Junior Surf caters for kids under the age of 14. The Rookie training programme is offered to kids over 12yrs to develop surf lifesaving skills needed to become Surf Lifeguards. The emphasis is on fun and participation while encouraging children to develop surf skills and knowledge through surf activities and surf sports.

Ruakaka Surf Club offers regular Junior Surf training sessions every Sunday morning at 10.00 a.m. throughout the surf season. We also organize special club days as well as the End of Year Prizegiving ( See our club calendar )

The program is designed to introduce our youngest members to promote water safety and ‘surf sense’ and surf sports and events. There are opportunities to meet with other surf clubs for surf carnivals and regional competitions. Surf sports provide individuals the opportunity to develop confidence and compete in surf events.

Our commitment:
The club runs the Surf Lifesaving Northern Region Junior Surf Program. We are a family orientated club, with many families actively involved in the operation of the club. To minimize risk we require a minimum ratio of one adult to every five children for water based activities.

Achievement Awards
Levels 1 – 5 achievement awards are available for the 7 – 11 age group.

Rookie Programme
These are our future lifeguards in training, they are required to wear uniforms designated Rookie and are mentored by qualified guards on a one to one bases. Rookies learn all the roles required to set up and operate a patrol. Rookies learn the basic theories and techniques to qualify as Junior lifeguards when they turn 14 years old. Surf Lifesaving Northern Region organizes sports events to simulate surf rescues and evaluate all the skills learnt by the Rookies.

Surf Life Saving Award
Available for any member over 14 years of age. We recommend junior surf members complete the rookie program before sitting the Surf Life Saving Award.

From the age of 14 years they may sit the Surf Lifesaving Award to become fully qualified lifeguards. To qualify as a guard you must…

Complete and pass a Surf Lifesaving Northern Region examination with both theoretical & practical elements. Complete a 400m pool swim in less than 9 minutes. Pass a practical examinations in CPR, radio, knots and first aid, complete a 200 metre run followed by a 200 metre swim and a repeat 200 metre run in under 8 minutes. Demonstrate a tube rescue, release techniques and show their knowledge of IRB crewing.


Ruakaka Junior Surf Club Champs
All Ruakaka Junior Surf members can compete for Club Trophies and awards. The kids compete in their age groups and are awarded points for each event. Events are based on both surf and beach activities. The premier trophies are…

Skiffington Endeavour Trophy is awarded to the Junior Surf member who strives to be outstanding and supportive in the club. A great role model for all junior surf members.
Outstanding Nipper Competitor is awarded to the Junior Surf member who excels at both club and regional level.
Nipper of the Year is awarded to the most outstanding Junior Surf member.
Rookie of the Year is awarded to junior surf members who complete the Rookie program and attend all Rookie events for Surf Lifesaving Northern Region. Rookies are also judged on their attendance and attitudes to patrolling as trainee lifeguards.


Surf Coaches and Officials
Surf Lifesaving Northern Region courses provide training courses designed for those working with children involved in the Surf. These courses provide an introduction to working with kids and young adults, developing a surf programme. The courses cover coaching, trainings, activities and risk management with water based activities at all level.


The success of the Surf programs depends upon the support of parents, to get involved as Surf coaches and Surf Officials. If you can help assist with the general running of these programs that would be fantastic.

For any further information please contact the Ruakaka Junior Surf Coordinator