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. .
The Youth Leadership Program is designed to motivate, recognise and reward youth members, 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.
The Youth Leadership Program encourages a sense of organisational commitment and pride and assists the club with the process of succession planning through the identification of future leaders. YLP is a recognition and reward program that is self-paced and can be completed in three years (give or take), depending on the member. Awards are given at bronze, silver and gold level.
There are three levels of achievement within the YLP. Youth members select their involvement in Lifesaving, Training or Surf Sports with a minimum number of hours for each discipline.
Recognition of volunteering can be shown through:
- gain awards
- providing water safety for nippers
- requalifying awards each year
- teaching new skills to nippers
- completing an age managers course
- regular involvement in the Sunday program
- participation at an interclub carnival, officiating or coaching
As Youth members mature, they give back to the Club by mentoring younger members through training.