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Assessment & Awards

Excerpt from Pre Season Information Pack 2012 published by Surf Life Saving NSW & Australian Lifesaving Academy NSW


U/8 to U/14 Membership

Age groups remain a minimum age of 7 years (U/8) up to a maximum age of 13 years (U/14) on a seasonal basis.

The age group for the season is determined as at midnight on the 30th September at the commencement of that season (34th Edition, Surf Sports Manual).

Please note: Proof of age/birth certificate must be shown for all new children joining a Surf Club or for any child that has not produced a birth certificate.

U/6 and U/7 Membership

U/6 and U/7 members may participate in activities on an educational basis only. Clubs are not compelled to run activities for these age groups. It is entirely up to the individual Club; however, children in these age groups may not compete in any point score/ championship events.

A child may join a Club as soon as he/she turns 5 years of age. No Club is to accept membership of a child until they have reached the age of five years to comply with insurance requirements. A child who reaches five years of age after 30th September 2012 may join Nippers at that time; however, this child will be required to stay in the U/6 Nippers age group the following season.

It is the club’s responsibility to explain to the parents of each child that if a child reaches the age of five years after 30th September 2012, they may join Nippers for the remainder of the 2012/13 season, however will remain in the U/6 Nipper group in the 2013/14 season.

Junior Evaluations (Proficiencies)

The Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation and the Junior Competition Evaluation may be assessed by a variety of SLS personnel (see table for qualifications).

SLSNSW recommends a proficient SLSA Bronze/ SRC Assessor is in attendance to supervise the evaluation. This is to ensure safety protocols and correct procedures are followed and to sign off the activity.

Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation

Many activities that will be completed by children as part of junior activities will be conducted in the water. To ensure that all children have a suitable swimming ability to allow them to participate in these activities, SLSA has developed a Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation for each age group.

Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation, conducted by the club, prior to any junior water activity training or competition being undertaken. It includes a swim and a float which is progressively increased by age group.

Normally this would occur at the very first training session but if not this must be completed before any water activity is undertaken. The intent of this is to conduct an evaluation of each junior member’s own personal swimming and water survival ability for the information of the member, parent and age manager.

Conducting the evaluation

This evaluation should be conducted in a safe aquatic environment with a recommended 1:1 water safety ratio (participant to water safety personnel). A 1:1 water safety ratio is especially important for new members where clubs may not be familiar with the ability of the participant.

Following the evaluation

Any child that does not meet the required evaluation level will require a higher level of supervision when involved in water based activities at the discretion of the club. It is a requirement that these children remain in shallow water and based on a 1:1 ratio until the child is deemed competent in relation to the preliminary skills evaluation guidelines.

Any child that does complete the preliminary skills evaluation competently can progress to water based junior activities noting regular water safety 1:5 ratio requirements must be provided as per the water safety policy.

Using intra-club water activities for skills progression

Clubs are encouraged to conduct intra-club swimming and board training and informal competition related events in a progressively challenging but safe environment regarding distances, water safety personnel and in relation to the abilities of their junior members.

This intra-club environment is where club’s should really encourage their juniors to challenge their personal skills and abilities and progressively work towards competently completing the official carnival competition distances in swimming, board, multi-discipline and relay related events if they wish to pursue competition.

The intra-club environment is where age managers and water safety personnel are more likely to have a better understanding of each of their own members swimming or board paddling skill level, as opposed to an inter-club competition where water safety personnel may have no idea of who specifically to keep an eye on.

Junior Competition Evaluation

From the age of 7 (Under 8) juniors can begin to compete in intra-club, inter-club, branch and state competition. To ensure that all junior members that wish to compete in intra-club, inter-club, branch and state events/championships have the ability, strength and fitness standard to complete the courses they must be able to complete the junior competition evaluation for their age group.

All Junior Awards are to be recorded on SurfGuard. For more information on this process visit – http://www.slsa.com.au/site/_content/resource/00001715-docsource.pdf

Clubs and Branches are able to go over and above the minimum standards set in this document, but are not able to drop below these standards.

Recording Junior Evaluations

Junior Evaluations can be completed on the Surf Life Saving NSW Proficiency Test Work Card. The card for the 2012/13 season is PINK and is enclosed as part of this pack.

or

Junior Evaluations can also be completed by creating spreadsheet from SurfGuard of current, financial Nipper members. This spreadsheet needs to mirror the information requirements on the Pink cards. This spreadsheet must be signed in hard copy to satisfy the SLSNSW proficiency requirements.

Surf Education Program / Junior Awards

The surf education program is delivered to junior members throughout the season and is designed to engage and educate our young members across all Surf Life Saving activities whilst developing skills and confidence.

Every junior member is expected to achieve the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to their age group. All Junior Awards are to be recorded on SurfGuard. For more information on this process visit – http://www.slsa.com.au/site/_content/resource/00001715-docsource.pdf

Completion of the relevant age award is compulsory for those U8-U14 members wishing to compete at Branch and State Championships

Competition Requirements

Every junior member competing must have achieved;

  • The Preliminary Evaluation
  • Competition Evaluation

Branch and State Competition Requirements

Every junior member competing in branch and state competition must have achieved;

  • The Preliminary Evaluation
  • Competition Evaluation
  • Appropriate Surf Education award for their age group

Junior Activities members (i.e. members comprising Under 14 and below), are not required to perform patrol hours to compete in Junior Activities competitions (i.e. Under 14 and below age categories). However, if eligible members wish to compete in Under 15 competition, they must fulfil their patrol hour obligations as set out in SLSA Policy 5.4.

http://www.slsa.com.au/default.aspx?s=adminresources&id=44

Water Safety Requirements

Over the past twelve months SLSA has been working to update the National Water Safety Policy. In essence this states that All Surf Life Saving affiliated organisations have a duty of care towards those participating in a sanctioned surf lifesaving aquatic activity. SLSA Policy 1.1 sets out the risk management procedures and minimum requirements for the provision of water safety for surf lifesaving aquatic activities. Please ensure that your club is aware of the SLSA Water Safety Policy, and to access a copy of this policy please refer to the SLSA website http://www.slsa.com.au/default.aspx?s=adminresources&id=44

Junior Evaluations and Education Guidelines

 

Preliminary Evaluation

Competition Skills Evaluation

Surf Education

Under 6

Nil

(shallow water activities only)

Nil

(no competition)

Surf Play One

Under 7

Nil

(shallow water activities only)

Nil

(no competition)

Surf Play Two

Under 8

25 metre swim (any stroke)

1 minute survival float

Nil

(no water competition, except for wade which takes place in waist deep water)

Surf Aware One

Under 9

Minimum 150m open water

swim (competition course as per competition manual)

Surf Aware Two

 

Under 10

25 metre swim (freestyle)

1.5 minute survival float

Surf Safe One

 

Under 11

50 metre swim (freestyle)

2 minute survival float

Minimum 288m open water

swim (competition course as per competition manual)

 

Surf Safe Two

 

Under 12

100 metre swim (freestyle)

2 minute survival float

Surf Smart One

 

Under 13

150 metre swim (freestyle)

3 minute survival float

Surf Smart Two

 

Under 14

200 metre swim (freestyle, less than 5 minutes)

3 minute survival float

SRC

Note: SLS Assessor (SRC/ Bronze) required for this award

Assessors

Age Manager/ Accredited SLSA Coach/ Accredited SLSA Official

/ SLS Training Officer (SRC/Bronze)/ Assessor (SRC/Bronze)

Notes

Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation, conducted by the club, prior to any junior activity being undertaken.

The competition evaluation must be achieved before being eligible to compete. This is a minimum standard water proficiency requirement. Every junior member is expected to achieve the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to their age group.Completion of the age award is compulsory for those U8-U14 members wishing to compete in Branch and State Championships.
Competition requirements Achievement of the Junior Preliminary EvaluationAchievement of the Junior Competition Evaluation
Branch & State Competition requirements Achievement of the Junior Preliminary EvaluationAchievement of the Junior Competition EvaluationCompletion of the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to their age group
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