1.30PM on the Beach every Saturday
Important dates 2017/18
Junior Carnival One – Sunday 12th November
Port Noarlunga SLSC
Junior Carnival Two – Sunday 17th December
Christies Beach SLSC
Junior Carnival Three – Saturday 11th February
Junior Qualifying – Saturday 24th February
Junior State Titles – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9-11th March
THE BEACH IS THE CLASSROOM
Surf life saving is an amazing activity for growing a child’s confidence, knowledge and skills 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.
Not only is Nippers a fun way for children aged 5 to 13 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment, it also offers children an educational pathway through the Junior Development Program. This program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will pathway them to becoming a fully rounded participant in both lifesaving and sport – we like to call it ‘Serious Fun’.
The juniors of today are the future of surf life saving and that is not lost on the thousands of Age Managers and support personnel that look after Nippers every summer. Every club in Australia offers a nippers program, all with various styles and sizes.
Why choose brighton nippers?
At Brighton our emphasis is on fun, friends and fitness.
Our Nipper program runs from 1.30-4PM on Saturday afternoons. Sessions commence in mid October, running throughout summer until the end of the season in March. We do take a short break from training over Christmas and New Year.
Each week we assess the beach and ocean environment and plan training sessions accordingly. When the weather is a little too chilly to be in the water we’ll stick primarily with beach activities. On days where high temperatures are forecast Saturday training sessions are held in the morning.
In addition to Saturday training the Brighton Nipper coaches and age group managers (AGMs) run training for specific disciplines throughout the week.
We have a strong focus on providing a fun, family environment and love welcoming new people into the club.
frequently asked questions
Which Age Group Will My Child be In?
Children from ages 5 to 13 are eligible to join the nipper program. Depending on your child’s birthdate, your child will be placed in an appropriate age category.
For the 2017/18 season, nipper age groups are as follows:
- Under 6 – 1 October 2011 – 30 September 2012
- Under 7 – 1 October 2010 – 30 September 2011
- Under 8 – 1 October 2009 – 30 September 2010
- Under 9 – 1 October 2008 – 30 September 2009
- Under 10 – 1 October 2007 – 30 September 2008
- Under 11 – 1 October 2006 – 30 September 2007
- Under 12 – 1 October 2005 – 30 September 2006
- Under 13 – 1 October 2004 – 30 September 2005
- Under 14 – 1 October 2003 – 30 September 2004
How often do I bring my child to the beach?
Brighton nippers train on Saturday afternoons between 1.30-4PM.
Additional specialised training sessions for swimming, boards, march past, R&R and beach training are run throughout the week but are not compulsory.
Surf Sports carnivals (U9-U13 age groups), are predominantly on Sundays.
What does my child need?
Bathers, club cap, long sleeve t-shirt or rash top, a sun hat, towel and sunscreen are minimum requirements.
Club uniform is available from the uniform shop on Saturdays from 1PM and can be pre-purchased via our online payment portal here.
My child is aged 12 today (born 5th October), what age group will he be in?
This birthday is considered to be a lucky birthday in surf.
The age group that your child is calculated to be in is the age they are as at the 30th September, therefore your child was 11 on the 30th September (turned 12 on the 5th Oct) and therefore are classed as being in the under 12 age group (even though they are 12).
A child who has their twelfth birthday on the 30th July would be placed in the Under 13 age group.
Does my child change age groups if their birthday is during a season?
My child’s friend’s birthday puts him in different age group and they want to be together.
Sorry the rules are that the children are placed in the age groups where their birthday falls.
Children still have opportunities to socialise before and after the training sessions and at extra training sessions during the week.
What do nippers do in surf life saving?
Running & flags, swimming, board paddling, wading, basic first aid skills, Surf Education and lots of FUN activities.
Junior Awards – what are these for my child?
Each age level award has sessions that they participate in to acquire relevant skills and knowledge. They will need to attend and participate in all the compulsory sessions to attain the award.
Is this a “Learn to Swim” program?
Although your child will benefit enormously and increase their confidence from exposure to water based activities including swimming and board paddling we do not provide specific learn to swim training or stroke correction.
Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club is a venue for the popular VACSWIM program run in January each year.
The club offers subsidised year-round, pool training sessions once a level of competency has being achieved.
So does my child have to be able to swim to join?
It certainly helps, however, they will complete a preliminary skills assessment including a swim and a float. This assessment is completed at the beach.
Assessment is usually carried out before participating in any junior activity to assess their swimming and self-survival ability in the water. This will determine whether they can progress to the water based junior activities under normal water safety supervision or they will require closer supervision.
Water Safety is paramount at all training sessions. Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club adheres strictly to child to water cover ratios.
What and who are Age Managers?
An Age Manager is a member of the club who takes responsibility for the instruction of a particular age group throughout the season. All Age Managers have participated in the Age Managers Course and Member Screening – Criminal History Assessment and National Police Certificate check.
What happens when my child finishes all the various junior age groups?
The Junior Development Program is designed to gradually introduce your child into the role of a qualified surf lifesaver and assist in patrolling the beaches. They can continue to be involved in a variety of competition events if desired. They will undertake various other awards and learn many facets of community service involvement. They can be taught specialist areas of competition and compete both at a state and a national level.
What can I do to help?
At Brighton we encourage our nipper parents to become involved in the Surf Lifesaving Club lifestyle.
Throughout the season you will be asked to help out with beach set up and pack up as well as help out with the BBQ or behind the bar on a Saturday afternoon. Throughout the season each age group has a couple of Saturdays where they’re rostered to help.
You might like to consider gaining your bronze medallion, this will enable you to assist with water cover at training and carnivals. The club also needs to provide a significant number officials at carnivals. Completing Junior Official training enables you to help out in this way.
As with all things, many hands make light work!