Surf Lifesaving is a great organisation for youth to be involved in. It provides a real social network, recognised qualifications, an opportunity to make a difference and a great excuse for members to spend their summer at the beach. .
YIP is designed to motivate, recognise and reward youth, while providing them with the opportunity to explore and become involved in a range of areas within surf lifesaving which they may not have previously considered. The program rewards and recognises youth participants for their commitment. It sets achievable goals to encourage on-going participation across a range of lifesaving activities while promoting leadership skills, personal development and social interaction with peers.
YIP also encourages a sense of organisational commitment and pride and assists the club with the process of succession planning through the identification of future leaders. YIP is a recognition and reward program that is self-paced and can be completed in three years (give or take), depending on the member. The rewards program operates utilising a similar concept to that of frequent flyer points where participants collect points for being involved in a range of lifesaving activities. The more activities they engage in and the more hours they volunteer, the greater the points collected. YIP is designed to encourage youth participation in all areas of club activity including:
- Junior Activities (nippers)
- Youth Activities
- Club Activities
- Community Project (gold level only)
Participants can choose their level of involvement and the areas that they are specifically interested in. By collecting points, 3 levels of achievement can be attained which include:
- Bronze – Minimum 150 points completed in three YIPs areas and 25 hours patrol
- Silver – Minimum 400 points completed in four YIPs areas and 65 hours patrol
- Gold – Minimum 800 points completed in five YIPs areas and 115 hours patrol and a community project of significance.
For more information on this program, contact the club Youth Manager.