Juniors (13 - 17yrs)
From age 13 members join the Juniors. Juniors go on to develop the skills they have learnt as Nippers but over longer distances and in more challenging conditions. In the sea they also progress from Nipper Boards to the faster Racing Mals and are introduced to Ski Paddling – both the individual and double ski. Juniors also compete in regional, national and international competitions.
If you fall within the Junior age bracket, but are new to Surf Life Saving don’t worry. We welcome new Junior members of any skill level as long as they can swim 50m. The Club runs a ‘Development’ Group for those who are making the transition from Nipper to Junior and this is the ideal group for new Junior members to join – giving them time to learn the skills and develop their confidence before they decide to move up into the Junior Group. Many parents train with this group too.
At the age of 16 Junior members can train for their ‘National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification’ (NVBLQ) and can use this lifeguarding qualification in this country and abroad.
All sessions are run by experienced and qualified coaches – all CRB checked.
We ask for all Juniors to be at their training session at least 15 minutes before the it starts so they are ‘ready to go’ on time.
Summer – May to October – Polzeath Beach
Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm.
Sunday mornings from 8.30-10.30am
What to wear: wetsuit, Club swim hat and swim goggles.
Winter – November to April – Wadebridge Pool
Juniors continue to develop all the pool skills they learnt as Nippers, except they no longer compete on the board. Instead more challenging manikin and obstacle races are introduced. Training sessions are focused on preparing them to compete in the Cornish and National Stillwater competitions if they wish in both individual and team events.
Sunday afternoons from 5.10-6.00pm.
What to wear: swimming costume (Club ones are available), goggles and fins.
Junior members have access to train and compete with Sebak Fins. These are larger, fibreglass fins that are owned by the Club and loaned to members.
During the pool season we also arrange two to three visits to Plymouth Life Centre to train in the 50m pool there. This gives the Juniors the opportunity to practise dive starts and perform their pool skills over the longer distance required in the National competitions.
Circuits – November to April – Wadebridge Leisure Centre
Friday evenings from 5.45-7.00pm
To help members keep fit during the winter months we run circuit training once a week. These sessions are open to all Junior members. Circuit sessions are paid for on a weekly basis – cost £2.00
Over the winter period ski paddling sessions are held on a regular basis, usually on Sunday mornings, on the Camel Estuary. These sessions are dependent on weather/sea conditions. Notifications are sent out the week prior to the session.