NIPPERS

Welcome to Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club (SSLSC). We hope that this page will answer most of your questions in regard to the Nippers program. Should you require more information, please contact the Nippers Co-ordinators. A contact list is available below.

This Season we will be trailing some new time slots. We are still waiting confirmation with the start date but will notify you all via our TeamApp page.  TeamApp

Over January we will be running the nipper sessions on a Friday night starting at 5.30pm. We are hoping this will help with water safety numbers whilst also brining a more social aspect in regards to more members/public being exposed to our Nipper programme and what we do. A full Calendar will be posted on the website and on TeamApp in the coming weeks

The Seaspray Nipper program is run for children aged from 7 to 14 commencing in November through to February. We encourage families to get involved, whether it is on the beach or in the water. It can be as much fun for the adults and the more help we get, the better the program is for the children.

SSLSC provides a surf education program which, under the auspice of Life Saving Victoria (LSV), includes competition, training, surf awareness and first aid, all taught by experienced volunteer life savers. The program is run in a safe, friendly environment that encourages children to have a go at all activities.

When you join up with the Club, the facilities are available for you to use. We hope that this will encourage a healthy activity that the whole family can enjoy. Hopefully down the track, today’s Nippers are tomorrows surf lifesavers.

Join Now: https://www.seaspraysurfclub.org.au/members/
Nipper cost $75 (includes mandatory singlet and cap) At least one parent must register as an associate member.
All members receive members discounts, including discounted merchandise and Waves Bistro and Sand bar discounts.
Register the whole family for only $200!

AGE GROUPS

Age Groups - Age as at 30th September
Under 8's - 7 Years Old
Under 9's - 8 Years Old
Under 10's - 9 Years Old
Under 11's - 10 Years Old
Under 12's - 11 Years Old
Under 13's- 12 Years Old
Under 14's - 13 Years Old

CONTACTS

">Rod Centra on 0428 322 827 or
Lisa Centra 0427 322 827

Email: nippers@seaspraysurfclub.org.au

Follow us on TeamApp: TeamApp

PRELIMANARY ASSESSMENTS

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) sets a minimum proficiency standard that every child, new or old, must meet each year before they can be enrolled into any affiliated Club’s Nipper Program. Before the commencement of the Nipper season SLSLE will conduct 2 separate Preliminary Assessment opportunities. To avoid possible disappointment of not meeting the standard on the day, it is strongly recommended that parents encourage their children to do some work in the pool before attending either assessment day. The proficiency standards for each individual age group are as follows:

Age Group - Swimming Assessment - Float Assessment
Under 8 - 25 metre swim (any stroke) - 1 minute survival float
Under 9 - 25 metre swim (any stroke) - 1 minute survival float
Under 10 - 25 metre swim (freestyle) - 1.5 minute survival float
Under 11 - 50 metre swim (freestyle) - 2 minute survival float
Under 12 - 100 metre swim (freestyle) - 2 minute survival float
Under 13 - 150 metre swim (freestyle) - 3 minute survival float
Under 14 - 200 metre swim (freestyle under 5 mins) - 3 minute survival float

NIPPERS EVENT

Beach Events:
·BEACH SPRINTS- running over a distance up to 70m depending on the age group.
·FLAGS – sprinting a short distance after lying on their stomach to compete for hoses in the sand
·BEACH RELAYS – normally in groups of 4, same as sprints
·LONG RUN – distance suitable for the age group 

Water Events:
·SWIM – swimming a course/distance suitable for the age group
·BOARD – paddling on a nipper board around a course or practice catching waves
·IRON NIPPER – swim/run/board/run over a specified distance for the age group
·CAMERON RELAY – team event comprising of 4 members, 1 swimmer, 2 runners and 1 board
·BOARD RESCUE – 2 person event, one swimmer and one paddler. Patient swims to cans (buoys) and waves to the board paddler to rescue and both return to shore on the board
·BOARD RELAY – team of 3 complete a relay race around the cans
·SURF TEAMS RACE – team of 4 compete, same as individual swim race
·WADE – individual or teams vent running in the water at about knee to waist deep

Surf Education
The Surf Education program is an important component to the Nipper program. It provides the theory side to what the Nippers learn in the water. It will include surf awareness, first aid and CPR. Each Nipper is required to complete this side of the program and will receive a certificate at the end of the season.

Age Group - Surf Education
Under 8 Surf Aware One // Under 9 - Surf Aware Two // Under 9 - Surf Safe One  // Under 10 - Surf Safe Two //  
Under 11 - Surf Smart One // Under 12 - Surf Smart Two // Under 13 - Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) 

COMPETITION SKILLS EVALUATION - S BADGE

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) sets a minimum proficiency standard that every child, new or old, must meet each year before they can compete in any carnival. The S badge is timed open water swimming ability test, that if successfully completed demonstrates that you are able to swim a prescribed distance in the surf for your age group and cover the distances encountered in carnivals. The S Badge is mandatory for U12 – U14 to compete in ANY carnival event and U9 – U11 for water events only. LSV has discontinued issuing sew on S Badges. All Nippers will be coached and encouraged to complete their S Badge swims.
 
The proficiency standards for each individual age group are as follows:

  • Under 8   Run – Wade – Run (50m – 50m – 50m)
  • Under 9   Run – Swim – Run (150m open water swim with in 12 minutes)
  • Under 10 Run – Swim – Run (150m open water swim within 11 minutes)
  • Under 11 Run – Swim – Run (288m open water swim within 12 minutes)
  • Under 12 Run – Swim – Run (288m open water swim within 10 minutes)
  • Under 13 Run – Swim – Run (288m open water swim within 9 minutes)
  • Under 14 Run – Swim – Run (288m open water swim within 9 minutes)