When does Nippers run?
Brighton LSC runs its nipper program on Friday nights from 11th of November 2011 through until 16 March 2012 each year (stopping during the Christmas holidays). Groups run at 5pm (younger groups only) and 6pm (all ages).
When can my child start nippers?
A child must have turned 5 by September 30th of the year they commence the program.
How do I enrol in Nippers?
Due to the popularity of the Nippers program, most groups have long waiting lists.
Registration on the waiting list can be done via this website.
Siblings of current members are given priority place.
What does it cost?
*Family Memberships cost $200 which allows all children in the family to be a member of the club, plus the family have access to change rooms and club equipment during the year.
To participate in the Nippers program there is an additional fee of $25 per child.
(*All nippers under the age of 15 must be enrolled as part of a family membership)
A voluntary contribution towards assisting with board and equipment maintenance can be made with registration.
For the nipper program to run efficiently at Brighton, all families are asked to contribute by completing a minimum of one night as a group duty assistant, and one night helping with food and catering. Parents are asked to sign these rosters on the first night of nippers.
What do kids do at nipper training sessions?
Nippers are divided into school level age groups of approximately 15 - 20 nippers.
In these groups, nippers participate in a variety of activities, dependent upon weather and water conditions - such as:
Running & flags, swimming, board paddling, wading, basic first aid skills, Surf Education, games and FUN.
Carnival events are practised to prepare those nippers wanting to compete at local, regional and state carnivals.
All nippers have the opportunity to compete on Friday nights in Club Championship events throughout the season.
Older groups begin their training for the Surf Rescue Certificate (which can be gained at age 13).
What do parents do at a Nippers training session?
Parents of nippers under 10 years of age must remain at the beach, or organise a carer to be present during training.
Parents can become involved in many areas of club activity. These include:
• assisting with nipper groups (no experience required)
• managing a nipper group (LSV Age Managers courses run each year)
- Coaching a group (Bronze Medallion and coaching experience recommended)
- • providing water safety (bronze medallion)
• helping in the kitchen or bbq
- administration/ committees
- first aid
What skills does my child need?
It is important to understand that Nippers is about learning additional lifesaving skills and safety around the beach not a program for learning how to swim. Nippers should not be enrolled into the program unless they can meet the following competencies:
Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation:
- Under 6 Nil (shallow water activities only)
- Under 7 Nil (shallow water activities only)
- Under 8 25 metre swim, (any stroke) 1 minute survival float
- Under 9 25 metre swim, (any stroke) 1 minute survival float
- Under 10 25 metre swim, (freestyle) 1 1/2 minute survival float
- Under 11 50 metre swim, (freestyle) 2 minute survival float
- Under 12 100 metre swim, (freestyle) 2 minute survival float
- Under 13 150 metre swim, (freestyle) 3 minute survival float
- Under 14 200 metre swim, (freestyle, in less than 5 minutes) 3 minute survival float
What does my child need to wear/bring to nippers?
Bathers, club rash vest, a sun hat, towel and sunscreen are required each week.
- Warm tops for after water sessions (club hoodies are available) are a good idea.
- Wet suits are highly recommended on cold evening.
CLUB bathers and rash vests may be purchased from the CLUB on nipper nights.
- *Children competing in carnivals need to wear a CLUB rash vest and preferably CLUB bathers.
What happens if it is raining?
Nippers will go ahead even if the weather is poor. Groups can work on the sand or indoors on activities such as lifesaving skills, first aid, signals and radio commands.
EPA alerts are adhered to and local water testing undertaken to ensure water quality meets EPA standards prior to children entering the water.
What do I do to register?
Complete the nipper waiting list details and submit (on this site)
You will be contacted if a place becomes available.
If you are offered a place:
You will receive an email or phone call in early October if a place is available in the nippers program.
Registrations and payment can be made via this website - by following the instructions under "joining or renewing membership".
It is important you follow all steps to complete this process correctly.
Please do not register UNTIL you have received confirmation of a place.
ALL ADULT CLUB MEMBERS OVER 18 YEARS MUST HAVE A CURRENT WORKING WITH CHILDREN CARD – REGISTERED TO BLSC.
There is no charge to applying for or holding a Working with Children Card. Application forms can be collected and submitted at any Australia Post Office together with a current passport quality photo.
What happens when my child finishes all the various junior age groups?
They move into the senior movement of the club and patrol 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 (see information on our YIPS program for 13 – 18 year olds).
A Bronze medallion camp is run each year from 20 – 24 December at the club.
13 and 14 year olds may train for their SRC award, 15 year olds up may upskill or qualify for their bronze medallion. This entitles award holders to become part of our club patrol teams.
Many of our Cadets and YIPs continue on in the nipper program, becoming leaders and helping to provide water safety.
What facilities does the club house have?
The club house has change rooms with hot showers for member use, kitchen facilities and a full complement of lifesaving equipment and boards. Boards may be borrowed by child members wearing a club rash vest outside nipper training, if supervised by an adult member.
Is food or drink available on nipper nights?
A range of hot and cold food and drinks are available for purchase after nippers, and families are encouraged to stay back and enjoy the summer evenings at the beach.