This is the first time in surfing’s history that a nationally available program, encouraging kids to engage in the sport of surfing, has been available anywhere in the world.
With the support of the Federal Government through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Surfing Australia has developed this robust, innovative and cutting edge junior development program for kids Australia wide.
SurfGroms is exclusively available through Surfing Australia’s network of licensed surf schools to anyone aged between 5 and 12 years old, regardless of experience or ability. SurfGroms develops a proficiency in surfing that kids can enjoy and embrace for a lifetime, and offer youngsters an opportunity to have loads of fun at the beach whilst developing strong ocean awareness and beach safety skills at a very influential period in their lives.
SurfGroms forms the base of Surfing Australia’s sport development pathway, ensuring that more participants continue surfing throughout their lifetime, ingraining into them a healthy lifestyle that is proudly Australian!
SurfGroms has been developed with your child’s safety as the priority. Every 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 coach your child will meet through SurfGroms is an experienced and accredited Surfing Australia instructor. They will also 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.
The equipment used by SurfGroms Delivery Centres has been specifically designed with group safety in mind, and all of the activities and lessons incorporated into the program have been designed to encourage your child to develop their ability in both surfing and in beach safety skills.
Surfing is a great way to enjoy our beach environment safely whilst also ingraining into them a healthy lifestyle that is proudly Australian!
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 surf.
In addition to the program instructors, there may also be parent volunteers helping out both in the water and on the beach and supporting the coaches in delivering your child’s program.
SurfGroms adopts an approach to learning that uses group-based games to not only equip your child with the skills they need to surf, but also to encourage their participation by having fun. Every SurfGroms lesson is designed purposefully to create a positive and supportive learning environment so that every participant can experience the confidence and freedom of surfing for a lifetime.
SurfGroms teaches 5-12 year olds core surfing skills in the ocean across 5 incremental skill levels, as well as fundamnetal 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.
Your child needs to be water confident to join SurfGroms. It is our expectation that your child can:
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
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 in the surf before moving up to the next skill level.
SurfGroms is perfectly suited to girls…in fact, last season 52% of participants were girls!
In the past, surfing was a very male dominated sport, however in the past 10 years we have seen seen some incredible female surfers appearing on the world stage. As a result, more and more girls are getting involved in surfing and we want this to continue!
SurfGroms encourages every girl aged between 5 & 12 years old to register to a program and experience the exhilaration of surfing at their local beach!
SurfGroms is acutely aware of many parents concern about their child entering competitive sports too early. SurfGroms’ 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.
With this approach, SurfGroms can successfully engage the participation of every kid in a group, not to mention, help them realise their surfing dreams!
Competitive surfing is something that SurfGroms can graduate to later on if they want to.
As a parent, if you wish to get involved in SurfGroms, you can become a 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!
To register your child onto a SurfGroms program, they will need to be between 5 and 12 years of age at the start date of the program.
Visit the SurfGroms website at enter your suburb or postcode into the Program Finder located on the right hand side of your screen. Alternatively, give Surfing Australia a call on (07) 5599 3800 and we will put you in touch with your local centre.
As soon a you register your child into a SurfGroms program a Quiksilver participation pack will be sent out to your child’s address. This contains:
A Quiksilver or Roxy Backpack
A SurfGroms Rash-vest
Quiksilver or Roxy Cap
A Toyota Wax Comb
A Nikon Voucher
Pack of SurfGroms Logbook
Your child will receive one pack per season (1st Sept – 31st Aug). This will cover them for as many programs as they wish to register in for the duration of the season.