Junior Competition Squad (Nippers)

Junior Competition Squad (Nippers)

Whilst the focus on the squad is primarily preparation for the state titles in March, the competition squad is not only for those members looking to compete. The aim of the sessions is to further develop fitness, enhance water skills and to have fun. Under 11s’ and below will focus on participation and fitness and the Under 12, 13 and 14 will focus on building skills and fitness each week.

It is important to note that those children who do participate in Comp Squad DO NOT have to compete in competitions. You also do not need to be in the competition Squad to compete, but the extra training will help!

It is a requirement to be part a swimming program;

To participate in carnivals your nipper must have completed their S badge. All junior competition squad members are expected to attend the Sunday Morning Nipper sessions as usual.

Cost is split between a training cost $100 for 5 months training and a competition cost $75 (both of which can be paid with your membership and nippers payment).

It is up to you to decide how many sessions a week you attend but you must complete at least one board and one swim session per week,

Training Times

  • Tuesday after school – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Boards (Surf Club)
  • Thursday after school – 5:00pm – 6:30pm – Fitness/Boards (Surf Club) – Dinner served afterwards
  • Saturday
    • 8:00 am – 8:30 am Swim (Jo Ragg)
    • 9:00 am – 10:00 am boards/beach (Ben Johnson)

Sessions commence mid September each year.

For more information about the nippers program contact the Junior Co-ordinator Dean Kilpatrick or Contact the Club

ALL MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A Hi-Res PINK VEST (WHICH IS NOT FADED). Purchase a new one here

Cost is split between a training cost $100 for 5 months training and a competition cost $75 (both of which can be paid with your membership and nippers payment).

This Nipper Competition Squad – Training Cost includes:

  • Weekly training
  • 5 Day Summer Camp (facilitated training over 5 consecutive mornings in Warrnambool / No sleep over required)
  • Use of club boards during training
  • Club Uniform – Swim Wear

It does not include entry to any carnivals should, your nipper wish to compete, these are covered under a separate purchase

Nipper Competition Squad – Carnival Entry offering entry to all the carnivals the club attends (generally 4 in addition to the regional qualifier (this year in Lorne)

Upcoming Junior Carnivals

Come and extend your beach skills!

Competition Prerequisites

The Competition Evaluation is a National pre-requisite to participate in Lifesaving Sport carnivals in Australia.

Below is a list of distances Nippers must attempt in the Competition skills evaluation (S Badge)

Age Group Distance & Requirements
Under 8 NA (this age group only competes in beach and wade events)
Under 9 Minimum 150m open water swim in 12 minutes
Under 10 Minimum 150m open water swim in 11 minutes
Under 11 Minimum 288m open water swim in 12 minutes
Under 12 Minimum 288m open water swim in 10 minutes
Under 13 Minimum 288m open water swim in 9 minutes
Under 14 Minimum 288m open water swim in 9 minutes

If the Nipper can complete the above distance for their age group, they are eligible to compete in all competition events in their age group (excluding State Championships). The Competition Skills Evaluation is mandatory for all age groups (except Under 8s) to compete in any event.

All junior members wishing to compete at the Victorian Junior Championships must complete the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to their age group prior to close of entries.

Age Group Surf Education Award
Under 8 Surf Aware One
Under 9 Surf Aware Two
Under 10 Surf Safe One
Under 11 Surf Safe Two
Under 12 Surf Smart One
Under 13 Surf Smart Two
Under 14 Surf Rescue Certificate