Frequently Asked Questions
VEGEMITE SurfGroms FAQs
Is VEGEMITE SurfGroms safe for Children?
VEGEMITE SurfGroms has been developed with your child's safety as the priority. Every VEGEMITE SurfGroms Delivery Centre is licensed by, and affiliated to Surfing Australia, meaning they are required to follow our strict guidelines relating to operational quality and safety.
Every surf coach your child will meet through VEGEMITE SurfGroms is an experienced and accredited Surfing Australia instructor. They will also hold a Surf Rescue Certificate & Senior First Aid Certificate as a minimum; and a valid 'working with children' card for the State they operate within.
The equipment used by VEGEMITE SurfGroms Delivery Centres has been specifically designed with group safety in mind, and all of the activities and lessons incorporated into the program have been designed to encourage your child to develop their ability in both surfing and in beach safety skills.
Surfing is a great way to enjoy our beach environment safely whilst also ingraining into them a healthy lifestyle that is proudly Australian!
How many surf coaches are in attendence per program?
Surfing Australia sets a safe maximum instructor/student ratio of 1:8, however many delivery centres choose to reduce these ratios further to ensure maximum enjoyment and success in the surf.
In addition to the program instructors, there may also be parent volunteers helping out both in the water and on the beach and supporting the coaches in delivering your child's program.
What will my child learn in VEGEMITE SurfGroms?
VEGEMITE SurfGroms adopts an approach to learning that uses group-based games to not only equip your child with the skills they need to surf, but also to encourage their participation by having fun. Every VEGEMITE SurfGroms lesson is designed purposefully to create a positive and supportive learning environment so that every participant can experience the confidence and freedom of surfing for a lifetime.
VEGEMITE SurfGroms teaches 5-12 year olds core surfing skills in the ocean across 5 incremental skill levels, as well as fundamnetal Ocean Awareness and Beach Safety skills such as surf survival and rescue techniques; basic first aid skills; and about varying surf conditions at the beach.
My child is not a strong swimmer, can he/she still join in?
Your child needs to be water confident to join VEGEMITE SurfGroms. It is our expectation that your child can:
- Float unassisted
- Submerge without fear (open eyes under water and demonstrate breath control - blow bubbles underwater)
- Free movement - move around confidently in an ocean environment independently and in a group situation
All Level 1 activities are conducted in shallow water (waist depth) only. This allows those with a limited swimming ability to participate in the program, enabling them to develop their skills and confidence in the surf before moving up to the next skill level.
What about girls?
VEGEMITE SurfGroms is perfectly suited to girls...in fact, last season 52% of participants were girls!
In the past, surfing was a very male dominated sport, however in the past 10 years we have seen seen some incredible female surfers appearing on the world stage. As a result, more and more girls are getting involved in surfing and we want this to continue!
VEGEMITE SurfGroms encourages every girl aged between 5 & 12 years old to register to a program and experience the exhilaration of surfing at their local beach!
Is VEGEMITE SurfGroms competitive?
VEGEMITE SurfGroms is acutely aware of many parents concern about their child entering competitive sports too early. VEGEMITE SurfGroms’ unique approach to programming reflects and upholds CHOICE, F.U.N.N. (Functional Understanding Not Necessary) and DISCOVERY, all within a VALUED and carefully SEQUENCED environment. The focus is on participation and enjoyment, not on winning.
With this approach, VEGEMITE SurfGroms can successfully engage the participation of every kid in a group, not to mention, help them realise their surfing dreams!
Competitive surfing is something that VEGEMITE SurfGroms can graduate to later on if they want to.
What can I do as a parent to get involved?
As a parent, if you wish to get involved in VEGEMITE SurfGroms, you can become a VEGEMITE SurfGroms Volunteer, and offer to help your local delivery centre.
This offers a great opportunity for you to learn more skills, share your expertise and experience with others, and spend some quality time with your children on the beach!
How old does my child need to be to register?
To register your child onto a VEGEMITE SurfGroms program, they will need to be between 5 and 12 years of age at the start date of the program.
How do I find my local Delivery Centre?
Visit the VEGEMITE SurfGroms website at enter your suburb or postcode into the Program Finder located on the right hand side of your screen. Alternatively, give Surfing Australia a call on (07) 5599 3800 and we will put you in touch with your local centre.
What will my child receive when they register?
As soon a you register your child into a VEGEMITE SurfGroms program a Quiksilver participation pack will be sent out to your child's address. This contains:
- A Quiksilver or Roxy Backpack
- A VEGEMITE SurfGroms Rash-vest
- Quiksilver or Roxy Cap
- A Toyota Wax Comb
- A Nikon Voucher
- Tube of Vegemite
- VEGEMITE SurfGroms Logbook
Your child will receive one pack per season (1st Sept - 31st Aug). This will cover them for as many programs as they wish to register in for the duration of the season.