To maintain safety and life-saving standards, Surf Life Saving Australia has set a standard of proficiency that a Nipper must achieve prior to involvement in any water activity, training or competition being undertaken. Every junior member is required to participate in the appropriate age group preliminary evaluation, as outlined below.
- The club is not able to teach youngsters to swim.
- We expect to lift the swimming skills of competent swimmers (for their age) and teach them surf safety.
- If you have any concerns about your child’s ability, please do not hesitate to discuss the issue with the Age Manager.
- Emphasis in Nippers is directed towards teaching water safety, basic surf lifesaving skills and having fun.
Junior Competition Skills Evaluation
To be eligible for either beach or water competition or training sessions, junior members must complete an open water swim. The competition evaluation (open water swim) outlined in the table below must be achieved before members are eligible to compete in inter-club competition or participate in club training sessions.
The below are minimum standard water proficiency requirements only. Our club is responsible for ensuring that competitors who compete in water events at carnivals are competent to safely and satisfactorily negotiate the conditions on the day of the carnival.
Evaluation Required for Training Sessions and Carnival Participation