Nippers is about learning new skills, gaining confidence and having fun in a safe beach environment. Nippers gain confidence by passing the 'tests' of swimming, board paddling, beach sprinting, dolphin-diving, spotting a rip and having fun with new friends
MORUYA NIPPERS 2016/2017 SEASON
Sunday 6 November 2016 to Sunday 19 March 2017 (9am to 10.30am)
Moruya Surf Life Saving Club runs an active Nipper’s program for children aged 5 to 14 years (inclusive).
At Moruya our focus is on educating and encouraging our nippers to gain confidence, respect and enjoyment for the beach environment. Skills are taught, practiced and assessed according to the age and ability of your child’s allocated group.
Children learn best when they are having fun, so while they are learning potentially ‘lifesaving’ skills they are also enjoying the teamwork and fun activities led by their age manager/s. Nippers is usually held at Dolphin Beach – our surf club beach. However, depending on conditions we may head over to Shelley Beach or on the river at North Heads.
As long as your child has turned 5, they can participate in water confidence, beach activities and occasionally joining in with the older kids to run relays and practice the ‘march past’, a traditional part of Surf Life Saving.
Club competition commences with the Under 8’s age group. This enables your child to participate in Far South Coast Branch carnivals - from Batemans Bay to Pambula. There are three carnivals throughout the season. They are not compulsory but are lots of fun.
The 2016’17 season nipper carnivals are at:
- Bermagui on Sunday 27 November 2016
- Narooma on Sunday 29 January 2017
- Pambula on Sunday 19 February 2017 – Branch Championships
This season we’ll also be holding our own Moruya club carnival on Sunday 5 March 2017.
Each nipper has a ‘passbook’ that follows them through their nipper years. At the end of each season the age manager checks their competency and they will receive a Surf Safety certificate. By the time each child completes Nippers they should feel confident to progress to a qualified lifesaver by gaining their Bronze Medallion. Or, at least, they will understand surf safety enough to avoid danger, save their own life or someone else’s.
We appreciate parental involvement on the morning in any capacity either on the beach or in the water (if you feel able). Your kids will love having you involved, and you will enjoy it too!
Being involved in a community organisation gives our children (and ourselves) a sense of ‘belonging’, The surf club offers a healthy, active environment as well as many, many opportunities for travel, officiating, competing and even employment. Once a lifesaver, always a lifesaver!
REGISTRATION DAY: Saturday 22nd October at 10am at Moruya Swimming Pool
All nippers must wear a Moruya club cap and a pink vest. These can be purchased most Sunday mornings at Nippers or you can call Katrina on 0418 437741. Other Moruya uniform gear is available for purchase.
Please make sure you are registered and have paid for the 2016’17 season before Nippers starts.
ONLINE REGISTRATION: www.lifesavingonline.com.au
To view the Nippers Program for 2016/17, please click HERE
Moruya Surf-lifesaving club is an inclusive and welcoming club, which provides facilities, equipment and volunteers to assist people access the beach who may have Additional Needs or disability. To read more about Special Nippers, program please click HERE