About Youth

youth 1Avalon Beach SLSC is proud of its innovative and award winning youth program.  This program was first recognised in 2014 with the Club winning Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches’ Most Outstanding Club for Support to Youth and Member Development and again in 2016 taking out the prestigious NSW Surf Life Saving Award of Excellence.  Our programs focus on social, recreational and educational activities, with a primary focus on keeping busy, making new friends, keeping fit and having fun. A Life Member Fund for Special Projects was established in 2021 with funds generously bequeathed by Life Member, Ken Davidson.  The purpose of the fund is to support youth development and encourage participation and inclusion, by providing *financial support for, but not limited to, the SLSA Leadership Camp, Juniors’ team building events, tours, and social activities coordinated by ABSLSC or SLS bodies. Beneficiaries of the Fund are Club members aged 13 – 17 who have attained their Surf Rescue Certificate and / or Bronze Medallion.  *Limits apply


youth 2Cadets | Our Under 15 age group are known as the “Cadets”. Cadet Members have generally completed the Nipper program and their Surf Rescue Certificate, so this year is a “gap” year between Nippers and the commencement of training for the Bronze Medallion. This year is all about having a great time, learning some life skills and doing activities that are completely different from the usual Surf Club events.


youth 3Rookies | Our Under 16 age group are known as the “Rookies”.  During their Rookie year, members will train and sit for their Bronze Medallion, after which they are fully qualified Lifesavers. The Bronze Medallion not only teaches you how to save lives and learn all the skills required to become a Lifesaver and also looks great on your CV! Rookies hone their Life Saving skills, carry out water safety duties, increase their fitness and mix it up with a series of social events, trips away and challenges.

Bronzies | Our Under 17 and Under 18 age groups are known as the “Bronzies”, and as qualified Lifesavers are assigned to a weekend patrol. But it’s not all work: the program for the Bronzies aims to give them the life skills they need, with activities such as an advanced driving course, boat license training and a barista course. There are also self-directed and organised social events (with just a bit of parental supervision) targeted specifically for this age group.

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Just some of the activities in our youth program are:
• Surf Safaris
• Camping
• Dirt bike riding
• Canyoning
• Skirmish
• Weekend away patrol and sleepover at Garie Beach SLSC
• Laser tag
• Stand Up Paddle Boarding
• Go karting
• Gym and weights training
• Movie nights
• High Ropes Course
• Sleepovers at the Club
• Sailing
• Yoga
• Surf Boat rowing
• Boxing
• Rock climbing
• Mystery Adventure Challenges
• Advanced driver course
• Barista course
• Boat License training