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Nippers

SOUTH MAROUBRA NIPPERS

Our Nipper program has been running for over 45 years, it is a dynamic part of our local community.  We offer a fun and active lifestyle choice for children between the ages of 5 and 13, as well as a solid base for learning important surf lifesaving skills. Our junior lifesvares at training are taught everything from sun and surf safety, beach sprints and board paddling, all the way to life saving skills like CPR and water rescues.  We aim to provide our nippers with the confidence, skills and understanding of the beach and surf environment.  We are highly focused on providing an environment that is fun, inclusive, family-friendly and focussed on developing our nippers into our future lifeavers. 

Whilst our weekly activities are based around the nippers – it’s not just about the children, it also encompasses parents who choose to get involved with either teaching beach activities to the kids or who want to achieve their own milestones like completing their Bronze Certificate and becoming a valued volunteer lifesaver. 

Nippers can start once they turn 5 years old. The first two years of Nippers are spent in the Under U6’s and 7's, where the focus is on fun and games on the beach which teach children basic skills and awareness of where to swim and what help is available from lifesavers, shallow water activities for these groups are carried out at the extreme South End of Maroubra Beach

The Under 8's to Under 14's participate in a structured program that includes skill development activities in both the beach and water environment and an integrated education program that develops basic resuscitation, first aid, rescue skills and understanding of the beach and surf.

Nippers runs as per our calendar, each nipper day runs for about 2 hours depending on weather, conditions, program, helpers etc. Nipper activities include (although not limited) wading, board paddling (U9’s to U14’s), swimming, beach sprinting and beach flags as well as lots of fun activities and games designed to teach and improve all surf skills.

Our Nippers participate in a progressive Surf Education program (Surf Ed) providing them with the skills and knowledge of beach safety rules and basic first aid.

Nippers in the U8 to U14 age groups can compete in local carnivals several times during the season, although not compulsory, nippers are encouraged to participate, as these actvities provide a platform to develop further their social skills whilst representing our club in a beach environment.

We pride in our well developed coaching program, nippers have the opportunity to enhance their board paddling, surf (swim) skills and beach running skills during the season.  Training is available on weekday afternoons and weekends.  Our qualified and experienced coaches will develop your child's skills in these areas.

NIPPER AGE GROUPS

U/8 to U/14 Membership 

The age group for the season is determined as at midnight on the 30th  September at the commencement of that season.
Please note that for all new members, proff of age/birth certificate must be provided

U/6 and U/7 Membership 

Children in these age groups do not compete in any point score/ championship events. 

A child may join a Club as soon as he/she turns 5 years of age.  No Club is to accept membership of a child until they have reached the age of five years to comply with insurance requirements. A child who reaches five years of age after 30th September 2017 may join Nippers at that time; however, this child will be required to stay in the U/6 Nippers age group the following season. It is the clubs responsibility to explain to the parents of each child that if a child reaches the age of five years after 30th September 2017, they may join Nippers for the remainder of the 2017/18 season, however will remain in the U/6 Nipper group in the following season. 

SEASON CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The calendar has been set by the Nipper Executive Committee and provides a guide to all events to be held during season.  All events are, of course, subject to change without notice according to conditions on the day, although every effort will be made to carry cancelled events forward to the next available date.  Registered nippers will be contacted via SMS if any major calendar changes occur. 
All normal Sunday activities will include a variety of surf & sand skills with Sunday Nipper report time being 9:00 am (unless specified different in the calendar) with activities commencing soon after.  

Wet Weather Policy

Nippers will be run in wet weather.
However it will only be cancelled in the event of thunder and lightning storms.

NIPPER INFORMATION

Registration details and instructions, as well as this season's calendar and nipper booklet are included in the files listed below:

All other nipper queries, please direct them to nippers@southmaroubrasurfclub.com.au 

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Nipper calendar 2017-18129.04 KB
Information Booklet 2017-185.27 MB
Online Registration and Payments.pdf317.95 KB
Join or Renew Online 201743.62 KB
Nipper Registration Info 2017-18224.44 KB