Nippers

General Information

 

In accordance with regulations from Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, a child must have turned 5 before 30 September of the year that they are eligible to join Nippers. Children are registered in the age group according to the age of the child on 30 September. For example, if your child is 11 on 30 September, the child will be in the Under 12s.

Age Group   Date of Birth
Under 6   01 October 2011 to 30 September 2012
Under 7   01 October 2010 to 30 September 2011
Under 8   01 October 2009 to 30 September 2010
Under 9   01 October 2008 to 30 September 2009
Under 10   01 October 2007 to 30 September 2008
Under 11   01 October 2006 to 30 September 2007
Under 12   01 October 2005 to 30 September 2006
Under 13   01 October 2004 to 30 September 2005
Under 14   01 October 2003 to 30 September 2004


Our season starts on Sunday 8th October 2017, however we will be conducting our proficiency evaluations at Manly Swim Centre on the following dates/times.

 

Sunday, 17th September 2017 (2 - 4PM at Boy Charlton Pool, Manly Swim Centre)

Sunday, 8th October 2017 (4 - 6PM Boy Charlton Pool, Manly Swim Centre)

 

(please refer to  Proficiency area for requirements)

 

Uniforms

All Nippers are required to wear a Queensie Nipper cap, swimmers and high visibility rash vest. These are available for purchase from our Uniform Shop, located downstairs in the Club House (open Sunday mornings during the season). This uniform is essential as it helps our Age Managers and Coordinators identify which kids are involved in the Nipper events on Sunday mornings.

 

Age Managers & Coordinators

Our Age Managers and Coordinators are parents, volunteering their time to help run our Sunday program.

 

Leading into the 2017-2018 season we will be canvassing past Age Managers and Coordinators to return to the beach to help. We will also be recruiting new help, especially for the Under 6 Nippers who will be new to the Club.

 

The Club will hold coaching sessions for Age Managers and Coordinators to educate them as to what is required for their particular age group.   Generally no previous experience is required for the younger Nippers just a sense of fun.   Many of our Age Managers continue on through the seasons with their same group and it is an advantage to complete Surf Lifesaving’s Bronze Medallion.   The club will hold sessions for this course and many other appropriate training sessions for our volunteers.   It is a great way to get involved and make Nippers a truly family activity.

 

Training

As you can appreciate, there is only so much we can teach our Nippers in our normal Sunday morning Nipper program. Therefore, Queensie provides training in beach and water disciplines by experienced and caring coaches. This training caters for all levels of experience for our Under 8s through to Under 14s.

 

Carnivals

Carnivals are a very important part of the season. Under 8s to Under 14s are eligible to enter carnivals, entry is done via the Club and the Club pays the applicable entry fees. It is very important that if you register for a carnival that you attend, otherwise the Club is out of pocket.  If on the day you feel conditions are not right for your confidence levels, come along and cheer on your team mates anyway!

 

Your Age Manager will provide you with the range of events staged at a carnival relating to your age group. They will also provide you with details on coaching that the Club offers to enhance your ability.

 

Beach Care

Our club colours maybe Red and Blue, but there is another colour we want to instill in our Nipper program this season and that is Green!! 

 

Ensuring our Nippers are taught to be conscious of the beach environment is very important. This season we will add to our Sunday program beach care messages and spend time policing rubbish left on our great Queensie beach!