2016/2017 - Junior Activities Evaluations (Pool and Open Water Swims)

Junior Preliminary Evaluations

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 Evaluation for each age group. Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation prior to any water-based activities being undertaken.

Note: It is not an assessment which if not completed competently precludes the child from becoming a member or continuing with junior surf education or training activities – see information below.

The Club Executive may nominate suitably qualified members to act as their delegate for the purpose of assessing skills maintenance activities. Delegates should be selected on the basis of expertise in the awards being assessed, and the delegates names must be minuted at a Club Executive meeting annually.

A member who is delegated to assess junior preliminary evaluations must:

  • Be proficient in SRC (at minimum) and have an understanding at the requirements of the evaluations for juniors
  • Be familiar with the process of reasonable adjustment
  • Adhere to the program of skills maintenance requested by the club
  • Complete any paperwork required accurately and return in a timely manner

For more information please see the ‘Skills Maintenance Information’ document available in the members section of the SLSNSW website: www.surflifesaving.com.au/members

Conducting the evaluation

This evaluation should be conducted in a low-risk environment, as determined by a completion of a preactivity risk assessment. All new junior members should be supported by a 1:1 water safety ratio (water safety personnel: Activity Participant) when completing their evaluation. For all returning junior members, where knowledge of their ability is known by the club, a 1:5 water safety ratio (water safety personnel: Activity Participants) may be used (Refer to SLSA Policy and Procedure 1.1 Water Safety (http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/members/resources/administration)

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. 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 evaluation guidelines.

Any child that does complete the preliminary skills evaluation competently can progress to water based junior activities noting 1:5 water safety ratio (water safety personnel: activity participants). For still water / pool activities or low-risk conditions (ascertained after a formal risk assessment) the ratio may be expanded to 1:10 water safety ratio (water safety personnel: activity participants) as per SLS Policy and Procedure 1.1 Water Safety(http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/members/resources/administration)

Junior Competition

Junior competition evaluations

From the age of 7 (Under 8) juniors can begin to compete in intra-club, inter-club and branch competition. From the age of 8 (Under 9) juniors can also participate in state competition. To ensure that all junior members that wish to compete in any inter-club, branch, state and national 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.

Junior Evaluations can be completed on the SLSNSW Proficiency Test Work Card. The card for the 2016/17 season is green. Please contact your club Chief Training Officer if you do not have a copy of this card.

Branch and state competition requirements

Any competitor wishing to compete at carnivals (water or beach events) must have successfully completed:

  • Junior Preliminary Evaluation
  • Junior Competition Evaluation
  • Appropriate Surf Education award for their age group by 31 December 2016

Junior Activities members (i.e. members comprising Under 14 and below), are not required to perform patrol hours to compete in Junior Activities competitions. 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.surflifesaving.com.au/members/surfsports/sport-documents).

Preliminary Evaluation

Competition Evaluation

Surf Education Awards

Under 6
Surf Play 1

From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide and recover to a secure position. Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position. Surf Play 1

Under 7
Surf Play 2

From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position. Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position. Surf Play 2

Under 8
Surf Aware 1

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 1

Under 9
Surf Aware 2

25 metre swim
(any stroke)
1 minute survival float
Minimum 150m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Aware 2

Under 10
Surf Safe 1

25 metre swim
(freestyle)
1 1/2 minutes survival float
Minimum 150m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Safe 1

Under 11
Surf Safe 2

50 metre swim
(freestyle)
2 minutes survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Safe 2

Under 12
Surf Smart 1

100 metre swim
(freestyle)
2 minutes survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Smart 1

Under 13
Surf Smart 2

150 metre swim
(freestyle)
3 minutes survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Smart 2

Under 14
SRC

200 metre swim
(freestyle, in less than 5 minutes)
3 minutes survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Rescue Certificate

Assessors

Delegated authority as per the SLSA Circular No. 108/15-16.

Notes

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. 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. The competition evaluation must be achieved before any members are eligible to compete Every junior member should achieve the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to their age group.
on 20 August 2016
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