SURF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The seven achievement levels in the Junior Surf programme provide a managed pathway for children to gain confidence in the surf. They work on these skills throughout the season and relieve a certificate at the Junior Surf prize giving.

LEVEL ONE (7 YEAR OLDS)

  • 25 metre pool swim

  • 25 metre open water swim

  • Survival float for 20 seconds

  • Wading and negotiating the waves in and out

  • Demonstrate being confident in the waves

  • Diving under a wave

  • Gliding onto a wave from standing position

  • Run Wade Run 25m x 50m x 25m

  • Body board using leash, catching a wave, paddling

  • Six theory questions

LEVEL TWO (8 YEAR OLDS)

  • 50 metre pool swim

  • 50 metre open water swim

  • Wading with correct technique

  • Negotiating waves in and out

  • Survival float for 30 seconds

  • Body surfing catching wave, stroke on wave

  • Tread water 30 seconds

  • Run Swim or Dolphin Dive Run 30m x 50m x 30m

  • Paddling lying down, negotiating waves in and out

  • Six theory questions

LEVEL THREE (9 YEAR OLDS)

  • Pool swim 100 metres

  • Open water swim up to 100 metres

  • Diving under a wave

  • Wade, dolphin diving to waist depth, swim

  • Body surfing, on a wave, stroking on wave

  • Tread water one minute

  • Run Swim Run 50m x 75m x 50m

  • Achieving three of the following on a board: Surfing along wave with fins, going over the top of a wave on the way out, going under a wave, Eskimo roll

  • Six theory questions

LEVEL FOUR (10 YEAR OLDS)

  • Open water swim 200 metres

  • Pool swim 200 metres in 7 minutes

  • Swim with a tube, fins and patient

  • Diving under a wave, pushing off the bottom

  • Body surfing, swimming to catch a wave

  • Tread water one minute

  • Run Swim Run 50m x 100m x 50m

  • Board paddling, kneeling, negotiating surf, turning, catching a wave and holding on, paddling with a patient

  • Paddling with two on board

  • Five theory questions

LEVEL FIVE (11 YEAR OLDS)

  • Pool swim 200 metres in 5 minutes and/or

  • Open water swim 200 metres

  • Diving under wave, five dolphin dives

  • Body surfing, swimming to catch a wave

  • Hand up for 30 seconds to signal for help

  • Swim with tube, fins and patient following a patient pick up

  • Trade water 2 minutes, assistance required

  • Run Swim Run 100m x 200m x 100m

  • Board catching unbroken wave, turning around buoy, punching through white water, recovering from falling off board

  • Controlling board and changing direction

  • Paddle two to a board

  • Pick up a patient on a board

  • Four theory questions

 
 
 
 
 

LEVEL SIX (12 YEAR OLDS)

  • Prerequisite - Level 5 Award

  • 200 metre pool swim in 4.5 minutes

  • Run Swim Run in the ocean (100m run including wade, 200m swim, 100m run) in 7 minutes

  • Tow a patient in a rescue tube minimum of 30 metres, wearing fins

  • Six theory questions

LEVEL SEVEN (13 YEAR OLDS)