Education, Safety & Having Fun

Youth Development Program

The Youth Development Program is all about Surf Life Saving. It focuses on having fun, teaching surf education skills, provide opportunities for youth leadership and development and encouraging community awareness for youth aged 13 – 17 years.

Our aim is to provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment where the youth can interact and enjoy Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club. Our youth will have access to training and development in a range of areas, as well as opportunities to participate in surf sport carnivals for those who wish to participate. We hope in years to come we will have formed a new generation of Goolwa Surf Life Savers. We encourage all parents to participate in our Youth Development Program, whether it be providing water cover, running training programs or cooking the BBQ. Like all volunteer organisations, we can only be as good as the help we get.

Who can join the Goolwa SLSC Youth Development Program?
The membership categories are determined as of October 1st of each year. Any young person who is aged between 13 – 17 years old by October 1st 2020 may register for the Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club Youth Development Program.

What is involved in the Youth Development Program?
Our Youth Development Program will focus on six key areas. These include:

  • Lifesaving operations – Attending rostered patrols
  • Training and education – Gaining an SRC, Bronze Medallion or other qualifications
  • Club activities and fundraising – Participating in club events and fundraising opportunities
  • Leadership and personal development – Leadership opportunities within and outside the club
  • Surf sports and carnivals – Training, competing at carnivals or supporting from the sidelines
  • Team building – Participating in youth excursions, overnight camps and celebration days

What is the Youth Membership Fee and Registration Process?
To join the Youth Development Program, all you have to do is register online either through the Surf Life Saving SA website for new members, or through the SLSSA Members Portal for previous members, then you can attend the Registration Day on Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th September 2020 to pay the fee in full. If you miss the registration day, don’t worry – we can sort out your registration payment anytime over the bar. The membership is a one off annual membership fee of $90 per young person. There may be additional costs associated with the program such as excursions, camps, uniforms and carnival entry fee’s, but these will be communicated ahead of time.

Senior Carnivals and State Championships
We encourage all of our youth members to participate in or support our competitors at state carnivals. Each season, there are several youth senior carnivals for youth to have fun, test out their fitness and compete against other youth from across South Australia. In order to compete at the State Championships, youth will need to participate in at least two prior carnivals. Training opportunities will be on offer for any youth interested in competing at carnivals and state championships. For more information, please contact our Youth Development Manager.

Youth Committee Meetings
Once a month, there will be a Youth Committee Meeting. The purpose of these meetings are to encourage our youth to have a voice within the club on matters that affect them as young surf life savers, as well as an opportunity to have input into the running of the Youth Development Program. All youth members are encouraged to attend these meetings where possible to share their ideas and concerns. The meetings will run for approximately an hour. The time and day for these meetings are yet to be determined. More information will come out soon.

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