What is Nippers?
Junior Activities is an integral part of our club and surf lifesaving. Our nippers provide the next generation of patrolling members and through education, development and competition, but most of all fun. We hope to ensure that the goals and values of the association and the club are achieved. Junior Activities can be a very rewarding experience for the whole family. There are opportunities for children and parents to learn important Surf Life Saving skills and gain personal satisfaction through participation.
Sign On and Evaluation
Sign-on and pool proficiencies will be conducted by the club at the beginning of the season (see Sign On Flyer for details). Any person who cannot attend or does not pass their proficiency on these dates will have to make alternative arrangements such as have a signed time from a registered coach. Please note the pool proficiencies have changed this season and it is preferred that all members attend either Sign On Day 1 or 2. Please check below for your child's date of birth to determine what age group they will be in for the 2023-2024 Season so you can determine the proficiency requirements for that age group.
U6: 1st October 2017 - 30th September 2018
U7: 1st October 2016 - 30th September 2017
U8: 1st October 2015 - 30th September 2016
U9: 1st October 2014 - 30th September 2015
U10: 1st October 2013 - 30th September 2014
U11: 1st October 2012 - 30th September 2013
U12: 1st October 2011 - 30th September 2012
U13: 1st October 2010 - 30th September 2011
U14: 1st October 2009 - 30th September 2010
Age Group Awards
Age Award - each Nipper that has completed all of the lessons taught by Age Managers, Coaches or Patrol Captains will receive their Surf Age Award Certificate
Participation Award - Nippers with attendance of 60% or greater will receive a medal for participating
Age Champion - Boy and Girl from each age group as outlined under Junior Club Championships
Most Improved - Boy and Girl from each age group who the Age Managers deem as the most improved. High attendance throughout the season will count toward this award.
Encouragement Award - Boy and Girl from each age group who the Age Managers believe as having displayed a positive attitude and tried hard all year. High attendance throughout the season will count toward this award.
A perpetual trophy is awarded to the nipper in the club who is selected by the coaches and age managers as the most improved. This will typically be awarded to a nipper who has made greatest gain in one season, such as but not limited to, placing in a carnival championships compared with previous seasons. High attendance throughout the season will count toward this award. A nipper must be in the Club greater than 12 months to be eligible for this award.
A trophy is awarded to the nipper in the Club who is selected by the coaches and age managers as having displayed a positive attitude and tried hard all year but was not able to place in carnivals or Club Championships. High attendance throughout the season will count toward this award.
Top Point Scorer
A trophy is awarded to the nipper in the Club who has accumulated the highest points at the end of the season across attendance and results at Club Championships.
A trophy is awarded to the nipper in the Club who excels at nipper carnivals. This will typically be awarded to a nipper that competes in many carnivals, places in carnivals or qualifies for state qualification.
Champion Life Saver
A trophy is awarded to an Under 14 in the club who has demonstrated the physical, theoretical & patrolling skills required of a lifesaver. To be eligible for this trophy the junior must have attained their Surf rescue Certificate. Points for the trophy will be awarded based on competing in the Champion Lifesaver day run at Miami Beach SLSC. In the event that this day is not run, participation in other Champion Lifesaver carnivals and the number of patrol hours accumulated after club designated U14 SRC exam date will count.
Junior Club Championships
The Club Championships will be held in stages over one scheduled Sunday towards the end of the season – See calendar for details. Events will be run where conditions allow. A second “back up” date has been allocated should all events not be completed on the original Club Championship date. Where conditions at Miami Beach do not allow events to be run on the second “back up” date an alternate location (eg lake or creek) will be selected and the championships transferred to this location. Club Championships are run similar to a carnival. While all children can participate in club championships, to be eligible for Age Champion they must have attained their age award and they must have attended at least 60% of scheduled nipper days. Age Champion is awarded to the nipper who accumulates the highest points from attendance and Club Championships. Points for Club Championships are awarded as follows:
1st Place: 6 points
2nd Place: 5 points
3rd Place: 4 points
4th Place: 3 points
5th Place: 2 points
6th Place: 1 points
Attendance points will be awarded for each attendance on a scheduled nipper activity. Attendance at carnivals will also be counted. Only one attendance point is available each weekend. In the event that Miami Beach SLSC hosts a carnival that is not open to all age groups and normal junior activities are not conducted that weekend, a point will be awarded to juniors that turn up and assist in running the carnival. In the event of bad weather, a decision will be made, in the morning prior for juniors, to proceed as normal or not.
The following events will be contested for Club Championships:
Under 6's & 7's: Flags, Sprints, Marathon, Wade
Under 8's: Flags, Sprints, Marathon, Wade
Under 9's & 10's: Flags, Sprints, Marathon, Wade, Swim, Board
Under 11's-14's: Flags, Sprints, Marathon, Swim, Board, Iron Person