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!

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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, kicking off  once COVID levels allow.  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 Jeanette Kennedy


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.



October Monday 18th - COVID Deferred

Swim training starts at Kelston pools 

October Sunday 31st - COVID Deferred

Junior surf starts at Bethells beach, Open fun day

November Friday 5t or Saturday 6th - COVID Deferred

Mairangi bay starts, Additional Competitions, Board and Swim training

November Saturday 27th - COVID Cancelled

First Junior Surf Auckland all in Carnival Omaha, A, B, C group

December Sunday 12th

Club Day, Last Junior Surf Sunday session at Bethells before Christmas, fun day


January Monday 3rd - Sunday 8th 

Junior Surf Camp at Ruakaka beach


January Saturday 7th

Second Junior Surf Head to Head Carnival Waipu Cove, A, B, C group


January Sunday 16th

Junior Sunday sessions resume again at Bethells Beach


January Saturday 22rd 

West coast Experience Piha, U13, U14, U15                    


February Saturday 5th- Sunday 6th

Northern region Champs Orewa, B and C group 


February Sunday 6th

U10 Rolaye Carnival Orewa A group


February Friday 18th

Last Mairangi bay training


February Thursday 24th till Sunday 27th 

Oceans 22 - National Junior surf life-saving Champs at Mt Maunganui

 January/February (TBA) 

Community's day, Toll bridge, and fundraising 


March 27th

Prizegiving and last Junior surf session for the year



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