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The Bethells beach Junior surf program is a fun whānau friendly environment and is the gateway to our young members becoming confident and safe on our beautiful west coast beaches.

The Junior surf program is designed to develop water and beach knowledge, surf life-saving skills while creating lifelong friends along the way. Everything we do at Bethells is centered around our motto SURF, SAFETY, WHĀNAU, FUN!


October Monday 9th

Swim training starts at Kelston pools


October Sunday 29th

Junior Surf Starts @ Bethells Beach - Open Day

November TBA

Long Bay Board & Swim Training Starts

November Saturday 25th

1st Junior Surf Carnival - Auckland All In 

December Sunday 10th

Last Junior Surf Sunday session @ Bethells Beach before Christmas

January Tuesday 2nd - Saturday 6th

Junior Surf Camp @ Ruakaka Beach

January Saturday 7th

2nd Junior Surf Carnival - Head-to-Head 

January Sunday 14th

Junior Surf Sessions Resume again @ Bethells Beach

February Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th

Northern Region Champs 

February Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th

Oceans 24 - National Junior Surf Life Saving Champs @ Mt Manganui

Jan/Feb TBA

Community Day, Toll bridge, and Fundraising


March Sunday 31st

Last Junior Surf @ Bethells Beach + Prize Giving



Our junior surf sessions are split into the following age groups, based on the child's date of birth on the 1st of October.

Under 7s (AA Group)

5 and 6 years old as of 30 September

Under 10s (A Group)

7, 8 and 9 years old as of 30 September

Under 12s (B Group)

10 and 11 years old as of 30 September

Under 14s (C Group)

12 and 13 years old as of 30 September



Our Junior Surf sessions are held every Sunday at Bethells Beach with assembly time at the Surf Club House at 10.15am and the sessions starting at 10.30am through to approximately 12.00pm for AAs and A Group and 12.30-1.00pm for B and C Groups.


Every Monday there is a swim fitness session at Kelston Girls High School Pool from 6 to 7pm.  The sessions are facilitated and the aim is to improve overall swimming fitness. It is important to note that the sessions are not swimming lessons and it is a base requirement that our Junior Surf members are able to swim at least 50 metres in the pool unaided (no parents in the pool). 

On Fridays, we hold additional trainings at Mairangi Bay beach from 6-7pm for Junior Surf members who are serious about participating in the surf sports competitions.



To apply for membership with the Bethells Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, firstly complete an application form through the Surf Lifesaving NZ website, link below. Please complete one form for each member of the family that is joining.

Parents/caregivers are required to fill this form out as well.


Once the application forms have been completed and submitted, then return to this page and pay the membership fees.

Junior Membership
One child & 1-2 parents $100
Two Children & 1-2 parents $140
Three children & 1-2 parents $180

Four+ children & 1-2 parents $220

One of our team will then be in touch to welcome you to our club.

If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact Elesia Comp


During the Sunday and  Friday training sessions, children must wear the club beanie and yellow High Visibility (Hi Vis) Vest over their wetsuits or togs. 


This is a safety requirement which helps coaches and lifeguards identify those participating in our activities at a glance. 


The beanie and vest can be purchase from our online shop seperately or together as a 'starter pack'.  


All other club gear is optional, though we do recommend the towel ponchos as a way to keep warm and dry when walking back to the club from the beach.


We highly recommend a well fitted wetsuit for the start and end of the season when the water is much cooler.  We want to ensure the children remain warm and happy throughout the training session.



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