Nipper Activity Days

The Salt/Casuarina nippers will return to the beach for the 2017/18 season on Sunday October 8th 2017

The first nippers day will be an orientation day, followed by team-building games.  The local legends from Watersports Guru will be on hand to run us through an hour of team games.

New members are always welcome at any time during the season.  If you would like to come and try before you commit, that's fine.  Everyone is welcome.  Come down at about 8:45am and fill out the sign-in sheet to start your free trial.

NIPPER PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Each age group has a qualified SLSA Age Manager, with one or two assistants.  The manager is responsible for the education, training and organisation of the group, with assistance from our specialist coaches.  Water safety is a high priority at Salt SLSC where we aim to exceed the mandated ratio through engagement from our coaches, managers, cadets and patrol members.

As the ages increase, the nippers are gradually taught to assist others who may be in developing at a slower pace.  This training leads to children obtaining their Resuscitation Certificate (RC) in the Under 13s, gaining their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) at 13 and their Bronze Medallion (BM) at 15.  Nippers have a comprehensive competition calendar available to them each season, with carnivals hosted at Salt and other beaches of the Far North Coast Branch of Surf Life Saving NSW.

The coaches of the water and beach activities have overall control of the Junior Development Squad Training sessions, which are held during the week. The Junior Development Squad is open to all Salt SLSC members who wish to improve their skills. We have a very strong skills training program led by our experienced coaches..

The Salt/Casuarina Junior Activities are controlled by the Junior Activities Committee which meets on a monthly basis to discuss future planning and current operations.  All members and parents are welcome to attend and contribute at these meetings.

If you require any further information please contact Junior Activities Co-ordinator, Ben Clements through juniors@saltsurfclub.com.au.  He is happy to answer any questions.

Salt Nippers will have their first sign-on day for the new season on Sunday 10th September 2017 from 10am to 12pm at Salt Park. There has also been 2 proficiency days at Casuarina Pool from 12th and 14th September.  The next official gathering of the nippers will be on Sunday 8th October 2017 from 9am.  New members are welcome to sign up on the day, it's not too late.

The Salt/Casuarina Nippers program is structured in accordance with the Surf Life Saving Australia Youth Policy

PARENTAL/GUARDIAN INVOLVEMENT

This is critical to the success of the nippers program for every club in Australia.  Nippers is a sporting activity like no other, where the parents and care givers are a vital part of the success of the program.

Assisting with Salt/Casuarina Nippers can be as easy as helping on the BBQ, packing up some gear or washing some boards.  We will provide all your training and support. No one is forced in to it.

DEVELOPMENT AND COACHING

We offer the opportunity for all our junior members to enhance their skills, should they wish to learn more about some particular activities or undertake extra work in preparation for competition.

There are a number of extra training sessions available for specific disciplines, such as boards, sprints, swimming, march past and iron person.

Parent development is equally important to the quality of the nipper program.  There are regular updates posted to the Education page which details courses available for parents.  The Age Manager and Foundation Coaching courses are very popular.  These provide parents with the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact to the nippers program.  Without parental involvement the program cannot function to its full potential.

 Junior Swim Evaluations

This is required for all junior age groups (u6-u14).  The evaluation requirements are listed on this document.

These sessions are used as a guide by all surf clubs as to how competent our junior lifesavers are in the water.  No one fails!  We only mark them as Competent or Not Yet Competent.  Being in the NYC category does not prevent any child from being part of nippers, it simply means we provide additional supervision if water activities are undertaken.