Nippers - About & Registration

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The Tamarama SLSC Nipper program is aligned with Surf Life Saving Australia's Nipper Surf Education program (see links at the end of this page for full details by Age Group) and covers a wide range of skill and educational development.

Tamarama SLSC Nippers commences in October and concludes in March and is open, on a space available basis, to children between the ages of 5 and 13 years as at midnight, 30 September.

Sunday activities commence at 9.00am as per the published schedule, unless otherwise notified.

Age Managers & Assistant Age Managers are needed for 2018-19 season – please see below for more information. Please note that we can’t run age groups without Age Managers & Assistant Age Managers.

Sydney Roosters are proud supporters and sponsors of Tamarama SLSC Nippers - thanks!

Tamarama Nippers

Unlike our neighbouring clubs in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Tamarama is a smaller but none the less important Surf Life Saving Club, embedded within the local Tamarama community. While a picturesque location and a fantastic beach with great surf, conditions can be challenging at times.

The Nipper group maintains a membership of approximately 100 members and is supported by an enthusiastic group of parents and the senior club.  Being a smaller Nipper group the experience of parents and Nippers alike will vary compared to that of other nearby clubs.  We encourage active parent involvement and attention to their child's progress while we pursue development of each child's skills during the time that they are in the program.

Click here Parent Information Pack for 2017-18 for further information. Please note that this link is for the 2017-18 season and will be updated shortly for the 2018-19 season.

Registrations for 2018-19

Registrations and swimming proficiencies will be held at the University of New South Wales heated indoor swimming pool, corner of High St and Anzac Parade Kensington (enter from High St) on Sunday 9th September, 2pm - 3.30pm ONLY.

Nippers in age groups U6 through U14 are required to complete a swimming proficiency as noted on this page. Please bring along swimmers, towel and goggles. Please advise reception at the entrance that you are attending the Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club Nipper proficiency.

Please follow the instructions below to complete registration (registration is complete once the proficiency assessment is completed). Following the registration instructions below (i.e. completing registration form and payment online) will expedite the registration process on the 9th September.

Similar to other clubs in the Waverley and Randwick areas, we require that at least one parent/ carer/ guardian per family join as a Nipper parent. Please see content in payment links below to complete payment for all categories.

Prices

Registration fees for 2018-19 are $130 per Nipper (up to U12), $250 for U13 & U14 (due to SRC costs) and $60 per Nipper parent. Please email me if you are registering 2 or more Nippers and I will provide a discount code.

Cost have been maintained at 2017-18 rates. High visibility singlets, as well as a club shirt and cap are now included in the registration price for all Nippers.

Returning Nippers from 2017-18 (and their siblings)

If you are re-enrolling a returning Nipper from 2017-18 and/or enrolling a sibling of a Nipper from 2017-18 please follow the instructions below:

  • Complete the form at the following link for each Nipper and parent/ carer/ guardian being registered and bring the form to the registration day. Please write all details clearly Rego_forms_2
  • Click on the following link to pay for the Nippers you are registering, including parent/ carer/ guardian members. https://www.trybooking.com/WBRU
  • Attend the 9th September registration day and complete the registration process and proficiency assessment.
  • Caps from last season are perpetual and should be retained for subsequent seasons. If you require a replacement cap the cost will be $30.

New Nippers for 2018-19

If you are enrolling a Nipper in 2018-19 for the first time, please follow the instructions below:

Due to the nature of our beach and number of volunteers, we have a limit on the total number of Nippers we can accommodate. New members are welcome and accepted on a first come first serve basis in the first instance and then held on a waitlist basis, to be cleared as far as possible (fees are refundable if we are unable to accommodate).

  • Complete the form at the following link for each Nipper and parent / carer / guardian being registered and bring the form to the registration day. Please write all details clearlyRego_forms_2
  • Click on the following link to pay for the Nippers you are registering, including parent / carer / guardian members.  https://www.trybooking.com/WBRT
  • Attend the 9th September registration day and complete the registration process and proficiency assessment.

Age Managers

Age Managers for each age group need to be identified prior to commencement of the season. Anyone who has done this role will tell you that it is a rewarding activity, so I encourage people to step up and benefit from the experience.

You do not have to be a Bronze Medallion holder to be an Age Manager. Training will be provided and the senior club will support Age Manager activities and undertake Water Safety Activities.

We will need at least one Age Manager and one Assistant Age Manager per age group (and I am sure they will in turn welcome some help from other parents - so don't be shy!). We can’t run an age group without people taking on these important roles.

Please email nippers@tamaramaslsc.org to let us know which age group you wish to support.

Download Age Manager Guide

Proficiencies

Proficiency requirements are noted below. Note that subject to conditions, surf swimming skills are included as part of the program, however, Nippers is not a place where children learn to swim.

Proficiencies will be conducted at the above noted venue, date and time.

Tamarama swimming proficiencies for intra club activities are of a higher standard than the base SLSA requirements due prevailing conditions at our beach and are noted below.

Children who have not completed the proficiencies are unable to fully participate in water activities.

  • Under 6 – From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide and recover to a secure position. Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position
  • Under 7 – From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position. Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position
  • Under 8 - 25 metre swim (any stroke) plus 1 minute survival float
  • Under 9 - 200 metre pool swim within 6 minutes plus 1 minute survival float
  • Under 10 - 200 metre pool swim within 6 minutes plus 1.5 minute survival float
  • Under 11 - 200 metre pool swim within 5 minutes plus 2 minute survival float
  • Under 12 - 200 metre pool swim within 5 minutes plus 2 minute survival float
  • Under 13 - 200 metre pool swim within 5 minutes plus 3 minute survival float
  • Under 14 - 200 metre pool swim within 5 minutes plus 3 minute survival float

A child's age group is defined by their age as at midnight 30th September (e.g. a child born on the 13th September will be in the U12 in the 2018-19 season).

An additional open water proficiency will be held during October (subject to prevailing conditions) for children wishing to participate in inter club competition, such as the Waverley Shield.

Calendar

Key dates are as follows. To view the full schedule for 2018-19 please see the link below.

  • Registrations - Sunday 9th September 2018
  • First Day of Nippers / Parent Briefing - Sunday 14th October 2018
  • Nippers Christmas Cheer (last day of Nipper before Summer break) - Sunday 9th December 2018
  • Nippers Resumes - Sunday 20th January 2019
  • Last day of Nippers for 2018-19 - Sunday 10th March 2019

Please note that first day of Nipper activities at Tamarama will be on Sunday 14th October 2018 from 9am – meeting in the club hall for welcome, introductions and parent briefing. All other weeks, we meet at 9am at the back of the beach, unless otherwise advised. 

Questions?

Please contact nippers@tamaramaslsc.org if you have any questions.

Attachments

Thanks,

Jon Hancock, Brad Charters & Shay Deguara


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  • Danny Adams
    published this page 2017-07-19 15:42:07 +1000