Sandhoppers

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Hayle Surf Life Saving Club Sandhoppers
Sandhoppers is a new club for 5 and 6 year olds and is part of Hayle Surf Life Saving Club.  First session Sunday 1 May 2011
What will my child do at sandhoppers?
Sandhoppers is an introduction to Surf Life Saving skills and knowledge for 5 and 6 year olds. As well as beach games, the children will learn basic knowledge about the beach environment, including lifeguarding knowledge about the beach and sea environment. The children will be able to go in the sea, when the conditions are right to do so. All children will also undertake basic awards in beach knowledge and water skills. Overall, the aim is to instil enthusiasm for the beach environment through fun activities.
Does my child need to be able to swim to join sandhoppers?
No. One of the main aims of Hayle Surf Life Saving Club is to teach beach safety and skills. An essential part of this is helping the children gain beach confidence, regardless of their starting ability.
Are the sessions properly supervised?
All sessions are run by experienced coaches, who are also qualified lifeguards. Coaches running the sessions are also CRB checked. The club has a child protection policy and also two child protection officers. Given the age of the children, we do ask that one parent / responsible adult remains with the child during the session. The role of this adult will be to encourage and support their child in all activities.
When and where are the sessions?
During the summer (start May – mid-October) sessions run on a Sunday 12.30pm until 1.30pm, at Hayle beach – the club house is located next to Cove Cafe, just along the cliff from the Bluff Inn.  Last beach session Sun 25 Sept 2011.
During the winter (Mid-October to end April) sessions run on a Saturday evening 5.30 -7pm (1/2 hour slots), at Penzance pool – See diary dates for more info for winter 2011/12  pool sessions starting Sat 8 Oct 2011.
How much does it cost?
The membership year runs from January to December each year and costs £25. This fee includes affiliation to the club, Surf Life Saving Cornwall and Surf Life Saving Great Britain. It also covers the cost of personal insurance and third party liability insurance. The club has a policy of allowing children to try sessions for three weeks before they decide if they wish to join (during this time, they are uninsured).
In addition to the membership fee, the children pay £1 per session, which covers the cost of pool hire and awards that the children undertake.
Family memberships are also available, if parents wish to undertake club activities themselves.
Will we need to buy any equipment?
The only compulsory purchase is a club hat, which costs £8. All children must wear these hats at all sessions, as a safety measure, so that they are easily identified as club members.
The club has a range of clothing for sale, but this is all optional. The club has a small range of wetsuits to lend out, or it will be possible to undertake water activities in swimming costumes, as the sandhoppers are unlikely to be in very deep water. Alternatively, families often sell on old wetsuits within the club, or a number of local shops give discounts to club members.
Why are sandhoppers restricted to 5 and 6 year olds?
Because our insurance does not cover children younger than this.
What can we do after sandhoppers?
Once children get to the age of 7, they would progress into the Nippers (7-13 year olds).
Where can I get further information?
Phone Dave Parker (Club Captain and Sandhoppers coach) on 07967 213204 / 01736 755303.
What do I need to do now?
Just turn up and try us out! No need to book.

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