SomerSquad is the name given to the collective youth from 13 to 18 years old although the age boundaries are a little blurred as participants love it so much, they don’t want to graduate. The SomerSquad youth program was formed in 2012 and is the brainchild of James McBride and Sarah Hosking. Sarah and James wanted to give the kids graduating from the Nipper program some focus and purpose as they moved into their Senior years.
SomerSquad’s focus includes:
- Service to our club. There is a core group of us that just can’t shake the Saturday afternoon routine, and love to support our nippers. Our juniors appreciate the care and guidance of their older ‘siblings’, not to mention the great job that they do providing essential water cover on both Saturdays and carnivals. It also keeps us in touch with our juniors.
- Training and competing. Almost everyone has committed to some form of training and is embracing senior carnivals. We’re still discovering new surf disciplines, and our craft is getting a fresh workout. In true SomerSquad style, we’re blending the serious and the fun.
- Fun. Stand-up-paddle-boarding, water-grid-iron, not to mention the SACA beach cricket comp, a weekend away at the Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club. Chiton is an extremely different club to ours on a very different stretch of beach. It’s a lot of fun and an all-round great experience. Everyone pitches in, we bond, we relax, play endless UNO and we patrol their beach.