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Groms keeping surfing strong

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Where would we be without the groms? Seriously? In an industry that is moving forward apace, it is today’s grommets and their ability to gain a good foundation in the water, that will be the strength of tomorrow’s champions. This will keep Australia, as ever, as the force to be reckoned with in the international arena.

Since  2010, Surfing Australia has received funding to develop a robust national junior program for primary aged children.

The Vegemite SurfGroms is the flagship participation program to come out of this new funding and presents an amazing opportunity to engage thousands of primary-aged children, introducing them to the fun and healthy lifestyle that surfing can offer.

This is the first time in surfing’s history that a nationally available program, encouraging kids to engage in the sport of surfing, has been available anywhere in the world.  Surfing Australia has worked hard to reach this point, and with the support of the federal government through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), has developed a robust, innovative and cutting edge junior development program for kids Australia-wide.

SurfGroms is exclusively available through Surfing Australia’s network of licensed surf schools to anyone aged between five and twelve years, regardless of experience or ability. SurfGroms develops a proficiency in surfing that kids can enjoy and embrace for a lifetime, and offers youngsters an opportunity to have fun at the beach while developing strong ocean awareness and beach safety skills at a very influential period in their lives.

The program forms the base of Surfing Australia’s sport development pathway, ensuring that more participants continue surfing throughout their lifetime, ingraining into them a healthy lifestyle that is proudly Australian. The program consists of a series of surf lessons, encompassing 8–12 hours of coaching in total. A variety of activities, games and lessons are included in the program which not only teaches skills, but also how to read surf conditions, etiquette, first aid, and basic surf rescue skills.

Every participant receives a free Quiksilver backpack containing Quiksilver and Vegemite products.

The local SurfGroms kicks off with Surfing Byron Bay May 18. For bookings contact Tess at Go Surfing Byron Bay on 0401 099 029.

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