Rookie Junior Lifeguarding
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Make friends, learn about our beach and ocean environment, develop the practical skills that will help you become a lifeguard, and provide service to your community.

Once registered please join our Facebook group page Pāpāmoa SLSC Rookies for notices and session updates.

Rookies Programme

Our Rookie Junior Lifeguard Programme provides the vital bridge between Junior Surf and Lifeguarding. It is an educational programme that introduces children aged 13-14 to a higher level of lifeguarding skills such as first aid, CPR, communication (radio and other) and patrolling requirements. Ultimately, growing them into our lifeguards of the future, ensuring as a club we can continue to meet the demands of our core business in the community.

Although there is a Rookies Challenge at the end of the season (for Eastern Regional Clubs), the programme is not competitive and previous participation in Junior Surf activities is not required.

2023/2024 Season Dates
5th November 2023 - 7th April 2024

A printable calendar is available under Downloads above. Please note that this calendar is subject to change so make sure you sign up to the Rookies Facebook Group Page for updates.

Time: Sunday’s 10am–12pm or 10am-2pm

Location: Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club

Equipment: each Rookie will need to bring surf fins for water-based activities and a wetsuit is recommended for cooler days

Uniform: Rookie uniforms are provided and need to be returned at the end of the season

  • 13 years old as at 1st October
  • Be able to swim 200m in a pool in under 4mins 30secs followed by 1 minute of treading water unaided (or committed to reaching this goal during the season)*
  • Belong to Pāpāmoa Surf Life Saving Club
  • Be able to participate in four weekend patrols to accumulate at least 12 hours of lifeguarding experience

 * Water activities will be restricted until 200m swim goal is achieved. See below for more details.

200m Safety Badge Testing

Dates: Saturday 23rd September or Saturday 25th November

Time: 2pm-3pm

Location: Fulton Swim School, 15 Market Place, Pāpāmoa

There is no need to book, just turn up during these times.

To complete the badge, participants must swim 200m in a pool in under 4mins 30secs followed by 1 minute of treading water unaided (or committed to reaching this goal during the season).

If the swim competency test isn’t achieved, Rookies can still join but will be unable to take part in water-based activities.

Jamie Mardon
Rookies Coach

I've been involved with Pāpāmoa Surf Lifesaving Club for 10 years and the majority of that time have coached multiple different Junior Surf age groups with both my daughters - Emily & Phoebe. I've been involved with coaching kid's sport for over 30 years as well.

I've been a qualified lifeguard and IRB driver for the last couple of years and am a big believer in team work / patrol engagement. I am keen to see the Rookies get involved in lifeguarding patrols as much as possible.

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