Welcome to the Youth Age Group. This age group is quite broad and generally covers members between the ages of 14 and 18 years. This page has been developed to provide information to teenagers and their parents and provide an over view of youth activities.
Following is a general run down of the Youth program at Sorrento SLSC. If you have done the Youth Program at Sorrento recently, a lot of this information you will already be aware of, but please do read over it to familiarise yourself with the program, note any changes, as well as starting dates and times, formats, YIPs info (Youth Involvement Program), competition information and dates for the upcoming season.
For those that have just joined our surf club, or have just moved up from Nippers – Welcome.
YOUTH PROGRAM PATHWAY
Below are the core objectives of Youth for the forthcoming 2017/2018 season. All Youth activities each Sunday will be referred to from these objectives.
Develop the hand on surf lifesaving skills of young members
Provide a transition and bridge the gap between the nipper and senior lifesaving
Provide a smooth transition and ready flow of active members from Junior ranks by providing a program of practical lifesaving development
Provide a structured career path in surf lifesaving
Develop strong ties between Senior and Junior Members because of involvement in this program.
Club patrols will become more efficient as patrol members become involved with the development of younger patrol members whilst on patrol.
Understand the surf lifesaving philosophy
Encouragement to complete the Surf Rescue Certificate, and ability to gain the Bronze Medallion (Cert II Public Safety – Aquatic Rescue).
Transition from nipper competition to Senior arena
Introduction of new disciplines eg, Boards, Ski, IRB, Boats
Provide a pathways to other areas such as senior first aid /training /coaching/age manager etc.
Health and fitness
The committee meets once per month to determine and formalise our program to achieve the above core objectives. Committee members are as follows:
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATOR
Dominic Berry email@example.com
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS
David Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Crowley email@example.com
Dale Berry firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUTH LIASION OFFICERS
Sandra Denehy email@example.com
Kylie Milne firstname.lastname@example.org
Kylie Thompson email@example.com
SUNDAY MORNING ACTIVITIES
8.15am - 10.30am
Arrive at club outside boatshed at 8.15 to register for Club Swim. Ensure you have your visibility vest and club cap on ready to go, sunscreen, water, towel, sun protective clothing (including a hat) and warm clothing for those chilly days and your YIP booklet.
Upon arrival log your YIP activities and times with Dale Berry.
Register for club swim at 8.30. Swim is mandatory for all Youth members. Your time for each swim will be registered and participants will then be handicapped through out the season.
After the club swim all Youth Members are to meet with their Youth Officers and assistants at the Youth Flag. There will be two groups of Youth this season, one for the U 14’s with Chris Crowley and one for U15’s and above with Dominic Berry and Dave Armstrong. The roll will be taken and the groups will participate in various activities according to the Program Pathway Objectives, surf conditions and leadership ratios. Some youth will be participating in their SRC or Bronze course during the morning.
Attendance is for the time stated above, youth once signed on, are to participate in activities until the end of the session at 10.30 approximately
Sunday morning is not a drop off pick up session. We cannot guarantee 100% supervision of your child at all times. This must be considered.
If you have completed you SRC or Bronze and are rostered on for patrol in this time, you must attend patrol.
Information will be passed on via our Youth Liaison Officers, Sandra Denehy and Kylie Milne through emails, our Youth Face Book page and/or a Youth Newsletter, which will be emailed out to you.
Please join the Sorrento SLSC Youth Face Book page, the Athletes Face Book page, Patrols Face Book page and download the Sorrento Team App. These avenues of communication will provide various information throughout the season, and should be checked regularly.
Feel free to communicate with the committee through our Liasion Officers.
BRONZE / SRC
If you have not completed your SRC or Bronze Medallion, then these are also something that need to be completed during this season.
Under 15 will need to complete their Surf Rescue Certificate.
15 and over need to complete their Bronze Medallion.
You will need to go onto the Sorrento Website and complete an “Expression of Interest” form that you return to Jess at the office. They will then inform our Education Officer who will allocate you to a ‘like’ training group. This season we are endeavouring to have most courses complete one of the weekly sessions on a Sunday morning during Youth time.
Each season SLSWA offer places in their development camps. Selection of Youth that are offered places to attend these camps are done so via communications with Youth Co-ordinators and coaches within the club.
The 2018 Camps are:
Rise Up 8-11th Jan 2018
TOAD 15-18th Jan 2018
CAD 24-25th Jan 2018, just prior to the Country Carnival which is in Geraldton too.
The Rise Up Camp is designed to cater for 15 and 16 year old members. This camp provides an opportunity for members to participate in a wide range of physical and social activities that will develop personal leadership skills. Age Group: U17s
Teamwork, Opportunity and Development (TOAD) Camp
The TOAD Camp is a development program open to 13 and 14 year old members. The camp is designed to expose participants to a variety of skills and activities that will enhance and encourage their development within our organisation.
Coach and Athlete Development (CAD) Camp
CAD is an exciting new camp offered by SLSWA. It is specifically designed for 13 to 16 year old members who wish to enhance and develop their surf sports skills under the tuition of some of the state’s top level coaches.
Once you have your award you are required to attend rostered patrols. Patrolling Sorrento beach is what our Club exists for. They are our core value.
While you are on patrol your Patrol Captain is in charge and will give you tasks to do. Be active and get involved. If you have any questions ask your Patrol Captain.
Annual Proficiency - By the 31st of December each year, all active members must requalify in their bronze or SRC awards. Sorrento SLSC allocates specific dates for members to complete their requalification in their Bronze or SRC awards. Please keep yourself updated with Sorrento SLSC newsletters, facebook pages or the Sorrento Team App for all relevant information.
* If you intend on competing this season – training has already started.
Please join the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club Athlete’s Face Book page to keep up with all information through out the season including time or date changes for training sessions, carnival info and any social events.
It is up to you to register for the carnivals. In Seniors, you must take responsibility for ensuring you are registered and have paid for each carnival. Below is a guide to register:
- Write your name on Competition Sheet located on the Competition Board near the water fountain in the Boat Shed. Write your name, age group and tick what you will be entering.
- Pay online making sure you put your name, age, carnival type and location you are entering.
- All registrations have a closing date, which is usually the Monday before each carnival.
- A list of registrations are posted on Face Book Wednesday night. It is up to you to make sure your name is on that list. If it does not appear contact Peta Watkins (Competition Director) or make a comment on Face Book.
- Competition numbers will be posted Friday night before each carnival and there will be a copy at the beach in case you forget.
- Late entries are charged to the individual athlete.
On carnival days it is up to you to make sure you are in the right place at the right time. Coaches are there to coach, they are not there to marshall. Parents, you may need to help in this area.
Look after your equipment, as Seniors it can become costly if you do not respect your tools. Children borrowing club equipment for carnivals must return it to the club after each carnival. Please treat it like it is your own.
Parents will need to make themselves available for Water Safety and Official duties. If you are keen to help out (and we can really do with the help!), there are SRC, Bronze and Official Courses held throughout the year. Please read the newsletter or get online to research.
TRAINING - It is important that you are training to improve your skills in your chosen disciplines.
When choosing teams in Seniors, training, club championships, carnivals attended, results and attitude are what the coaching panel looks at.
Don’t be scared to give things a go. Training is a great way to get fit, meet life long friends
and have some fun!!
* Training is offered for the following disciplines: beach sprints and flags, boards, skis, boats, IRB’s, March Past, RnR (some of these disciplines have age limits – please enquire to Jess in office)
* Current training schedules are on large white board in boat shed. These training times will change as the upcoming season progresses.
* Changes to training schedules are put on the white board and also put up on Athletes Face Book Page.
* Please visit the Sorrento SLSC website to confirm training times of all disciplines and contact details of coaches. The Sorrento Athletes Face Book Page and Team App also communicates current training and competition information.
You will a YIP information booklet and hopefully read up on the YIP Program. It is run to encourage, recognise and reward youth participation within our club. It is a voluntary program that requires the youth to achieve three levels of participation – bronze, silver and gold. Along the way commitment and achievements are rewarded (eg embroidered hooded towels, Sorrento SLSC backpacks etc)
It is a wonderful way for you, as a Youth member, to ‘give’ back to our Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club and Community.
The concept is quite simple. YIP’s is a recognition and reward program with a similar concept to Frequent Flying points. Participants collect points for being involved in lifesaving activities. The more activities you engage in, the more hours you volunteer, the greater your YIP’s points score!
There are many ways to be involved and the good thing is that not only can others benefit from your efforts, you can also be rewarded for the effort and time that you put in. You, as a Youth member, can earn points for doing many different activities around the club from
- competing at carnivals
- doing patrols
- helping with nippers (assistant age managers, water safety or just a helper)
- doing water safety on a Friday evening for the North Coast Tri Club (contact Peter Watkins)
- doing water safety at other Tri Events through out the season (contact Gary Bunford)
- assisting with social events (eg Juniors disco, Xmas Wind up, Youth social activities) and
- assisting with club activities (Club Swim, Watermans to the Wall etc)
A minimum number of points and patrol hours are required for each level. Once each level is obtained the participant is presented with a reward provided by the Club, and a certificate from Lifesaving Australia to acknowledge the participant’s achievement and contribution to lifesaving.
If you are interested please complete an expression of interest form and hand to Dale Berry.
* At the first Sunday Session on the Sunday 22nd October, you will meet your YIP co-ordinator –Dale Berry, who will run you through this program.
Please remember as a Youth Member there are many avenues for you to become a valuable member of our club. These can include:
Patrolling SRC and Bronze Club Swim
Assistant Age Managers for Nippers Water Safety for Nippers
Sausage Sizzle for Nippers Training/Fitness
Sunday Activities Volunteer to help at Club events
Water Safety for Tri Events
Competition – Beach (sprints and flags), Ocean (swim, board and ski), Boats, R&R, March Past, Pool Rescue