Junior Surf
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Junior Surf is about developing tomorrow’s lifeguards. It's an ideal way for kids to develop and improve their surf lifesaving knowledge and skills for themselves, and one day possibly for others. At the same time, they will have lots of fun and some good, healthy physical exercise, as well as learning to be safe on the beach. 

  • Pāpāmoa’s Junior Surf Programme is designed for 5-14 year olds (as determined by the age the child is on 30th September). 
  • Age groups have their own dedicated coaches who will oversee the activities and teach those all-important beach skills.
  • Junior Surf is on every Sunday over the summer months - starting on 7th November 2021 and finishing mid-March 2022.
  • Sessions incorporate both beach and water based activities dependent on time of year and surf conditions.
  • Over the season there are various carnivals that children in the under 8 and above groups are encouraged to attend.
  • At the end of the season there is a Club Championships for all Pāpāmoa Surf Club members aged 5+.
  • There is no obligation to attend every week.
Junior Surf Sessions

We are running two separate JS sessions this season:

Under 6s, under 7s and under 8s


Under 9s and above


* See image at the bottom of the page for a map of the age groups on the beach

Junior Surf Registration Closing Date
12pm 4th November 2021

We need to know how many people have registered in each age group for JS. This means that unfortunately we can no longer allow children to trial a session before signing up. All participants must be pre-registered.

Covid Requirements
  • parents or caregivers who help out at JS must be fully vaccinated
  • JS athletes over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated
  • face coverings are recommended for those over 12 years old
  • maintain social distancing
  • scan in using the Covid tracer app
  • use hand sanitizer located at each age group flag
  • if you have flu like symptoms or feel unwell - please stay away from the club and all club activities
Keep up to date

Covid guidelines can change and evolve so please ensure you keep an eye on our Junior Surf Facebook group page for regular updates.


All JS participants are required to wear a club beanie and long-sleeved rash shirt (or high vis singlet if the child has their 200m badge). Wetsuits may be worn on colder days.

Please click here to order JS uniforms online. Uniforms can be collected during the office opening hours of 9am-2pm Monday–Friday from the main office upstairs. 


Please be aware that we don't have sunblock on the beach at JS, so please sunblock your kids before you arrive and bring sunblock with you.


All coaches are volunteers – if you are keen to take the journey and learn along with your kids then we would love to hear from you.

Contact admin@papamoalifeguards.co.nz for more information.


Click on the images below to view

  • Season Calendar
  • Carnivals & Events Calendar
  • JS age group locations on the beach