Nowra-Culburra Surf Life Saving Club
Welcome to another nippers season. After record numbers at our club last year we are
hoping to build on that success, continuing your child’s development, and further involve
your whole family.
In the end we had nearly 200 nippers last year, an indication of how popular surf life
saving has become in recent years, and a reflection of the tremendous work done by the
age managers and helpers.
This year will see a few minor changes to Nippers, and a continuation of the Junior
Development Program commenced last season. This is a structured program with an
ongoing record kept of your child’s achievements through their time in Nippers.
All of the age managers have done further training on the new program, and your child
will receive a “passport” which they will keep through their nippers “career”. Here they
will have recorded their progression through their awards leading to the Surf Rescue
Certificate (at 13) and bronze medallion (at 15)
Along with the junior development program, our emphasis will stay on participation,
aiming to build water confidence and develop skills. Again this year, points will be
awarded for attendance as well as competition performance.
Several of last years age managers are continuing with their groups this season, and
we’ve had several more parents put their hand up to assist. Age managers this year will
Under 6’s: Tanya Heald and Charlotte Smith Under 7’s: Jasmine Ashford and Maddi Fisher Under 8’s: Stephanie Stretton
Under 9’s: Kirsty Higgison and Isabella Adlington Under 10’s: Mitchell Pakes and Chad Carey Under 11’s: Col Lwarence and Natalie Brown Under 12’s: Peter Stretton and Julie Lawrence Under 13’s: Andrew Fisher, Melissa Williams and Corinne Le Gall
Under 14’s: Jenny Urquart
We still need a parent for Under 7, 8 and 9 age groups, so if you would like to get
involved, we’d love to hear from you. (no qualifications or special surf skills are required - so please volunteer if you are interested!). It will be a big job for the age managers and
we encourage parent’s participation. We appreciate any assistance offered in planning, coordinating and running our Nipper days. So don’t be shy – see JAC Peter Adlington.
Age Group Requirements
One of the changes this year is to the swimming proficiencies (preliminary evaluations)
with the pool swim no longer timed, and the Competition Evaluation done in the surf.
Details of age groups/requirements are as follows:
Date of Birth Age group Preliminary Skills Competition Skills
1/10/1995 to Under 14 200 metre swim 200 metre open
30/9/1996 water swim 3 minute float
1/10/1996 to Under 13 150 metre swim 200 metre open
30/9/1997 water swim 3 minute float
1/10/1997 to Under 12 100 metre swim 200 metre open
30/9/1998 water swim 2 minute float
1/10/1998 to Under 11 50 metre swim 200 metre open
30/9/1999 water swim 2 minute float
1/10/1999 to Under 10 25 metre swim 150 metre open
30/9/2000 water swim 1.5 minute float
1/10/2000 to Under 9 25 metre swim 150 metre open
30/9/2001 water swim 1 minute float
1/10/2001 to Under 8 25 metre swim Nil – shallow water
30/9/2002 competition only 1 minute float
1/10/2002 to Under 7 Nil – shallow water Nil – shallow water
30/9/2003 activities only competition only
1/10/2003 to Under 6 Nil – shallow water Nil – shallow water
30/9/2004 activities only competition only
More New Boards
After the success of the 16 new nipper boards purchased last year (thanks to an
amazing donation from a club supporter), we have been fortunate to receive another
donation enabling the purchase of ten new “Bennett” foam nippers boards, thanks to the generosity of another of the club’s sponsors.
The new boards were incredibly popular last year, with the under 11’s and 12’s scoring some great results on the “Perpetual Motion” fibo’s, and the Under 9’s and 10’s as keen
as we’ve ever seen them on the foamies. These were purchased with a view to
increasing participation, and the kids have gained incredible confidence over last season.
We hope to build on that, and look forward to hours of Sunday morning paddling over
This season we also intend to continue with more “skills days” at Tilbury Cove, like we did last year, and depending on conditions at Main Beach, we’ll be over there several
times this year.
Again the club is endeavoring to keep membership costs as low as possible, and while
fees have been revised slightly, the fees remain lower than most other sporting or youth
activities. The club’s fee structure this year will be as follows:
? Patrolling member: $50 st? 1 Under 18 member $50 nd? 2 Under 18 member $40 rd? 3 Under 18 member $30
? Any additional Under 18 member $30
? Social member $20
? Associate member $45
This year we are encouraging as many parents as possible to become members. The
benefits of membership are many, as it allows you to be involved with Nippers, and
provides the necessary insurance cover. Social membership costs just $20.
Calendar of Events
We’ve attached a club calendar, which highlights important dates such as point-scores and carnivals. Some dates to remember are:
th? Nippers start date Sunday 25 October at 9.15am th? Christmas break-up 20 December nd? Gerringong Carnival 2 January th? Culburra Carnival Saturday 9 January th? Presentation day Sunday 13 March
Uniform – the only compulsory uniform item is the Nipper Cap, which is required for
identification and visibility reasons. Additional items are available including rash shirts,
swim wear, shorts, shirts, hoodies, swim jackets and baseball caps, but these are all
optional. A full price list is attached. For more info see Natalie Brown on rego days and
on Sundays between 8.30 and 9.00 am.
Fundraising - there will be several fundraising events through the season, including our traditional caravan park meat raffles, annual door knock and Chocolate fund raiser. Each
Nipper family will be required to sell a box of Cadbury Chocolates, which will be given to
you on registration.
Parental assistance - The barbeque at nippers is a great fundraiser for our nippers and also provides a focal point for socialising after nippers. With this in mind this year we will
require that each age group provide parents to help with the barbeque in rotation, e.g.
Week 1 – 3 parents from Under 14s, Week 2 – 3 parents from Under 13s, and so on.
You should end up doing barbeque duties only once or twice through the season. The
age group will be announced at the start of the day. No Nipper activities will be
commenced before the barbeque is manned.
Parents Code of Conduct
? Do not make an unwilling child participate in an activity
? Children should be involved in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
? Encourage children to play by the rules.
? Encourage the effort being as important as the result.
? Work towards improving skills and sportsmanship.
? Do not yell or abuse a child for making a mistake.
? Do not yell or abuse an official for making a mistake.
? Recognize and encourage good play or efforts.
? Recognize the efforts of volunteers.
? Do not publicly question an official’s decision.
? Your child must have a supervising adult bring them to and stay at nippers.
Supervision of Children - while Age Managers are responsible for supervising and
guiding the children in their age group safely through each Sunday’s program, and all care is taken, parents are principally responsible for their own children while they are at
Nippers. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in following the activities of their
children, or better still, assisting Age Managers in running activities.
Child Protection Legislation – All members over the age of 16 who are involved with
Nippers in any way are required to complete a Prohibited Employment Declaration form.
SLSA Photographic Policy
Before taking photos on the beach please refer to the photographic policy on the Surf
Life Saving Australia website: ttp://www.slsa.com.au/site/_content/resource/00001828-
Our great club is primarily focused on providing and fostering a fun, family orientated
environment for our Nippers to grow and develop. You can help in many ways, so don’t
be afraid to put your hand up – this is your club and we want you to be involved. We
appreciate your feedback on what work’s well and any opportunities for improvement.
If you’re really keen, why not do an award yourself. The Bronze Medallion course is run
twice a year, and enables you to participate in water safety, patrols and surf sports. This
is a great thing to do with your kids, and a great “life skill”. See club trainer Lloyd Smith
0412 970836 for more information.
Contacts and details
Don’t forget to make sure we have all your contact details including mobile phone
numbers and emails. There will be times through the season that conditions dictate that
we move to a different beach, or in the case of storms, have to call off Nippers. In these
instances we will usually send an SMS or email, or have Power FM put it over the radio.
We also place regular news items in Wednesday’s South Coast Register.
The Club Web page- www.nowra-culburra-slsc.org.au
If you have any feed-back, suggestions, enquiries or issues through the season, please
don’t hesitate to contact the Junior Activities Co-ordinator – Peter Adlington on 0410 553
955, or Club Captain - Peter Wright-Smith 0409 287 598.