Not only are our Junior Members integral for our pipeline to future Active membership, but our Nipper program ensures that the next generation learns valuable life skills and knowledge which one day might save their life, or even perhaps the life of another.
Nippers is a fun way for children aged 5 to Under 14 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment. The Junior Development Program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will give them a pathway to becoming a fully rounded participant in both lifesaving and sport.
WHO CAN JOIN?
A child may join the club as soon as he/she turns 5 years of age, but not before.
Age Group = Age as at midnight 30 September 2023
WHAT DO NIPPERS WEAR?
• Nippers red, white & black cap
• Hi-visibilty pink vest
• Swimmers (club colours available but not essential)
• Bring a water bottle & towel with your name on it - put this in your age managers bucket so handy at all times.
SWIM EVALUATION / PROFICIENCY
Compulsory for all Nippers before we hit the beach.
Nothing to be nervous about. Most age groups are untimed. This day is an evaluation to ensure we are aware of your child's abilities in a safe, flat water environment - before we hit the beach. You will have to pay entry to the pool, unless you have a season pass. Bring your towel & goggles. Locate your age group over by the tiered seating when you arrive.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$60 per member
$150 per family of 3
$30 per each additional family member
eg 2 adults, 2 kids = $180
Junior membership must be accompanied by the membership of at least one adult.
Family discount pricing applies to members who share the same Medicare card.
Yes, we are an Active Kids Provider, have your voucher details ready when registering.
Please note; Active Kids Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with a Family Membership package.
Fleur Constable is our Clothing Coordinator. Club clothing will be available to purchase most Sundays during Nippers - downstairs in the clubhouse.
The swimwear is chlorine resistant and has had great feedback for its durability.
Besides the essentials, there are a range of additional items like towels and caps that might be of interest. New this season are long sleeve black rash vests.
Should there be an emergency in the water, the alarm will sound.
Everyone is to leave the water. All Nippers to assemble at roll call point and remain with their age managers.
Only persons on the beach/in the water: water safety personnel, parents of the child.
No one is to leave the beach until emergency is resolved.
PARENTS RUN NIPPERS!
We are all volunteers! The club operates entirely on volunteer help. There are many jobs, most of which do not require lifesaving experience. The more you are involved, the more your child will enjoy Nippers.
Parents and Guardians are REQUIRED to be at the beach at all times. Your child remains your responsibility. Medication, trips to the toilet and the individual general welfare of each child is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
Nippers is NOT a child minding program. Are you able to help? That’s great!
For ALL helpers who work on the beach with the children:
1. Each person must be a current financial member (insurance coverage)
Usually an 8am roll call. A program will be available with the schedule of events closer to the date.
Competition is optional but we encourage all our proficient Nippers from U8 - U14's to use the skills they have learnt on our beach and have some fun with other kids on the far south coast. No pressure, you can enter as many events in your division as you like.
There are three Branch Carnivals each season, with other opportunities such as NSW Country Champs, State and Australian Titles.
U6 & 7's have a week off when Branch Carnivals are scheduled but are most welcome to come along to cheer on Team Narooma.