Frequently Asked Questions
Weet-Bix SurfGroms FAQs
Is Weet-Bix SurfGroms safe for Children?
Weet-Bix SurfGroms has been developed with your child's safety as the priority. Every Weet-Bix 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 and SUP coach your child will meet through Weet-Bix 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 Weet-Bix 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; stand-up paddleboarding, and in beach safety skills.
Surfing and stand-up oaddleboarding are both great ways to enjoy our beaches and waterways 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 water.
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 Weet-Bix SurfGroms?
Weet-Bix SurfGroms adopts an approach to learning that uses group-based games to not only equip your child with the skills they need to surf and/or SUP, but also to encourage their participation by having fun. Every Weet-Bix 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 and stand-up oaddleboarding for a lifetime.
Weet-Bix SurfGroms teaches 5-12 year olds core 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 Weet-Bix 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 before moving up to the next skill level.
What about girls?
Weet-Bix SurfGroms is perfectly suited to girls...in fact, in past seasons we have had more registrations by girls than boys!
In the past, surfing was a very male dominated sport, however over 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!
Weet-Bix 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 Weet-Bix SurfGroms competitive?
Weet-Bix SurfGroms is acutely aware of many parents concern about their child entering competitive sports too early. Weet-Bix 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, Weet-Bix 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 Weet-Bix 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 Weet-Bix SurfGroms, you can become a Weet-Bix 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 Weet-Bix 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 Weet-Bix 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 Weet-Bix SurfGroms program a Quiksilver participation pack will be sent out to your child's address. This contains:
- A Quiksilver or Roxy Backpack
- A Weet-Bix SurfGroms Rash-vest
- Quiksilver or Roxy Cap
- Bottle of Banana Boat sunscreen
- Toyota wax Comb
- Weet-Bix cereal bowl
- Weet-Bix SurfGroms Logbook
Your child will receive one pack per season (9th Oct 2015 - 31st Aug 2016). This will cover them for as many programs as they wish to register in for the duration of the season.
What do I need to do if my rash shirt is the wrong size?
If your Quiksilver or Roxy pack arrives and the rash shirt is too large or small, you can send your original rash shirt back for an exchange. It is essential that all swing tags and garment tags are still attached to the garment and not tampered with in order to exchange sizes.
You will also need to include a copy of your receipt/confirmation that was sent to your email address at the time of registration with a note on the receipt that notifies Quiksilver of the required change of size, just to make it easier to get a new pack out to you ASAP. Please keep in mind when changing sizes, that Quiksilver rash shirts are designed to be a relatively tight fitting for safety in the water.
Please see below for return details to return your rash shirt and change the size: