Nippers Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my child/ren in Nippers?  What does it cost?

Visit the clubs website www.warriewoodslsc.com.au. Click on Membership fees.

Which age group should my child be in?

 

Age​​ Group

Cap​​ Colour

DATES

Under​​ 14

Aussie​​ Gold

From​​ 1​​ October​​ 2005​​ to​​ 30​​ September​​ 2006

Under​​ 13

Purple

From​​ 1​​ October​​ 2006​​ to​​ 30​​ September​​ 2007

Under​​ 12

Royal​​ Blue

From​​ 1​​ October​​ 2007​​ to​​ 30​​ September​​ 2008

Under​​ 11

Fluoro​​ Orange

From​​ 1​​ October​​ 2008​​ to​​ 30​​ September​​ 2009

Under​​ 10

Emerald

From​​ 1​​ October​​ 2009​​ to​​ 30​​ September​​ 2010

Under​​ 9

Lime

From 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2011

Under 8

Citrus

From 1 October 2011​​ to 30 September 2012

Under 7

Red

From​​ 1​​ October​​ 2012​​ to​​ 30​​ September​​ 2013

Under​​ 6

Electric​​ Blue

From​​ 1​​ October​​ 2013​​ to​​ 30​​ September​​ 2014

 

Age​​ Group

Safety​​ Gear

DATES

Cadets​​ 14+

High​​ Viz​​ Vest

From​​ 1​​ October​​ 2004​​ to​​ 30​​ September​​ 2005

 

Still not sure which Age Group?

Birth​​ Dates​​ &​​ Age​​ Groups​​ ​​ Quick​​ Reference​​ Guide:

Age​​ Group

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

U6

2013

2013

2013

2014

 

2014

 

2014

 

2014

 

2014

 

2014

 

2014

 

2014

 

2014

2014

 

U7

2012

2012

2012

2013

 

2013

 

2013

 

2013

 

2013

 

2013

 

2013

 

2013

 

2013

 

U8

2011

2011

2011

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

U9

2010

2010

2010

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

U10

2009

2009

2009

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

U11

2008

2008

2008

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

U12

2007

2007

2007

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

U13

2006

2006

2006

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

U14

2005

2005

2005

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

Cadet

2004

2004

2004

2005

2005

2005

2005

2005

2005

2005

2005

2005

 

Can my child be grouped with his friends who are older/younger?

Participation outside a child’s age group is discouraged.  As it is against SLSA regulations, may affect the Nipper program being taught and makes point scoring difficult for both the child and the age group.  Nippers is a good opportunity to make new friendships and develop both individual and group skills.  A written request may be sent to the Nipper Committee for consideration.  But awards and trophies cannot be granted to any child/ren who compete outside their age groups.

What is the Nipper wet weather policy?

Nippers and related training activities will still go ahead in wet and inclement weather.  However, it will be cancelled in the event of thunder and lightning storms. Groups can work on the sand or indoors on activities such as lifesaving skills, first aid, signals and other patrol related activities.

Is there a Surf Club uniform?

WSLSC uniforms are available for purchase at Registration and on the first few weeks of Nippers should you or your child/ren wish to wear it.  We encourage all Members to be sun-smart whilst at the beach.  Surf Lifesaving NSW has introduced the wearing of high visibility clothing for all water-based events, i.e. board training, Nippers ocean swim/boards and carnivals. It is compulsory for any child entering the water MUST wear a hi-viz vest and a hi-viz Nipper cap – no exceptions.

Does my Child have to swim ?

With the main focus being surf skills and learning, each child is expected to swim and be capable of swimming a specific distance in a specific time at each age level. We call this a proficiency swim. However, some Nippers prefer just to participate on the sand in the sand based events, which is at the Nippers discretion.  The aim is to have fun and be safe.

Can I swim with my kids?

WSLSC has a strict policy that only proficient SRC and Bronze Medallion holders may swim with Nippers.  The Club adheres to a strict Water Safety policy and implements a Water Safety : Nipper  ratio depending on each water based activity, ie ocean swim and boards, and the surf conditions at the time.  We encourage parents, grandparents and carers to do the Bronze Medallion course to benefit from participating with their child/ren and further support our Club.

What are Nipper carnivals and do we have to go?

Carnivals are competition-based events where Nippers 8+yrs compete against the other Northern Beaches clubs in age and event specific competition. It is a fantastic opportunity for child/ren to compete in both individual and team events. While we encourage attendance, it is not compulsory, and the Nippers program will still continue at the beach with beach activities and surf sports dependant on the number of Water Safety on hand.

Can I use the Club’s gym?

The Gym is for the use of Active Patrolling members only.

Who can I speak to about feedback, suggestions or complaints?

If you have some feedback, suggestions or a complaint regarding any of the programs provided by WSLSC; if you experience or witness any form of inappropriate behaviour, then please report these matters to the Patrol Captain, a Member of the Committee or call the office.  The Club will seek to resolve the matter or concerns in accordance with the Club, Life Saving NSW and SLSA policies.

What happens if I get injured?

If you get injured in a Club related event, i.e. during patrol, you should advise the Club immediately. You will initially need to fill out an incident report, in the log book located in the patrol tent/room.  Next you may need to call the Club Captain or office so that you may access the following documents: