Board Fundamentals
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The Board Fundamentals Programme runs before the start of the Junior Surf season to give our under 9 and above athletes the fundamental skills to enjoyably engage in board-related activities later in the season. It is also a great opportunity for beginners in the under 11 - under 14 age groups to learn some fundamental knee boarding skills before the start of the Junior Surf season.

By the end of this programme, participants should have increased their confidence around boards and gained the foundation to further develop their board skills.

This programme is an ideal pathway for those under 9 and under 10 athletes who wish to transition into the Ocean Development Programme.

Requirements
Cost = $20 total for all 3 sessions
  • Participants must be registered as a current member of Pāpāmoa's Junior Surf Programme for the coming season. Please note: when you sign up to this programme you will be charged the annual JunIor Surf membership fee of $65 at the same time. 
  • Participants must be 8 years of age or above as of 30th September this year.
  • Participants must wear their Junior Surf rashie.
  • Participants must have a supervising guardian present at all sessions.
  • Participants must have a 200m badge which requires them to swim 200m unaided in a pool in under 7mins followed by 1min of treading water unaided. This must be achieved at a dedicated PSLSC 200m badge session - click here for more information.
Session One
Prone (Stomach) Paddling

Date: Sunday 8th October 2023

Time: age groups will be split into half hour sessions between 2pm-3.30pm depending on numbers

Location: Pāpāmoa Swim Club outdoor pool, Parton Road

Session One will focus on:

  • Paddling prone (stomach)
  • Body positioning
  • Pivoting (turning)

In order to enjoy board-related activities participants must know the basics. By starting in a more controlled environment, participants are able to build their skills and confidence in a low-risk environment.

Session Two
Paddling on Knees

Date: Sunday 15th October 2023

Time: age groups will be split into half hour sessions between 2pm-3.30pm depending on numbers

Location: Pāpāmoa Swim Club outdoor pool, Parton Road

Session Two will focus on:

  • Paddling on knees
  • Body positioning
  • Pivoting (turning)
  • Rolling

Building on session one, participant’s will be introduced to paddling on their knees. By remaining in a controlled environment, participants will be able to focus on their balance and get an understanding of paddling on their knees without the challenges the surf brings.

Session Three
Review and Wrap Up

Date: Sunday 29th October 2023

Time: 2pm-3pm - all age groups together

Location: Pilot Bay or Pāpāmoa Beach (depending on conditions)

This final session will focus on pulling together and strengthening the skills learnt during the first two sessions, with a view to looking forward to the Junior Surf season and transferring the skills to the ocean.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about this programme please do not hesitate to contact Coach Jack Bullock via email: oceans@papamoalifeguards.co.nz