Water safety is central to the Learn, Grow, Lead Tamariki Camp at every level of experience. Learning to surf is a gift, but it comes with lots of planning and preparation, knowing your limits, and understanding the risks.
Check out these tips from New Zealand’s national surf life savers to remind yourself about safety in the water.
Patrick and Rita
Auckland kids Patrick and Rita join their Meridian buddy Ollie, on the first day of the Learn, Grow, Lead Tamariki Camp.
Te Rina and Eden
Te Rina and Eden arrive from Christchurch, where they attend Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Whanau Tahi. Their Meridian buddy Jaume has also travelled to Raglan from Christchurch.
Lessons with DK
In addition to surfing, DK and his partner Renee taught the kids about water safety and the ocean, and how surfing is much more than a sport.
The kids practice paddling a surfboard before heading to the beach on their first day of surfing.
The challenge was on before surfing had even begun.
Ready to go
Safety briefing complete and ready to get into the water!
Reihana from Naenae Intermediate in Lower Hutt, Wellington, is a natural standing up on his board.
Eden's also a natural, with DK helping to stabilise her board.
Naenae Intermediate student Ariana celebrates her success in the water.
From Dipton School, Southland, Trevor is focussed on his first day in the waves.
Grace, from Ashhurst School, paddles out to catch her next wave.
Brooklyn School's Milo tests his balance.
From Finlayson School in Auckland, Patrick paddles out determinedly to catch his next wave.
Te Rina shows off the fish she's just caught.
From Dipton School, Southland, Adine's pleased with her fishing efforts too.
Rita concentrates on her weaving in the evening at Karioi Lodge.
Lachlan grins as his confidence in the water grows.
Mia, from Northern Southland College, helps bring in the freshly picked vegetables from Karioi Lodge garden.
Karioi Lodge garden
The kids help to pick vegetables from the Karioi Lodge garden.
The kids tuck into eco-cuisine at Solscape, an eco retreat that also runs and hosts workshops in sustainability and holistic well-being.
TVNZ's Te Karere interviews Eden about her experiences on the camp.
The kids film a surf safety video before hitting the waves on their final day.