Australians love the beach! It's very much a part of who we are.
By including Ocean Awareness & Beach Safety principles into the VEGEMITE SurfGroms programs and educating those who want to learn to surf at an early age, we can ensure every VEGEMITE SurfGrom has the skills and knowledge needed to enjoy the beach and the surf safely for a lifetime.
Throughout the program and each of the 5 levels, the following skills have been incorporated:
- Surf Conditions
- Surf Survival
- Basic First Aid
- Ocean Rescue Skills
This ensures every member understands how to stay safe on the beach and in the surf...and maybe even save a life of their own.
Your child must 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
Initially, all water 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.
Ocean Awareness & Beach Safety
For many years, Surfing Australia has worked closely with our younger community to educate them about the beach environment they live in. Now, with the support of the Federal Government through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Surfing Australia has developed a cutting edge junior development program for children across Australia that not only teaches them an exhilarating new sport, but educates them in ALL aspects of ocean awareness and beach safety.
Surf Conditions - details the types of waves a VEGEMITE SurfGrom may encounter; how the wind and weather impacts surf conditions; how to recognise rips and other dangerous currents in the surf; understanding surfing etiquette; and how to protect the beach environment for future generations to enjoy.
Surf Survival & Ocean Rescue Skills - details the hazards VEGEMITE SurfGroms are likely to encounter and how to minimise and deal with these hazards safely and effectively. Dealing with sun exposure and over exposure to the cold; self rescue from the surf; identifying surfers and swimmers in difficulty and what to do; performing a basic board rescue; and understanding the different warnings and signals/flags used at the beach.
Basic First Aid - looks at the basic first aid procedures that every VEGEMITE SurfGrom should be familiar in. Basic CPR; managing marine stings and bites; understanding shock; and treatments for common surfing injuries.