Vegemite SurfGroms caters to 5-12 year olds, all around Australia.
Whilst 5 year olds are still developing fundamental movements such as balance, agility and coordination; 12 year olds are far more developed both mentally and physically, requiring a different approach when learning new skills.
In order to successfully engage such a broad audience, SurfGroms has been developed with a number of different age categories and skill levels:
Vegemite SurfGroms incorporates the following two age categories:
- MiniGroms (5-8 years old)
- SuperGroms (9-12 years old)
Although both categories work towards the same skill levels and objectives, a different learning approach can be taken for MiniGroms and SuperGroms.
A variety of activities, games and lessons are included in the program that cater to both, however, some learning materials differ between the two groups to suit the MiniGroms development and maturity.
Vegemite SurfGroms feature 5 distinct skill levels, each with its own set of objectives and goals. Each level needs to be achieved before moving onto the next.
Level 1 is designed for complete beginners as an introduction to surfing, through to Level 5 which is conducted in 3-4ft conditions, and in which participants must demonstrate a competency in linking manoeuvres together on the open face of a wave.
Throughout the Vegemite SurfGroms program and each of the 5 skill levels, there is a significant focus on Ocean Awareness and Beach Safety.
Surf conditions, etiquette, first aid, and basic surf rescue skills have all been incorporated into the Vegemite SurfGroms program. Before any Vegemite SurfGrom receives a completion certificate and their graded wristband for each level, they must have successfully demonstrated all of the relevant ocean awareness and beach safety skills.
Go Ride a Wave offers SurfGroms in Ocean Grove, Torquay & Anglesea in Victoria and Surfers Paradise & Noosa Heads in Queensland.