Being A Nipper

Nippers is about learning new skills, gaining confidence and having fun in a safe beach environment. For Nippers, the beach is the classroom. They gain confidence by passing the 'tests' of swimming, board paddling, beach sprinting, dolphin-diving, spotting a rip, having fun with new friends and discovering things about themselves.

The skills gained at Nippers will stick to the soul like sand from the beach and be carried for life.

Nippers is a junior activities program that introduces children aged 5 to 13 to surf lifesaving. It is a fun outdoors activity that develops a child’s confidence, teaches valuable life skills and safety knowledge. Most surf life saving clubs offer a Nippers program, even though the size and style of the activity may vary from club to club.

The youth of today are the future of Surf Life Saving and the Nippers pathway teaches lessons and skills which allow young people to continue in lifesaving and sport as they grow older.

But it’s not all hard work. We like to call it serious fun! Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment.

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Published: 25 September 2016
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The Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club Junior Activities Group now have the HSP Nippers App.

The app is designed to help you keep up to date with all things related to Nippers and the Surf Club.

Follow the links below to download for your device (Smartphone or Tablet)

 

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 If you don't have Smartphone or Tablet, you can still access the information on-line, visit https://hspnippers.teamapp.com/

For more information on the App and instruction on how to access download the brochure below

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Published: 25 September 2016
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Age groups remain a minimum age of 7 years (U/8) up to a maximum age of 13 years (U/14) on a seasonal basis, with age group for the season being determined as at midnight on 30 September at the commencement of that season.

Listed below are the age groups members will be in for the 2016/17 season if they are born between the following dates:

1st October 2002 to 30th September 2003 U/14
1st October 2003 to 30th September 2004 U/13
1st October 2004 to 30th September 2005 U/12
1st October 2005 to 30th September 2006 U/11
1st October 2006 to 30th September 2007 U/10
1st October 2007 to 30th September 2008 U/9
1st October 2008 to 30th September 2009 U/8

Note: Proof of age/birth certificate must be sighted for all new children joining a Surf Life Saving Club.

U/6 and U/7 members may participate in activities on an educational basis only, meaning children in these age groups may 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 2016 may join Nippers at that time; however, this child will be required to stay in the U/6 Nippers age group again the following season. It is the clubs responsibility to explain this to the parents of the child.

Listed below are the age groups members will be in for the 2016/17 season if they are born between the following dates:

1st October 2009 to 30th September 20010 U/7
1st October 2010 to 30th September 2011 U/6

 

1st October 2009 to 30th September 2010 U/7 1st October 2010 to 30th September 2011 U/6

Published: 20 August 2016
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Junior Preliminary Evaluations

Many activities that will be completed by children as part of junior activities will be conducted in the water. To ensure that all children have a suitable swimming ability to allow them to participate in these activities, SLSA has developed a Junior Preliminary Evaluation for each age group. Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation prior to any water-based activities being undertaken.

Note: It is not an assessment which if not completed competently precludes the child from becoming a member or continuing with junior surf education or training activities – see information below.

The Club Executive may nominate suitably qualified members to act as their delegate for the purpose of assessing skills maintenance activities. Delegates should be selected on the basis of expertise in the awards being assessed, and the delegates names must be minuted at a Club Executive meeting annually.

A member who is delegated to assess junior preliminary evaluations must:

  • Be proficient in SRC (at minimum) and have an understanding at the requirements of the evaluations for juniors
  • Be familiar with the process of reasonable adjustment
  • Adhere to the program of skills maintenance requested by the club
  • Complete any paperwork required accurately and return in a timely manner

For more information please see the ‘Skills Maintenance Information’ document available in the members section of the SLSNSW website: www.surflifesaving.com.au/members

Conducting the evaluation

This evaluation should be conducted in a low-risk environment, as determined by a completion of a preactivity risk assessment. All new junior members should be supported by a 1:1 water safety ratio (water safety personnel: Activity Participant) when completing their evaluation. For all returning junior members, where knowledge of their ability is known by the club, a 1:5 water safety ratio (water safety personnel: Activity Participants) may be used (Refer to SLSA Policy and Procedure 1.1 Water Safety (http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/members/resources/administration)

Following The Evaluation

Any child that does not meet the required evaluation level will require a higher level of supervision when involved in water based activities. It is a requirement that these children remain in shallow water and based on a 1:1 ratio until the child is deemed competent in relation to the preliminary evaluation guidelines.

Any child that does complete the preliminary skills evaluation competently can progress to water based junior activities noting 1:5 water safety ratio (water safety personnel: activity participants). For still water / pool activities or low-risk conditions (ascertained after a formal risk assessment) the ratio may be expanded to 1:10 water safety ratio (water safety personnel: activity participants) as per SLS Policy and Procedure 1.1 Water Safety(http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/members/resources/administration)

Junior Competition

Junior competition evaluations

From the age of 7 (Under 8) juniors can begin to compete in intra-club, inter-club and branch competition. From the age of 8 (Under 9) juniors can also participate in state competition. To ensure that all junior members that wish to compete in any inter-club, branch, state and national events/championships have the ability, strength and fitness standard to complete the courses they must be able to complete the junior competition evaluation for their age group.

Junior Evaluations can be completed on the SLSNSW Proficiency Test Work Card. The card for the 2016/17 season is green. Please contact your club Chief Training Officer if you do not have a copy of this card.

Branch and state competition requirements

Any competitor wishing to compete at carnivals (water or beach events) must have successfully completed:

  • Junior Preliminary Evaluation
  • Junior Competition Evaluation
  • Appropriate Surf Education award for their age group by 31 December 2016

Junior Activities members (i.e. members comprising Under 14 and below), are not required to perform patrol hours to compete in Junior Activities competitions. However, if eligible members wish to compete in Under 15 competition, they must fulfil their patrol hour obligations as set out in SLSA Policy 5.4 (http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/members/surfsports/sport-documents).

Preliminary Evaluation

Competition Evaluation

Surf Education Awards

Under 6
Surf Play 1

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. Surf Play 1

Under 7
Surf Play 2

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. Surf Play 2

Under 8
Surf Aware 1

25 metre swim
(any stroke)
1 minute survival float
Nil
(no water competition, except for wade which takes place in waist deep water)
Surf Aware 1

Under 9
Surf Aware 2

25 metre swim
(any stroke)
1 minute survival float
Minimum 150m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Aware 2

Under 10
Surf Safe 1

25 metre swim
(freestyle)
1 1/2 minutes survival float
Minimum 150m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Safe 1

Under 11
Surf Safe 2

50 metre swim
(freestyle)
2 minutes survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Safe 2

Under 12
Surf Smart 1

100 metre swim
(freestyle)
2 minutes survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Smart 1

Under 13
Surf Smart 2

150 metre swim
(freestyle)
3 minutes survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Smart 2

Under 14
SRC

200 metre swim
(freestyle, in less than 5 minutes)
3 minutes survival float
Minimum 288m open water swim
(competition course as per competition manual)
Surf Rescue Certificate

Assessors

Delegated authority as per the SLSA Circular No. 108/15-16.

Notes

Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation, conducted by the club, prior to any junior water activity training or competition being undertaken. Any child that does not meet the required evaluation level will require a higher level of supervision when involved in water based activities at the discretion of the club. The competition evaluation must be achieved before any members are eligible to compete Every junior member should achieve the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to their age group.
Published: 20 August 2016
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The club is holding a number of Registration Days for Senior and Junior Members as well as new members on the following days,

Friday, 2 September 2016 - 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Tradies Helensburgh in the Cafe, 23 Boomerang Street, Helensburgh
Saturday, 3 September 2016 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Outside Old Pizzarama Building, 10 Walker Street, Helensburgh
Sunday, 18 September 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club, Beach Road, Stanwell Park

You can also join the club or renew your membership on-line. Click Here to renew or join on-line.

Early Bird Membership Fees are available up until 20 September 2016, after this data normal fees will apply. Click Here for information on membership fees and how to pay.

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The 2016/2017 Nippers Season starts on Sunday, 9 October 2016

The club is welcoming any child between the age of 5 and 13 to join this season (Nippers cannot start until they are 5)

For ALL new memberships you must provide a copy of your child's birth certificate/passport for registration

Please feel free to contact the Juniors if you have any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published: 10 August 2016
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Nippers is about learning new skills, gaining confidence and having fun in a safe beach environment. For Nippers, the beach is the classroom. They gain confidence by passing the 'tests' of swimming, board paddling, beach sprinting, dolphin-diving, spotting a rip, having fun with new friends and discovering things about themselves.

The skills gained at Nippers will stick to the soul like sand from the beach and be carried for life.

Nippers is a junior activities program that introduces children aged 5 to 13 to surf lifesaving. It is a fun outdoors activity that develops a child’s confidence, teaches valuable life skills and safety knowledge. Most surf life saving clubs offer a Nippers program, even though the size and style of the activity may vary from club to club.

The youth of today are the future of Surf Life Saving and the Nippers pathway teaches lessons and skills which allow young people to continue in lifesaving and sport as they grow older.

But it’s not all hard work. We like to call it serious fun! Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment.

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Published: 10 August 2016
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Monthly Meeting to be held at TRADIES Helensburgh on Monday, 08 August 2016 starting at 07:00pm

All welcome.

Meetings will return to the last Tuesday of each month, at Tradies Helensburgh starting at 07:00 pm from 30 August 2016

Published: 07 August 2016
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An organised Surfguard Training Day has been arranged for all newcomers or any members who wish to have a refresher. Details are below:

Date:               Saturday 10 September 2016
Time:              10:00am to 4:00pm
Where:            SurfHouse, 64 Smith Street, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500

The Agenda for the day which will help determine your attendance.

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For any newcomers that DO NOT have access as yet, please download the Form 049 from the below link, please have endorsed by your club and return to Branch prior to 10 September.

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To register for the training please CLICK HERE, and select SurfGuard from the Awards List

 

Published: 27 July 2016
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The Seagulls Handbook contains all the information relevant to the current season of Nippers.

  • Club Committee, names and contacts
  • Club Membership
  • SLSA Code of Conduct
  • Child Protections
  • Privacy and Photography Policy
  • Parents Involvement
  • Junior Competition Evaluation
  • Surf Education Awards
  • Sunday Pointscores
  • Competition Rules
  • Interclub Competition and Carnivals including Entry Fees
  • Trophy Criteria
  • Fairplay Codes

The Seagulls Handbook is updated each season as some of the rules and requirements from Surf Life Saving Australia, Surf Life Saving NSW and the club change from time to time.

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Published: 29 June 2016
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2016 tradies branded patrol shirts webHelensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Patrols are supported by Tradies Helensburgh

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