Nippers 2017/18 Season
We run Nippers on Pyramids Beach from November – March. Nippers 2017/18 Season starts on Sunday 5 November 2017 at 9am.
Get your copy of the 2017-2018 Nippers Handbook here
Nippers from U8 upwards must at least complete the Preliminary Skills Evaluation. This includes a swim and a float test appropriate for the particular age group. If your child has not completed this, please talk to your Age Manager prior to Nippers starting.
Evaluations will take place on Sunday 15 September 2017 – from 10am to 2pm at Mandurah Aquatic Centre.
For those Nippers from U8 upward that would like to compete in local carnivals, country and state championships – a Competition Skills Evaluation Proficiency test in open water is required. Open water swims are held at Avalon Bay and depending on age groups range from 100m (from U8’s), 150m (U10’s) to 288m (U11’s upwards).
These Nippers can then join the Surf Sports team and be included in additional training.
SLSWA Surf Education Programs
Nippers is about learning and having fun in a safe beach environment. The morning program will include a range of activities that are part of the relevant SLSWA Surf Education programs: Surf Play, Surf Safe, Surf Smart and finally Surf Rescue Certificates.
- Warm up exercises
- Water arena (swimming, surf awareness and rescue boards)
- Beach arena (flags, sprints, relays and 1km beach runs for older Nippers)
- Team games and activities (ball games and activities to facilitate fitness)
- Education (theory, beach safety, basic surf life saving knowledge and first aid)
Nippers caps (colour as per below) must be purchased and worn at all times during Nippers, and removed immediately once signed out.
Under 6 RED
Under 7 LILAC
Under 8 YELLOW
Under 9 LIGHT BLUE
Under 10 DARK BLUE
Under 11 LIGHT GREEN
Under 12 DARK GREEN
Under 13 PURPLE
All other club merchandise is optional and can be purchased from within the clubhouse on Sunday mornings. Ensure your child has a rashie or long sleeved top, sunscreen, a water bottle, goggles (optional) and a towel. Additional sunscreen is available at the Patrol Tower.
Surf Sports participants must wear their Nippers cap for training, but will have to purchase a competition cap if they wish to compete. They will also need club bathers for competitions. The yellow/pink competition west will be supplied by the club.
Timing and Information
The first activities for the day will commence at 9am sharp. Children should be signed in before this.
U6-U7 9am – 10.30am
U8 – U13 9am – 11am
Any announcements of general interest will be made after the children have left to start their warm up. Also check the whiteboard on the Nippers trailer for further information on upcoming events.
Children can start Nippers if they are 5 by the 30 September before the season starts. Nippers runs until they are 13 where they can do their Surf Rescue Certificate to be become a lifesaver.
Parents/guardians must not leave the beach/clubhouse after signing their child into Nippers. Parents/guardians are required to help with the days’ activities especially in the younger age groups.
We are always looking for new Age Managers. Why not join your kids and have fun too!
For more information about Nippers or if you are interested in helping contact the Nippers Coordinator.
Junior Surf Sports Team
Nippers U8 upward can train with the Surf Sports team, take part in competitions, country and state championship events during the summer. Events can include flags, sprints, relays, board and swim races as well as ironman events. During winter we also compete in Pool Rescue competitions which are particularly suited to those who enjoy competitive swimming.
The Surf Sports team train during the week for both beach and water events normally at Avalon Bay. We rely on additional volunteers and water safety to run these sessions. More information on training times and schedule will be made available at the start of Nippers.