Rookie Lifeguard Program

Our Rookie lifeguard program is targeted at those aged 12 years and older.

Our program is aimed at those who wish to progress from Junior Surf and look to begin working towards their Surf Lifeguard Award. The sessions are a mix of theory and outdoor training sessions, as well as regular expedition days. 

Our Rookies fill out a Rookie Lifeguard workbook to gain their Rookie Lifeguard Award and when they get close to the age of 14, they start preparing for their Surf Lifeguard exam. 

We have experienced coaches who encourage our Rookies to have fun, get involved, and step out of their comfort zone. 

The program is run four times a week. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm.

We begin from Christmas week until the end of January, finishing off with a fun BBQ celebration.

Key Dates

To register for Junior Surf please contact

Thursday 28th December 2023: First day of Junior Surf (Nippers & Rookies) & Pick up uniform

Saturday 27th January 2024: BBQ and Prizegiving at 6 pm

Sunday 28th January 2024: Last day of Junior Surf 

How to Join?

​​​Online membership registration has opened, and if you indicate you are joining as a Junior Surf member you will be sent a link to an online registration form for Junior Surf. (Alternatively, click the link above) If you're keen but not sure turn up to one of our Junior Surf days and have a chat with one of our friendly coaches who can assist you.

Any questions, head along to our contact page and flick us a message.

​​​​​​​Rookies will require to purchase a Rookie Uniform (from the club) and are strongly recommended to purchase their own pair of surf fins. A wetsuit is advised as well.

Rookie Expedition Days:

  • Octopus Bay walk
  • Whiritoa Beach visit
  • Donut Island trip
  • Wentworth Valley walk
  • Peninsula Lookout walk

(More information to follow closer to the time)​​​​​​​


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