Junior Activities

SLSQ is respected as a leader in developing and delivering aquatic safety, lifesaving and first aid services in the community. Junior Activities forms the foundation of this organisation and we as a club promote a safe, healthy environment for all our nippers to encourage long-term active participation.

Our Sunday program activities focus on fun, friendship and family in an inclusive and safe beach environment. We encourage the personal qualities of teamwork, respect, leadership, safety, trust and community. The program promotes improvement in both surf sports and lifesaving skills. Training sessions during the week build on fitness, surf skills, board paddling and beach events technique and endurance.

BSLSC Junior Activities are governed by SLSQ education resources, systems and policies to ensure delivery of the best teaching and learning opportunities for our nippers and their families. Each age group from U6-U14 has an ‘Age Manager’ and each week requires parent or cadet support as Assistant Age Managers.

Between September and December, each age group has an ‘Education’ component of their Sunday program. With the completion of these lessons and demonstrated competency in the surf sports events appropriate for their age group, the child’s ‘award’ can be processed. Certificates are presented at our Nipper Break-up and Presentation Day in March.

U14s train for their Surf Rescue Certificate which qualifies them to become active patrolling members. For more information on SRC courses, see education.

SUNDAY NIPPERS

 

Our Sunday Nipper Program

U6-U7 8:45-10am

U8-U14 8:45-11am

Age Managers sign the children into the program when attendance rolls are marked.

At least one parent must remain at the beach for the duration of their child/children’s nipper session.

In accordance with SLSQ Policy, it is mandatory that a high visibility rash shirt or vest and club cap is worn during all Junior Activities Programs and junior sport training. High-vis garments must also be worn in all open water events conducted or endorsed by SLSQ.

SKILLS EVALUATION – PRE-REQUISITES

 

All our Junior Members complete a pool swim before joining in activities at the beach. This can be completed at sign-on days or during regular lessons by an accredited swim instructor.

Email [email protected] for more information about pool and beach evaluations.

Pre-requisite for SRC Course – 200m pool swim in under 5 minutes

Bronze Medallion Course (15 years +) – 400m in under 9 minutes

For more information about  courses or to enrol  see the education section or contact us.

 

UNIFORMS

 

Bundaberg SLSC competition caps and pink rash vests are required to be worn by all children during organised Junior Activities and training sessions.  This not only allows for easy identification of our members but assists the patrol members when nippers are participating in water activities.

Pink vests, caps, club shirts, togs and other uniform items are available from our uniform team.

2023/24 Prices

Pink rash Vest – $35

Pink rash long-sleeve – $45

Club cap – $25

U6s borrow a green cap and U7s borrow a red cap for the morning. These are returned and washed each week.

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Membership Fees for the 2021/22 season are:

  • ​$280   Family membership (Two adults and all dependent children up to 18 years)
  • $100   Non-patrolling member under 18 (includes nippers)
  • $120   Non-patrolling member over 18 (includes associate members)
  • $100   Patrolling members

Please be aware of additional fees including carnival nominations that may be payable along with your membership fees.

​Please be aware that at least one parent or guardian must join with nippers aged 5-14 years and that all parents/guardians and volunteers over the age of 18 years must hold a current Blue Card.

​Use the links below for more information about membership and payment options.

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Training

Bundaberg SLSC’s volunteer coaches offer training sessions outside of Sunday activities time in a range of events and disciplines.

Below are the regular training  times for juniors.

For a complete list of all training times in the various Surf sport disciplines, see Surf Sports Training.

BOARD TRAINING U9-U14

 

Board training sessions cater for all ability levels from learning to paddle to endurance training for competition.

Nippers need a water bottle, goggles, pink singlet and club cap.

Nippers sign in for training on the register.

Board Training for U9-U14 commences AT OUR BEACH after the September school holidays.

Training times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45am-6:45am

Thursdays 4:30pm-5:30pm

​Please note that nippers must have completed their ‘competition evaluation’ ocean swim at nippers before attending Board Training during the week.

U9/U10 – 150m swim

U11-U14 – 288m swim

Please check with your child’s manager if unsure or email [email protected]

For more information on board levies, see Fees and Payments or the Fees section of this page.

March Past  U11 – U15

Bundaberg has a proud history in the March Past event. Juniors aged U11-U15 are encouraged to continue this team tradition. March Past is an event at WBC Junior Branch Championships and QLD Youth Championships.

March Past Training 7:30am-8:15am Sundays commencing 8th October 2023.

Surf Rescue Competition

Surf Rescue includes the disciplines of Champion Lifesaver, Patrol Competition and First Aid and is available from U14-Masters.

Training times 2023/24 TBA

Information for Parents

PARENT PARTICIPATION

In the spirit of collective effort and supporting a volunteer organisation, it is EXPECTED that each family contribute in some capacity and feel part of our great club.

ONE ROLE, ONE JOB, ONE TASK

The list of jobs to run an outstanding nipper program for your child/children include:

Canteen Roster

BBQ Roster

Icy Cup making

Assisting the Age Managers on the beach

Setting up shade marquees and gear before nippers

Assistant Age Manager

Age Manager

Surf Sports Official

Water Safety Personnel (Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion Courses are available)

IRB/Jet Ski Driver

IRB Crew

Bingo Roster (Bundaberg Services Club – RSL – ‘Super 7s’ Raffle Tickets, Wednesday evenings 7-7:30pm)

​For further information about how you can get involved in supporting Junior Activities at Bundaberg SLSC and upcoming courses, please see education or contact us.

Parent/Carer Code of Conduct

A parent/carer of an SLSA member will:

Remember their child participates in Surf Lifesaving for their own enjoyment.

Focus on their child’s efforts and performance rather than winning and losing.

Show appreciation for good performance by all participants.

Never ridicule or yell at their child or other children for making a mistake.

Respect Officials’ decisions and teach their children to do likewise.

Not physically or verbally abuse or harass anyone associated with the activities (e.g. Coach, Official, Age Manager).

Be a positive role model for others.

Competition

Carnivals are definately the highlight of the season and focus on fun and participation.

Our Juniors Calendar has all the information you need.

 

 

Junior Carnivals

Junior Carnivals encourage participation, fun and skill development for U8-U15 competitors. Our Wide Bay Capricorn Branch carnivals are hosted by Hervey Bay, Elliott Heads, Moore Park, Bundaberg and Agnes Water Clubs.  Competition includes beach and water, team and individual events.

 

 

What to bring:

U9-U15 Families are responsible for the transport of privately owned boards. Club boards will be transported on the board trailer.

Pink rashie

Club cap

goggles, water bottle, sunscreen, towel, shirt, hat

Snacks – the host Club usually operate a canteen

Folding chair

Club tents provide limited shade. Families may prefer to bring their own shade, secured with sand bags (no tent pegs or star pickets).