State OceanKids

State OceanKids


OceanKids LogoAt 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 Beach Ed 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!

After the huge success in its inaugural year, the great partnership with Jetstar to bring you the Jetstar Super Swim Squad continues with even more value for the luck winners. Read more about this amazing squad 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

SLS-Beach-Ed-Logo_with-tag_colour 30min Beach Ed Session
(3 MINS) Welcome OceanKids and introduction Q+A session
(5 MINS) A Surf Life Saving NZ representative talks through the Surf Ed 10 safety rules
(5 MINS) A fun activity session with a Surf Life Saver learning about swimming in the ocean
(5 MINS) A fun activity session with a Surf Life Saver practicing some ocean swimming skills
(5 MINS) An ocean swim racing demonstration led by a NZ or Australian elite swimmer
(5 MINS) OceanKids photo with the elite swimmer, Surf Life Saving NZ and Koru the Kiwi
(2 MINS) 200m OceanKids swim course description

5-10min OceanKids Swim
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 1st – 3rd 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:

LocationDateTimeEnterDownload OceanKids Photo
Paihia, Bay of IslandsSaturday 7 December 20131.20pmEnter NowDownload Photo
Oriental Bay, WellingtonSunday 26 January 201411.20amEnter NowDownload Photo
Akaroa, ChristchurchSaturday 22 February 201411.40amEnter NowDownload Photo
Main Beach, Mt MaunganuiSaturday 22 March 201412.00pmEnter NowDownload Photo
Takapuna Beach, North Shore CitySaturday 12 April 201412.05pmEnter NowDownload Photo


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

The fastest boy and girl in each age group race, at each State OceanKids Swim Series event, will form the Jetstar Super Swim Squad and win a once-in-a-lifetime experience – a weekend squad camp in April 2014 with New Zealand’s best swimmers including travel and accommodation, special surprises and specialist swim clinics!

Each Jetstar Super Swim Squad member will also receive exclusive squad gear and become role models for other young swimmers and their communities.

Jetstar Super Swim Squad - Terms and Conditions


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.

Safe Swimming Tip from Water Safety NZ

Always have an adult supervise children.