Surf Sport Pathways

Junior Surf Sports is split into two levels – Ocean Development and Ocean Athletes. The Ocean Development Programme offers an extension of the skills developed in our Junior Surf Programme. It is designed for our under 9 and under 10 age group children, as well as children in the under 11 - under 14 age groups who wish to start training more during the week, extend their skills and progress into Ocean Athletes.

Our Ocean Athletes Programme is for all under 11 - under 14 children (must be at least 10 years old as of 1st October). During Ocean Athletes, participants learn and develop a variety of skills including board paddling, surf swimming, tube and board rescue, beach events such as sprints and flags, as well as team events. Ocean Development and Ocean Athlete participants get the opportunity to represent Pāpāmoa at local, regional and national surf sports events.

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Our Senior Surf Sport Programme is for under 15 and above aged athletes. It is broken into summer and winter seasons to keep our lifeguards fit year-round.

The Pāpāmoa SLSC offers professional coaching by our Senior Coach in all surf sports disciplines including swimming, board or ski paddling, canoe (four person) racing and the beach events of sprints and beach flags. 

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Did you know we offer the opportunity for adults/parents over the age of 30 to compete in Pool Rescue during winter and Surf Sports during summer? Many parents use the swim training as an opportunity to keep their fitness levels up. We have a strong Masters Team with our oldest member in their 70s!

This is a great way to be involved at the club alongside your kids, but you do not have to have children doing surf sports to take part. 

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Building lifesaving skills and confidence in the water is not limited to the ocean. As the ocean gets colder, we jump in the pool! Our Pool Rescue Programme is a skills-based programme for all our surf sports athletes from Juniors, through to Seniors and Masters.

These skill-based sessions should be complemented by participation in an external swim programme to best prepare athletes for Pool Rescue competitions. 

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