Sorrento Surf Club is a family based club that values the junior members as the future of the club.
The junior programme is based upon the development of youth within the club as future active patrolling members and training for those wanting to participate in competition. The strength in maintaining the junior programme is through the active participation of parents who contribute in activities ranging from water safety through to competition officials.
The surf club has two categories for Juniors (or 'Nippers' as they are commonly referred to). These being 'Juniors' aged between 5-13 years and a Youth programme (Cadets) for those aged between 14 - 17 years.
Juniors and Youth are divided into age groups for both competitions and receiving SLSA accreditation.
Junior Club Carnivals are undertaken for all age groups with results being recorded for age groups.
Competition points will be awarded for the first four places and points as per SLSWA competition guidelines. Overall championship results are then determined and awarded to juniors achieving the highest point score from the best two results from the three events.
Juniors in the Under 8 and Under 9 groups will be rewarded for their participation and effort even though no official results are being recorded.
Sorrento Club carnivals will consist of the following individual events;
- Ironman/Ironwoman (only for Juniors Under 11 -Under 14)
SLSWA include individual and team events. In addition to the above listed individual events the team events include:
- Board rescue
- Board relay
- Beach Sprint relays
- The Cameron relay
Junior Members in age groups Under 11 - Under 14 have the opportunity to compete against children from other clubs at Junior interclub carnivals. There are typically three metropolitan carnivals, one country carnival and the State Championships at the end of the season.
Nominations for carnivals and competition fees are required to be received and paid at least two weeks prior to the event.
SLSWA Competition Requirements
To compete in SLSWA carnivals, competitors are require to wear the following items during competition;
- Club competition cap
- Sorrento club bathers (or black)
- Long sleeved shirt
- Fluoro Pink Vest (this is a new requirement under Surf Life Saving policies instated 2012).
Carnival Entry Cut Off Times
Please note that the cut-off time for entries for carnivals is always TUESDAYS at 12 noon prior to the carnival.
Any payments received after this time will incur a late penalty fee (usually $10 per competition entry).
Please be aware that club office staff will only process carnival entries once a member has paid the prescribed compeititon fee through the online payment portal (see attached link). There is strictly NO member competition entries processed without payment - Please contact the Club office if you need more information/clarification.
HOW TO ENTER SLSWA CARNIVALS
Online Payment of Carnival Fees
Use the following link to access the SLSA Online Payment System:
Please ensure you list the competition name, date of carnival and each competitiors name.
1) Beach based training (Water and Beach) is open for all members aged U/10 - U/13 age groups
2) Swimming is open to U/9’s to Masters – note that you must be in at least level 7 at swim lessons.
2) Training sessions will be tiered to allow for athletes to train within their ability (rather than age group)
3) All juniors should arrive 15 mins prior to each session to be prepared for the training session and be dressed appropriately for the session (ie fluro vest).
4) Parents, it is expected you will be available to assist with Water Safety for beach based water sessions.
Swim/Surf Skills: Andrew Ridley: 0408 298 725
Surf Skills: Ellie Smith: 0417 944 215
Board: Callan Preiato: 0400 760 583
Beach: Tristan Xavier: 0414 316 300
*Note swimming is through H2O Fitness Academy contact Andrew for enrolments.
JUNIORS (U/10s – U/13s)
|AM||SURF SKILLS SESSION inc BOARD, IRON & SWIM
7.30am – 8.30am
5.15pm – 6.15pm &
6.20pm – 7.30pm
5.00pm – 6.00pm (SORRENTO)
5.15pm – 6.15pm &
6.20pm – 7.30pm
3.00pm – 4.30pm
What to Bring
Juniors should bring the following items to all club activities;
- Sorrento lime green Rash Vest
- Appropriate age group coloured cap
- Long sleeved shirt
- Bathers (racing style, no boardies)
- Water bottle
- Warm clothing to change into afterwards (dependant on weather).
Sorrento SLSC fully endorses the Sun Smart recommendations and guidelines for Juniors. Therefore any Junior members with inadequate sun protection will not be permitted to participate in any club activities.
The nature of surf club activities means that personal belongings and valuables are left unattended for extended periods of time on the beach.
For safety reasons Sorrento SLSC requests that members do not bring any valuables/jewellery (with the exception of Medic Alert bracelets) to club activities. This will also reduce the risk of theft and loss at the Club.
Please be aware that Age Managers and Club Officials will not take any responsibility for lost valuables nor will they will be able to hold or looks after any valuables during Club activities.
Bathers, pink rash vests, tshirts, hats, rashies and caps are available for purchase from the club clothing shop. The Clothing Shop is open during the season on Sundays from 8am-9am and Wednesday nights between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm (please note this many change during the off-season).
Please support and promote the Club by purchasing your requirements at the Uniform Shop. Please note these times may change, the weekly newsletter will give you updates. If you want to help in the uniform shop, do not hesitate to ask we are always looking for volunteers.
Sorrento Surf Club is a volunteer organisation and very reliant on the efforts and support from parents and club officials. Parents are required to participate in junior activities during the season and activities can range from water safety, competition officials through to social or helping out with the weekend BBQ.
The safety of juniors is the highest priority for the club. While Sorrento is typically a relatively safe beach, the surf conditions and weather can change suddenly.
One of the skills learnt in surf lifesaving is to become familiar and confident in hazardous surf conditions. This may require juniors to deal with confronting a fear in rather provoking and challenging conditions. This will require appropriate number of parents to be involved with water safety. Age managers will need to insist on the appropriate level of parents in the water in order for activities to proceed.
While parents can assist in club activities and water safety without and formal SLSA qualifications we encourage parents to consider achieving some formal training.
The Surf Rescue Certificate is a recognised course which covers fundamental surf lifesaving and resuscitation. Parents can also progress further qualifications including Bronze Medallion, IRB Driver, First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation. Qualifications of Bronze Medallion and above will allow members full use of club facilities including use of gym equipment, ski and boards and entitled to compete at masters competitions, however will be required to participate in patrols. Parents wanting to pursue training should register with their age managers or training officer.
To participate in SLSA Carnivals, each club is required to provide one competition official for every ten juniors competing. Club officials are critical to running of SLSA carnivals. Training courses are run by SLSWA with the club funding training for parents wanting to be involved with being an official.