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PLEASE NOTE: Nippers registrations for the 2023/2024 season are now CLOSED due to a higher than anticipated number of new enrolments.
5 to U13 yrs
21 Oct 23
Welcome back to the 2023/2024 Season!
Nippers at Long Reef offers a safe and welcoming environment to grow a child’s confidence, skills, and knowledge in the beach environment.
The Nippers program is designed for children aged 5 to Under 13 to have fun at the beach and meet new friends, while engaging in lessons that will provide the pathway to becoming a well-rounded participant in surf lifesaving.
Each Saturday afternoon our Nippers participate in beach activities tailored to their age group, including
- beach flags,
- relays, and
- beach games
They also acquire a diverse range of skills about
- learning how to identify hazards on the beach such as rips or currents,
- getting out of dangerous situations when in the surf,
- diving under waves,
- identifying dangerous marine life,
- and a basic understanding of first aid.
New Sign Ups
BEFORE SIGNING you must:
- Understand the proficiency requirements
- Understand all Nippers much have at least ONE parent/guardian Member of Long Reef SLSC
- Understand the requirement to volunteer and support your child’s Age Group – all parents/guardians are expected to volunteer in some capacity over the season (see how parents can volunteer)
- Download your active kids voucher if you want to use them
|NIPPER PROFICIENCY (U6-U13’s) Collaroy Rock Pool||16 Sep 2023|
|NIPPER PROFICIENCY (U6-U13’s) Collaroy Rock Pool||23 Sep 2023|
|NIPPER PROFICIENCY (U6-U11s ONLY) Pittwater House Pool||7 Oct 2023|
|AGE MANAGER AND HELPERS TRAINING EVENT (3.30PM – 5.00PM)
||14 Oct 2023|
|1st Half of Season||21 Oct 2023 – 16 Dec 2023|
|2nd Half of Season||13 Jan 2024 – 9 Mar 2024|
Nippers must be registered in the correct age group.
Use the following table to determine your child’s age group.
|Age Group||Stage||Date of Birth|
|U6||1||01/10/2017 – 30/09/2018|
|U7||1||01/10/2016 – 30/09/2017|
|U8||1||01/10/2015 – 30/09/2016|
|U9||2||01/10/2014 – 30/09/2015|
|U10||2||01/10/2013 – 30/09/2014|
|U11||2||01/10/2012 – 30/09/2013|
|U12||3||01/10/2011 – 30/09/2012|
|U13||3||01/10/2010 – 30/09/2011|
To ensure the safety of our Nippers, every child must meet the proficiency requirements to participate in water activities.
If your child does not meet the proficiency requirements they will not be allowed in the water, but they will be able to participate in sand activities.
Our Nipper program is run by volunteers, so we rely on new and returning parents to help us run the program each season.
It is a great way to have fun with your child, while giving back to our community. We are always in need of parents willing to volunteer their time to be Age Managers, Water Safety, or other essential roles by helping in the Set-up/Pack-down, BBQ area, Bar, Uniform Shop, or Admin.
It is for the above reasons why we require all families to complete at least 3 duties over the course of the season.
To access the Nippers Volunteers Form, please click here.
If you’d like to become an Age Manager, please sign up here.
To join the Water Safety Team, for which you need your SRC or Bronze Medallion, please sign up here.
We will be running a Water Safety Swim Proficiency Event on Saturday 16 September at Long Reef from 4:30pm, followed by a MOVIE in the upstairs function room. We had a great team last year and we hope to build on that this season.
If you’re interested in gaining your SRC or Bronze Medallion, sign up here.
Feel free to come to our Nippers Information Event on Saturday 9 September 2023 from 3pm-5pm to find out more or contact us at email@example.com.