NIPPERS
What is Nippers?
Nippers is open to all Bermagui SLSC club members aged between 6 and 13.

 Whether your child is a talented athlete or someone with a fear of
water, Nippers provides a place for them to have fun, make friendships
and develop skills in surf survival. For Nippers, the beach is the classroom. They gain confidence by participating in beach activities such as swimming, body surfing, board skills, beach sprints, flags and surf awareness. They also learn skills such as body boarding, dolphin-diving, spotting a rip and first aid.
 
 Activities are designed to introduce your child to the surf and build up their confidence so that they learn to enjoy and respect the sea.
 
There are a series of carnivals throughout the season that Nippers can choose to compete in. The skills gained in Nippers will be carried for life!
Nippers Program for 2017/18
Nippers start dates and proficiency swim dates will be posted soon.  Watch this space!

Nippers runs on Sundays and we typically have between 40 and 50 kids attend each week. We use a rotation system with a combination of water activity stations (including boards, swim and wade) and beach/land activities (including sprints/relays, flags, first aid). Each activity lasts for 20 minutes and groups rotate to the next activity when the siren sounds.  We try to mix it up with some new activities each week.
 
We have a Nippers BBQ every Sunday morning. It's a simple sausage sanger and drinks affair and we raised well over $500 for our Nippers program this past season.  A big thank you to everyone for your contributions.
 
We're planning to have Friday Board Training this season .  Board training is aimed at our younger members who are not all that confident yet on a board but all ages were welcome. Board Training runs for 1 hr from 4:30 pm -5:30 pm on Friday afternoons in the Bruce Steer Pool and we'll be posting a schedule shortly.

We're also planning Nippers Masterclasses to work with those kids interested in competing so watch here for dates and details.
We Need Your Help
As always, we can't run a successful Nippers program without the help of parents and members.  If everyone pitches in we'll be able to provide a fantastic experience for our young members.
 
For every nippers session we need:
 
  • Age Managers - to direct age groups to their activities and assist with activities
  • General Helpers - to assist with the setting up and packing up of activities
  • Water Safety – to assist the kids to take part in water activities in a safe environment
  • BBQ Helpers – to set up, cook and sell sausage sangers and drinks
 
If you are able to lend a hand in any of the above areas please email bermisurfclub@gmail.com to let us know where you think you can help.