At last, a race for the kids!
Kiwi kids love to spend the summer at the beach, so it is wonderful that now they too can participate in ocean swimming events – one of New Zealand’s fastest growing sports. The State OceanKids event has now grown to a great 40 minute session packed full of fun activities designed to give your kids key water safety messages and teach them valuable ocean swimming techniques.
The session will be led by our incredibly respected Surf Life Saving New Zealand crew and supported by an elite ocean swimmer who will take the State OceanKids through special pre-race ocean swimming technique demonstrations. What an event! Everyone is a ‘winner’ just for completing the swim!
This year we are also excited to partner up with Jetstar to bring you the Jetstar Super Swim Squad. Read more about this further down this page.
What is included in your 40 minute OceanKids session?
Note to parents: we suggest you bring a towel, tracksuit or something warm for the kids to wear for this session
(5 MINS) Welcome OceanKids, kick off with a beach and ocean safety Q & A session run by Surf Lifesaving NZ
(5 MINS) A fun activity session in groups of 25 kids about swimming safely in the ocean, led by a Surf Lifesaving guard
(5 MINS) A fun games session in groups of 25 kids about ocean swimming techniques, led by a Surf Lifesaving guard
(5 MINS) An ocean swim racing demonstration led by a NZ or Australian elite swimmer
(5 MINS) OceanKids photo with the elite swimmer, Surf Lifesaving NZ and Koru the Kiwi
(5 MINS) 200m OceanKids swim course description
(5-10 MINS) 200m ocean swim race (please note that a split start will be dependent on entry numbers. This decision is made by the Race Director on event day)
What will your kids receive as part of their entry?
- A State Ocean Swim Series race pack with a State beach towel and other goodies
- A State OceanKids finishers certificate when they cross the finish line
- A State OceanKids group photo with the elite swimmer, Surf Lifesaving NZ and Koru the Kiwi – downloadable from this page
- State OceanKids specific medals for the winning boy and girl in the under 8 year olds, 9 year olds and 10 year old age categories – presented at the event prize giving
- A fun 200m State OceanKids ocean swim race supported by Surf Lifesaving New Zealand guards
Important Event Information:
Location Date Time Enter Download OceanKids Photo
Paihia, Bay of Islands Saturday 7 December 2013 1.20pm Enter Now Will be uploaded after the event.
Oriental Bay, Wellington Sunday 26 January 2014 11.20am Enter Now Will be uploaded after the event.
Akaroa, Christchurch Saturday 22 February 2014 11.40am Enter Now Will be uploaded after the event.
Main Beach, Mt Maunganui Saturday 22 March 2014 12.00pm Enter Now Will be uploaded after the event.
Takapuna Beach, North Shore City Saturday 12 April 2014 12.05pm Enter Now Will be uploaded after the event.
Online entries closing dates:
5 Dec 2013 @ 11.59PM – OceanKids Paihia online entries close
24 Jan 2014 @ 11.59PM – OceanKids Wellington online entries close
20 Feb 2014 @ 11:59PM – OceanKids Akaroa online entries close
20 March 2014 @ 11:59PM – OceanKids Mt Maunganui online entries close
10 April 2014 @ 11:59PM – OceanKids North Shore City online entries close
Jetstar Super Swim Squad 2013/2014
Jetstar Super Swim Squad information coming soon!
Entry fees & conditions:
To enter, all kids must be between 6-10 years of age as of the day of the event and/or be capable of swimming 200m competently in a pool.
Entry fee per child is $22.50 (early bird), $27.50 (standard), $32.50 (late entries in week prior) and $37.50 (event day). See the Entry Fees page for more details.
Always have an adult supervise children.