Nippers

Ever wondered what all those kids, big and little were doing at Newport Beach on a Sunday from 9am? Well read on, and come and join the fun!

What is Nippers?

Nippers is Surf Life Saving for children aged between 5 and 13 years. Children from 5 to 7 years may join on an educational basis, while children from 8 years up may join in competitions representing Newport SLSC. They can compete in Northern Beaches inter-club competitions, Sydney Branch and state carnivals. While competition is an important element, surf awareness and education is the primary aim. Children are taught how to respect and read the surf, and to use it to their advantage.

On completion of the season all children will receive a certificate to show they have gained the skills required in their age group.  If the child has  attended between 60 – 74% of all Sunday nippers they will receive a Bronze medal, 75 – 89% will gain them a silver medal and a gold medal is given out to children that have attended 90% or more of Sunday Nippers. This includes attendance to carnivals.  We encourage all children and parents to come to each Sunday morning as the skills learnt will only get stronger with practice, and in turn will allow your child’s confidence to grow when it comes to surf lifesaving.

Who Can Join?

Any girl or boy may join Nippers and you DON’T have to be competitive or athletic or even confident in the surf. One of the best things about Nippers is seeing young children who are scared of the water lose their fear during the season. Children with disabilities are welcome but in some cases a Doctor’s letter will be requested stating that the child is capable of undertaking certain events or activities. In all cases, the child would not be expected to participate in any event or activity where the disability might cause danger to the child.

Competition Group

Please see our Competition page for details of our competition program and training opportunities.

Parent Involvement

Parents are actively encouraged to participate in their child’s Age Group activities. Many parents are former (or current) members of Life Saving Clubs and assist with the provision of water safety for events. Other parents act as age officials, managers or committee members (bronze not required for these 3 roles). Any parent who is interested in doing their Bronze Medallion please see your child’s Age Manager who will provide you with details.

Proficiency

Before any child is allowed to participate in any water event or activity (ie. an event where they would be in water out of their depth) they are required to take a proficiency evaluation.

There will be a Proficiency Day at Brooke Withers Pool Warriewood (date to be confirmed). A gold coin donation is required for entry. Only Nippers in Age Groups U8-U14 (SRC) are required to complete this pool swim and float proficiency.

Children who cannot pass the minimum proficiency are limited for their safety to beach and wade events only.

Children who wish to compete at carnivals in both water and beach events will be required to undertake an open water swim proficiency. Please see your Age Manager for details about this Competition Proficiency Swim.

Registration for 2020-21 Season

All new memberships and renewals are completed online.

Note: for parents and guardians of first year Nippers, please email a photo of their birth certificate or passport to [email protected]

For any queries regarding registration please contact our club Registrar [email protected]

Open Days for 2020-21 Season

Our Open Days will most likely take place in September, however, the dates are still to be confirmed. We will have volunteers available to answer any of your questions and our clothing shop will be open (in the Nippers’ shed on the beach side of the club) to enable the purchase of club gear and Nipper caps.

Member Protection Forms

All adult members need to fill in a Member Protection Form. Once completed and signed the forms can be brought along to Nippers on a Sunday morning.

Further Information

Want to know more, email Bec Capell, [email protected] Remember we’re here to have FUN and learn about surf safety!