Surf Aware 1 is the first of the junior development awards.

The focusĀ is on understanding, identifying and demonstrating sunsmart guidelines and dangers that relate to themselves, as well as what it means to feel safe. They learn to recognise whether they are, or someone else is, in an emergency situation and how to get help. Ecosurf discusses the beach environment and communities surf lifesavers operate in.

Surf sports skills focus on bodyboarding, wading, dolphin-diving, beach sprint starts and beach flags starts.