allow them to participate in these activities, SLSA has developed a Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation for each age group.
Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation, conducted by the club, prior to any junior water activity training or competition being undertaken. It includes a swim and a float which is progressively increased by age group.
Normally this would occur at the very first training session but if not this must be completed before any water activity is undertaken. The intent of this is to conduct an evaluation of each junior member’s own personal swimming and water survival ability for the information of the member, parent and age manager.
Note: It is not an assessment which if not completed competently precludes the child from becoming a member or continuing with junior surf education or training activities.
The junior development program is designed to ensure children from the ages of 5 to 12 have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will pathway them to becoming a lifesaver – what we like to call ‘Serious Fun’.
The specially designed program pathways knowledge and skills learning outcomes through lessons that are tailored to each of the age groups; ensuring the content is relevant, in line with lifesaving and surf sports most up to date training standards and most of all exciting! Each age group has its own individual set of lessons – between 10 and 16 depending on the age group.