Life with kids in Sydney's East
Coogee Minnows is Australia's longest continually running Junior Surf Lifesaving Club and a dynamic part of the Coogee Beach community.
Minnows offers a fun and active lifestyle choice for children between the ages of 5 and 13, as well as a solid base for learning and competition in beach activities. Kids in Minnows are tought everything from sun and surf safety, beach sprints and board paddling, all the way to life saving skills like CPR and water rescues.
The Minnows family is not just about the children, it also encompasses parents who choose to get involved with either teaching beach activities to the kids or who want to achieve their own milestones like completing their Bronze Certificate.
Each age group, with the exception of the Under 6s and 7s, has different qualifications and requirements, which must be met to enable them to participate in ANY Minnows’ activities (sand or water) and compete in inter-club carnivals.
In order to participate on the beach, individuals must achieve a minimum proficiency level. This minimum requirement, established by Surf Lifesaving Australia, however Coogee Minnows establishes its own minimum proficiency which is above and beyond those set by SLSA. This basic requirements at Coogee is known as a Preliminary Evaluation. This is the proficiency evaluation that will take place on the two registration days.
Minnows that want to compete for Coogee must also complete their Competition Evaluation. This is required before registering for any competition, including Randwick Shield, Branch and State carnivals. These will take place before our first competition, Randwick Shield, on the beach in November.
The beach-based activities include the beach run, where children will sprint a pre-determined course along the sand, and the flags event.
Club caps must be worn at all times during Minnows’ activities. All competitors must wear club caps and must finish events with the cap on the head and tied under the chin.
Caps are worn for safety reasons so children can be seen in the water and differentiated from Water Safety Officers.
Water safety officers wear ORANGE caps, Surf LifeSavers wear RED & YELLOW caps. Caps MUST be removed after signing off at the end of Sunday morning activities.