WELCOME TO NIPPERS 2019/20
Nippers is open to children Under 6 (5 years old by October 1) through to Under 14. Children from 13 years old can participate in the Surf Rescue Certificate course enabling them to help with Water Safety activities for Nippers and participate as part of beach patrol teams.
We aim to provide activities for Nippers of all proficiencies and aspirations. Primarily, Sunday morning Nippers is about having fun alongside learning about safety in our beach environment and developing surf and sand knowledge and skills. There are opportunities to participate in additional training and coaching sessions from introductory to advanced for our more serious competitors.
Nippers also provides the opportunity to represent the club at carnivals which is a great experience. For some this is the theatre and colour of the day, but for those training harder it allows them to compete and pit their skills against the best.
We hope your family enjoys the year and finds more and more value from the club as our Nippers follow a pathway to long term membership.
Big thanks to the Age Managers who need to be masters of so many things and rely on parents putting their hands up to help from time to time. Please be ready to step forward.
A typical Nippers Sunday sees boys and girls competing in beach activities like sprints and flags and water activities from a “wade” for little ones up to swimming and paddling boards around the “cans”. They also have Surf Ed sessions and learn about how to help people on the beach
8:15 – Beach Setup by Rostered Age Group led by our Sunday Nippers coordinator
8:45 – Age Manager briefing
9:00 – U6 & U7 Sign-in
9:30 – U8+ Sign-in
11.00 – Nippers Sign-out (and remove caps)
11:15 – Beach pack-up by Rostered Age Group led by our Sunday Nippers coordinator
There are regular extra training sessions for those interested before nippers and also mid-week. See our Beach and Water Training page
Apart from working together on the beach, during the year families will have the opportunity to socialise over a barbeque or a beverage in our club.
For all the information you need on the season ahead, please check out dropdown Nipper Menu on this website for the following sections:
- What is Nippers?
- How to Register
- Preliminary Swim Evaluation
- How you can help
- Beach and Water Training
- Ripper Nippers
- Youth Development Program
- Nippers Monthly News aka “Hodgie’s Bits”
As Junior Activities Director, I need all the help I can get and I’m always keen to hear about how we can do better. Please come and say hi or drop me a line.