Junior Paddle Boards

This information sheet provides the guidelines used at Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club (TSLSC) for use of the Club’s Junior paddle boards. It has been prepared so that paddlers and their parents understand:

  1. How are boards allocated?
  2. When and who can use which boards?
  3. How do we look after the boards?
  4. What are the alternatives to using the Club’s pool of unallocated boards?


TSLSC also provides Junior board induction sessions for:

  • Board paddlers (and at least one parent) at the start of their training season (and as a requirement prior to being allocated a board)
  • All Juniors at the start of the Nippers season, as part of their surf skills & awareness programs
  • All Age Managers and Water Safety Officers


1. How are boards allocated?

Boards are allocated by the TSLSC Head Coach, Junior Board Coach and Gear Stewards prior to each training season. A copy of the board/ paddler allocation list, and this information sheet, will be kept in the board shed.

Boards will be allocated to those who attend training sessions and compete at local and State carnivals/ championships, with priority in the allocations being based on, for example:

a)     their commitment to board training, e.g. regular attendance


b)     their parents’ commitment e.g. as Water Safety Officers, Age Managers


c)      their performance at the previous State Championship (or Branch Championship, Sydney Water Series)


Board training sessions are aimed at competitors, or those intending to compete (e.g. when the paddler reaches the U9 age group). The availability of board training for other children will be at the discretion of the Head Coach, who will make a decision on the day based on the availability of Water Safety Officers and Coaches.

As a general rule, when children attend training sessions, at least one parent should be on the beach or in the water, unless discussed with and agreed by the Head Coach. When children start learning to paddle, parents need to ensure that one adult is in the water for each paddler.

For further information see the TSLSC Junior Board Training Information Sheet (downloadable from TSLSC website).

The allocated and unallocated boards will be kept in separate parts of the board shed. Shed keys can be arranged for parents who have a Bronze Medallion Certificate (Surf Rescue), whose children have been allocated a board.

Repairs to allocated boards are the responsibility of the families whose children have been allocated the boards (if damaged outside Sunday Nippers and scheduled training sessions).

2. When and who can use which boards?

Who should use particular boards will depend on:

  • When: at Sunday Nippers, vs training sessions, vs competitions, vs other times?


  • Which boards: unallocated or allocated boards? Foamies or fibreglass boards?


  • Who: shared as required, or priority for children allocated boards?

Table 1 has been prepared as a guide, bearing in mind the need to:

  • Promote safety for the children


  • Give all the children – those participating in Sunday Nippers and those committed to paddling – opportunities to develop their paddling confidence and skills


  • Look after the boards


  • Be fair but prioritise as per section 1.










  Unallocated boards Allocated boards
WHEN? Sunday Nippers Shared

- U6-U8 age group to use older foamies

- U9-up  age group to use other (unallocated) foamies

- U12-U13 age group may use older (unallocated) fibreglass boards if foamies too small

- U14 age group to use foam mals (and older fibreglass boards if insufficient foamies)


Shared (foamies generally)


Scheduled training sessions Shared Allocated Junior
Competitions No, not required Allocated Junior
Other times Shared. Use at discretion of Head Coach/ Gear Steward Allocated Junior
Overnight storage outside board shed (e.g. home, holidays)? No, but use at discretion of Head Coach/ Gear Steward Yes, night before competitions etc.

Otherwise, allocated boards should generally be kept in shed, but may be taken away at discretion of Head Coach/ Gear Steward.




3. How do we look after the boards?


Some do’s and don’ts – responsibilities of both children and parents – are shown below. While these will be talked about during Junior board induction sessions, and Sunday Nippers and training sessions, it is important that parents reinforce these with their children themselves:


  • Lock the shed up once you’ve taken out your board. Lock the shed up once you’ve returned your board. (If you opened it, you are responsible for locking it)
  • Make sure you get the board back to the shed if you got it out
  • Wash board down thoroughly with fresh water, especially around handles, fins etc, before they are returned to shed
  • Arrange to get repairs done as soon as damage is noticed and before the board is used again:
    • allocated boards – responsibility of families whose children have been allocated boards (if damaged outside Sunday Nippers and scheduled training sessions)
    • other – let the Gear Steward know as soon as possible
  • Use board cover for transporting fibreglass boards (as condition of board allocation)
  • Make sure paddlers are properly supervised if paddling outside Sunday Nippers and training sessions (i.e. by Water Safety qualified adult, with rescue equipment)


  • Sit or stand on boards, or throw boards
  • Drag boards along the ground (unless in competition and training)
  • Put sand on them (on purpose e.g. sand castles!)
  • Leave boards in the sun
  • Leave boards out of your sight



  1. 4.     What are the alternatives to using the Club’s pool of unallocated boards?




If your child is not allocated a board (or board of your choice), and you do not want your child to just use the Club’s pool of unallocated boards, there are a few alternatives.



Families can, for example, buy their own board directly from the manufacturer/ retailer. Other options can be discussed with the Gear Stewards and Coaches.

You are here: Home Members Nippers Information Sheets Junior Paddle Boards