What to expect from Nippers

Sunday Nippers – what to expect and how to get involved

Nippers takes place on Sunday mornings. The 2014 Season commences Sunday 12th October and will end early March 2015 with a break over Christmas.  Registration days will be held on Sunday 14th and Sunday 21st September, from 9am – 12:30pm, at the surf club.

Sunday Activities

Sunday Activities for under 6, under 7 and under 8 start at 9.00am and will finish at 10.30am. Sunday activities for under 9, under 10, under 11, under 12, under 13 and under 14 start at 9.00am and finish between 10.30am to 11.00am.

The U-6 and U-7 children are given a non-competitive introduction to beach and water activities. They are encouraged to complete water wade relays and water bucket relays every week to learn how to negotiate the waters edge. For the Under 6’s and 7’s the emphasis is on fun and education, not competition. At this age children are encouraged to perform to their potential. There is no winner just team and parent support.

The U8 age group engage in waters edge wade races as well as beach activities.

The U9’s and above are introduced to regular swimming and board events most Sundays in a competitive environment. All age groups are encouraged to perform within their capacity with no pressure placed on participants.

From the under 8’s, children are eligible to compete at local, branch and state carnivals.

A parent or guardian is required to be at the beach at all times during junior activities. The Umina SLSC of Junior Program is not a child minding service.

Uniforms

For safety reasons ALL children MUST wear a nipper cap during ALL Sunday activities and are to be removed once Sunday junior activities have ceased.
They must also wear the hi vis rashie vest shirts provided by the club.

We have an initiative to help improve safety and overall management of all our nippers while they are participating in both the beach and water activities at Sunday nippers; our nippers from U6’s through to U7’s wear colour coded caps, representing the age group they are in. Children are also encouraged to wear club costumes and club swimsuits.

The U8’s through to U14’s will be required to wear the traditional Umina SLSC caps and a pink hi-visibility rash vest (supplied by club) at regular Sunday nippers, training and carnivals. The caps will also be used for competing at Club Championships and when representing Umina SLSC at carnivals throughout the season.

Whilst sun hats and sunscreen are not provided, these items are strongly recommended at all times. Protecting your child from the sun’s harmful rays is a parental responsibility.

SLIP (on a shirt)

SLOP (on sunscreen) and

SLAP (on a hat)

Age Managers

The week to week activities of each age group are lead by one or more age managers, who are endorsed by the Junior Committee. The primary role of the age managers is to educate our junior members, in a friendly, fun and safe environment, about the surf and surf life saving. If you are interested in becoming an age manager please contact a member of the Junior activities Committee.

Age Managers and Trainers for the 2014/15 Season can be found here.

Click here for the Junior Activities Season 2014/15 Information Handbook.

Parent Involvement

We encourage all parents to participate with their children in all activities. Running a successful club of this size only comes from the ongoing commitment of volunteers and help offered by parents. We are a family club and we need the help of every family to share the workload so that we can continue to maintain a high standard and enjoyable environment for all families.

Support from parents, to play roles as a committee member, age manager, judges, recorder, water safety and just good all round extra hands makes life easier for all as well as enhancing your child’s enjoyment of nippers.

Active Parent involvement in any part of nipper activities is a unique and essential component of Nippers. Such ‘activities’ could include running in a race with your kids on the sand, to holding a flag in the water or helping out on the BBQ.

At the beginning of each season, training is arranged for parents interested in obtaining their Bronze Medallion. This has proven very successful over the past few seasons. It is essential that as many parents as possible obtain their Bronze to meet the minimum water safety requirements for SLSA.

Many parents have then gone on to obtain their ARC, (Advanced Resuscitation Certificate), IRB Licence, IRB Crewman’s Certificate, or many more awards. It helps teach our children, as well as being a great example to them.

Parents without life saving qualifications also have a role to play as –

  • Committee members
  • Age Managers
  • Age Managers assistants
  • Setting up the beach
  • Carnival assistants

Club Equipment

Equipment is supplied by the club and is available for the use of all registered junior members when taking part in nipper activities. The age managers are the sole people responsible for allocating equipment at Sunday activities.

If you use it, then it’s your responsibility to wash it and put it back after Sunday junior activities.

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