Nippers

This information pack 2021-2022 Welcome to Nippers provides answers to frequently asked questions and much more! 

Summer Holiday Program

Jan Juc SLSC offers the Summer Holiday Program during the summer holidays (late December to mid January) focusing on participation and learning, with an introduction to surf competition. The program focuses on:

  • Fun
  • Basic First Aid
  • Awareness of beach hazards such as rips, waves, rocks etc.
  • Introducing aspects of the surf sport activities such as board paddling, wading, and beach flags.

Each age group is taught specific skills and activities.  A nipper MUST achieve all the skills of their age group to be attain the relevant Surf Education Award. Certificates are awarded during a presentation at the final Summer Holiday Program session.

This national education program is designed for 6-13 year olds and is structured to provide a continual development of surf awareness specific to their ages and abilities right through to the Surf Rescue Cetificate (SRC) for U14s. The SRC is the introductory award for a cadet patrolling lifesaver (age 13-15).

Surf Sports Program

In the 6 month Surf Sports Program nippers train regularly in order to compete in various events at Junior Surf Lifesaving Carnivals & Championships run by Life Saving Victoria (LSV) throughout the season. The program runs from mid October through to February/March. All nippers are welcome to join our Surf Sports Program; however they must be able to complete their age group ability swimming skills (S-Badge distances).

In addition, Jan Juc SLSC encourages family participation with many social actiivities being organised during the summer. Parents also have the opportunity to complete the Bronze Medallion themselves, allowing them to assist with water safety.

To submit your memberships, go to Signing Up for 2021/2022.

Click to submit Nipper Registrations

You MUST submit the correct Age Group Nipper Registration form for any nipper who wishes to particpate in the Nipper Programs. 

Preliminary Swim Assessment

Evidence of a nipper’s swimming competency is mandatory for all nippers and must be provided before participating in any water-based activities. Evidence can take the form of:

  1. Return of this Preliminary Swim Assessment 2021-2022 form to the Club Office after it is signed by a parent AND a qualified coach, swim teacher or lifeguard;
  2. A nipper’s Competition Skills Evaluation (S-Badge) from the 2020/2021 season – no assessment is required but a parent will need to complete this Preliminary Swim Assessment 2021-2022 form to indicate that the nipper can still meet the requirements;
  3. Assessment by the Age Group Coach at a club organised pool based session (details on TeamApp);
  4. Assessment by the U7 Age Group Coach as part of the early sessions at the beach (Under 7 Nippers only).

The impact for nippers who are unable to complete any of the above options is:

  • Under 7&8 – Can participate in Nippers, the club will provide modified activities.
  • Under 9-13 – Unable to participate as activities will require the nippers to swim the minimum swim assessment distance. VicSwim or attending swim lessons would be more beneficial to the child.

Please refer all Preliminary Swim Assessment questions to nippers@janjucsurfclub.com.au or via the TeamApp chat rooms.

Nipper Communications

Communications to Nippers is via Team App – including newsletters and urgent relocation instructions.