The Junior Surf Sunday Programme will start in a limited capacity to be determined, once we get to Level 2.

Junior Surf, or 'Nippers', is a fun way for your children to learn beach safety, acquire new life skills and compete in surf sports. Many of our senior volunteers have been involved with Junior Surf since their own childhood.

Our goal is to encourage water safety and water confidence for children aged three to 14, and their families. Junior Surf relies on families to help with all aspects of the programme, whether it is helping with the sausage sizzle, supervising training sessions or fundraising.

Sessions are held most Sunday mornings over the summer. Carnivals are held several times over the season and are a great opportunity to participate in both a fun and competitive environment with other clubs.

Age Groups

At Muriwai we cater for children from 3 years until 14

Under 5s

over 3 and under 5 years old as of 1 October

Under 7s

over 5 and under 7 years old as of 1 October

Under 10s

over 7 years and under 10 Years as of 1 October

Under 12s

over 10 years and under 12 years as of 1 October

Under 14s

over 12 years and under 14 years as of 1 October

Join Junior Surf

To Join Muriwai Junior Surf follow the steps on the Membership page.

For further details contact the Junior Surf Membership Officer at

Swimming Abilities and Expectations

Junior Surf members do not need to be strong swimmers, but are encouraged to improve their swimming ability as they progress through the age groups to get the most out of their time at the beach. Regular swimming lessons with a qualified instructor are strongly recommended.

200 Metre Badge

To compete in the full range of beach and water carnivals, Junior Surf members in the under 10 are group and above need to gain their 200 Metre Badge each season.

This means being able to swim 200 metres freestyle in under 8 minutes in the pool or 10 minutes in the sea. They all need to be able to tread water with a hand in the air for one minute. Your age group manager will arrange badge trials within the first few weeks of the season.

Children unable to attain their 200 metre badge can still compete in some specified beach events at summer carnivals.

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During the season coaches will be teaching the children a variety of surf skills which they will be assessed on.