Nippers (Juniors)

During the surf season, there are a number of formal and informal competitions. There are a number of club ‘points’ days where Nippers compete at Ocean Beach in the various events such as beach, swim and boards on Sundays culminating in the junior club championship day. (see the calendar for details)

Talented juniors may choose to participate in the more formal competitions like the country championships; and if successful, they may be selected to compete in the state or even the national championships. To be eligible to participate in the formal competitions, juniors must complete the swim proficiency (see below for the requirements).

Proficiency

All Nippers from U8 to U14 are required to complete water proficiency testing (Albany Pool or Prawn Rock Channel) in order to take part in the Nipper  program at Ocean Beach and also at carnivals. Please note the following requirements for your child’s age group.

Age Group Participation Skill Evaluation Competition Skill Evaluation
Under 8 25 metre swim (any stroke)
1 minute survival float
Not applicable
Under 9 25 metre swim (any stroke)
1 minute survival float
Not applicable
Under 10 25 metre swim (any stroke)
11/2 minute survival float
Not applicable
Under 11 50 metre swim (any stroke)
2 minute survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim (competition course) 
in less than 9 minutes.
Under 12 100 metre swim (any stroke)
2 minute survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim (competition course) 
in less than 9 minutes.
Under 13 150 metre swim (any stroke)
3 minute survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim (competition course) 
in less than 9 minutes.
Under 14 200 metre swim (any stroke)
3 minute survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim (competition course) 
in less than 9 minutes.

Notes: All members MUST be appraised prior to participating in any water based activities.All members MUSTcomplete this timed swim before being eligible to compete in any event at a carnival. This open water swim is a reflection of a competition swim course

The Junior Participation Skill Evaluation is a SLSA prerequisite for all Nippers. Children need to complete this prior to participating in the Nipper program at Denmark. This proficiency will need to be completed by December in order to be able to continue in the program. The Junior Competition Skill Evaluation is a timed open water swim.

This year’s proficiency swim will be held in October.

This needs to be successfully completed before competing at recognised carnivals.

Children unsuccessful at their first attempt are encouraged to try again at a later time. The club is not able to teach youngsters to swim. We expect to lift the swimming skills of competent swimmers (for their age) and teach them surf safety.

If you have any concerns about your child’s ability, please do not hesitate to discuss the issue with the Age Manager.

Emphasis in Nippers is directed towards teaching and instruction of water safety and basic surf life saving skills and having fun.

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