The State Titles are at LORNE 23/24 February 2019, so come and compete or watch the action!
Our Junior life savers, aged between 6 and 14, are commonly called ‘Nippers’. Each year we run a fantastic Summer program to educate young life savers and develop their surf life saving skills, knowledge, experience and confidence in the beach environment. Not only will your child have fun and meet new friends they will become part of an iconic organisation that has served the Australian community for over 100 years.
The program runs from 9.30am – 11.00am each morning, with earlier starts on competition days. The 2019/20 dates are:
Fri 27th Dec: Registration and kit pick up 4-6pm at the Lorne Surf Club
Sat 28th Dec: Session 1
Sun 29th Dec: Session 2
Mon 30th Dec: Session 3
Tue 31st Dec: Session 4
Wed Jan 1st: Rest Day
Thu Jan 2nd: Session 5 – Lorne Fairhaven Shield
Fri Jan 3rd: Session 6
Fri Jan 4th : Rest Day or Cosy Corner Carnival at Torquay for those keen to compete
Sat Jan 5th: Session 7
Sun Jan 6th: Session 8, followed by award presentations.
The program will cover:
…and most importantly having loads and loads of fun!!
For those Nippers keen to continue their development after the main program, we run more training sessions over Summer, and compete in 2 or 3 carnivals and the State Titles (usually on the March Labor Day long weekend)
Nippers are grouped by age levels as follows:
Each age group has an Age Level Manager with one or two assistants. The manager is responsible for the education, training and organisation of the group.
As their ages increase the nippers are gradually taught more life saving skills so they can assist others who may be in difficulty. This training leads to children obtaining their resuscitation certificate in the under 13’s, gaining their Surf Rescue Certificate at 13 and their Bronze Medallion at 15. The certificates and qualifications undertaken are:
We are a volunteer organisation and we rely on volunteers to help run the program. Nippers is not a child minding service, and we require parents to be active supporters, so please consider volunteering to help while you are on the beach. There are plenty of jobs, many of which don’t require any surf lifesaving experience so if you are able to assist please register your interest via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and see more details on our Parent Help page. Thanks to those who have already offered to help! We will be in touch closer to the program date.
Also note we have a clear code of conduct for responsible behaviour so that everyone gets the most enjoyment amount of their experience. Nippers is run by an amazing group volunteers. Please respect them and their efforts.
Competition is offered in a number of different disciplines that not only assists members with maintaining their surf skills but also provides children with a regular physical activity that incorporates fun and teamwork.
Events for nippers involve swimming, board paddling, and running. Children can also participate in team events that incorporate a number of these disciplines and may also begin to teach the basics on rescue techniques, such as the board rescue event.
Nippers have a competition calendar each season culminating in the Victorian State Titles. This year 2018/2019 season the State Titles will be held in LORNE on the 23/24 February so we are aiming for a large team representing Lorne. In order to compete at State Titles nippers must compete in their age group at the one or more of the junior carnivals. There are two dates on the calendar which are‘Qualifying Carnivals’ where certain events such as Board and Relays require individuals or teams to qualify to compete at State Titles.
Lorne SLSC is committed to being inclusive, and children of all standards are welcome to take on the challenge of competing at carnivals. The only requirement is that each child can competently complete a Surf Swim in a certain time set by LSV for each age group. Clubs are able to enter any number of teams per age group in the State Titles. The club uses a selection process for all team selections based on:
The final decision on team members rests with the individual Age Level Managers.
One session of our program is allocated to Club Championships. To be eligible for Age Level Champion the nipper must:
Trophies will be allocated at our presentation B.B.Q. on our final day for the Age Level Champions of all year groups
We encourage all nippers to wear club bathers throughout the intensive program. Club apparel is compulsory during regional and state carnivals. It is compulsory for all nippers to wear an age level cap and the Lorne nippers rashie during the intensive summer program. Not only does this promote a sense of belonging, but importantly ensures participants are clearly visible to the age group managers and are sun safe. The Lorne nippers rashie is included in your registration kit, and the age group cap is handed out on the first day of the program.
Club uniforms and clothing are available for purchase prior to most sessions during the intensive program.
All Nippers need to complete a Preliminary Skills Assessment in the pool prior to participating in any water activities in the nipper program. This is to ensure children have a suitable swimming ability to allow them to safely enjoy the water activities of the program. Download this form and complete it for each nipper and have it signed by a qualified swim coach/teacher/pool lifeguard. Then upload the form(s) with your nipper registration(s).
Registration will open on this website from approx. 22nd October. We look forward to seeing you at the beach!
Nipper Program Coordinator: Jo Pincus
Contact Email: email@example.com