2019-20 Nippers Season

Nippers at Long Reef

Woohoo! Arrive early and be ready with your hi-viz vest and cap and all zinced up! Look for your Age Group Flag and wait for the announcements in the courtyard or as directed upon arrival.

Team App

Make sure you download Team App to your phone. Search for Long Reef SLSC and join the Nipper Parents group. All announcements – including cancellations, make up proficiencies and any ‘get-to-know-the-board sessions’ etc will be done via Team App. Thanks!

It’s going to be a great season! See you on the beach or after Nippers for those Longy bbq’s!

Additional Board Training

If you missed a place in one of our preseason sessions, or are new-to-boards and would like to have more time getting to know the boards – we will do our best to hold additional Board Training sessions. These depend on Water Safety and Conditions. Announcements will be made via Team App and most likely will be announced on the day before or the day of Nippers. Sessions will be casual and aimed at beginners. Times – tbd, but will aim for 2pm on Saturdays. Please be aware that places are limited. Thanks!

Parent Sign Up Duties – Get your $50 back!

Be sure to get your $50 Bond back! Sign Up Here: Access Code is Nippers.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080849A5A72AA1FF2-parent2

We ask families to commit to 3 x 45 minute duty sessions per family, per season.  Families are eligible for a full refund after completing the duties as listed here for the season. Refunds are only paid after the end of the season at our Nippers Presentation Day (Saturday 29 February 2020). If you are part of the Core Volunteer Team (Age Managers, Regular Water Safety, Merchandise Team, BBQ Coordinators – and approved by the Nippers Leadership Team), you have volunteered more than enough time – thank you! You do not need to sign up for Parent Duties.

Club Kit: Hi-Viz Vest and Caps for new-to-Long Reef Nippers & Cadets

We are saving the environment! This year we will only be providing a Nippers cap and hi-viz vest to new Long Reef Nippers. We all have enough stuff, so this is our bit to reduce consumption. If any returning Nippers have lost theirs from last year, you can purchase a new one on Saturdays before Nippers.

New Nippers can collect your cap and hi-viz vest from 12pm on Saturday 26 October – the first day of Nippers. Keep an eye out for other kit collection times.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Be sure to download Team App. All updates regarding Nippers being cancelled, Board Training, Swim Proficiencies will be updated via Team App.

We will also be using the email address you registered with to send Nipper information. Updates will also be posted on the website. If you unsubscribe – you may miss out. Thanks!

KEY DATES FOR NIPPERS

16-Nov: Club Championships Round 2

23-Nov: Handicap Points Round 2

30-Nov: Club Championships Round 3

7-Dec: Handicap Points Round 3

4-Dec: Last Day of Nippers before break and Christmas Party (Free BBQ, Ent and Dress Ups)

 

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2019-20 SEASON?

Get ready for another great season of Longy Afternoon Nippers! Nippers will start at 3pm on Saturday afternoons. Be ready for a fun session of sand, surf and swimming!

The club Merchandise Shop will be open for Click & Collect for the first day of Nippers. Registration Payments have changed are now available in the Membership Fees Section of the LR Shop. Active Kid Vouchers now accepted!

See you on the beach!

Club Kit

We are saving the Environment! This year a high-vis vest and cap will only be given out to NEW Nippers. We ask you re-use your 2018/19 pink vest and cap. New Nipper caps will be given to all U8s as they move up to the stripes! If you need a new vest and cap, you can purchase one at the Merchandise Shop. Thanks!

Nippers 2019-20 Key Dates

Nippers Key Dates

  • First Day of Nippers 2019-20 Season – Saturday 26 October 2019
  • Last Day of Nippers for 2019 – Saturday 14 December 2019
  • First Day of Nippers in 2020 – Saturday 11 January 2020
  • Last Day of Nippers and Presentation Awards – Saturday 29 February 2020
Saturday Program (2.45pm till 5pm)
26-Oct First Day of Nippers and Introductions
2-Nov Club Championships Round 1 and Halloween Party (Free BBQ, Ent and Dress Ups)
9-Nov Handicap Points Round 1
16-Nov Club Championships Round 2
23-Nov Handicap Points Round 2
30-Nov Club Championships Round 3
7-Dec Handicap Points Round 3
14-Dec Last Day of Nippers before break and Christmas Party (Free BBQ, Ent and Dress Ups)
21-Dec No Nippers
28-Dec No Nippers
4-Jan No Nippers
11-Jan Nippers Returns after Christmas break
18-Jan Club Championships Round 4
25-Jan Handicap Points Round 4
1-Feb Club Championships Round 5
8-Feb Handicap Points Round 5
15-Feb Club Championships Round 6
22-Feb Handicap Points Round 6
29-Feb Last Day of Nippers and Presentation Awards (1-6pm TBC, Free BBQ)

2019-20 Swim Proficiency Dates

  • 2019-20 Nipper Swim Proficiencies

-Sun 13 October 2019, 2pm to 3:30pm
-Sat 19 October 2019, 10am to 11:30am
-Sun 20 October 2019, 1pm to 2:30pm

 

SWIM PROFINCIENCY INFORMATION:

We DO NOT teach children to swim, we assume that all children ­particularly Nippers in U8 to U13 age groups ­are comfortable pool swimmers.

U6 to U8 nippers will do limited water activities in Nippers, so swimming proficiency is not as critical, but some swimming ability is required. If your child is a weak swimmer, please make your Age Manager aware so that we can monitor your child during a session.

ALL children from U8 to U13 will be required to undertake and pass a preliminary skills (swim) assessment prior to the season start (refer to requirements in table below). We will announce allocated dates for this testing after registration.

 

Age Group Preliminary Evaluation Requirement
Under 8 25­metre swim (any stroke) 1­minute survival float
Under 9 50metre swim (any stroke) 1­minute survival float
Under 10 50metre swim (any stroke) 1.5­minute survival float
Under 11 100metre swim (any stroke) 2­minute survival float
Under 12

Under 13

100­metre swim (any stroke)

150 metre swim (any stroke)

2­minute survival float

2.5minute survival float

Registering for Nippers

STEP

Go to the online Long Reef Shop to secure your place and make a payment. – https://shop.longreef.com/collections/memberships

STEP

RENEW and PAY ONLINE

  1. Login to your SLSA Members Area account: https://members.sls.com.au/
  2. Click the ‘Membership’ tab.
  3. Individual Renewal click the ‘Renewals, Payments and Transfers’ link
    1. Click ‘Renew’ next to Long Reef
    2. Update your details and accept the Member Declaration
  4. Family Renewal click the ‘Family’ link
    1. Click ‘Renew Memberships’ or ‘Edit’ if you need to update details
    2. Accept the Member Declaration for all members of the family group
  5. Payment: shop.longreef.com (Exciting news! Active Kids Vouchers are being accepted!)

STEP

PARENT DUTIES SIGN-UP

Register your family for three compulsory parent duties.

More information will be posted shortly.

Registering for Nippers

Q. What activities do children do at Long Reef Nippers?

A: Our objectives are:

1. To provide a safe and fun environment for children to learn
2. Foster friendships, team spirit and fair play
3. Promote family involvement
4. To encourage children to participate in all aspects of the skills taught.

U6 and U7

In order to promote family participation, younger children (U6 and U7) are welcome as educational members of our Junior Activities section. No point score/championship days are held for these age groups and they do not compete in Carnivals. The modified beach and water activities are organised for fun and educational enjoyment. The kids in these age groups will learn basic surf safety and awareness. They will be introduced to beach flags, beach sprints and wading activities in the surf. A participation award will be given for their achievements throughout the season. These sessions go for about 1.5 hours, from 3:00pm to approx. 4:30pm on Saturdays.

U8 to U13

Nippers in these age groups participate in a friendly club internal points competition ­ where the emphasis is on learning skills and having fun with their friends. Nippers will also continue to complete the surf education learning program endorsed by SLS. U9 to U13 groups will also practice board paddling and ocean swimming around the cans. Other activities include the beach obstacle course, 1km beach run, flags and beach sprint. These sessions go for a little over 2 ­hours, from 3:00 pm to approx. 5:00 pm on Saturdays.

Q. Who runs Nippers?

A: Our Nipper program is run by volunteer parents, nobody gets paid to teach your children or take on an official role within the club. We rely on new parents and returning parents to help us run the program each season. We are always in need of parents willing to volunteer their time to be Age Managers or to do water safety and other essential roles (inc BBQ, Bar, Uniform Shop and Admin).

If we do not have enough parents to assist we cannot run our program,­ it’s that simple! So please get involved, you do not need to be Guy Leech to do this ­ all parents can help out! You will also have a great time helping your children at the same time to enjoy the beach safely. Please email nippers@longreef.com to find out more information about becoming an Age Manager, or helping out with water safety or other roles we need to fill this season.

This year we require all families to complete three (3) duties over the course of the season.

Q. When does Nippers start, and what are the days and times it runs?

A: We offer a Saturday afternoon format of Nippers at Long Reef. The first Nippers session is on Saturday, 27th October 2018 and will be a safety induction briefing for ALL parents and nippers. Please assemble at the clubhouse at 2.45 pm for the 27th October session.

For each Saturday thereafter, Nipper session times are as follows:

➔ U9 to U13 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

➔ U6 to U8 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Q. What age does my child need to be to join Nippers at Long Reef?

A: Your child must be 5­ years old on or before 30 September to enrol in our Under 6 Nippers program. From there on, Nipper age groups progress from U7 to U13. Age group placement is determined on the age of your child on or before the 30 September. For example, a child that is 8 years old as of 30 September this year, will be registered as a Nipper in our U9 Age Group for this season.

If your child turns 5­ years old AFTER 30 September, you may be able to enrol them after their birthday, provided there are places available in our U6 age group at the time of your request. Full season membership fees apply.

Q. How much does it cost to join?
A: Please refer to the fees schedule in our Membership Fees area here >>> http://longreef.com/membership/
Q. Does my child need to be a good swimmer to do Nippers?

A: We DO NOT teach children to swim, we assume that all children ­ particularly Nippers in U9 to U13 age groups ­ are comfortable pool swimmers.

U6 to U8 nippers will do limited water activities in Nippers, so swimming proficiency is not as critical, but some swimming ability is required. If your child is a weak swimmer, please make your Age Manager aware so that we can monitor your child during a session.

ALL children from U8 to U13 will be required to undertake and pass a preliminary skills (swim) assessment prior to the season start (refer to requirements in table below). We will announce allocated dates for this testing via by early September.

Age Group Preliminary Evaluation Requirement
Under 8 25­metre swim (any stroke) 1­minute survival float
Under 9 50metre swim (any stroke) 1­minute survival float
Under 10 50metre swim (any stroke) 1.5­minute survival float
Under 11 100metre swim (any stroke) 2­minute survival float
Under 12

Under 13

100­metre swim (any stroke)

150metre swim (any stroke)

2­minute survival float

2.5minute survival float

Q. Can I get into the water with my child during Nippers?

A: You must hold a current Bronze Medallion certification or a Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) to assist as official water safety that permits you getting into the water with your child. We encourage parents to obtain their Bronze Medallion or SRC. ­ Our club offers free training to parents who would like to do this as part of our Nippers Family Membership fee. Please email nippers@longreef.com for more information.  However, parents are encouraged take part in all aspects the program and events held throughout the Saturday afternoon session.

Q. Can my child do extra training outside of the Saturday session?

A: Yes ­ we are offering limited opportunities this year for Nippers to do additional board training before Saturday afternoon Nippers.

We require volunteers to assist with water safety for these sessions, like all our activities. Please email nippers@longreef.com if you would like to assist with board training, or if you have any special skills that you could perhaps contribute to other training opportunities for our kids. We are always looking for new ways to add more opportunities to develop our kids.

Q. Can my child go to Nipper carnivals and compete?

A: Yes, our club encourages kids to compete at SLS carnivals if they would like to. If your child would like to compete this year, please email nippers@longreef.com to discuss this further. Otherwise, we will make announcements throughout the season.

Taking nippers to carnivals also requires commitment from parents as well, to assist club officials with the logistics of set­up/pack­down of club equipment, supplying officials and assist with water safety ­ we cannot offer carnival opportunities without this support.

Q. Does Nippers get cancelled if the weather/surf is bad?

A: Generally speaking Nippers will proceed even if it is overcast or light rain. If there is any lightning/storm activity in the area, officials will cancel or stop a Nippers session. If the beach conditions are generally unpleasant (extreme cold/wind), we will usually cancel or stop a Nippers session. Sometimes however the sun will be out, it will be a clear day but the surf conditions will result in the surf being closed. If this is the case Nippers maybe restricted to beach­only or flat­water activities (conducted offsite). We will always try to notify you as soon as possible as to any weather restrictions.

Q. Do I need to stay with my child during nippers?

A: Nippers is not a creche/child­minding service. Given the potential hazards in a beach aquatic environment, you MUST remain with your child at all times during Nippers (or have another parent willing to supervise your child ­ and advise the Age Manager accordingly).

Q. How do you communicate with your members?

A: Surfguard is the SLSA member database and you will be automatically added to it when you register your child. SurfGuard provides all SLS club’s with the ability to email and/or SMS the membership. The email address you provide when you register will be used. We also send newsletters via our website.

Q. How do I get my child their Nippers uniform?

A: The Long Reef SLSC Click & Collect Shop

You can purchase a full range of uniform and other club merchandise from either our online Merchandise Shop and pick up your items on Saturday afternoon before Nippers. The shop will be open at the clubhouse before Nippers for the first couple of weeks of the Season and then by further arrangment.

The Merchandise shop is run by parent volunteers and is open on Saturdays during the Nipper session.

For further information, please email admin@longreef.com.

Q. What child protection/safety policies do you have in place?

A: Your child’s safety is the most important aspect of Nippers at Long Reef. We have a strong desire to ensure that we do all that is possible to ensure that your child is safe at our club.

If at any stage you have any concerns as to an issue concerning child safety or wellbeing, please report the issue immediately to Deb Smith or Euan Fisher.

At Long Reef SLSC, there is an expectation that all Nippers, Nipper Parents, Age Managers, Club officials and other Club members will abide by the ‘Australian Sports Fair Play Code of Conduct’ when engaged in Nipper related activities. For more information please email nippers@longreef.com or go to the website of the Office of Children’s Guardian ­ www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au .

Q. How do I get more information about Long Reef Nippers?

A: Email is the best and fastest way to get an answer to any further questions ­admin@longreef.com

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