2019-20 Portsea Nipper Program
The Portsea Nippers Program is open to the U7 to U13 age groups.
NB: The U14 age group no longer forms part of the Portsea Nipper Program and will undertake their own education program (SRC – Surf Rescue Certificate) which will be run as a separate program to the 2019-20 Nipper Program.
Important Information Regarding the 2019-20 Portsea Nipper Program
Registrations for the Portsea Nipper program will be as follows:
- Priority Registration Period for previous participants and their siblings:
- Opens – Monday 2 September 2019 at 10:00am
- Closes – Monday 9 September 2019 at 5.00pm
- New Nipper Registrations for first time participants:
- Opens – Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 10:00am
- Closes – When Full (typically same day for some age groups)
To register for the Portsea Nippers Program you must have a current Family Membership. Only current financial members will be eligible to register. Prospective new members can do this by visiting the Club’s website at www.portseasurf.com.au and follow the prompts (click on “Members” tab). Club Memberships are non-refundable – therefore should you later decide not to participate in the Nippers Program or are unsuccessful in securing a place in the program, your Nipper registration fees paid will be refunded, but you still get to enjoy our new Clubhouse over the summer months.
Only previous Nipper participants (and their siblings) are eligible to register during the priority period (2 September – 9 September 2019). New participants to the program may not register until 10am on Wednesday 11 September 2019. This allows us to offer places to those who have previously committed to the program. Any new participants who attempt to register during the priority period will have their registrations moved to the back of the queue. Please understand that remaining places typically fill very quickly and while we try to accommodate as many participants as we can, our program numbers are capped in the interests of water safety.
When registering, it is important that participants are allocated to their correct age group based on their date of birth. This will be checked to ensure that we meet all LSV insurance, training and accreditation requirements. No exceptions will be accepted.
Under 7 Age Group – This year again there will be a limited number of places available in the U7 Age Group. To participate in this program your child must be 6 years old as at 30 September 2019. Parents of children participating in the U7 Nippers Program must remain on the beach with their children for the duration of each session.
All other age groups – Reference to the participant age at 30 September 2019 is relevant. For example, if your child turns 9 years of age prior to 30 September 2019, they will be in the U10 age group. Conversely, if a child turns 9 years of age after 30 September 2019, they will be in the U9 age group. Each child must be registered in the correct age group.
The Club reserves its right to exclude any member found to have declared false information.
Key Program Dates
Nipper Sessions will be held as follows:
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Location of Sessions
Nipper sessions will at Portsea Back Beach (U10 to U13) and the Quarantine Station in the pristine Point Nepean National Park (U7 to U9). Location may be weather dependent and may change at short notice. Full details of sessions (including “Ripper Nipper Days” to be held at the Portsea Back Beach) will be included on the Portsea Nippers Team App during the conduct of the program.
Consistent with prior years, Nipper Packs will be delivered directly to you via Express Post during the first week of December. Please note that at registration you must provide the address to which you would like the Nipper Pack delivered (preferably your home address where someone is in attendance during the week – not an unattended beach house address or a PO Box). Your children will not be able to participate in the Nipper Program without the appropriate Portsea Nippers attire – please make sure it comes to the beach with you as there will be no Nipper Packs available at the Portsea SLSC during the program.
The accreditation swim is a critical and mandatory element of enrolment into the Portsea Nippers Program. This year’s Accreditation Swim will take place on either 7 or 14 December 2019 (location TBA). No accreditation swim will be held at Portsea at the commencement of the Nipper program on 27 December 2019. This will enable us to have all Nippers from U8 upwards accredited before commencement of the program. The location of the Accreditation Swim will be advised in November 2019.
NB: U7s do not undertake water based activities, but will need to be proficient in gliding in the water for 3m and floating on their back for 30 seconds. This will be assessed on day 1 of the program.
The only alternative to the Accreditation Swim will be for Nippers/Parents/Guardians to provide a duly signed representation from an accredited swim coach that states that the participant can swim competently and continuously the following distances:
- U8 & U9 – 25 metre swim, 1 min float
- U10 – 25 metre swim, 1 ½ min float
- U11 – 50 metre swim, 2 mins float
- U12 – 100 metre swim, 2 mins float
- U13 – 150 metre swim, 3 mins float
This information will need to be received by 7 December 2019.
A wrist band will be provided to denote completion of the Accreditation Swim/Accredited Swim Coach representation. This will need to be worn at all Nipper Program sessions. Remember, no accreditation swim/accredited swim coach representation…no wristband…no participation in water based activities…no exceptions.
U13 Boot Camp
The 2019-20 Nipper program will contain an optional overnight “Boot Camp” which will be made available to all U13 participants. The “Boot Camp” will commence at 2 pm on 3 January 2020 and will conclude at 8 am on 4 January 2020. The “Boot Camp” will involve incremental surf lifesaving based training (such as basic first aid and CPR) as well as high energy (and fun) strength and fitness training and group activities. Participants will stay overnight at the Portsea Camp before running (as a group) to the Portsea Back Beach early the next morning (just in time for the next Nippers session!).
This camp is numbers dependant and further details will be provided closer to the event.
All participants will be required to access Team App to keep up to date on any relevant information during the conduct of the program. Instructions on how to access Team App will be provided in the Nipper Pack.
Junior Competition Team
The Portsea Junior Competition Team represents the club and competes in water and beach events against other lifesaving clubs at various carnivals over summer (culminating in the Victorian State Titles to be held over the Labour Day long weekend in March 2020). Training sessions are offered in Melbourne and at Portsea, with the focus on developing skills and having fun. If you are interested, or would like more information, please tick the relevant box as part of the registration process and you will be emailed further details in due course.
Most Importantly…Parental/Guardian Involvement
The successful running of the Portsea Nippers Program relies heavily on both volunteer and parental involvement. For information about getting involved in the Portsea Nipper program, please tick the relevant box as part of the registration process and we will be in contact. There is no better way to spend time with your kids during summer!
NB: Recent changes to Child Protection Laws now make it appropriate for PSLSC to require all Nipper parent, guardians and siblings 18 year old and over to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC). For further details on how to apply for a WWCC, please see the following link:
Please ensure that you provide your WWCC number on the Nipper Registration Form at time of enrolment.