Frequently Asked Questions
Is Weet-Bix SurfGroms safe for my child?
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. Instructors are also mandated to 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.
How many surf coaches are in attendance 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.
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.
Weet-Bix SurfGroms teaches children from 5-12 years old core skills in the ocean across five incremental skill levels, as well as fundamental 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 underwater and demonstrate breath control i.e. 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.
Are Weet-Bix SurfGroms programs suitable for girls?
Weet-Bix SurfGroms is perfectly suited to girls. In fact, in past seasons girl participants have outweighed boys.
Is Weet-Bix SurfGroms competitive?
Weet-Bix SurfGroms is acutely aware of many parents concern about their child entering competitive sports too early. That’s why our 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.
Competitive surfing is something that groms can graduate to individually if they choose to do so later on.
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 and enter your suburb or postcode into the program finder located on the home page. 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 as you register your child into a Weet-Bix SurfGroms program a Rip Curl participation pack will be sent out to your child’s address. This contains:
- A Rip Curl Backpack
- A Weet-Bix SurfGroms Rash-vest
- Rip Curl Towel
- GSI Softboard Guide
Your child will receive one pack per season (1st September 2017 – 31st Aug 2018). This will cover them for as many programs as they wish to register in for the duration of the season.
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