Warilla-Barrack Point Surf Life Saving Club offers an extensive surf education program for young nippers starting from our Green Hats (U6 & U7) through to our older age groups. The Surf Life Saving Junior Activities Program has become one of the most successful children’s development and sporting programs in Australia. It encourages children to learn new skills; promote active involvement by parents and create a learning environment from which both children and parents can benefit. The skills learnt through Nippers may one day save their own, or somebody else’s life!
Nippers runs every Sunday from October to March. All Juniors meet at 9.15am in front of the Club for a prompt 9.30am start. Every age group has an Age Manager. The Age Manager is responsible for the education, training and organisation of the group. All children are asked to report to their respective age managers to have their names recorded. Children will then go to their allotted skills development group. It is here that young nippers learn appropriate theory regarding surf safety skills, resuscitation, basic first aid and surf life saving. For more detailed information information, please see “Age Groups Info”.
Children should be wearing their swimming costumes, cap and sunscreen. Remember slip, slop, slap and wrap. Whilst the children are involved in Juniors they are required to wear their coloured cap, based on the age group they are in. It is important that the cap is worn as is enables them to be identified on the beach and in the water as Juniors. It is also a mandatory requirement for those nippers entering the water, that they wear their pink high-vis rashie. If they feel more comfortable children may wear board shorts, rash shirts, t-shirts or wet suits during Club Days. For safety reasons no jewellery is to be worn.
Nippers will also get an opportunity to participate in a number of age appropriate activities including wading, beach sprinting, beach flags, surf swim, board paddling and March Past. Please note U9 and U10 nippers use a foam nipper board. U11-U13 are required to use a short fibreglass board and the U14’s progress onto a long fibreglass board.
NSW Active Kids Rebate Program:
Warilla-Barrack Point is an approved provider of the NSW Active Kids Program! To register for your $100 rebate voucher please click here. Once you have received your voucher code please submit to the club for processing.
It is preferred that all current members renew their membership via their online SLS Members Portal. This can be done through the Members Area (www.members.sls.com.au)
Bring along your birth certificate and come down to the club and one of our friendly committee members will be able to assist you. Please note a proficiency swim may be required depending on the age group. To view water proficiency and competition requirements, please click HERE.
Please note: It is a club requirement that at least one parent/guardian joins the club. The minimum category is Associate Member. If parents/guardians would like to provide water safety, then the minimum award requirement is the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) which means you would need to join as a full member (family option or single active).
If you have any questions, please get in contact with club.
Senior registrar – Joanne Carberry
Junior Registrar – Sabrina Belo