Lesson 9 – 30 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Attempt or perform a board relay race


  • Nipper Boards.
  • Water Safety Personnel (1:5).



  • One board-paddler completes the course at a time.
  • When returning to the beach the board-paddler must drag or carry the board up the beach towards the next board-paddler.
  • The next board-paddler is waiting with their board.
  • When the first board-paddler tags the next, they can enter the water.
  • This is repeated for the next transition.


  • Introduce the principles of a board relay.
  • Note: It is most likely you will only have enough boards for one per team.
  • If this is the case then remind the participants that they will need to swap boards during the transition for this lesson.

Activity 1

  • Divide the participants into teams of three or more and provide each team with a board.
  • Line each team up facing the water with one water safety personnel per team as a marker 20m out to sea.
  • Make sure each team is 5 metres apart so they do not run into each other.
  • Explain to each participant that they need to go to the left of their water safety marker.
  • Instruct participants to wait until tagged before their next teammate can go and encourage participants to do some bunny hops on their way out.
  • Start the board relay when all the participants understand the activity and are ready
  • Repeat the relay 2 or 3 times.


This lesson is a progression of board skills through the junior development award program. It assumes participants have acquired previous skills from earlier awards. The assumed skills for this lesson are:

  • Positioning on a board and basic paddling technique.
  • Entering the surf and bunny-hopping with a board.
  • Sitting over a wave and paddling through a wave.
  • Exiting the water with a board. Catching a broken and un-broken wave.


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